Covid-19 has heightened our awareness of our surroundings and the cleanliness of shared spaces, especially when we’re out in public. We’re all doing our best not to touch our faces, use hand sanitiser, wash our hands frequently and wear face masks.
With new measures around the UK being put into place, the government are advising to work from home if you’re physically able to do so.
So, as business owners and facility managers are working to keep pace with new ‘new normal’, being able to open and stay open where possible, all employees must observe a clean space. Sanitising and disinfecting play a critical role in keeping businesses open and safe and common areas are one of the hardest areas to keep clean. With this being said, we’ve put together 3 tips for managing common areas during Covid-19.
Tip #1 – Determine foot traffic areas
Each business operates differently and uses the space in different ways. Given current pandemic conditions, tracking the different levels of foot traffic is critical.
- Is the daily foot traffic volume consistent, or is foot traffic heavier on certain days or times?
- Is it only employees entering and exiting the building, or are there also customers and various contractors using the building?
- Does your particular facility support or supply those considered “at-risk” (immunocompromised, immunodeficient, elderly, etc.)?
- Do you have a process for tracking all that are entering and exiting the building? So, in the event of a case, all can be notified to isolate.
The UK government advises on keeping track of all individuals that enter your premises and inform them if they have come into contact with infectious activity.
Make sure you have appropriate cleaning schemes and disinfection cycles in place for your premises, if you have a case or not.
Tip #2 – Determine all high touch areas
Now that you have determined the individuals who are entering and exiting the building it is time to determine what those frequently touched areas are.
Common areas that are visited more often, are more likely to be higher risk areas of infection and that is why it is so important to clean and disinfect common areas in response to your assessed activity.
A good way to work out your high touch areas is to walk through your premises a few times yourself and write down a list of those points that you have to touch to get where you’re going and to do what you need to do.
In addition to these observations, managing common areas during COVID-19 will need to ensure you’re sanitising the following:
- Light Switches
- Refrigerator and Microwave Doors
- Chair Arms
- All kitchen and dining areas
- All bathroom touch surfaces
- Keyboards and mice
- Conference room touchpoints
- Elevator buttons
- Drinking fountains
Once you have your list compiled, determine the appropriate cleaning agent for each space. Appropriate guidelines are to:
- Always use approved cleaning methods and products
- Always use gloves and appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when necessary.
- Always instruct employees on which agents must be diluted and how to do so according to manufacturer guidelines
Alternatively, you can contact your local ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services to complete all schedules and cleaning within your business premises.
Tip #3 – Use a cleaning company
Weekly, daily, and certainly hourly disinfecting is a big task that can take away from business productivity and business goals. Outsourcing cleaning to a trusted and experienced commercial cleaning company can give you peace of mind and give you more time to work on your business.
ServiceMaster Clean Contract Services offer contract cleaning services throughout the UK, if however; you require one-off cleans and do not have contract cleaning requirements you can get in touch with one of our local ServiceMaster Clean sister companies.
You can find your local ServiceMaster Clean Company here.