It's common knowledge that anything people put their hands on regularly can be a major hotspot for germs and the spread of bacteria and viruses. From doorknobs to water fixtures to credit/debit card machine keypads to vending machines to cell phones, germs can hide in the most obvious of places. MSSI customers who use the patented Modular Access Control (MAC) Portal with full-height turnstiles have been asking what they can do to protect their employees while navigating their way into and off of construction sites around the world. In response, MSSI would like to offer some tips for turnstile users during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1) Wash your hands regularly. In light of the circumstances we face with COVID-19, "Wash your hands!" has become a major catch phrase. From news anchors to elected officials to co-workers and folks at home, everyone by now has gotten the memo. WASH YOUR HANDS (with warm water, for at least 20 seconds, as often as possible)! It can’t be said enough.
2) If possible, wear gloves when touching a turnstile arm. A great way to limit exposure to viruses and bacteria is to wear gloves when you must make contact with frequently touched surfaces. Gloves create a bit of a barrier between you and the germs that might be on the turnstile arms. Washable gloves should be laundered each day in warm water. Disposable gloves should be placed in the trash immediately. Be sure to wash your hands or use antibacterial hand sanitizer immediately upon removal of whichever type of gloves you choose to wear.
3) Use your elbow, shoulder, or back to push through the turnstile. Don't have a pair of gloves? Use another part of your body to turn the turnstile. Turnstiles are designed to turn in the direction in which they are being pushed. Once the turnstile is unlocked, you can simply (and carefully) push through the turnstile with your back, elbow, forearm, hip or another part of your body.
4) Don't crowd your co-workers as you make your way through the turnstile. You've probably heard by now that social distancing is key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. You can help reduce the spread by not crowding at the turnstiles as you are making your way through them. Give each other some room (the CDC recommends at least six feet) and be patient as those in front of you enter or exit your construction site through the turnstiles.
5) Regularly disinfect the turnstiles using CDC approved methods. Between shift changes, designate someone on-site to use disinfectant wipes, sprays, and other cleaners to thoroughly clean the surface of the turnstile arms.
At Modular Security Systems Inc. (MSSI) we know how important we all are in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and flattening the curve. We also know that while many have been forced to stay home, many can't, so it's important to be informed on what we can do while at work to stay safe, secure, and healthy.
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