Reopening Businesses

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us.  As states look towards reopening, businesses are looking for guidelines and best practices that will help maintain safety and good health for everyone.  At Saroj International, we want to support the protection of lives and the reopening of economies.  To that end, we have diverted our factories to the creation of personal protective equipment (PPE) to support workers during this pandemic.

State and Federal Guidelines

Whether you are an essential business and your factories and offices have remained open, or you are looking to reopen after weeks of telework, the office is likely to look very different than it did before COVID-19.  There is now a focus on practicing social distancing even within the office, as well as ensuring more sanitation and flexibility for employees.  Here is an excerpt from the advisory guidance from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and running water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Select, implement, and ensure workers use controls to prevent exposure, including physical barriers to control the spread of the virus; social distancing; and appropriate personal protective equipment, hygiene, and cleaning supplies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also offers an Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Governor of Georgia’s executive order contains a list of measures for business to implement to mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19.  They include:

  • Providing personal protective equipment as available and appropriate to the function and location of the worker
  • Implementing staggered shifts
  • Enforcing social distancing and increasing physical space between workers and customers

Importance of Personal Protective Equipment

Many businesses have shared that they are learning as they go, and will evolve as they receive more guidance from health officials and identify best practices.  In the long term, some are looking to redesign office layouts, and are interested in installing antimicrobial work surfaces and disinfecting UV lights.  In the short term, companies are focused on making their current offices work in ways that protect and ensure the safety of all employees.

Pepsi-Cola bottling plants in New York are giving factory workers surgical masks and checking temperatures at the door.  A Coca-Cola bottler has given employees red bandanas to cover their faces, and thermometers to monitor themselves.  Other common practices include:

  • Rerouting employees through different entrances and exits
  • Closing some workstations to maintains social distancing
  • Shutting break rooms to prevent employees from gathering in one spot

We know that it isn’t always possible to keep 6 feet away from someone in an office, especially if you need to collaborate.  When we can’t practice social distancing, PPE becomes more important than ever.  As a longtime distributor, Saroj International has the PPE that businesses need, especially the items that are difficult to find, such as industrial-grade masks like KN95, and thermometers.  We want to help make sure that all employees have a safe work environment.  

We have worked with the FDA to ensure that all our products have the necessary requisite certifications.  Over the past month, we have supported cities with PPE for their frontline healthcare workers, as well as federal employees, UPS workers, and various Fortune 500 businesses.

Why We Recommend KN95 Masks

Face masks are probably the most discussed piece of PPE.  Masks help keep people from touching their nose and mouth, and prevent the wearer from airborne particles and liquid contamination.  Industrial hygienist Renee Anthony said that while the CDC recommends that people wear cloth face masks in public places where it is difficult to maintain distancing, the cloth masks don’t provide sufficient protection when employees work huddled together.  In that instance, you need industrial-grade masks, like KN95.

KN95 masks are equivalent to N95 masks, and you may also hear them referred to as respirators.  They have been added to the list of authorized gear to combat the coronavirus through an Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA.  The masks cover the mouth and nose, and create a seal to block at least 95% of airborne particles, allowing them to provide more protection than the looser cloth face masks.  Specifically, KN95 masks are designed to protect the wearer from bacteria, germs, and air pollutants, as well as some common allergens.  Saroj’s KN95 masks are FDA certified and manufactured to EEA standards.

In addition to providing better protection, the KN95 masks fit better and are more comfortable - two pros for employees who may need to wear one for 8 or more hours a day.  Unlike cloth masks, KN95 masks provide some space between the mask and your mouth and nose.  Employees won’t feel the mask touching their skin, and their voice will not be muffled when they are speaking to people in-person or over the phone.  For added comfort, Saroj’s masks are completely glue-free and odorless.

Our masks are available for bulk purchase, and we are ready to help all businesses by providing a steady supply.  We can also provide:

  • No contact thermometers 
  • Hand sanitizer and hand wipes
  • Medical gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Protective wear, like gowns

We’ve been in business for nearly 30 years in Los Angeles and have an extensive network of factories now focused on providing PPE.  We want to help get all offices set up with the right products for the continued safety of all employees.  We are here to help keep our communities healthy and protected.