Is it safe to go back to work?

Image of someone cleaning and disinfecting a surface

Now that restrictions are easing and more and more businesses are being given dates when they’re allowed to get back to work, it might be time to start thinking about your return to work. Sure, there will be the inevitable office deep cleaning sesh, but you need to ensure that your clean office standards stay high continuously.

  • Back to work cleaning FAQs
  • Covid-19 Office cleaning to do list
  • How we can help make it safe to go back to work

In this article, we’ll guide you through ways you can help make going back to work safe for all…

Back to work cleaning FAQs

Firstly, we know it’s been said and you’re all fed up with it, but this situation really is unprecedented. No one knows what to expect and despite it being around for half the year, there’s little to be known about Covid-19’s longevity. As a result, a lot of businesses and concerned citizens have questions, specifically around cleaning and killing the virus particles. So, we’re going to try and answer a few.

Is it safe to go back to work?
This all depends on your work situation. To clarify, the government has released guidance for all industries it has permitted to reopen, but there are five main steps all workplaces should follow:

  1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
  2. Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures
  3. Help people to work from home
  4. Maintain social distancing, where possible
  5. Where people cannot be the recommended distance apart, manage transmission risk

In other words, if you ensure your workplace follows these steps and adheres to the guidance, going back to work after COVID-19 should be fine.

How do I disinfect surfaces?
WHO recommends using bleach or alcohol products to disinfect your surfaces, but you’ll need to clean everything with soap and water to remove any dirt and debris first.

Image showing the new trigger spray antiviral disinfectant, effective against coronavirus.

For example, our Super Professional Antiviral Disinfectant is an effective option – it cleans, disinfects and kills 99.99% of germs and viruses. Moreover, it’s safe for food preparation areas and human contact too.

TOP TIP: Start cleaning in the least dirty area to avoid spreading germs from the most contaminated areas.

How long can the coronavirus stay on surfaces?
According to the experts, the number of coronavirus particles on contaminated surfaces will decrease within 24hours, and even more so in 48. But it depends on the surface, the temperature, the light, and how often you clean.

“High-touch surfaces in these non-health care settings should be identified for priority disinfection such as door and window handles, kitchen and food preparation areas, counter tops, bathroom surfaces, toilets and taps, touchscreen personal devices, personal computer keyboards, and work surfaces.”

WHO

Covid-19 Office cleaning to do list

Once you’ve decided when you’re all going back to work after coronavirus and the lockdown eases, you should follow the five steps we mentioned above which are recommended by the government. Arguably the most important step is the cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures. So, to start strong, you’ll need to do a deep clean. To begin with, be sure to clean and disinfect the following:

  • All surfaces
  • Appliances (inside and out)
  • Washrooms and kitchens
  • Windows and air-con units
  • Joint textiles
  • Mice, keyboards and computers

It’s going to be a lot, so employing a good cleaning company might be the more time and cost-effective option. For extra peace of mind, once everything is clean you could make use of a fogger machine for disinfecting.

Image showing the larger sized container of the Antiviral disinfectant.

A fogger machine disperses a fine mist of your chosen chemical solution over any area. You can use the larger 5l containers of our Antiviral Disinfectant safely in machine foggers as it’s effective, suitable for all non-porous surfaces and safe for human contact. The idea is that you unleash the fog in an area with windows sealed and air-con units off, then leave it to work for at least 30 minutes (preferably overnight). As a result, any lingering COVID 19 particles will be eradicated and the workplace will be safe for people to return.

TOP TIP: Install any social distancing shields or partitions before the fogging or deep clean to ensure everything is completely sanitary.

How we can help make it safe to go back to work

After that, when people are returning to the office, you’ll need to continue to keep those hygiene levels high with regular office cleaning. Here at Janitorial Direct, we have some cost-effective back-to-work cleaning packs available to help ease the pressure and keep the office clean and tidy.

Example of the two products in the pack which will help make it safe to go back to work.

Back to Work Centrefeed Deal
£22.52 (EX VAT)
What you get: This package deal contains six 750ml Anti-viral sprays and six centrefeed blue rolls – that works out at less than £2 per item.
Why buy? Buying this package deal will ensure you’ve got quality, hygienic cleaning materials available to hand for at least the next couple of months. More importantly, keeping your clean office standards high will be easy.

Back to Work Sanitiser package
£69.99 (EX VAT)
What you get: In addition to six 750ml Anti-viral sprays and six centrefeed blue rolls, this package deal contains six 500ml bottles of 70% alcohol hand sanitiser too. In other words, that’s £4 per item, saving you nearly 50% off the cost of the hand sanitiser on its own.
Why buy? Buying this package takes care of the office and your employees, ensuring everything stays COVID-19 resistant for longer.

Example of the three items in the pack to help make it safe to go back to work.

Furthermore, we also have a range of other affordable disinfectants and paper towel solutions for use around the office, so check them out.

In conclusion, we all know it’s a strange time, but following this simple coronavirus at work guidance will help everyone feel more safe and secure in the workplace. So, return to work with confidence this summer and stay safe from the virus with consistent office cleaning.

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