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3 Fail-proof ways to clean warehouse machinery during COVID-19

Regular deep cleaning has always been important to the function of any warehouse. However, with the ongoing pandemic hygiene standards have increased, so, as an employer, it is important that you increase your hygiene and safety measures so as to comply with new guidelines. We will outline a few standard safety practices that will help you to increase your safety and hygiene standards alongside regular contract cleaning.

 

1. Adapt your site to implement new cleaning processes

 As guidelines change and evolve so should your risk assessments. For this reason your first step should be to conduct a risk assessment. Ask yourself the following questions:  

  • What areas are regularly used by employees? 
  • Are touch points being regularly sanitised? 
  • Do our employees know the correct sanitation procedures? 

 By asking yourself and your employees these questions, you can better assess which areas of your site need to undertake new cleaning processes. You can also begin to evaluate how your company would benefit with contract cleaning.

 From experience, we know that questions such as these will no doubt highlight how frequently warehouse equipment and machinery are used. As such, we suggest you set up cleaning stations throughout your warehouse where employees can sanitise the machinery’s touch points as per the government proviso. 

 We also advise that staff should be educated on effective cleaning practices to help ensure safety standards are met. For example, which cleaning products to use and their necessary contact times. If you are unsure there is plenty of advice here. However, our preferred sanitation product is D10 which has a contact time of 5 minutes. Often used within the food industry, it is a multi-surface concentrated cleaner that disinfects potentially dangerous bacteria.

 

2. Increase regular cleaning of equipment and machinery

 If you’ve set up easily accessible cleaning stations, the next question to ask is how often should you use it? The answer is simple – as frequently as possible – and especially after each employee’s use of the machinery. To help keep a track of cleaning we suggest you create an hourly cleaning rota. This way employees will remember to clean the necessary touch points every hour, noting down where and when they have cleaned to ensure hygiene standards are met. 

As a result of Covid-19 it has become standard practice to stagger shift patterns. As such employees should sanitise touch points after use in addition to the hourly clean. This will hopefully mitigate the possibility of harmful bacteria transferring between teams. On top of this, a significant and sensible change you can make is contract cleaning. By ensuring machinery and equipment receives a deep clean every so often, you can further minimise the risk of harmful transmission. 

 

3. Focus on areas that need increased cleaning

 We have mentioned the need for frequent cleaning of touch points throughout this blog, but what exactly are touch points? The answer is fairly obvious – anything you regularly touch. Nevertheless, it is important to outline these touch points as areas can often be missed. So areas to look out for are: 

  • Grab handles
  • Levers
  • Touch screens
  • Arm rests
  • Seat belts and buckles
  • Steering wheel
  • Work panels and dashboards
  • Seat adjusters
  • USB chargers
  • ALL buttons, knobs or dials (even if you don’t think they are used regularly)

Moreover, if you work within a food production facility it is ESSENTIAL that you ensure touch points, specifically within freezers, are cleaned. Alarmingly, covid cases have been traced back to frozen food packaging. This doesn’t mean you should halt any of your every-day practices, but it does mean you have to enhance your cleaning procedures. Assess all of your racking, picking and packing areas and judge where and how you can improve hygiene. 

Or better yet, to help ensure you meet all safety and hygiene standards, hire contract cleaners. With experience within the food industry, Envirobridge can regularly deep clean your facility to an exceptional standard. Guaranteeing that you are not only left with a sparklingly clean workspace, but that you have the know-how to maintain the high-standard of cleanliness until Envirobridge’s next visit. 

 If you are interested in Envirobridge’s specialist contract cleaning teams, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free quote. Whether it is high-level warehouse cleaning, factory cleaning or comprehensive machinery cleaning and maintenance. We aim to work with you to make sure that your facility is safe for both employees and customers.

Got a question about cleaning that you need answering? Contact us using our contact form or on 01295 780444 and we’ll do all we can to help you.

 

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Sanitising, decontaminating and deep cleaning, what’s the difference? And why your company needs to know it.

The process of sanitising, decontaminating or deep cleaning might seem to be interchangeable, but there’s a significant difference between them. Cleaning broadly refers to the removal of dust, dirt and debris. Whereas, sanitising, decontaminating and deep cleaning all eliminate harmful, invisible bacteria, viruses or fungi. Despite having a similar effect, knowing the differences between them can be extremely helpful. You can not only improve your warehouse’s cleaning efficiency, but also better your health and safety standards. So, what are the differences between them?

