The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the world. It has greatly affected the day to day lives of workers. The current climate has made it more important than ever to brush up on how we can protect ourselves in the workplace. We’re here to provide you with a handy guide on the dangers in the office and what we can do to help keep you safe.
Covid Hotspots in the Workplace
Some areas of the office will have a higher concentration of germs. These will be areas that get the most traffic or items and objects that are likely to be touched by more than one person. These hotspots hold an increased risk for infected people to pass along the coronavirus. Identifying and managing these hotspots is essential for maintaining your health and that of your co-workers.
The risk of germs is already high in the bathroom. If you don’t close the toilet lid after going, it increases the chance of faecal germs getting into the air.
Bathroom door handles are a primary area of concern so it is imperative you wash your hands after going to the loo.
A study on how many times people wash their hands a day was carried out recently. It showed that even in the midst of a pandemic 2% of adults hadn’t washed their hands at all on a given day.
To help lessen the risk of germs spreading, wipe down toilet seats and door handles after each use and wash your hands. Or get in touch to enquire about our Washroom Services.
Desks get a lot of traffic especially if you share equipment with your colleagues such as pens. Even if you are the only one who touches your equipment, it would be best to clean everything down at the end of the day. This includes pens, mugs, keyboards and office phones.
Photocopiers are also a big hotspot as they are used by everyone in the office. Be sure to minimise how much you touch it and wipe it down after you’ve finished.
Avoid hot desking as well. If each worker has their own station it will help to greatly reduce the risk of passing on an infection.
Preparing food in a communal space can lead to the spread of germs. Any fridges and microwaves and cupboard doors should be cleaned down at the end of the day.
Wash your hands before and after eating – either with soap and water or a hand sanitiser – and bin your packaging.
If putting food in the fridge, protect it by putting it in separate labelled containers.
To lessen the risk of spreading Covid, maintain social distancing measures. This means only having a set number of people in a space at any one time.
This is especially true for lifts Wipe down the buttons between uses. Don’t stand too close to the doors as people are coming out as they still have to pass you from a safe distance.
Professional Covid Cleaning Services
We are here to give you peace of mind over coronavirus. Our personalised cleaning contracts and thorough work are all to help you feel safer in the workplace. The covid fogging and covid deep clean services we provide are specially designed to cleanse your workplace in the event of a Covid outbreak. We also provide focused high touchpoint cleaning throughout the day in a way that suits you and your employees.
We tailor our cleaning contracts according to each client and being methodical is always the best course of action. We always endeavour to use environmentally friendly cleaning products wherever possible. This is in conformance with our ISO 14001 certification. Covid-19 has increased the need for cleanliness. We have cleaning methods for your office or workspace that will help you become as Covid-safe as possible.
This cleans large areas of a building quickly and effectively. It uses an antiviral disinfectant – we use our very own Total Defence brand. Operatives will use specialist electrostatic fogging machinery. It is sprayed as a fine mist across the sector you wish cleaned and then left to evaporate for a few hours.
Fogging can reach places you may have missed in your own cleaning of the premises, getting into hard to reach areas.
We also utilise a ZOONO disinfectant solution that creates a barrier against germs for up to 30 days. You can find out more about the process here.
We carry out Covid Deep Cleaning with as little intrusion as possible. Allow at least one hour after we’re finished for re-entry and leave windows open for circulation. This would be most advantageous to carry out after you’ve finished work.
Deep cleaning the carpet/rug in your workplace is also essential. The floor gets the most traffic as people walk back and forth and sometimes you can’t see how much dirt is accumulating in the fibres. Hoover your carpet regularly. Carpet shampoos are also useful in getting a more thorough cleaning. Diluted washing up detergent will also work.
We use sterilising chemicals to ensure your workplace is as clean as possible. You can find out more about the deep clean service we provide here.
Total Defence Cleaning Pack
The Total Defence Cleaning Pack is for your own personal use. This includes a Covid virucidal trigger spray, a hand gel pump and pocket-sized hand gel, both with 70% alcohol, alcohol-based wipes for all surfaces and a cleaning cloth. This will help you to be Covid-safe and stay protected at the office.
What You Can Do to Protect Against Covid
While at work, you should always follow the basic health and safety guidelines that have been put in place in response to coronavirus.
Wash your hands regularly throughout the day. Use soap and water for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser with an alcohol base of more than 70%.
You should wash before and after eating, after going to the toilet and after touching potentially contaminated surfaces and objects.
Try to avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose with your hands just in case of infection.
Make sure there is a sanitiser at every touchpoint and desk. Place disinfectant wipes in the reception area, kitchens, bathrooms and other places that get a lot of traffic. This makes sure there’s always a quick and easy way to keep surfaces and items sanitised, encouraging proactive hygiene.
You should always wear your mask when going out and being in close proximity to those not in your bubble. Wearing a mask not only protects you from germs but prevents you from passing on germs to other people.
If there is a medical condition as to why you can’t wear a mask, face shields are available.
In the event of being able to take off a mask, there will be plastic or plexiglass screens to protect you from the germs of those you are talking to.
Government guidelines for coronavirus recommend being six feet from each other at all times. This means limiting the number of people in any one room of your workplace to avoid overcrowding. This could include only having one or two people in a lift at a time.
This helps to limit how many germs can be passed on. In close proximity, droplets from sneezes, coughs or talks can travel into the mouth or nose of who you’re close to. From a further distance, the germ particles disperse more, lowering the chance of the germs being transmitted to you.
To help maintain social distancing, stagger breaks and work patterns to avoid overcrowding high congestion points like break rooms. Organise specific seating arrangements to minimise how much your staff moves around and implement a digital form of paperwork. Ensure that there is a one-way system for people to walk along and minimise the need for face-to-face meetings.
Many people cough or sneeze into their hands. This covers your hands in germs and if you don’t wash them immediately there is a greater risk of you passing them along. This can be through touching a door handle or other surfaces that get a lot of frequent hand traffic.
To counter this, try to remember to sneeze and cough into a tissue or the crook of your elbow instead.
If you have any questions or need some Covid cleaning advice, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help you out.