Following long-awaited ‘Freedom Day’ on 19th July, the UK government is no longer instructing people to work from home where possible, so many workplaces will be dusting off the cobwebs and welcoming back employees.
For those who run these establishments (offices, labs, warehouses etc.) there’s much to consider and a lot of ground to cover.
Working arrangements will need to be put in place that have everyone’s best interests at heart. We’ve highlighted the official government advice on Cleaning the Workplace for you right here:
Objective: To make sure any site or location that has been closed or partially operated is clean, and ready to restart.
Before you restart work, you should :
- assess all sites, or parts of sites, that have been closed
- review cleaning procedures and provide hand sanitiser
Keeping the workplace clean
Objective: To keep the workplace clean and prevent the spread of COVID-19 from touching contaminated surfaces.
Hygiene: Handwashing, sanitation & toilets
Objective: To help everyone keep good hygiene through the working day.
Using signs and posters to make people aware:
– how to wash their hands well
– that they should wash their hands frequently
– that they should not touch their faces
– they should cough or sneeze into a tissue which is binned safely, or into their arms if a tissue is not available
Providing regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards.
Providing hand sanitiser in multiple accessible locations, as well as washrooms. Consider the needs of people with disabilities.
Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets. This is to ensure they’re kept clean.
Enhancing cleaning for busy areas.
Taking special care when cleaning portable toilets.
Providing more waste facilities, and more frequent rubbish collection.
Providing hand drying facilities. Provide paper towels, continuous roller towels, or electrical dryers.
Keeping the facilities well ventilated. For example, by ensuring any mechanical ventilation work effectively and opening windows and vents where possible.
Changing rooms & showers
Objective: To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in customer changing rooms.
The enclosed nature of changing rooms may result in increased risk of COVID-19 spreading.
You should manage them carefully to reduce that risk. Businesses should update their risk assessments for each premises where changing rooms are being used.
You should ensure adequate ventilation in changing rooms. For example, by ensuring mechanical ventilation works effectively and opening windows and vents where possible. Read the HSE advice on air conditioning and ventilation.
Handling goods, merchandise and other materials, and onsite vehicles
Objective: To reduce the spread of COVID-19 through contact with objects coming into the workplace, and vehicles at the worksite.
Remember, you don’t have to take care of all the above yourself, there are companies like ours that offer an array of services that can ensure your workplace is a clean, safe and bright environment for everyone. You can get in touch on 0161 883 0328 or request a callback on our homepage.
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