Although our lives and businesses now resemble something close to the ‘normal’ we once knew, as we come into winter it’s worth reevaluating best practice for cleaning. The pandemic has seen a lot of change, especially when it comes to how we clean. Here at JDK, we stay up to date with the latest guidance and implement this when cleaning for our clients.
We’ve put together some guidance to refresh your memory on the precautions you need to take. Better yet, we’re more than happy to take care of everything to give you peace of mind and make sure your business is clean and safe for staff and visitors. Winter brings extra challenges with it, and this time of year means cold and flu bugs are prominent.
Earlier this year we put together a Covid checklist for the main things you should focus on when cleaning. At Alert Level Zero there are still legal requirements for business owners:
Businesses and other organisations, including activity and event organisers, must undertake a bespoke coronavirus risk assessment of their premises and activities and take reasonable measures to minimise exposure to, and the spread of, coronavirus based on that bespoke risk assessment.
For more information on what’s required, full guidance is available on the Welsh government website.
Why not organize a free site survey with a member of our team? We can advise on the cleaning regimen you should implement at your premises, and how JDK cleaning can help. Get in touch and we’ll be glad to answer any questions.
How does Covid Spread?
According to the Welsh Government, the main ways Covid-19 is spread are:
through the air as an aerosol
through the air by droplets
by direct contact with an infected person
by direct contact with a contaminated surface
Clean to reduce risk
Performing a risk assessment is required and it’s the best way to make sure you’ve identified potential risks. Areas that are frequently touched should be wiped down at least twice a day, but this will vary depending on how many people are using the space.
Here are a few areas to consider:
Door handles and doors
Laptops, remotes, and other devices
Desks and surfaces
Kitchen areas; surfaces, taps, kettles, microwaves
Office equipment; printers, keyboards, phones
Identify surfaces, areas and items that are touched frequently and make a cleaning list accordingly. If you have cleaners, check to see if they are working within the remit of your risk assessment.
As an employer, in line with the usual Health and Safety laws, you must take ‘reasonable measures’ to reduce the risks identified in your risk assessment. You will need to thoroughly clean and disinfect any areas an asymptomatic person has had any contact with. For full guidance on cleaning non-healthcare areas outside the home, you can find it here.
Areas that need to be cleaned regularly:
At JDK we offer deep kitchen cleans and sanitisation cleans as well as planning cleaning bespoke to your requirements. Just let us know what you need and when you need it and we’ll work together to create something that suits you, whether that’s a one-off or a scheduled service.
To find out exactly what we offer, our recent blog on our services will give you all the information you should need on our commercial and specialist cleaning services! If you need any further information, we’re just a call or message away.
In terms of personal protective equipment, this is needed when cleaning areas that a person with Covid-19 or those with symptoms has been in. A disposable apron and gloves are recommended as a minimum. Once PPE is removed you should wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
But Wait There’s More!
If you’re still unsure, we’ve prepared several handy guides for individual sectors to help. These guidelines will cover things to think about as well as how we can help:
Interested in a quote? Get in touch today and find out how we can help.