For regular cleaning or crisis response, React’s deep cleaning and decontamination services allow hospitality venues to keep working.
As symbols of UK life, you can’t overlook hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants. We may not know the precise historical reason, but there are around 380 pubs called ‘The Red Lion’ across the UK. The Royal Oak, The Crown, The White Hart and The Plough complete the list of top five pub names. But while they have a rich history, the Covid-19 pandemic means the future for some of these venues looks far less certain. With the latest UK government restrictions in place, many hospitality venues are struggling to make ends meet. This makes it all the more important to keep venues clean, disinfected and Covid-safe. In this blog, we’re going to look at how React’s deep cleaning and decontamination services can help hospitality venues to keep working.
Keeping hospitality venues safe in these extraordinary times
It goes without saying that the hospitality sector is a vital part of the UK economy. Across the UK, there are some 47,000 pubs and 88,000 restaurants and food businesses. In aggregate, the hospitality industry is the fourth-biggest employer in the UK. It accounted for 3.2 million jobs through direct employment in 2016, and a further 2.8 million indirectly. And in terms of Gross Value Added, it directly contributed £73 billion, with a further £87 billion indirectly. Now more than ever, hospitality sector employers need to think about keeping staff, as well as customers, safe.
The UK government has published a series of guidance for hospitality venues about working safely during the pandemic https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery It regularly updates this guidance in accordance with the changing face of overall regulations surrounding the pandemic response. Of course, this is a sector which already operated with rigorous cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures even before March. But it’s vital to keep enhancing these procedures, especially when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting surfaces throughout venues. By harnessing the expertise that we’ve built up, hospitality venues can address deep cleaning and decontamination head-on.
Deep cleaning and decontamination protocols to keep facilities safe
We can be at the forefront of ensuring that hospitality venues can keep working. Our team deploys a simple yet thorough methodology of ‘test, clean, disinfect and test again’. We swab and test a number of high-touch areas for traces of pathogen. The results of testing will determine what cleaning method needs to be applied prior to colleagues returning to work. If testing comes back negative, this could be a spring-clean approach, wiping down and sanitising all surfaces and high-touch areas.
Alternatively, if there are any residual pathogens, it may require a more thorough deep clean and decontamination. We’ll check and prepare sanitising equipment following industry standards and will display warning signs near the area to be disinfected. The team will only enter a room once equipped with the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as a minimum Hazmat Cat 3 suit, A1P2 mask & 2 pairs disposable gloves.
For hospitality venue chains, they may adapt their existing cleaning arrangements using their current cleaning contractor. We can provide advice to help with this process, recognising that most cleaning companies do not have the in-depth skill and experience which React has developed as a hygiene and decontamination specialist. Our methodology ensures that cleaning and disinfection are two parts of the same process. This means we’re able to avoid leaving residues that could lead to health risks of another kind, such as skin irritation or damage to clothing, if used long-term.
Confirmed Covid-19 cases need first response cleaning
It’s vital for hospitality venues to put in place an infection control protocol immediately if a confirmed Covid-19 case is identified. As part of this protocol, we recommend they have us on call as a trusted resource to perform a suitable deep clean and decontamination of the areas potentially infected. React are available 24/7/365 to respond to such incidents nationwide. We can put in place a pre-agreed response process.
We respond with the latest technology for fighting this challenge. We initially test an area to understand the levels of exposure to pathogens. We then clean and disinfect with the most appropriate equipment and chemicals for the property. Finally, we test again to be certain the pathogen has been inactivated and removed. We’ll deploy the correct method and equipment for each specific task. For most hospitality venues, our preferred method would likely be Ultra Low Volume ‘fogging’ (ULV). But we can use electrostatic spraying, whole room misting, and UVC decontamination if that’s an appropriate course for those particular facilities.
Across the economy, there are new ways of working during the pandemic. For hospitality venues, this includes capturing customers’ details to comply with contact tracing regulations. But here at React, some things remain resolutely unchanged. We remain absolutely committed to providing excellent service and utilising our experience to help clients across the UK economy. Whether we’re providing rapid first response cleaning, or regular deep cleaning of premises, we’re on hand to help hospitality venues to keep working.
To find out more about React Specialist Cleaning and our services which can help hospitality venues to keep working, contact one of the team today.
Post by Shaun D. Doak
Shaun is the CEO of React Group plc., a business dedicated to specialist cleaning, hygiene and decontamination. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sector.