Improve Cleanliness In The Fight Against Covid-19
Reduce the risk of Covid-19 contamination in your workplace with these stringent hygiene requirements.
With the government slowly easing lockdown measures, companies across the UK are considering how they will safely reopen for business again. Employers are tasked with the challenges of allowing customers to enter their premises whilst sticking to strict social distancing guidelines. Equally high on the priority list, is the need to follow extraordinarily high standards of workplace hygiene.
Health and Safety Legislation
Employers are required to follow the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 to protect employees along with anyone else on the business premises. This includes providing hygienic work facilities which has never been more important than during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
How Long Does The Coronavirus Live?
It is known that the coronavirus can be spread by touching contaminated surfaces, which may include fabrics, counter tops, door handles or parcels. Just about anything you come into contact with may have been contaminated with the virus, which is why it’s essential that you adopt high standards of cleanliness if you have, or are intending to reopen your business. The BBC recently reported that the coronavirus may have the ability to live for up to 28 days in low temperatures. This frightening fact highlights the need to be thorough in your cleaning.
Ideally, you should hire specialist contract cleaners to carry out regular deep cleaning of your premises. This should be done as regularly as possible, outside of working hours. However, during the working day, you should also task staff with carrying out frequent cleaning of high-contact areas.
Cleaning Retail Environments
If you work in retail, then these might include your countertops, display stands, door mechanisms, and of course any toilet facilities in use. Workers should use sanitiser before touching any surfaces and thoroughly wash their hands with antimicrobial soap following the clean.
Cleaning Office Environments
In a corporate office environment, the same attention should be given to desk phones, computers and lift buttons. Hotdesking should be discouraged due to the potential spread of germs. Workers can be provided with sanitiser and must be responsible for cleaning their own workspaces. The sharing of stationery and other utensils should be prohibited. In terms of communal areas, your employees must understand the shared responsibility of keeping kitchen areas clean. If you use communal storage, then smart lockers offer a hands-free opening mechanism, so that your employees will not need to touch the surface at all to gain access to their belongings.
Creating A Hygiene Policy
You should establish a clear set of cleanliness standards which you expect your workers to achieve. Internal communication is critical in ensuring that your message is delivered and acted on. Keep a written policy in your staff handbook and require documentation to prove that all employees have read and understood this policy.
Remember that the additional steps you’re taking to keep your workplace clean and hygienic could mean the difference between life and death. By carrying out regular cleaning, you’re helping to stop the spread of the virus and support the NHS in saving lives.