Dog-friendly Office Project Point 6: Disposal of Dog Waste

In the spirit of ‘Enriching the Workplace with Your Dog" at free stitch, we started the ‘Dog Friendly Office Project’ in September 2019. 

Since then, we have listened to the feedback from our customers about how their workplaces view bringing pets to work and we have created a set of guidelines for our staff who come to the office with their pets.

Through a series of blog entries, we hope to expand on and explain some of the reasoning behind the guidelines that we created in the consent form. 

Previously we elaborated on the reasoning behind designating specific areas of the office that pets have access to.  

This time, we will focus on rule 5 of the guidelines; 

‘If fouling or urination occurs inside company property, please clean the affected area thoroughly and hygienically. Be sure to inform others of the affected area’  - a common issue many owners face when owning a pet.

In addition to installing several pet toilet trays in the office, we ask all our staff to have their dogs wear ‘manner belts’ and ‘manner pants’ to avoid any accidents. Our toilet trays are made from acrylic and which is easy to wipe down and care for using water or disinfectant spray. At free stitch, we also use charcoal-infused pet sheets which absorb and odors. 

Staff clean the toilet trays regularly after defecation, urination and routinely twice a day minimum to keep the working area hygienic for everyone. 

We dispose of waste in accordance with Shibuya ward regulations by:

  1. Removing the soiled material (manner pads, sanitary pads and pet toilet tray sheets) from the site and wiping down the tray and surrounding area with disinfectant spray 
  2. Placing in a plastic bag and sealing it by tying tight (stools are flushed down the toilet to prevent odors)
  3. Placing it in the designated trash can (in our case, the combustible trash)
  4. Placing the bags out for disposal on the designated trash collection day

By keeping the office clean and hygienic by following the above guidelines, your dog and other members of staff can work in comfort and peace of mind. 

In our next blog post, we will examine the 6th rule of the Dog-friendly Office Guidelines: ‘Pets in heat, season or pregnant are not allowed’. 

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