One positive thing that has emerged from our battle with Covid19 is the resurgence of hygiene, hand-washing, sanitizing workplaces, eco resurgence, recycling, waste, and water systems. A strong segment of the U.S. is also taking on more personal responsibility as we think about others and our potential risks to the most vulnerable, ourselves, family, and neighbors. These are good things despite the horrible tragic loss of life and those infected. Every life matters. Every business matters.
As we return to a modified, or “new” normal there are things businesses need to consider and do in order to be ready for the public. Having a solid plan for receiving the public, or being onsite with customers, and starting to gather again is not optional. Every restaurant, pharmacy, bar, bank, coffee shop, manufacturer, and all businesses resuming public interaction need to be prepared and ensure the safety of all.
Repeated hand-washing for servers, cooks, clerks, etc., must remain in place. Wiping down hard surfaces with disinfectant multiple times a day is not a suggestion. Checking temperatures, wearing PPE where needed, and self-reporting to our employer is something we can all do.
One of the biggest concerns is the return of businesses that have been shut down or dormant. Water systems are a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria, disease, and germs. After being off, or little-used during “stay in place” water pipes, filtration and HVAC systems can be contaminated.
In South Carolina, we are working hard to help customers and staff help get the word out about these potential hazards as we return to the market/workplace. Change air filters, wipe down air returns, flush your plumbing system, and have a professional inspect your HVAC to prevent any possible bacteria that’s been growing during the lengthy shutdown. Clean and disinfect all traps and food preparation ventilation.
Review your OSHA, DHEC, and EPA protocols for handling hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Contact a professional environmental services provider to review your place of business and develop a game plan that not only includes recycling, waste removal but will identify key areas where you can improve the health, safety ad welfare of your customers and employees.
We are all eager to return to doing what we love, work, and gathering again, but we need to be smart about it. There is a right way to return so we can ensure the safety and welfare of everyone.
At Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc., all of our employees have had Awareness Training and we have a strong Covid19 plan in place to protect our customers and team. Our top priority through all of this is the health and wellbeing of our staff, customers, and vendors. Be assured that we are taking every precaution recommended by the CDC, local, state, and federal governments to protect our customers and employees from Covid19.
We take the health and welfare of our customers and team seriously which is why we have invested in the proper training and response to Covid19. Our industry has strict regulations and compliance already in place, but we believe going above and beyond during this pandemic is the right call. It’s an investment in our people and customers.
Pinnacle Environmental Services is an environmental services company focused on customer service and compliance. We provide a diverse portfolio of services including but not limited to hazardous and non-hazardous waste recovery, solid waste disposal and recycling, e-waste, chemical recycling, waste audits, recycling, and total waste plans that have the goal of zero landfills.
Mike Watts, President
Pinnacle Environmental Services, Inc.