The summer holidays provide the perfect opportunity for a deep clean of schools, colleges and other educational facilities. Regular servicing does a great job of maintaining cleanliness and hygiene levels during term-time, but a deep clean is essential to reach the grime and dirt that has inevitably built up by the end of the academic year. Following months of unhygienic practices such as sticky hands, germs and mud trodden into carpets, an intensive clean-up is vital to prevent the spread of infection and ensure a healthy learning environment.
Despite health and safety regulations, cleaning can be a hazardous occupation, especially for operatives working in areas where there are sharps (needles and other sharp objects used to puncture the skin). Some areas are considered to be ‘safe’, such as health care settings and care homes, where there are strict rules about waste handling. However human error may occur so operatives should remain vigilant.
Other environments that cleaning operatives can expect to encounter this potential hazard include public toilets, rubbish bins and bags, and communal areas. Unfortunately, contaminated materials are sometimes even deliberately planted on hand rails, waste bins, or under tables placing operatives in a great deal of danger.
After a long winter full of germs, coughs, and colds, a new season is finally upon us so what better time to start your office spring clean? There are two clear business benefits to spring cleaning: Research suggests there is a positive correlation between productivity and a clean and tidy work space; and secondly, fewer days are lost to sickness, due to the reduced risk of disease when working in a hygienically clean work environment. So for a healthy and efficient workforce this season, check out our top tips to tackle the most common germ hot-spots.