Safety guidelines for returning to work after lockdown

Posted on 20th October 2020 by jask Media

Many people have expressed concerns about returning to work after lockdown, but there are many things employers can do to keep staff safe and slow down the spread of COVID-19. As well as encouraging social distancing and providing handwashing facilities, companies are increasingly hiring our commercial cleaning and office cleaners in Barnsley, Sheffield, or Rotherham. At Direct Cleaning, we’re dedicated to helping your workplace become COVID-safe. Let’s take a look at some of the most important safety guidelines for returning to work after lockdown.

office cleaningKey steps to take

Companies need to ensure their staff are trained on keeping themselves and others safe. Common areas must be sanitised regularly, and tools and equipment should not be shared if possible. Social distancing is also essential, and you may also need to stagger shifts and rearrange the furniture. Hiring a professional cleaning service can also help you defeat the virus.

Establish guidelines

Before a workplace reopens, guidelines need to be established. Staff need to be educated on maintaining safety and must be provided with face masks in most cases. If employees keep hand sanitiser in their pocket, they can clean their hands whenever they need to. It’s also important to provide sanitisation facilities for any customers and visitors that might enter your premises. Instruct employees to avoid touching their faces and to wash their hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds each time.

Frequent sanitisation

Common areas must be sanitised regularly. Make sure any area that is touched by several people throughout the day is sanitised. These areas can include door handles, worktops, sinks and more. You may need to ask a specific member of staff to frequently disinfect these spaces. The virus can remain on some surfaces for up to three days, so it’s really important that these are sanitised thoroughly.

Avoid sharing equipment and tools

Avoid allowing your team members to share equipment. If this is not possible or practical, make sure the equipment is sanitised between each use. You can also ask your team members to use disposable gloves when they handle shared tools and equipment.

Maintain social distancing

Social distancing remains just as important as it has been for several months, even if people now need to stay at least one metre away from each other rather than two. Social distancing reduces the likelihood that the virus will be transmitted from one person to another considerably. Remember, even if someone has experienced no Covid symptoms, this does not mean they are not infected. If possible, hold meetings through services like Zoom or Skype. You may also need to rearrange desks and tables so colleagues can stay at least 1 metre apart from each other.

Modern office with fridge and sofaConsider changing shift times

By staggering work start and end times, you can reduce the number of staff working together. Another way to slow the spread of the virus is to ask staff to come to work earlier or later than usual. This can stop them being caught in a crowd during their commute and reduce the number of people they come into contact with.

More ways to control the virus

Items that can carry COVID-19 including jewellery and watches, so consider asking them to leave them at home. Some people have more COVID-19 awareness than others, so put up posters featuring key information about the virus and slowing its spread. Reinforce the importance of staying at home when symptoms have been spotted and take temperature checks. Examine your first-aid resources to ensure you have everything that you might need during the pandemic. You may also wish to establish a one-way system to reduce contact as well as entry and exit points if possible.

A better standard of cleanliness

Using professional cleaning services is more important than ever. When you have the support of an experienced professional cleaning company, you can keep on top of germs and achieve a higher standard of cleanliness. Deep cleans can improve workplace health, reduce absenteeism and slow down the spread of viruses including COVID-19. Making sure you have a dependable cleaner is a top priority.

How Direct Cleaning Services can help

At Direct Cleaning Services, we have been serving businesses around the local area since way back in 1999. We offer bespoke cleaning services to address the specific needs of our clients. Our company is now home to more than 50 cleaning operatives and administrative staff. We are eager to hear from you right now if you require a free site visit and quotation.

90-day trial available

Having worked with a variety of local businesses throughout the pandemic, we are confident we can help you meet the safety standards you’re aiming for. We can even offer a 90-day trial so you can decide whether we’re right for you before you commit to a long-term contract. Whether you’re looking for a one-off deep clean or a permanent contract, we can assist you. We use the very latest and most powerful equipment alongside the most effective cleaning methods to ensure your requirements are matched.

A long-term client base

Our clients include schools and colleges, retailers, medical practices including doctors’ and dentists’ plus many more. Why not take a look at our testimonials page on our website to see what our clients have been saying about us? There’s no need to look elsewhere when you need COVID-19 commercial cleaning and office cleaners in Rotherham, Barnsley, or Sheffield.

Get in touch today

Talk to us today if you are looking for commercial cleaning and office cleaners in Sheffield, Barnsley, or Rotherham. Not only do our methods and equipment keep you safe, but they also help you create a highly professional image. This is great for boosting the reputation of your brand. If you can show you have taken steps to make your workplace safer and reduce contact, your employees are more likely to attend work. If you have a customer-facing business, these measures can improve the confidence of those you do business with. Get in touch with our friendly team to find out more.