New Covid-19 hygiene programme minimises workplace contamination

Sitemark

Sitemark, the independent Worcestershire-based benchmarking service for the facilities management industry, has  launched a workplace hygiene programme in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The programme has been developed to help businesses maintain clean and hygienic buildings so that building users remain safe and healthy.

Unlike traditional cleaning specifications, which focus almost entirely on visual standards of cleanliness, this programme will help identify and control those areas where additional hygiene standards are required. This will minimise the risk of workplace contamination for those key sites which are still occupied and will support those managing empty buildings as they gradually become reoccupied.

The programme aims to identify all areas of a building where the risk of contamination to building users is high, highlight them and then clean them at a frequency that is appropriate to the area they are in. This includes common areas, door handles, lifts and stairway railings.

The highly visual system positively drives the behaviours of building users, cleaning operatives and facilities managers, and is based on the use of ‘High Intensity Touch Point’ indicators. These will remind building users to wash their hands after passing through a high-risk area, and prompt cleaning staff to pay additional attention to deep cleans of these areas.

Mike Boxall, managing director at Sitemark, said: “While there is understandably a lot of focus on keeping buildings safe now, we need to think about how to keep them safe when offices, shops and schools reopen. A lot of people might want assurances that their workplace is fit for purpose. Through the use of the workplace hygiene programme, building managers can point to the programme as evidence of the steps they are taking, and the indicators will act as daily visual reminders to everyone of how to stay safe and hygienic. Companies will need a thorough cleaning programme that is well communicated to staff in order to get back to business as smoothly as possible.”