Since March, businesses have all had to adapt. While some have chosen to remain completely virtual, others are trying to figure out when – and how – to reopen their offices without putting team members at increased risk.
This is particularly true for small business owners, who may not have huge work spaces that can be adapted to fit the new needs of today’s working environment. For one small business owner, Nigel Smith, the decision to reopen the offices of Next Step Communications is a decision he does not take lightly. As part of his reopening strategy, Nigel has invested in a Celios G200. The Celios G200 Advanced Air purifier is effective at capturing the SARS-CoV-2 virus. (1)
According to Nigel, “I think deciding if the time is right isn’t just about state and federal guidelines. Go time for me is what is right for my entire team, and when I have confidence in creating an environment that is not only safe but also conducive to a productive environment. I don’t want my employees to be here and constantly be worrying about “Is it safe to be in the office” or “Should I be in the office” when they could be focusing on the task at hand.”
Because the team at Next Step Communications is small, they plan to develop some type of hybrid model as time passes. This includes maintaining over six feet of distance between desks and controlling as much of the environment as possible.
“Since March, I’ve come to appreciate the things I can control and the things I can’t control,” Nigel shared. “Our office is in a shared building, so I can’t control the shared spaces, bathrooms, the front door, or whether someone wears a mask in the hallways. Inside the bubble of our office, I can control social distancing, I can wipe down doorknobs and surfaces, and can control the air with the G200. The G200 along with proper air circulation plays an important role addressing the air quality, and is one part of our opening strategy.”
(1) The Celios G200 Advanced Air Purifier meets the performance and labeling requirements provided in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s March 2020 Enforcement Policy for Sterilizers, Disinfectant Devices, and Air Purifiers During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency, published March, 2020 (the Celios G200 Advanced Air Purifier has not been cleared by the FDA). Specifically, the Celios G200 Advanced Air Purifier has demonstrated up to 99.99999% filtration efficiency of ultrafine airborne particulate matter and is capable of filtering particles down to 10 nanometers in size. The Celios G200 Advanced Air Purifier has also demonstrated up to 99.99999% virus filtration efficiency of ΦX174, a small bacteriophage virus with a maximum diameter of ~32 nanometers.
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