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An Open Letter To The Cleaning Sector

An Open Letter To The Cleaning Sector
13 March 2020 | Updated 23 March 2020
 

After another emergency Cobra meeting, the UK officially moving into the “delay” phase, and the WHO declaring the situation a "pandemic", the Coronavirus continues to impact the FM industry. 

The sector that will arguably suffer the most logistically is cleaning services, as they tackle the additional requests for emergency deep cleaning and put their employees at the forefront of the outbreak.

Richard Felton, Corporate Development Director at Purgo Supply Services addresses the cleaning sector directly, calling for collaboration and mutual support in his open letter to the industry:

 

Time to pull together - an open letter by Richard Felton

 

“With the forecasts of impending doom due to COVID-19 now is the time for professionals in the cleaning sector to put petty rivalries aside and pull together.

“Whilst individually we may be as well prepared as possible to react to client requests for additional cleaning and sanitisation processes in the event of a confirmed case in their building or school,we ourselves may face a problem.

“It’s our employees that are in the front line in the war against the virus spreading and who, therefore are most likely, despite using all recommended PPE etc, to suffer heavy casualties, resulting in labour shortages for us all.

“I would therefore like to float the idea of creating a centralised emergency 'bank' whereby we can all make 'healthy' staff available and pool resources to support each other.”

 –Richard Felton

Corporate Development Director, Purgo Supply Services

“I would therefore like to float the idea of creating a centralised emergency 'bank' whereby we can all make 'healthy' staff available and pool resources to support each other.

“This would help give industry and commerce confidence that no matter who their contractor is, they can call upon additional support if necessary to keep businesses open and the economy functioning.

“I appreciate the logistical challenge this represents but we need to think outside the box and be prepared to support the country if things get as bad as the media are suggesting.”

 

Keeping employees updated remains key

 

At ThisWeekinFM, we appreciate that keeping staff and customers updated of the ever changing COVID-19 situation remains a priority for many. Our readers can take advantage of a Hotline emergency communication system for free for 30 days. 

 

Picture: After another emergency Cobra meeting, the UK officially moving into the “delay” phase, and the WHO declaring the situation a "pandemic", the Coronavirus continues to impact the FM industry. 

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 13 March 2020

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