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3 things to consider before returning to work

Daryl Wing
For most businesses around the world, the coronavirus pandemic is the biggest test they have ever faced. While the long-term impact of COVID-19 is uncertain, an ease of restrictions in some
countries has given a sense of optimism as businesses begin to reopen. With the health of employees and customers at risk if the correct measures aren’t taken before re-opening, getting employees back to work safely brings many challenges. While social distancing is one of the most important steps in the process, taking the necessary hygiene precautions to protect employees is a close second.

 

‘The majority of employers (93%) are worried about ensuring that workplace conditions and policies comply with applicable safety and health regulations after lockdown.’
Littler COVID-19 Flash Survey Report, 2020

 

The pandemic has created an increased awareness of health risks, especially when it comes to positive hygiene practices. Workplaces have always provided suitable conditions for bacteria and
viruses to spread, but in these extraordinary times, combatting contact transmission has never been more important. With returning employees and customers mindful of the importance of hygiene, minimising risk in the ‘new normal’ and preparing for the future will be critical. Here are three important questions to consider.

Has your workplace been cleaned and how will it keep clean?

Every 60 seconds, a working adult touches as many as 30 objects which may be contaminated by bacteria or viruses causing infectious disease.
(Dr. Charles Gerba, University of Arizona)

Initial’s disinfection services sanitise touchpoints, surfaces, equipment and floors with solutions that can kill up to 99.99% of bacteria and viruses. Our qualified technicians work quickly, safely and effectively to deliver a legally compliant service tailored to your business needs.

  • Surface cleaning and disinfecting products – a range of sprays and surface wipes that can kill pathogens and prevent cross-contamination. Surface sanitiser spray for large surface areas and surface wipes provide up to 24-hour protection.
  • Door handles – our HygienicTouch door handles can kill 99.99% of bacteria, such as S. aureus and E. coli, deposited on the surface of the handle by people’s hands.
  • Floor care – capturing up to 80% of the microorganisms before they’re spread through your facility, our serviced commercial floor mats can save 14% in costs.

Are there hygiene items in place to ensure good hand hygiene?

59% of people avoid touching things in the washroom at work. 

(Initial Hygiene Demographics Report, 2015)

Germs and pathogens can spread easily throughout a building – person to person, surface to person or via the air. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, they produce airborne droplets that can contaminate surfaces.

Throughout the day, hands that touch these surfaces can transmit germs to other surfaces or directly to people. Our range of hand-sanitising solutions includes no-touch technology and sanitising consumables that protect your hands for up to 8 hours.

  • Handwashing Solutions – we have a range of no-touch, anti-microbial soap dispensers that kill 99.99% of bacteria and offer superior handwashing. When placed in key hygiene hotspots such as washrooms, kitchens and food preparation areas, they promote handwashing compliance among employees.
  • Hand-drying Solutions – our range of no-touch paper and linen dispensers reduce the amount of moisture and microorganisms left on the hands after washing to reduce the risk of recontamination.
  • Sanitising Solutions – our high-performance sanitising consumables can prevent the spread of germs via hand-to-surface or hand-to-person contact.

Is air purification in place for more hygienic air?

The link between some common indoor air pollutants (e.g., radon, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, Legionella bacterium) and health effects is very well established. 

(World Health Organization)

The impact of breathing harmful air is not visible to the naked eye, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. The walls, doors and windows that protect us from the elements could also be an entry point for unwanted air pollutants. This could result in indoor air that’s up to five times more polluted than outdoors. Indoor contaminants can be caused by many things, including:

  • how the building is heated
  • poor ventilation
  • damp
  • chemicals in cleaning products
  • if people cook in that space
  • some building materials and furniture

Airborne germs can trigger allergies or spread infection and disease. Our air hygiene solutions are expertly designed to reduce cross-contamination across your facility.

  • InspireAir 72 – removes up to 99.97% of airborne particles in large spaces and communal areas, preventing harmful pollutants being inhaled or contaminating surfaces.
  • Biozone – ideal for use as an ongoing air treatment to combat the impact that unpleasant smells have on staff and visitors, our patented technology eradicates malodours and reduces bacteria in the air in commercial environments, including washrooms.
  • EcoBreeze – a triple-action air hygiene system that filters, cleans and fragrances the air in washrooms, reducing the amount of bacteria in the air or on surfaces and ensuring that your washroom always smells pleasant.

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Daryl Wing
Daryl Wing

Daryl Wing studied Scripting for Film and Television at Bournemouth University before starting his career working on Fireman Sam scripts for television. He is an experienced copywriter, who enjoys writing children's literature, watching football, and eating chocolate. He firmly believes that as long as there’s Star Wars, there’s hope.

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