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Job 1: Protecting our specialist cleaning staff from infection risks

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

Protecting our specialist cleaning staff from the risks of infection
We rigorously protect our specialist cleaning staff from the risks of infection

We often talk about how we ensure that our staff are medically fit for any of the specialist cleaning jobs which they perform. In the face of the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, this becomes ever more important. We’re proud of protecting our staff to the best of our abilities – and the knock-on effects that has on protecting public health more generally. We thought that we would share some of our rigorous processes with you in this blog.

Immunisation and recognising sickness

Where possible, we make sure that our staff are fully immunised. For infections where there is no vaccine (including of course, the Covid-19 coronavirus), our other policies and procedures become all the more relevant. As well as general hygiene, we adopt a particular rigorous approach to hand washing and respiratory etiquette. Again, these have clearly been brought into the spotlight with government advice on how to delay the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus.

Our approach to the health of our specialist cleaning staff is total. This therefore also extends to making sure our staff inform us as soon as they are sick. We adopt a ‘no-blame’ attitude towards sickness and reporting being unable to work. And we have strict processes around returning to work after any period of sickness.

Training protects specialist cleaning staff and the public alike

We train our staff in every aspect of specialist cleaning. Of course, this training is very specific for specialist cleaning staff involved in infection control. They get to know the correct dosage and use of all types of sanitising fluids and other cleaning products. We follow rigorous health and safety guidelines for all decontamination and deep cleaning processes, adhering to rules around colour-coding, specialist equipment, and disinfection methods.

One key element of protecting our specialist cleaning staff is of course Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It’s vital to have the correct PPE, and clear instructions on how to put on and remove all such equipment. For a disinfection, we insist on every possible precaution. As a minimum, this would include a Hazmat Category 3 suit, A1P2 mask and two pairs of disposable gloves.

Of course, it’s all well and good having equipment, but it needs frequent checking. Before any cleaning job, we prepare sanitising equipment following the industry standards. And most importantly, we always display warning signs near areas to be disinfected. That way, we always meet the greater needs of protecting public health alongside the health of our specialist cleaning staff.

To find out more about how we protect our specialist cleaning staff and our full range of specialist cleaning services, contact one of the team today.

Post by Shaun D. Doak

Shaun is the Managing Director of React Specialist Cleaning. 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.


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