Misinformation spreads faster than a virus. Misuse, or a lack of a full understanding, of cleaning industry terminology by official bodies has helped created considerable confusion for many customers searching for professional cleaning services.
As one of Cambridge’s most established cleaning providers, at Atkins Gregory we wanted to help you understand what you need from your cleaning provider in order to safely reopen your workplace for your employees, and provide some clarity around some of our industry’s most important terminology.
What is Cleaning: Removing soiling, both visible and invisible, from a surface. This process prepares a surface for disinfecting.
What is Sanitising: Less aggressive than disinfection, sanitising reduces the level of bacteria and germs to a level considered safe. NB: A safe sanitation level is yet to be established for COVID-19, therefore disinfection is required for areas or surfaces affected by the Coronavirus.
What is Disinfecting: Removing bacteria and germs, except bacterial spores, from a surface, object or area.
In the current situation many workplaces, in particular non-healthcare facilities or those not occupied by high-risk citizens, require an increased frequency of cleaning, with the potential addition of disinfecting.
On May 11th, the government launched five steps to get UK workers back to work. Step Five is “Reinforcing cleaning processes.” This new guidance includes more frequent cleaning of workplaces, installing of hand washing or sanitising facilities, and taking extra care in the cleaning of high-contact areas such as door handles and IT equipment.
The government consulted 250 industry leaders and stakeholders in developing the new ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines. Further guidelines regarding the cleaning of workplaces include:
Atkins Gregory is here to help you deliver a safe, virus-free working environment. For expert guidance on how to make your premises safe for your employees to return to work, get in touch with us today on 01223 438 118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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