Businesses across the UK have had to think on their feet to comply with the changing regulations by the Government. Something that has been a consistent feature is social distancing. Business owners might overlook how their employees can remain socially distanced from staff that are cleaning in their workspace. By implementing effective job allocation and task scheduling you can ensure that there are no issues. Your cleaning company should be able to provide a task list and schedule which direct their cleaners to safely clean and disinfect areas without coming into contact with employees. Of course, if there is no way to safely social distance then you could make changes to the times that cleaning takes place to reduce risk. Most cleaning companies can offer early and late shifts.
The next area that is commonly misconstrued is sanitisation. Lots of hand sanitising stations have been installed in businesses around the UK but hand sanitisers and cleaning products must be effective to reduce contamination. Hand sanitiser needs at least 60% alcohol content to work properly. Most alcohol-based hand sanitiser gels contain either ethanol or isopropanol, or a combination of both. It is quick and easy to check the labels of the sanitiser you are providing for staff and customers, or your cleaning company could provide you with a trusted product saving you time on research and ordering and possibly even cutting costs.
Another consideration is the product used for cleaning jobs. General-purpose cleaning solutions are unlikely to break down a virus and kill it. Ten Three Cleaning recommend the use of a viricidal product and ideally one that has been tested against COVID19. The frequency and pattern of cleaning should also be considered, and much focus should be placed on regular and thorough cleaning of contact points such as door handles, bannisters, taps and toilet flush handles. High traffic areas such as receptions, toilets and offices will also need to be focussed on.
Your cleaning company should have products that are more effective than off-the-shelf products. Viricidal cleaning agents are different, but they are not a great deal more expensive so be sure to check what you are being charged if you request a change of product.
PPE (personal protective equipment)
Lots of businesses are using PPE which is great, but for it to be effective it must be used properly. When used during cleaning they should be used in one area then disposed of and replaced. Disposable gloves are used to protect the user from contact with bacteria, however, bacteria can be transferred on the gloves which is why they need to be constantly changed and disposed of properly. Cross-contamination can be managed with the correct use of PPE and your cleaning company should not only provide their cleaning staff with the correct PPE but also train them on the proper use of it.
The level of PPE required will also change depending on the risk. For example, less PPE will be needed in an empty office than in a busy nursing home. Your cleaning company will assess the risk and proceed with the necessary precautions.
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