Rules on Entering the Building During the Coronavirus Crisis

Entering the Building Guidelines

Preparing the Entrance

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Equip the entrance with:

  • A hand rub with 70% alcohol for hand disinfection
  • A carpet soaked in 2% sodium hypochlorite solution for shoe cleansing
  • A nearby dressing area where employees can change clothes or wear uniform or personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • (Optional) A spray booth that atomizes a disinfecting substance

Kindly relay the following guidelines to your (department/team).

Guidelines When Entering the Building

  • Look for the nearest handwashing station to wash your hands.
    1. Moisten your hands with water.
    2. Apply ample soap throughout your hands.
    3. Stroke your palms together.
    4. Stroke each surface of your hands⁠—at the back, between the fingers, and below the nails⁠—for at least 20 to 30 seconds.
    5. Stroke your thumbs and the ends of your wrists.
    6. Wash your hands thoroughly with running water.
    7. Turn off the water tap with a napkin or paper towel.
    8. Use a clean cloth, paper towel, or one-use towel to dry your hands.
  • Do not touch ring bells, elevator buttons, and door handles. Push the doors with your elbow and the elevator buttons with any handy tool.
  • Ensure that equipment or venues inside the building are disinfected before using or entering.

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Written By

Peter Smith

World Health Organization (WHO)

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