6 Things Keep Clean At Work To Prevent The Spread Of Covid-19
Businesses are in different stages of returning to work, some have completely pushed the idea of returning to the office aside for months while others have already introduced whole workforces back to the building, with added safety measures such as social distancing.
Office cleaning services in London are preparing themselves for the surge of enquiries as office managers open their doors for the first time to be met with months worth of dust, grime and general dirt from a seemingly abandoned office. In a city that has experienced the worst of the virus, many offices made a snap decision to close and did not have the time to create a plan to keep the premises clean during lockdown.
While using professional office cleaners for a deep clean if best advised before allowing staff to return to work, it is important to keep this standard of cleanliness throughout the working week. Regular cleaning in your building is one of the best ways to keep staff safe at work during the pandemic and the responsibility shouldn’t just be on contracted cleaning staff, but also employers, managers, staff and even visitors.
Employers and staff already have basic knowledge of cleanliness, making sure dirty dishes are taken care of and not leaving food and drinks on our desks to harbor bacteria over the weekend. However, if you really want to get down to the dirtiest areas of the office, but also some-what forgotten, read on for 6 areas the whole team needs to keep an eye on and share responsibility for cleaning.
It’s where food is prepared and consumed while we take a break from our busy days and have some much needed rest. Therefore, it is the area that needs the most attention, especially as it is used by so many different teams and departments, germs and viruses can easily be spread here.
It is of course important that all crockery, utensils and drinkware are thoroughly cleaned after each use and never shared, but what else do we need to focus on?
Crumbs, spillages and general clutter are often found on shared kitchen surfaces and leave the place unsightly.
While brushing debri away is polite for the next user, we now need to take further steps. After preparing or eating our lunch, surfaces need to be sterilized, ready for the next person.
Lunches are limited in time and to make everyone less reluctant to do their bit, use antibacterial wipes and make them obviously available. Even after the pandemic, this should be left in place, it can make a world of difference to all those who use it if they are never having to fight around other people’s mess.
Water Coolers & Coffee Machines
They are one of the most used appliances in our offices, but also one of the dirtiest. They may appear to be clean but they are a breeding ground for germs.
Water spigots are rarely dry due to such frequent use, this gives bacteria the ideal environment and means they are in direct contact with the liquids you drink.
Allocating certain times to thoroughly clean these, especially in the mornings and lunch breaks, can really reduce any harmful spread.
Similarly, buttons and coffee pot handles are constantly touched by various parties, consider leaving antibacterial hand gel close by so everyone can sanitize their hands before and after use.
The shared office fridge can be the stuff of nightmares in some workplaces but now is time to be more wary than ever.
The fridge should be wiped down with antibacterial spray each day, especially as lunch boxes are stored in our homes and placed directly in there, there could be a risk of spreading the virus.
There is also the possibility of colleagues touching and moving other people’s food to access their own. Everyone should be encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly before entering the fridge and before eating their food.
For an extra measure, it is suggested that all lunch boxes be placed in new, sterile bags or containers before entering the shared fridge.
While it’s true that heat can kill the coronavirus, this is all dependent now just on the temperature but also the time it is exposed to this heat. So just like the fridge, the microwave should be cleaned daily.
But it isn’t the interior that is the biggest worry, handles and buttons are constantly touched throughout the day and many people take little notice of this.
Antibacterial products should be kept close by so everyone can properly clean these before and after use.
Your desk is where you spend most of your day and even though you may rarely share the area with another person,but it can be the most harmful place for bacteria. The following items are the biggest culprit.
Whether you have a shared office phone or your own personal one, it’s important to keep this clean.
Not only are you touching this with your hands, but your lips are in close contact with the receiver on many occasions. Saliva droplets can be transferred by even the most careful of colleagues and if they are a carrier of Covid-19, this will soon infect the rest of the office.
Wipe telephone receivers and buttons down as often as possible throughout the day. Ideally a shared phone will have this after each use.
Mouse & Keyboard
Your hands touch these hundreds of times a day and with so many cracks and crevices for germs to hide, they can quickly become a health hazard.
Before sitting at desks, all workers should thoroughly wash their hands, especially after lunch and visiting the bathrooms.
Wipes both down at least once a day and discourage team members from sharing.
Your cleaning teams should know how to handle the more basic areas, such as carpets, door handles and toilet facilities. However, they are also at risk to and need to be protected. If you feel like you have been exposed to the virus or someone in the office has, make sure you wipe down any surfaces that have come into contact to protect everyone who comes to your office.
Let cleaning staff know if there are any risks and if there are any areas that need extra attention, communication is key at this time and by properly doing so, we can keep everyone safe.