With the spread of COVID-19 across the UK, businesses find
themselves in unprecedented times. There are closures across the country,
lifestyles are changing and uncertainty looms every day.
For those businesses that remain open – essential services,
shops and takeaways – what can be done to ensure the safety of employees and
Prior to the occurrence of COVID-19, a UK survey conducted
by SCA revealed that one in ten people believe their health has been
compromised by poor workplace hygiene standards. In fact, most of the participants
of the survey “wished their place of work was more hygienic”.
The same survey listed these top ten most unhygienic workplace habits, which are often seen in all sorts of businesses:
- Sneezing without using a tissue
- Leaving dirty dishes in the kitchen or sink
- Not washing hands after using the bathroom
- People not flushing the toilet
- Messy desks covered in rubbish
- Not emptying full bins
- Eating at a desk
- Leaving empty toilet tissue roles in the
- People not disposing of sanitary protection
- Biting nails
The spread of bacteria caused by these issues is a key
factor in employee sickness, not to mention a high risk to customer health.
It’s estimated that poor hygiene standards cost the UK £13.7 billion in sick
days, mainly due to the spread of viruses from touching communal surfaces
with unclean hands.
Eighty percent of common infections are spread by hands.
Not coughing. Not sneezing. Hands. Think of all the surfaces touched day-to-day
in one workplace… and bacteria can live on these surfaces for hours – plenty of
time to infect multiple people and spread further.
Ask yourself, is your business actually hygienic?
Here are some tips to help all members of a company get
involved in clean practices:
- A storage space (lockable) so employee’s
possessions are safely put away and not all around the workplace
- Sufficient bin capacity around the workplace to
avoid overflowing waste and un-binned waste
- Tissues available around the workplace
- A cleaning logbook fairly involving everybody
- Personal employee calendars to assign weekly
- A suitable and accessible stock of cleaning
- Incentives around cleanliness
Another thing to remember is that general cleaning
contracts agreed years ago may no longer be adequate, so it’s crucial to evaluate
your current cleaning service with questions like:
- Does the cleaning service target places with
highest concentrations of bacteria?
- Is cleaning conducted often enough?
- Can the cleaning service adapt to exceptional
- Is cleaning performed effectively and to a high
- Is there a note of what cleaning products are
If the answer to any of these questions is no, then it’s time
to up your standards!
Kitchen & Duct Cleaning
At Direct365, we began supplying commercial
cleaning services primarily due to the fire risks posed by uncleaned kitchen
We wanted to offer safety to food businesses across the UK
by providing professional deep cleaning that would prevent the build-up
Clearly, the spread of bacteria in kitchens is just as much a viable risk and a worthy reason to invest in a reliable and effective cleaning company. With takeaways remaining open for the time being, we are pleased to still be offering this service to any business that needs it.
However, there’s no reason for our deep cleaning to be
limited to a certain type of workplace. So, no matter what nature your
business is, please feel free to enquire on 0808 163 9660 or visit the
Remember, since most common infections are transmitted by hands, germs are likely to be spread every time you touch something. Minimise the risk. Keep the place clean. #StaySafe. Back