1. Sanitising

 According to CDC, sanitising “lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.”

Generally, sanitising is a little more gentle than disinfecting. Sanitising is a step beyond cleaning that reduces the amount of bacteria present by 99.9%. This is why sanitising is particularly important for surfaces that come in contact with food. By making the area sanitary or free of visible dirt contaminants, you can safeguard both your employees and consumer’s health.

 

2. Decontaminating

Decontamination is defined as “the process of cleansing an object or substance to remove contaminants such as micro-organisms or hazardous materials, including chemicals, radioactive substances, and infectious diseases.”

The purpose of this method is to prevent the spread of microorganisms and other contaminants, particularly those dangerous to human health or the environment. It is important to take note that sanitising is meant to reduce, not kill, the occurrence and growth of bacteria, viruses or fungi. The surfaces in your warehouse or factory that have greater risk for contamination will require additional decontamination for safety. 

 

3. Deep Cleaning

With the spread of coronavirus, many businesses are now seeking the help of professional cleaning companies for a deep clean. The process ensures that forgotten virus-carrying surfaces are intensely cleaned, removing all grime, dirt and harmful bacteria. As cleaning professionals, they are able to access and clean areas that are often forgotten and don’t receive regular cleaning. 

When you perform a deep clean of your warehouse or factory, you must allot several hours to use heavy-duty cleaning equipment and supplies on every area and piece of equipment in your facility. If you have decided the services of a professional industrial cleaner would be beneficial to your business, it is recommended that you schedule them in the evening or weekends. This way the deep cleaning process will not affect your daily operations or productive work hours.

 

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Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams can handle deep cleaning services, achieved to a benchmark standard. Whether it is high level warehouse cleaning, factory cleaning or comprehensive industrial floor cleaning, in occupied areas or empty areas, we aim to work with you to make sure that the end cleaning product presents a sparkling clean professional image to your public and customers.

Download our free guide for saving money and time in your warehouse.

Got a question about cleaning that you need answering? Contact us using our contact form or on 01295 780444 and we’ll do all we can to help you. 

Download the FREE productivity guide!

As the owner or manager of a busy warehouse, productivity and efficiency are at the top of your list of priorities. You can never be too efficient when running your own business. You may think you’ve tried it all but you may be wrong! Often it is the most obvious things that get overlooked and in fact they end up being the things that cost your business the most. So we have created a guide that highlights the few simple ways that you could save yourself and your business precious time and money.

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How safe are you at work? The unexpected places you’ll find bacteria in the workplace

Many facilities are still operating during lockdown, so it’s essential that we limit the spread of bacteria in the workplace. There are areas in your facility that will be cleaned regularly, such as floors, tables and toilets. These are areas that rarely get neglected because we easily see the dust, dirt and grime. Yet, there are often unexpected areas that are forgotten by day-to-day cleans. These forgotten areas can lead to the growth and spread of harmful bacteria. But, by knowing these areas, we can create a proactive plan that mitigates the spread of bacteria in your workplace.

 

1. Air Handling Units

Research has found that air ventilation is essential during a pandemic. This is because ventilation ensures that harmful particles are ushered out of confined work spaces. But what happens if those necessary air handling units are harbouring dangerous bacteria and then spreading them throughout your facility?

If your air conditioner coils are left uncleaned the air quality of your work environment can deteriorate rapidly. The deterioration occurs because dirty evaporators cause a reduction in air flow, which decreases their ability to ventilate the facility. This in turn impacts the health of employees by worsening conditions such as asthma, but by also spreading bacteria and viruses. To ensure your air handling units aren’t spreading harmful particles throughout your facility, make sure you have them cleaned! As this is key factor in limiting the spread of Covid-19.

 

 

2. Stairway Bannisters

Nearly every workplace has a stairway and therefore a stairway bannister. They are used routinely throughout the day by multiple employees, yet are still often missed when cleaning. To ensure harmful germs aren’t transported around your facility, users should be instructed to clean stairway bannisters. We advise that this is done with sanitising wipes after each use, and again periodically throughout the day.

 

3. Light switches

Light switches are one of the features of a building or facility that are often forgotten when cleaning. With multiple people touching these surfaces every day, bacteria can be easily transferred around the workplace. Make sure to include light switches in your regular cleaning routine to prevent potential health risks and illnesses.

