Between COVID-19 and sweaty bodies, gyms and fitness facilities are getting hit hard with the responsibility to keep their equipment clean.
With heightened responsibility for businesses, It is essential to have a plan to make sure your gym helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Get a professional on standby
Every business is vulnerable to having a customer/client/employee expose their facility to the disease. Even if you take the right precautions amidst your re-open stage, you are at risk of this, According to IHRSA.org, an association for health club members, getting a professional is a crucial step.
We recommend that you have a professional clean done once a day and disinfect throughout the day. For guidelines on what the CDC defines as the difference, visit their website here.
Here at Ohio Pro Solutions, we have highly trained professionals that work with medical grade chemicals to sanitize the entire facility and all equipment. If you are in Dayton, Beavercreek, Vandalia, Kettering, Centerville, Miamisburg, Huber Heights, or surrounding areas, give us a call or visit our homepage to get a free quote on your facility. We are a BBB accredited business with an A+ rating.
If you are not in the Miami Valley, we recommend finding a business with similar credentials to make sure they are fully up to date on best practices.
Get your staff on board
Research the best cleaning methods for the equipment and mats in your facility, and then create a cleaning plan for the staff to keep up on. Prioritize high traffic areas and frequently touched items such as doorknobs, and handles. The equipment should be disinfected after each use by a member, so structure your staffing needs to account for this.
Some fitness facilities have gone so far as to have their staff sign a formal agreement to adhere to their strict cleaning regimen. Throughout the day, have them sign off that equipment is disinfected.
Lastly, educate your members/clients
The National Academy of Sports Medicine has a great blog and this is what they have to say about educating your clients:As a fitness professional, you may want to teach your client how to prevent the spread of harmful germs. You can explain the process in three easy steps: cover, wipe, then wash.
1. Use a towel to cover the equipment when used during the workout to create a barrier between the client and the equipment surface.
2. Use a clean towel or a disinfectant wipe to clean the equipment surface after use. This especially applies to individuals who may sweat on the equipment.
3. Wash hands after the workout. This is a crucial measure to prevent the spread of harmful germs among individuals (Larson et al., 2007).