Man posting a reopening sign. Before reopening a building that has been closed for an extended period, do a visual assessment of the facade, roofing, ceilings, walls and windows to determine whether any storm damage could have allowed for moisture infiltration, leading to mold or structural degradation. (Photo: Chansom Pantip/Shutterstock)

With safety measures such as masks and facial protection, social distancing, limited gatherings and reduced travel, the workplace experience differs significantly today from a few months ago. Social guidelines and business operations may not be the only changes we encounter as society returns to the physical work environment. Periods of low building occupancy can present health and safety issues, including mold and bacteria growth, as well as structural degradation.

Let’s examine some biological considerations to be aware of when reopening buildings, especially factories, commercial office spaces and schools.

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