 

4. Equipment and elevator buttons

If your facility uses industrial equipment or has an elevator, you’ll know that many people press those buttons daily. As such, they will trap and transfer germs more than any other area. So, ensure your staff  wash their hands regularly and clean buttons with sanitising wipes after each use. As a general rule of thumb, we advise that all equipment and elevators should carry both hand sanitisers and disinfectants. This will allow all users to ensure both their own and others’ safety.

 

5. Door handles

Door handles are also a forgotten hot spot for bacteria. Employee’s will regularly touch door handles throughout the day, transferring harmful bacteria around the workplace and between themselves. Moreover, they are generally made from stainless steel, which is an ideal material for bacterial growth. Some bacteria and viruses can survive on door handles for weeks, meaning it can easily spread between teams. That’s why it’s essential to include every door handle in your workplace daily cleaning routine.

 

TO CONCLUDE

We suggest educating employees with the proper information and tools to protect themselves, especially during this pandemic.  On top of your regular cleaning routine, a deep cleaning of your workplace by a professional cleaning company is highly recommended. It covers areas which aren’t normally included in regular or spring cleaning. And, most importantly, it can help protect the health of your employees.

 

 

Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams are trained to provide deep cleaning services, so to ensure that each workplace is cleaned to an exceptional standard. Whether it is high level warehouse cleaning, factory cleaning or comprehensive industrial floor cleaning (in occupied areas or empty areas) we aim to work with you to make sure that the end cleaning product presents a sparkling clean professional image to your public and customers. 

Download our free guide for saving money and time in your warehouse.

Got a question about cleaning that you need answering? Contact us using our contact form or on 01295 780444 and we’ll do all we can to help you.

Download the FREE productivity guide!

As the owner or manager of a busy warehouse, productivity and efficiency are at the top of your list of priorities. You can never be too efficient when running your own business. You may think you’ve tried it all but you may be wrong! Often it is the most obvious things that get overlooked and in fact they end up being the things that cost your business the most. So we have created a guide that highlights the few simple ways that you could save yourself and your business precious time and money.

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Could a 4 day week help us get back to work safer?

As businesses around the world begin to reopen amid the novel coronavirus (COVD-19) pandemic, the question of how people can get back to work safer is of great importance. As more individuals come into contact, there is a big risk that coronavirus cases could surge again, which can lead to shutting down of businesses the second time. For many people, the work environment will look quite different for a while, and some are thinking of creative ways to help reduce possible infection.

One interesting proposal is the “10-4” approach, as created by researchers from the Weizmann Institute in Israel and the London School of Economics.

The premise of this idea is that people could go to work for four days on-site, then followed by 10 days at home to reduce possible infection. If they got sick during their 10 days off, they won’t go back to work for their next 4-days shift. Why? It takes an average of three (3) days for a person infected with coronavirus before they can infect someone else.

According to Ron Milo, a professor at the Weizmann Institute in Israel, “The idea is that people will work in two-week cycles. They will be on the job for four days, and by the time they might become infectious, they will be at home in lockdown for 10 days. This will significantly decrease the number of cases resulting from each infection and thus gives a feasible strategy for a return to economic activity that can prevent a second wave of COVID-19.”

Industrial and manufacturing companies require people to be present in order to operate. In this type of business, to ensure continuous operation and predictable production, it was suggested that employees work in alternating groups. The workforce will be divided into two (2) teams or groups, which don’t overlap. By having fewer people present on-site, at the factory or warehouse, at a given time it will help reduce possible infection.

Are you planning to implement this ‘10-4’ model in your warehouse or factory? Please share your thoughts with us via email on how you are planning to adopt this 4-day week approach in your facilities. We would incorporate your responses or inputs, with credits (citing your name and company) in our follow-up blog.

Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams can handle deep cleaning services, achieved to a benchmark standard. We are fully trained in the use of specialised industrial floor cleaning equipment, from sweeping and scrubbing to power washing. We even use manual hand cleaning where required and use our own range of environmentally friendly enzyme cleaning products wherever possible.

Got a question about cleaning that you need answering? Contact us using our contact form or on 01295 780444 and we’ll do all we can to help you.

Download our free printable checklist for A/C and cooler cleaning and maintenance. Always know what you need to do and when.

Download the FREE productivity guide!

