The coronavirus has impacted every industry in the UK. It is likely that your office has been functioning very differently to usual over the past few months and transitioning back to ‘normal’ can seem daunting. But, we are here to help.

As you think about welcoming staff back to their desks and getting business back on track, it is important to consider what measures you need to take to provide a safe working environment. This is likely to mean new procedures to ensure social distancing as well as office deep cleaning.

Although a challenge unlike many you may have faced before, if you get it right your staff will feel safe, comfortable and ready to get back to business as usual. That is good for them, you and your bottom line.

So, where do you start?

Signs and one-way systems

The first thing to do is work out how to minimise the risk of people spreading the virus directly. With that in mind, it is important for staff to observe social distancing in line with government advice. This may mean you need to re-plan your office space so that people can sit further apart. It is worth considering how staff move around the office and if you need to implement a one-way system. If so, this should be clearly marked with signage.  

Also, think about how and when people will take breaks and ensure there is space available for them to do this safely.

PPE

Check with the latest guidelines to see if you should be offering PPE. This is likely to depend on the kind of business you run. If you do need to supply PPE for your staff, you will need to establish exactly what you need and where to get it. Talk to governing bodies for advice. 

Briefings

When people return it is a good idea to provide briefings for your staff, ensuing they are aware of and understand the changes. This is also an opportunity for you to make sure they are happy and for them to raise any concerns.

Touch point cleaning

Once you have worked out any changes to work life, the next thing to pay close attention to is cleaning.

Remember that offices have a lot of touch-points. These are surfaces which are frequently touched and are potentially high-risk areas for spreading coronavirus. These touch-point surfaces will vary from business to business but are likely to include:

  • Desks
  • Computer keyboards
  • Telephones
  • Staff room facilities
  • Toilets
  • Door handles

In addition to your usual cleaning routine:

  • Clean touch-point areas at least once per day using a commercial disinfecting wipe, detergent and water, and commercial antimicrobial products.
  • A good rule of thumb is that the more people who have contact with a particular surface, the more often it should be cleaned.

Is office deep cleaning important?

It is extremely important to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus at your company. Office deep cleaning covers areas you might not usually think of or include in a normal cleaning routine. Done properly, this kind of cleaning ensures the risk of spreading the virus through surface contact is kept as low as possible.

It is a great idea to carry out a deep clean before staff return and at regular intervals. That way you and they are confident that you have done everything possible to eliminate the risk of spreading coronavirus at work.

Do you need professional coronavirus deep cleaning services?

If you want total peace of mind, it is worth calling in the professionals. At Coastline Facilities, our specialised coronavirus deep cleaning services can be tailored to your business in Southampton or the South of the UK.

Whether you require exterior or interior cleaning, we use BS EN 1276 certified virucides which have been laboratory-tested for effectiveness against viruses.

Our trained staff are experienced, use professional products and equipment, and wear certified PPE including masks, gloves, goggles and protective overshoes.

Alongside thorough, conventional cleaning methods, we offer fogging which kills 99.999% of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Perfect for these unprecedented times, this method will leave your office as virus-free as possible.

Get in touch

Once you have got your new procedures in place you will hopefully be feeling calm and confident in your office’s ‘new normal’.

However, if you would like some support then do not hesitate to get in touch.

We are Southampton based specialists in cleaning and would be happy to help you to confidently provide a clean, safe office space. Once we have done what we do best, you are then free to do the same and get back to business as (almost) usual.

Contact our friendly team to discuss how we can help.

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