With England’s latest lockdown ending soon, it is time for business owners to think about reopening their premises in the safest way they can to prevent further spread of Coronavirus.
Preparing in advance to ensure your premises are as clean as possible is crucial, as is having a clear strategy for protecting staff and customers over the coming weeks and months.
Here are 6 top tips for how to ensure your staff and customers can return to work safely.
1. Organise an Initial Deep Clean
Before staff and customers return to your workplace, organising a deep clean is essential to ensure you are beginning with a clean slate. Whether you chose to do this yourself or hire a professional company to do this, it is vital that it is comprehensive and covers all surfaces. Our ‘Back to Work’ Cleaning options provide reassurance your workplace is clean and ready to reopen.
2. Carry Out a COVID-19 Risk Assessment
The risks in every business are different, so you must assess your workplace individually and identify any areas that need extra attention and anything that may need to be changed or altered to make it safer for staff and customers.
The findings and outcome of your COVID-19 risk assessment should be shared with staff in full to ensure they’re as informed as possible of any potential risks and how best to mitigate them.
3. Have Strict Social Distancing Policies
Implementing a social distancing policy may involve reconfiguring your workplace, moving desks apart and setting up separate entrances and exits to minimise any potential contact between employees and customers (if applicable). You may want to consider organising set break and lunchtimes to avoid crowding in common areas, for example.
4. Create a More Frequent Cleaning Schedule
Cleaning is more essential than ever before in workplaces, so setting up a clear and frequent cleaning schedule is a must. Cleaning high traffic areas and surfaces that everyone touches regularly is essential to help stop the spread of the virus. Frequently touched things such as door handles, taps, and light switches should be thoroughly wiped with disinfectant regularly throughout the day.
5. Promote Hand Hygiene As Much As Possible
The importance of regularly washing and sanitising hands remains extremely important, so signs and stickers in high visibility areas reminding staff to wash their hands for 20 seconds is a great idea. Introduce hand sanitising stations strategically around the workplace and at entry and exit locations should also be considered.
6. Invest in Robust Cleaning Products and Hire An Experienced and Reliable Cleaning Company
Using high-quality cleaning products with the right ingredients to kill any germs is vital. If you’re not sure what products are best, a professional cleaning company such as ours will bring the right products with us whether it’s for a ‘Back to Work’ deep clean, or regular cleaning services.
We have been cleaning workplaces since 2003, and we know everything there is to know about cleaning and keeping people protected against germs and the spread of viruses. Don’t take a chance, ensure you are doing everything you can to prevent the spread inside your workplace.