For a while, like most businesses, man and van service companies had to pause on their businesses because of the pandemic. The regulations provided by the WHO and the lockdowns in different parts of the world made warranted the slowdown in the business. However, with the lift in lockdowns and as the world starts to regain control from the pandemic, man and van businesses, like others, have resumed operations. Regardless, it is not business as usual because the companies have had to change many things so that they can accommodate the regulations and safety measures provided by WHO.
Below are some changes that man and van services providers are making when providing services during the pandemic;
1. Screening of Staff
The first thing that the WHO has recommended for all businesses, including man and van companies, is testing the staff for covid-19 because of safety. Therefore, this is a move that all man and van companies have prioritized for all their workers. No one wants to send a sick employee to the field and jeopardize the health of clients and the rest of the staff. These businesses, therefore, make sure that all the team members are tested and free of the COVID-19 virus, and they do not display any symptoms.
2. Pre-screening of Customers
One of the measures that man and van service providers are taking to ensure safety while working during the pandemic is customers' pre-screening. This process aims to make sure that none of the customers are experiencing any symptoms of the virus. The ultimate goal is to ensure the staff's health, providing the moving services and every other person involved. The companies work to make sure that the clients they take are in no way a risk to their staff and society's health. This involves asking questions, requesting test results, and researching if they are located in hot spot areas.
3. Screening the Environment
The companies are also very keen on the locations where their clients are from. The businesses are looking to avoid hot spot locations because contracting and spreading the virus in such places is very high. A person may have tested negative the day before and acquired the virus within twenty-four hours. Therefore, man and van businesses make sure not to send their staff in unsafe environments and risk their lives and health.
4. Sanitizing All Staff Equipment
After the businesses have made sure that their clients and employees are free from the virus, they also have to make sure that their equipment is safe. This means sanitizing all the vehicles or vans used in the proves from front to back, within and without. This includes the doors, gears, controls, wheels, and every other surface. The vehicles are also cleaned more frequently to ensure that the people getting into contact with them are safe. The definition of cleaning has also changed because not it involves majorly using disinfectants and sanitizers. All equipment used in the moving process also has to be sanitized regularly for the same reasons. Sanitizers also have to be availed around the house and in the moving van for safety.
5. Pre-sanitization of Clients Houses and Property
The companies also suggest pre-sanitization of the client's houses before the moving day. Since the man and van service providers work hard to ensure all their equipment is sanitized, the same has to be done by the clients to ensure everyone is safe. All high-touch surfaces within the house also have to be sanitized before the moving team reaches. This includes doors, knobs, and countertops, among other areas.
The staff also has to wear protective gear like face masks when in the moving process and interacting with clients. The same is expected from the clients. There is also close to no physical contact between the clients and the movers for health reasons. Other precautions taken by man and van service providers during the pandemic include regular handwashing, social distancing, avoiding mass gatherings, and crowded areas. This includes making sure that the company doesn't send many people to clients' houses or make sure the clients do not have a lot of people in the house during the moving process.