Going back to work: The coronavirus cleaning guide
Businesses throughout the UK have been hit hard by the pandemic, with most not able to trade. As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure all areas of your business are clean and hygienic. Ensuring all areas are clean and disinfected will help reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). It will also help reduce the spread of other germs that could potentially cause illness within the business.
Coronavirus has been proven to be passed from person to person through different surfaces. This is why a regular clean and disinfection process is necessary within the workplace, especially on hotspot surfaces such as, door handles, desks, phones, kitchen appliances and many more surfaces that come into contact with people on a daily basis. From surface to face, the average person touches their face 2,000 to 3,000 times a day. The eyes, nose and mouth is the ideal gateway for bacteria and viruses to enter the body, this is why regular cleaning is required.
As one of the UK’s leading provider of commercial cleaning and janitorial products to many sectors including education and healthcare, Hygienic Concepts has been active in the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus in businesses, schools and homes throughout the UK.
Here are our tips for maintaining a clean, happy and safe work environment in order to help reduce workplace illness and absences, and most of all to help keep the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 at bay.
It is one thing you have probably heard over and over again since the start of the pandemic, “use hand sanitiser,” “make sure it has at least 60% alcohol!” This is probably going to be one of our most obvious points in this blog, make sure a hand sanitiser is available throughout your building.
There are two options to choose from, alcohol-based and non-alcohol based hand sanitiser. Both are equally as good as each other in the fight against bacteria and viruses. However, you may have noticed since you started using alcohol-based hand sanitiser, that your hands are a little rough maybe even cracked? This is where alcohol-free hand sanitiser comes into play.
Alcohol-free hand sanitiser is made from naturally derived ingredients which in turn leave hands moisturised and free from viruses. The Flourish™ professional alcohol-free foam hand sanitiser also offers residual protection long after use. Another advantage to alcohol-free sanitisers is that they are non-flammable and halal approved. It’s also kinder to the environment.
The choice is yours but the main focus is that you have it in your reception, canteen areas and offices. Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is always best if available to do so.
Clean your business regularly
Coronavirus has opened our eyes to hygiene and what we normally would have taken for granted. Cleaning around the office on a regular basis is a must and failing this increases the risk of coronavirus spreading through your workplace like wildfire, this will then lead to absences in the workplace or even worse business shut down.
When going back to work, all workplace cleaning should be done with coronavirus regulations set out by the government in mind.
Pay special attention to every square inch or surface that should be cleaned thoroughly and regularly to ensure coronavirus isn’t spread. If one part of a desk or other surface isn’t sanitised the whole cleaning process is pointless. This is because a single particle of the virus could live on that missed spot for hours if not days depending on what material it is.
Take a look at your business to identify high touch surfaces that people come into contact with on a regular basis, such as:
- Light switches
- Toilets and taps
- Water coolers
The list is endless but to ensure the spread of SARS-CoV-2 is kept at bay you must clean these surfaces throughout the day.
One area of the business that can be overlooked and neglected is the washroom. Washrooms at the best of times are a haven for all sorts of bacteria and viruses both in the toilet itself and the surfaces around it.
You may have seen or heard of toilet plumes? These plumes are tiny aerosol particles that fly out of the toilet and land on surfaces up to 15ft away. These droplets can contain viruses such as COVID-19 meaning that you should ensure every surface within your washroom is sanitised ready for the next visitor.
When cleaning a washroom you should follow these key points once you have identified frequently touched surfaces.
- Always make sure consumable products such as toilet paper and soap is available to use. Always make sure they are housed within a hygienic dispenser to help reduce any cross-contamination.
- All bins within the washroom should be emptied frequently to remove any possibly infected waste, both sanitary waste and general waste.
- Ensure that all customers and staff adhere to the hands, face, space and fresh air rule set by the UK government. This could be promoted via posters and signs in the washroom and around the workplace.
- Keep a record of when the washroom is cleaned so the next visitor can see that area is clean, sanitised and ready to use.
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