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CATCO is a full-service catastrophe (fire, water, storm, flood, mold) restoration company. The articles appearing here give you a glimpse of our work, our industry and tips to help you with anything related to our services or those that may help owners facing these challenges.
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TIPS FOR MINIMIZING BUSINESS RISK & CREATING A SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT

TIPS FOR MINIMIZING BUSINESS RISK & CREATING A SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT

DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE TO MITIGATE RISK & REDUCE LIABILITIES  (reprinted from Interstate Restoration)

Reviewing and understanding Federal, State, OSHA and/or CDC guidelines for maintaining a healthy and safe work environment is a critical step to minimizing risk to your business. Proactively taking steps to create and maintain a clean and safe work environment demonstrates that you take the health and safety of your employees and occupants seriously.

DEVELOP A SAFE WORK ENVIRONMENT PLAN

  • Inspect space and develop a plan to maintain social distancing requirements and allow for flexible work schedules including maintaining remote work capabilities
  • Commit to monitoring and following public health guidelines
  • Implement and maintain safe, social distancing practices
  • Encourage frequent hand washing
  • Provide hand sanitizer stations
  • Develop a daily disinfection plan
  • Remind employees to stay home if they are sick

COMMUNICATE YOUR PLAN

Don’t assume your employees or tenants know what steps you’re taking to minimize risk —tell them! Communicating your plan will help provide some needed reassurance that their health and safety is your top priority.

INSPECT & DISINFECT THE RIGHT WAY

  • Disinfect spaces, furnishings and mechanical systems before employees return to the workplace
  • Inspect for obvious signs of damage like broken windows or doors or water leaks
  • Inspect for hazards (electrical, mechanical, structural, physical, etc.)

According to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), here are two hidden risks you should consider 1) MOLD GROWTH 2) BACTERIA IN WATER SYSTEMS

STAY ON TOP OF REGULAR DISINFECTION & PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

While you’re focused on opening up again don’t forget the importance of maintaining a consistent cadence of regular and preventative maintenance activities. Prevent that project you put off before the shutdown from becoming the next disaster.

Peace of mind is a wonderful thing. Following these steps can provide businesses and occupants comfort knowing their health and safety is your top priority.

To ensure your building is ready to reopen, schedule a consultation or reach out to your CATCO Account Manager to discuss service options.  You can reach us direct, 24/7, 365 days a year, at 800-642-2826.

 

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COVID-19: PROACTIVE AND REACTIVE SERVICES AVAILABLE

Reprinted from Interstate Restoration Critical Services for Decontamination

Proactive Measures
Protecting your teams in advance is as important as a quick response when a positive case of COVID-19 is determined. Contact us to employ proactive cleaning measures as a first line of defense against the arrival of COVID-19 to your business.                                   

Reactive Measures
When a case of COVID-19 is determined, speed is critical to start effective decontamination. After we receive your call, we will quickly be on site, ready to do a walkthrough and begin set up to start the decontamination process.

Safety First, Always
Here is what you can always expect from Interstate:

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PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS: 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

reprinted from Interstate Restoration

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)            

​ Credit: NIAID-RML ​

The novel Coronavirus (now referred to as COVID-19) has caused thousands of fatalities around the world. It is spread primarily from person-to-person, and evidence exists that a person can get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly
their eyes. The World Health Organization has reported that a global pandemic is possible, and the number of infected persons could increase exponentially.

With the rapid spread of the Coronavirus throughout the world, you might be wondering what you would

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Do your “Homework” Before Your Summer Vacation: Protect Your Home from Losses While You’re Away

It’s summertime. Many of us are making packing lists, checking reservations and maintaining vehicles before our trips. Just don’t forget to prep your house before you lock the door and head out of town.  As a disaster restoration company, we’ve seen many homes severely damaged while the occupants were gone.  While we certainly need business, we prefer to help our clients prevent losses or minimize them when we can.  There are lists on the internet that can help you prepare, but here is ours:
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  1. Hire a House Sitter/Pet Sitter if You Can.  Ask a responsible close friend or relative to stay at your home to effect the best “occupied” look for your home.  If you have the extra funds, you may even be able to hire someone.  That person can take care of your pets and your home, take in mail, newspapers, mow the lawn, move vehicles in and out, and generally make the house look “lived in.”
  2. Create a “Lived In” Look Otherwise. If #1 is not an option for you, do whatever you can to create an occupied look by having a neighbor collect mail and newspapers for you, have someone mow the lawn, set timers at different intervals on lamps and perhaps a radio inside.  You may even ask someone to park a car occasionally in the driveway.  If you have no other options, at least place a vacation hold on your mail and newspaper deliveries.
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