After a year of COVID-19, we are looking at the modern workplace in a different light. The pandemic highlighted issues with safety and hygiene. People have been forced to work from home or workplaces have had to make fast adjustments to adapt to COVID-19 threats. Isowall panels may offer solutions to key workplace changes for improved office hygiene.
How will workplaces change moving forward? If you are in the process of planning out a new workspace or update an outdated space, you will want to consider how the pandemic is changing the construction of workplaces. As updates are made or new offices are built, we expect to see a few key trends that are mindful of reducing viral contact.
Easier to Sanitize
First and foremost, offices are finding many of their surfaces are hard to deep clean. Cubicle walls, for example, are notorious for trapping things in the fabrics. Same with desks, breakroom countertops, and other office surfaces. The typical desk has 10 million bacteria, which is 400x more than the average toilet seat.
Offices need to choose surfaces that are stain-resistant and nonporous. Panel systems, like Isowall®, provide a smooth surface where bacteria can’t hide. Wall panels will meet and exceed safety standards while looking modern and professional in the workplace. Isowall is a food-grade wall panel that can hold up to vigorous cleaning.
Most companies have worked to put up barriers to keep germs at bay. COVID-19 can be spread by droplets caused when speaking, coughing, or sneezing. Particles and bacteria in the air can increase the risk of workers getting sick.
Companies should be thinking about their airflow and using HEPA filters to help reduce harmful particles in the air, according to the EPA. Even more importantly, separating workspaces with Isowall panels helps eliminate the potential spread by keeping workers from unnecessary close contact. As employees work, they will be surrounded by panels that are easily cleaned and block droplet-filled airflow.
Durable and Cost-Effective
COVID-19 has caused a reimagining of the workplace structure, as brands scramble to keep their employees safe from the virus. This has brought on additional expenses.
Companies that want to revitalize their workplace are looking for highly cost-effective solutions. These solutions should be durable and last for years to come. Wall panels and cubical barriers need to be easily washable without sustaining damage from the deep cleaning chemicals used to sanitize the space regularly.
Choosing Isowall Panels for Your Next Build
Isowall panels are created with insulated PVC and they last. You won’t have to worry about chipping, shedding or cracking, even with the use of industrial cleaners.
Could Isowall panels help reduce virus spread in your workplace? Talk to us today about how we can help.