How to Keep Breakrooms Safe During COVID-19

May 22, 2020

Lunchrooms and breakrooms can be places of respite at work. They’re where we take a well-earned coffee break and enjoy a meal with our friends and coworkers. If businesses don’t take the proper precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic, though, these gathering places can quickly become virtual petri dishes.

Less is More
The OSHA requirements for routine breaks haven’t changed, but guidelines for how these breaks take place has. To mitigate chances of a coronavirus outbreak, OSHA and the CDC recommend that breaks be staggered to limit the number of people in the room at the same time.

Clean & Disinfect
Because breakrooms are frequently used and have surfaces that are frequently touched, they need to be cleaned more often. The CDC and OSHA recommend using disinfectants from the EPA-approved N List. Proper trash disposal is an important part of disinfection, so don’t forget a no-touch trash can or two.

Spread the Word, Not the Germs
The breakroom is an ideal place to post updated COVID-19 information, workplace policies, and helpful reminders about social distancing, hand washing, and respiratory etiquette. Attention-getting sign holders can help assure these important messages are seen by everyone who visits the breakroom. Consider adding a permanent, more attractive messaging center, such as the Frost-Framed Triple Document Holder or the Classic Document Holder for long-term use.

To encourage hand hygiene and PPE compliance, it's smart to make hand sanitizers, facemasks, facial tissues, and other PPE readily available. For optimum compliance, we recommend placing these items inside and outside of breakroom doors for quick, convenient access upon entry and exit. FaciliSafety offers a variety of wall-mount and freestanding PPE organizers that help make it easier for workers to locate and use these essential items.

Resources
For more detailed information and guidance on how to keep workers safe, download:
OSHA Guide for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19  
CDC Workplace Decision Tree
CDC Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting Decision Tree

 

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