Return-to-Work Strategies – A Series

| June 11, 2020 | Blog
Wash Your Hands! Wash Your Hands! Wash Your Hands!

We’re probably all sick of hearing that but it’s still one of the best ways for us not to get sick! If your business is one that’s primarily indoors, having a place for your employees to wash their hands is probably not an issue as long as the restrooms are kept clean and well stocked with supplies like soap, hand sanitizer, and paper towels. If your business is an outdoor one, it’s not quite that easy or convenient.

If your facility uses an outdoor hand washing sink, it’s vital that the water is not allowed to run to the ground. Not only is that considered by the regulatory agencies to be an unauthorized stormwater discharge but, now that we’re all fighting like crazy to keep COVID-19 out of the workplace, we certainly don’t want any kind of deadly germ crawling around on the ground! It could be tracked inside, swept into a pond, ditch, or swale, or migrate offsite in sheet flow from the facility. Unacceptable. Period. So, if there’s any kind of sink on your property that is not plumbed to the sanitary sewer, connect it ASAP or remove it altogether.

Since many of our customers have limited restroom capacity, one option might be to purchase an outdoor hand washing station. They are designed to capture the grey water so it can be disposed of properly (NOT dumped out on the ground, please), and come equipped with foot pumps, soap dispensers, and paper towel dispensers. They are available online and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, prices, and construction materials. Yes, they require attention on a regular basis but, aren’t your workers worth it?