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 a 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.
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.
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.