“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” wrote Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities. This often-quoted catchphrase certainly epitomizes the last few years, which might be better described as A Tale of Two Planets.
On our former planet, we rushed about our lives and businesses at warp speed, with nary a thought to safety or crowds except in the most cursory way: dodging a car while crossing an intersection, for example.
COVID changed all that. We huddled in our houses, became jigsaw puzzle experts, participated in often-daily Zoom meetings, and pondered our lives. Many people decided to change careers or go back to school. When life cautiously opened up again, many more relocated.
Now, in Year 3, The Virus, with most people vaccinated, boosted, and weary of shelter and mask mandates, we’re exploring a new normal. Sort of. For company safety managers, however, it’s a lot more complex.
How do you implement a “COVID wind down”? What methods are retailers and grocery stores, for example, using to remove many of the COVID safety procedures they’ve had in place since 2020, such as cleansing and disinfecting registers after each transaction? While this is being phased out, the required social distancing in customer lines seems to still exist in some places — mostly because customers themselves have becomes so used to it, we now social distance instinctively.
As a company at the forefront of spill clean up and spill containment solutions, Impact Absorbents understands safety very well. And we can suggest you might want to maintain basic biohazard spill response supplies, which are useful whether or not there’s a pandemic winding down.
Other key spill solutions, good to have on hand in retail and grocery establishments — and corporate offices — are Impact Absorbents Spill Stations, which can be discreetly stores in closets or wall mounted just about anywhere for easy access when coffee gets accidentally spilled in that board meeting.
So take a deep breath, now that it’s relatively safe to do so again, and congratulate yourself on a difficult job, well done. The worst of times is hopefully behind us, and as you implement your own business’s COVID wind down, know that Impact has your back.