COVID-19: Action Plan for Small Companies
Indow is a manufacturing company based in Portland, Oregon, one of the first US cities to experience community transmission of the COVID-19 virus. We have several treasured employees who fall into the high-risk category for a severe, life-threatening infection, which is an important reminder that even if you are not at risk for a life-threatening infection, you can be a carrier to those at risk. We want to do whatever we can to protect them and everyone else at our 40 person company. While the number of infected people in the Portland area is still relatively small, we believe it’s vital to begin our response strategy immediately to give us time to cement behavioral changes before infection or panic become widespread. In our organization there are many who are deeply concerned.
In response to this challenge, we have created and implemented a fairly comprehensive COVID-19 mitigation plan, which is available here.
Read our CEO’s full response to the risk of COVID-19.
Stickers mark what must be cleaned. Fliers on maintaining good hygiene are posted on doors.
One of the main principles of our COVID-19 mitigation action plan is continuous improvement. We responded quickly, which was a high priority, but that doesn’t mean our plan shouldn’t evolve as we learn more about the novel coronavirus and our habits.
We are reducing our cleaning time and the possibility of spreading the virus by eliminating transmission points (high touch areas). This includes adding hooks to doors so we no longer need hands to open them, but can use our forearms, and adding a foot handle to our refrigerator door. We have also halted using community dishes. Indow is allowing employees to claim a set of dishes as their own for now so everyone is responsible for their own use and cleansing.
This door hook and other small innovations help eliminate transmission points like doorknobs.