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Ways to ensure your business is free from COVID-19

Many countries around the world are starting to reopen their economies. This means that more small-to-medium-sized businesses will be reopening their doors as non-essential services. The financial relief this brings will be welcomed by all, but business owners need to take responsibility and ensure that their companies are clean, sanitised and free from COVID-19.

This pandemic has changed the way all businesses will operate. Offices, warehouses, stores, factories and outlets will have to be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. The standards of hygiene will need to be a lot more strict going forward. This will be a time-consuming process so business owners may want to look at hiring a professional contract cleaning service.

How to properly sanitise your business premises

A certified contract cleaner will have all the right equipment and chemicals to ensure that your business is safe and free from COVID-19. It is important to choose a cleaning service that holds international certifications, such as ISO 14001 for environmental management. These companies will be the most reliable and thorough when it comes to disinfecting your business space.

However, if you cannot afford a regular cleaning service, there are numerous ways to sanitise your workplace. The most important hygiene practice is to regularly clean touchable objects and surfaces with an alcohol-based cleaner. These include door handles, countertops, elevator buttons, bathroom taps, desks, chairs and computer keyboards.

Floors should be mopped every day with an adequate disinfectant. One method of ensuring whole room disinfection is to use a fogging machine. This emits a fine mist of chemical cleaner that floats around a sealed room and settles on all the surfaces and objects contained within. Fogging should be done at night once all the employees and customers have left, leaving the space sanitised for the next business day.

Employees need to practice good hygiene

Simply having a clean workspace is not enough. Business owners need to make sure that their employees follow proper hygiene practices too. They are the ones who will be interacting with customers, after all. Face masks and hand sanitisers should be made available for all employees and at all tills, desks, receptions and meeting spaces.

Employees should wash their hands (either with soap and water or with sanitiser) after every interaction with a customer. Even touching a bank card, keypad or door handle should be followed with sanitisation. This will ensure that your employees remain protected and that customers are not put at risk inside your premises. The world has changed as we know it, but we need to move forward. These new hygiene standards are necessary and should be adhered to at all times.

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Written by Joshua Oates

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