As the owner or manager of a busy warehouse, productivity and efficiency are at the top of your list of priorities. You can never be too efficient when running your own business. You may think you’ve tried it all but you may be wrong! Often it is the most obvious things that get overlooked and in fact they end up being the things that cost your business the most. So we have created a guide that highlights the few simple ways that you could save yourself and your business precious time and money.

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Going Back to the Factory in the ‘New Normal’: A Guide

As businesses have started reopening amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, we think it’s important that we share with you the new UK government guidelines to ensure safety and support your employees’ health and well-being during these difficult times . This guide provides people who work in or run factories, plants and warehouses a practical framework to think about what needs to be done to continue, or restart operations safely during a COVID-19 pandemic. You can download the full pdf version of the guidelines here.

The government is clear that employees should not be forced into an unsafe work environment. Employers have a legal obligation to protect their workers and others from health and safety risks. Although we cannot completely eliminate the risk of the coronavirus, employers need to do everything that is reasonably practicable to minimise them, by taking preventive measures:

  • Increase the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning in every workplace.
  • Make every reasonable effort to make working from home as a first option. However, if this is not possible, businesses should make a reasonable effort to comply with the government’s social distancing guidelines (keeping employees 2m apart wherever possible).
  • For workplaces that cannot fully comply with the social distancing guidelines in relation to a specific activity, employers should think about if such activity should continue in order the business to operate. If so, further mitigating actions should be undertaken to lessen the risk of transmission between workers, as follows.

Employers must share the results of their risk assessment with their employees, and consider publishing it on their websites. Here is a copy of the notice you should display in your workplace to show that you complied with this guidance.

Furthermore, Section 5 of the government guidelines enumerated the detailed steps employers must comply in cleaning their workplace:5.1. Before reopening, to ensure that any site or area that has been closed or partially operated is clean and ready to restart5.2. Keeping the workplace clean to avoid transmission by touching contaminated surfaces5.3. Hygiene (handwashing, sanitation facilities and toilets), to help all employees maintain good hygiene through the working day5.4. Changing rooms and showers to minimise the risk of transmission5.5. Handling goods, merchandise, other materials and onsite vehicles

It is key that businesses adopt an enhanced routine for coronavirus cleaning guidelines to help reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19). We offer a variety of services to meet your business needs in the current situation, such as deep cleaning or blitz cleaning of:

Whatever your business needs we aim to work with you to ensure that your business is cleaned efficiently and thoroughly.

To protect our workers, we are continuing to ensure complete adherence to H&S and PPE regulations, as well as complete observance of the current Government advice about social distancing. We are providing them with regular updates of advice from the Govt sent directly to employees devices, reminders of current advice, and any other relevant advice from official, reliable sources.

Sites should use a commercial disinfecting wipe, detergent and water, or commercial antimicrobial products. At Envirobridge we use a variety of different cleaning products to ensure all of our cleaning is completed to the highest standard and that all products are sufficient to clean and decontaminate all surfaces and areas.

If you suspect your premises or staff may be at risk or you want to take the necessary steps to ensure your business remains as normal as possible then contact us today to find out how we can assist you and your business.We can supply your warehouse, factory or distribution centre a written audit report of health, safety and cleanliness compliance, as well as a clean establishment to work in, before your premises re-opens.

We have updated our employer FAQs in line with the latest guidance, and below is a list of blogs that highlight the best ways to keep your warehouse/business clean.

There is also further information available from the Government website and World Health Organisation website.

Envirobridge specialist cleaning teams can handle deep cleaning services, achieved to a benchmark standard. We are fully trained in the use of specialised industrial floor cleaning equipment, from sweeping and scrubbing to power washing. We even use manual hand cleaning where required and use our own range of environmentally friendly enzyme cleaning products wherever possible.

Got a question about cleaning that you need answering? Contact us using our contact form or on 01295 780444 and we’ll do all we can to help you.

Download our free printable checklist for A/C and cooler cleaning and maintenance. Always know what you need to do and when.

Download the FREE productivity guide!

As the owner or manager of a busy warehouse, productivity and efficiency are at the top of your list of priorities. You can never be too efficient when running your own business. You may think you’ve tried it all but you may be wrong! Often it is the most obvious things that get overlooked and in fact they end up being the things that cost your business the most. So we have created a guide that highlights the few simple ways that you could save yourself and your business precious time and money.

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