For employers of key workers, workplace hygiene has never been more important. In order to protect the health of staff and stop the spread of COVID-19, workplaces must be more even more conscious of cleaning surfaces to reduce the risk of transmission amongst staff.
How can this be done?
Cleaning surfaces with disinfectants will help fight against COVID-19 and reduce the risk of further transmission. These cleaning products are commonly found in many commercially available cleaners and disinfectants – please read the label.
When using these ingredients, please be sure to wear gloves to help protect the skin, keep it away from any fabrics to prevent bleaching and do not dilute with any other chemicals. A full list of disinfectants suitable for COVID-19 can be found here.
DRY SURFACES AFTER CLEANING
Water can create an environment in which the virus can multiply. In order to combat this, we recommend you dry off any freshly cleaned surfaces which a clean, dry cloth or paper towels.
PREVENT EQUIPMENT SHARING (IF POSSIBLE)
Limiting and preventing the use of shared equipment at work will help by slowing the spread of germs and nasty bacteria. This may be by making sure everyone has a dedicated mug or that hot desks are no longer allowed. In an ideal world, every employee will have their own equipment and cleaning products readily available.
FOCUS ON KEY TOUCH POINTS
Hands, face, space. It’s essential to remind your employees about the importance of rigorous handwashing and avoiding face-touching. Why? This is because our hands are somewhat “sponges” for the virus – they can stick to us which makes us an incredible vessel for transmission. To reduce the risk of transmission, we’d recommend regularly (and thoroughly) cleaning key touch points which include door handles, switches, phones, the printer, kettles, taps, toilet handles and more.