Business Continuity During COVID-19: Disinfection
Business continuity – it’s a frequent term being discussed right now, as many businesses have switched to telecommuting, cut hours, or shut down completely. But what exactly does it mean?
Heritage COO Ernie Walker defines business continuity as “Maintaining your business operations during unforeseen events. For this, businesses perform enterprise risk planning exercises reviewing their key business processes and prepare detailed plans that outline the framework for continuing operations.”
It’s likely even companies who had a business continuity plan in place didn’t foresee the unprecedented events that have transpired over the last few months due to COVID-19. Companies with online telecommuting resources in place experienced a smoother transition to working from home than those who didn’t, but manufacturing, energy, and other essential businesses must continue to operate in place. Whether they need immediate support due to a potential coronavirus contamination, or are preparing for when employees return to work, they must ensure their spaces are safe for operation.
In Ernie’s words, “Our role as an essential provider of services to numerous essential industries providing infrastructure globally allows these industries to maintain production while staying in compliance. Additionally, certain subsets of our operations like Emergency Response allows our customers to quickly resume production of services should an unforeseen incident happen.”
While we continue to provide our core services of transporting, treating, and disposing of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, our emergency response teams, led by VP Angie Martin, have been doing our part to slow the spread of the virus by disinfecting businesses and operations in many industries at the local and national level – from airlines and manufacturing facilities to office spaces, schools and universities. Angie says, “Our employees never disappoint. When we have to adjust for a new challenge, they rise to it and excel. Our COVID-19 response is no different.”
Some businesses schedule a disinfection due to an employee testing positive for the virus, and others choose to do so as a precautionary measure, as an individual can have the virus for up to 2 weeks without showing symptoms, and some never show symptoms at all.