Our designers have been thinking about how our experience designing hospitals and medical office buildings could help make workplaces safer. These solutions are based on effective solutions we’ve pulled from healthcare.
Changes to Density
Lower density slows the spread of infection so hospitals separate patients. Workplaces can add more private spaces and add dividers between cubicles. Also avoid face-to-face cubical orientations.
Cleaning is key to infection control in hospitals. Workplaces can improve by increasing the number of times high-touch surfaces are cleaned. Also consider increasing the strength of cleaning solutions.
Hand Sanitizer Stations
Hospitals emphasize washing hands to prevent infections by putting sinks in every room. We think workplaces can achieve a similar result by increasing their number of hand sanitizer stations.
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Touch Free Fixtures
Hospitals know the most common way viruses spread is on people’s hands. No-touch bathrooms with automated fixtures avoid hands touching surfaces that may harbor viruses or bacteria.
In medical settings, air circulation is key to preventing the spread of infections. One approach workplaces can use is using their air conditioning systems to cycling air from outside more often. Air systems can also be upgraded to use UV filtering to kill viruses and bacteria in the air.
Durable finishes such as bleach-able fabrics enable better cleaning. Hospitals avoid hard-to-clean, carpeted areas. Some high-touch finishes like copper and brass have anti-viral properties.
Doctors tell sick people to stay home so they don’t infect others. In-person meetings are likely to decrease, but workplaces can use tools like Zoom or Microsoft Teams to collaborate and connect.
Class A buildings may gain a few extra amenities, like health screenings. Front desk staff in medical settings can be trained to perform quick screens to evaluate a person’s risk to infect others.
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