Last Updated on October 14, 2020
The coronavirus is now considered a worldwide pandemic. It continues to spread worldwide, with over 400,000 confirmed cases and at least 18,000 dead. According to the Government of Canada, there have been a minimum of 1,000 cases and more than 20 deaths within the country. You probably are worried about your health, so here are some coronavirus security guard procedures that can help you reduce your risk of getting infected while you’re on duty.
Coronavirus Security Guard Procedures
Here’s what you can do :
- Wash your hands often
- Disinfect anything that you suspect could be touched multiple times( equipment, etc)
- Keep your distances
- Wash your work clothes often
Wash your hands often
You’ve probably heard this recommendation a lot, but it’s also the one that you’re going to use the most in following proper coronavirus security guard procedures. Even though we all wash our hands regularly, you should do it the recommended way. You should be washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Make sure to scrub your palms and the back of your hands entirely.
Disinfecting yourself is the most effective way to prevent you from spreading germs all over the place during your work. As we all know, it removes the dirt and germs that can be spread to others and helps to keep the environment around you clean.
According to the CDC, properly cleansing and drying your hands reduces your risk of getting sick with diarrhea by 33 percent. It also reduces your risk of getting a respiratory illness by up to 20 percent.
Keeping your hands clean is vital because you’re going to touch your equipment all day when you are on duty. You also use them to touch almost everything including your eyes, nose, and mouth to your phone, food, and doorknobs.
Contact with these areas gives germs, like the flu or coronavirus, access to the inside of the body where they can cause illness, and can also spread skin and eye infections.
You should bring a hand sanitizer when you are on duty and disinfect your hands every 2 hours if possible. If you can’t find any more in stores you could always make your own at home.
Never forget to sanitize when you come home and after touching anything that might have a high chance of contributing to the coronavirus’ transmission, such as food, your equipment, your phone or anything that you might touch multiple times in a day. Proper coronavirus security guard procedures don't stop once you leave work.
Disinfect anything that you suspect may be touched multiple times (equipment, personal belonging, etc)
It is easier to transmit the coronavirus from person to person, but we shouldn’t ignore the risk of transmitting via surfaces. The CDC recommends we clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces at least once daily just to be safe, assuming we have had contact with the outside world in some way, either a person leaving and returning or goods coming in.
This advice is overlooked by tons of individuals because they lose the motivation to clean often. It might get annoying at some point, but it is necessary to follow proper coronavirus security guard procedures in order to prevent the virus from spreading.
Sanitizing your duty belt, gear and other equipment with a disinfecting wipe or something similar will lower the risk of infection for you and everyone around you. If you aren't able to obtain disinfectants at this time, just do a thorough job with the soap or cleaning agents that you usually use.
The EPA has a full list of disinfectants that will kill the novel coronavirus, but here are a few essentials to keep an eye out for. The most effective ones have an indication for killing influenza, RSB, SARS virus, and other coronaviruses.
If you aren’t able to find any disinfectant products, you can find a recipe for a cleaning solution that contains household bleach online recommended by the CDC.
Keep your distances
This one might be a little tough since people can come close to you unexpectedly, but as a security guard, you don’t have a choice but to do your job while keeping a distance of at least 6 feet between you and everyone else.
You should avoid crowded places at all costs( depending on where you work). If you’re patrolling at Walmart, make sure that you don’t end up in the crowd when trying to put a 6 feet distance between customers.
You should avoid having contact with elderly people or people with poor health at all cost. If you really want to be very cautious in your workplace, you can :
- Use a single pair of disposable examination gloves
- Single-use disposable coveralls
For more information concerning what you can do to follow proper coronavirus security guard procedures if you are in contact with people a lot in your workplace, you can follow the CDC’s Interim Guidance for EMS.
If you are not able to access a coverall, you can disinfect your gear and duty belt every 2-3 hours.
Wash your work clothes after a day of work (optional)
After a long day of patrolling, you should change your clothes and wash them. This advice is an extra measure that you can take if you’ve been in a crowded place. You never know if you came in contact with the virus in some way, so it is safe to wash your uniform every day if possible. This will wash away the bacteria that you would accumulate all day and prevent your loved ones from getting contaminated.
Simply washing your clothes with regular laundry soap and drying it at a slightly higher temperature than you normally do is all you have to do to disinfect your clothes.
However, Be sure to disinfect surfaces the dirty laundry comes in contact with, including the hamper and your hands.
Due to the coronavirus being able to stay on surfaces from hours to days, the CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting the hamper like you would any other surface, and wash your hands thoroughly after handling dirty laundry.
Be careful at work
As COVID-19 spreads across the world, It's easy to get swept up in the continuously increasing amount of information available online.
There's a lot going on right now. It's stressful and scary. It’s often hard to know what you should do or what's going on in this type of situation.
We encourage you and your family, everyone, to stay armed with the facts and patiently wait for a coronavirus vaccine to be created.
Specifically. We recommend paying attention to the CDC website and the WHO website, where both agencies post daily updates on the number of cases in the world, as well as continually updated guidelines on how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
We hope that you follow the advice above and stay safe and healthy during these turbulent times.
If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.