This facility re-opening checklist helps facility managers to re-open buildings and facilities that have been temporarily shut down or affected by COVID-19. Use this template to verify that the facility has been cleaned and disinfected with detergents and disinfectants and that all Covid-19 guidelines are followed to ensure the safety of workers in the building.
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The following persons will participate in the planning of the resumption of business operations.
Summary of Dates and Locations
Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
Use a list to identify the threats your company may face when it resumes operations. For each threat, decide how much it could affect your business. Use the following threat levels to estimate the impact:Negligible - limited to no business interruption or property damageMarginal - an obstacle that can affect business operations withoutthat your company has damage, it can be an event from the surrounding neighbourhoodCritical - temporary business interruptions or major damage to the building, impact on the general publicCatastrophic - a disaster that affects the entire region, causing business disruptions and forcing the closure of buildings This is an event of major proportions. It can include complete destruction, multiple injuries or deaths, and a regional event, which means that external resources are unavailable or limited for long periods of time.
Impact on the building
Work with the building technician in managing the building inspection to ensure that the premises are safe for the return of employees and customers.
Establish an ad-hoc plan for the regular inspection of buildings and facilities using checklists for the inspection of facilities throughout the restoration phase.
References to local authorities' guidelines on returning to work to facilitate resuming work.
Cleaning and disinfection
Open external doors and windows to increase air circulation in the surrounding area. Wait 24 hours before cleaning or disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
Provide all cleaning personnel with the required PPE (e.g. disposable gloves and gowns) before starting the cleaning process.
Clean floors and other touch-sensitive surfaces (e.g. handles, desks, worktops, keyboards) with soap, water and detergent (if applicable).
If there were areas in the facility that were used by a sick person, identify them and apply thorough cleaning procedures.
If more than 7 days have passed since the sick person visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not required.
Ensure that HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems are functioning properly.
Check that all locks are in good condition.
Clean the air vents and replace the filters if necessary.
Prepare appropriate equipment for temperature controls at all entry points in the facility.
Outside area of the facility
Sweep sidewalks, dust covers, windows and doors.
Free the landscapes surrounding the building from dust/waste.
Make sure that the building is clean and well lit.
Clean and disinfect the parking facilities.
Clean the toilet facilities including all surfaces (counters, sinks, toilets, floors, handles and doors)
Check the stocks (e.g. soap, toilet paper, cleaning agents).
Check that the sinks and pipes work correctly.
Place hand sanitizer stations in front of every toilet and door that is frequently touched or used.
Social Distance Measures
Consider implementing these spatial changes in your institution
Obligation for employees to walk in corridors and hallways in designated one-way streets to avoid "frontal" pedestrian traffic.
Use HVAC contractors to increase the number of air changes.
Consultation with landlords on the conversion of communal toilets into single-place bathrooms to avoid close contact between users.
Upgrade conference call equipment for more conference calls.
Separation of employees who work in adjacent cubicles.
Adding partitions to tables where employees gather during breaks.
Partition walls between reception staff and other people interacting directly with the staff.
Organize the collection and delivery of packages in an area outside the building.
Establishment of isolation rooms for employees who show symptoms at work.
Signs at all entry points and key positions to effectively inform and remind employees of the new requirements.
If you have questions or comments about this plan, please contact the following contact person.
Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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