COVID-19 Safety Policy – Working safely during the pandemic
Enhance is committed to providing a safe place of work for our clients and our workforce.
Cleaning and Sanitising
Enhance will carry out deep cleans of the premises as appropriate to the building and the needs of the occupants. Enhance also offers electrostatic spray sanitising either with chemical or microbial shield virucides. Microbial shield virucides form an invisible coating on all surfaces which last for one month. Regular cleaning of those surfaces does not affect this lifespan.
Updated Risk Assessment & Staff Training
Enhance has updated its Risk Assessments across all sites to include all necessary controls and safety measures related to COVID-19. Enhance has provided COSHH assessments for new cleaning products being introduced to site. Enhance will carry out COVID-19 training for all staff to ensure they are aware of the risk assessment and safety measures in place.
These will include:
- Social Distancing. Operatives must keep 2 metres apart whilst at work. If necessary shifts and work routines will be adjusted to facilitate this. Where this is not possible, operatives will work in fixed teams and will be instructed to work side-by-side or facing away from each other, rather than face-to-face.
- Good hygiene. Operatives must wash their hands at the start and end of each shift, washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Operatives must use a hand sanitising gel if soap and water are not available. Operatives are instructed to avoid touching their face and to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue or their sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Operatives must use the personal protective equipment provided. This will include disposable gloves and a washable apron or tabard and, where necessary, a disposable or washable face mask.
- Cleaning and sanitising. Routines will focus on cleaning hard surfaces regularly, paying particular attention to frequent touch points.
- Recognising the symptoms. These may include high temperature, a persistent dry cough and difficulty breathing. Operatives are instructed to self-isolate if they feel unwell or if they or anyone in their household begins to show symptoms. Operatives are instructed to check isolation times and to seek online health advice at www.nhs.uk.
Use of PPE and Laundering or Safe Disposal
Operatives must wash their hands before putting on PPE and after removing PPE. Operatives must remove PPE with care, disposing safely of disposable items and bagging up aprons or tabards for laundering. Operatives must launder items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, using the highest recommended temperature setting and drying items completely. Operatives will not shake dirty laundry, to minimise the possibility of dispersing virus through the air. Operatives will clean and disinfect anything used for transporting laundry or dispose of it safely.
Cleaning Routines at Work
All hand contact points and high-risk areas will be cleaned using a combined cleaning and disinfectant product. This will include: washrooms, kitchens, reception areas, staff rest and eating areas and meeting rooms. Cleaning operatives will focus particular attention on frequent touch points including door handles, push plates, bannister rails, lift call buttons, light switches and taps.
Operatives will continue to use microfibre cloths and mops which will be laundered regularly or disposed of safely as appropriate.
Items that can’t be washed or laundered easily, for example carpets and upholstered furniture, will be steam cleaned. Items that are heavily contaminated with body fluids and cannot be cleaned by washing will be disposed of safely.
Vacuuming will be carried out using either a Numatic cylinder vacuum, Sebo upright brush vacuum or cordless Makita back pack vacuum. All of these perform highly in tests for dust particle retention.
Operatives will put all waste, including disposable PPE, cloths and tissues, into a plastic rubbish bag and tie this when full. Where there has been a known recent case of COVID-19 in the building, all waste bags will be placed inside a second bin bag (“double-bagging”) and then tied. Waste from an infected area may need to be stored for 72 hours before it is taken out for collection. If storage is not possible, then collection by a specialist clinical waste contractor will be required.
Meeting our Clients’ Changing Needs
Enhance will review all its cleaning routines in line with government guidelines. Enhance will also review the frequency of deep cleaning and specialist periodic cleaning tasks on each client site to ensure that we continue to meet our clients’ needs.
Director Responsible for Health & Safety