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Getting back to business safely

April 21, 2020

Deploy digital cleaning & sanitization checklists at scale to protect workers

As talks begin about lifting the restrictions on nonessential businesses in the wake of COVID-19 closures, some business executives have expressed concern about the consequences of doing so too quickly. If employees return to work, contract Coronavirus, and believe they returned prematurely or to unsafe conditions, mass lawsuits could follow.

Experts believe increased testing is crucial for reopening the economy. They also emphasize that employers must ensure a safe workspace to protect their staff and minimize litigation risk.

Vice President Joe Biden, in his op-ed for the New York Times, outlined his reopening strategy. He intends to direct OSHA to collaborate with labor and employee groups. Together, they will determine the protections workers need on the job now.

OSHA has published guidance for preparing workplaces for COVID-19, that includes maintaining “regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment.”

With COVID-19 safety complaints already on the rise, employers should “document any proactive measures they are taking based on the specific risks present in their workplace,” according to EHS Today.

Digital cleaning and sanitization checklists can assist businesses in lowering COVID-19 infection risks. Firstly, these checklists cover often-overlooked but frequently touched surfaces, like handrails, light switches, and vending machine buttons. Additionally, they offer documentation of the precautions implemented.

4 Ways to Improve Sanitization Procedures

Fulcrum has been helping organizations implement OSHA compliance checklists for nearly a decade. Users are able to complete all sorts of inspection checklists quickly and efficiently with just a mobile device, and share the results with stakeholders in real-time.

In response to the current pandemic, employers can use Fulcrum to:

  • Automate checklists and data collection for sanitization processes at scale
  • Optimize the workflows of sanitization teams to maximize efficiency
  • Validate that proper procedures and inspections were followed
  • Give management real-time visibility into where effective measures are being taken and where action is required

For instance, using Fulcrum’s COVID-19 Cleaning Inspection Checklist allows sanitization teams to gather data across their workspace. They document each area on a room-by-room basis. This process ensures adherence to proper sanitization procedures, aiming to reduce Coronavirus infection risks. Fulcrum automatically geotags and timestamps every record, showing where and when someone completes each checklist. This feature lets organizations confidently prove they have taken all measures to protect their employees as they reopen workspaces.

Fulcrum is now available at no cost for COVID-19 response operations, including support for quick team onboarding, for a 90-day period. Contact us to learn more.