The cleaning and hygiene measures businesses need to have in place to stay safe
As the country eases out of lockdown, Jangro, Janitorial suppliers in Cork advises on the cleaning and hygiene measures businesses need to have in place to stay safe
By: Piranha Digital
Cleaning and hygiene have always been a vital cog in organisational success, but now, as the country slowly eases out of lockdown, they have risen to the top of companies' agendas. Health and safety regulations state that employers have a duty of care for their staff, but with social distancing measures expected to stay in place until further notice, this responsibility has never been more important.
There are many things to consider keeping employees, visitors, and customers safe. Some measures may be short-lived, in existence only for the time that the coronavirus threatens our health, whilst others may survive longer-term and become standard practice. This could ultimately result in workplaces, leisure facilities, and restaurants becoming healthier spaces in the future.
Ensure facilities are hygienically clean before re-opening
Operatives should use disposable cloths or paper roll, and disposable mop heads and cleaning chemicals (https://www.corkhygiene.ie/
As well as the usual tasks on the cleaning check list (such as washrooms, flooring etc.), operatives should pay special attention to high traffic touch points within a facility. Lift buttons, telephones, and door handles are all places that can transfer harmful bacteria to hands, and, in turn, be moved onto new surfaces or transmitted to other people.
Washroom facilities should be in good order and must remain well-stocked. This means that operatives may need to monitor them more frequently to ensure that dispensers do not run empty. Employers should also ensure there are other opportunities for hand hygiene across the rest of their premises. Placing hand sanitiser stations around all communal areas, such as entrance/exits, reception areas, cafeteria and rest-break areas, meeting rooms, and employee workstations, will help to prevent bacteria from spreading.
Finally, make sure staff are confident with the correct procedures by placing wallcharts that highlight the best techniques.
By implementing these infection prevention measures, businesses can get back to work, safe in the knowledge that they are doing everything possible to achieve a healthier workplace, and protect their employees, customers, and wider community.