From not allowing food and online delivery and asking tenants to keep stock of personal protective equipment to telling people riding elevators to stand facing the wall and keeping an ambulance on standby, office space operators are going beyond social distancing as they prepare for operations post lockdown.
Office space operators like DLF, Vatika, M3M and the Bird group have finalised detailed protocols to be followed once the offices reopen.
Sriram Khattar, the managing director at DLF Rental Business, said the company, over the last few weeks, had assisted tenants in ensuring that all their essential services and business continuity processes were fully functional. “We have also developed a robust protocol of opening of the workspaces as and when determined by the government authorities,” he said adding that these protocols have taken into account guidelines from the government and its safety partners.
It is also working on keeping humidity at 55% and fresh air intake at 100% levels at offices, along with regular cleaning of filters, after reports emerged suggesting that the coronavirus can spread via air conditioning system.
“The processes in the SOP include methods of sanitisation of the entire building, provision of non-contact temperature measurement devices for checking of each person entering the premises, mandatory face masks, hand-washing and sanitising facility for incoming vehicles and methods for handling medical emergencies related to Covid-19,” said Seema Das Patra, a vice president at Enviro, the facilities management wing of the Vatika Group that operates multiple office spaces in the National Capital Region.
“As and when new guidelines are provided by the local health department or government at large, they will be incorporated,” said Patra.
Companies have recommended that tenants have adequate availability of disinfectants, cold fogging chemicals, hand sanitisers, face masks, hand gloves and other PPE for use in their office. Also, people must wear a face mask at all times.
“Once the lockdown is lifted and we start operating our co-working space, the occupants shall need to have the Aarogya Setu app installed on their phones to check the zones they are coming from. Further, we have reduced our capacity to follow the social distancing norms; along with the same we have identified the quarantine room in case there is any emergency to be addressed related to the disease,” Bird group executive director Ankur Bhatia said.
The commercial space operators have also prepared a detailed plan for vehicular movement and most of them will restrict basement access.
“In a bid to break to virus chain and carry out our operations responsibly, we have issued certain guidelines and have deployed a comprehensive SOP. All the areas in our office and site premises are being disinfected daily and all appropriate protective gear is being made available,”M3M Group president (people and culture) Arman Chaudhry said.
May 02, 2020