The roadmap out of lockdown has begun however strict rules are still in place with the government instructing businesses and organisations to ensure premises are regulated to Covid Secure requirements. The government ‘Staying Covid Secure’ poster should be displayed in every workplace.
As a minimum, frequently touched surfaces should be wiped down twice a day, preferably at the beginning and the end of the working day. Cleaning should be more frequent depending on the number of people using the space and paying particular attention to all ‘hand touch’ surfaces such as door handles, light switches, work surfaces, remote controls and electronic devices.
Employers should provide handwashing facilities and hand sanitising facilities should also be available at entrances and exits.
The reopening of workplaces post pandemic needs close attention, making the workplace safe for everyone. A professional cleaning service plays a vital role in improving the safety of work environments. Since February 2020, Enhance Facilities Services has changed the chemicals it uses to carry out the cleaning process and is now routinely using anti-viral cleaning chemicals.
Everything has changed in the workplace since the first pandemic lock-down. Whole offices have shut down, working from home has become normal and working patterns have changed for good. The return to a new normal post pandemic will inevitably be challenging. Businesses have to adjust their approach to staff wellbeing, sustainability and productivity. Regular cleaning is more important than ever and will continue to play a vital role in limiting the transmission of COVID-19.