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Key Cleaning Services Continue To Operate Through The Pandemic

Key Cleaning Services Continue To Operate Through The Pandemic

As Parliament today thanked the “unsung heroes” of the public sector, front line cleaning services continue to service buildings that remain open for key workers.

Whilst many buildings have closed their doors after Monday’s government advice, key services remain open.

On Monday, the Prime Minister called for “all shops selling non-essential goods,​ including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship” to close.

As much as possible, companies are allowing their staff to work from home, however central services must stay open, with staff abiding by stringent distancing and hygiene rules. These buildings still require the usual regular cleaning and maintenance. Such places include:

 

  • Medical and social care buildings
  • Education and childcare sector – including schools which remain open for the children of designated key workers
  • Places relating to the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment
  • Key public services relating to the justice system, including administrative occupations essential to local and national government
  • Places that sell foods and other necessary goods, as well as locations essential to food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)
  • Hubs of public safety and national security, including border control, prisons and police stations
  • Transport systems
  • Utilities, communication and financial services – banks, building societies, buildings relating to the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies
  • Call centres for network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services
  • Postal and delivery services
  • Payment providers
  • Waste disposal

 

Key cleaning maintenance

 

"As key services continue to operate, albeit with a skeleton staff, it's important that cleaning services are maintained. The reasons for this are twofold: to maintain the fabric of the building, and crucially, to ensure these remain safe places to work for key workers." 

–Robert Stilwell

Managing Director, WINNS Services Ltd

 

Maintaining this routine cleaning is just as essential as emergency cleans, says Robert Stillwell of WINNS Services Ltd. The company is one of many continuing to operate and working to safely service these crucial buildings.

He told us:

"As key services continue to operate, albeit with a skeleton staff, it's important that cleaning services are maintained. The reasons for this are twofold: to maintain the fabric of the building, and crucially, to ensure these remain safe places to work for key workers." 

WINNS has over 25 years of experience in dealing with all types of hygiene deep cleans from clinical, commercial, social care and residential homes. They also provide essential security services, running a 24-hour control room.

As well as maintaining important routine cleaning services, WINNS also provide cleaning for precautionary and suspected COVID-19 outbreaks, using electrostatically charged spray sanitisation. This system uses a diluted virucidal sanitiser, sprayed safely on all surfaces and electronics. This can be applied in a normal ventilated area without the need to shut down critical systems.

 

FM Resource Bank

 

During these challenging times, please consider contributing to our FM Resource Bank.

As a leading voice in the facilities management, workplace and built environment industry, we have started this resource to facilitate an area for service providers to exchange details and ask for support.

The aim of this is to help reuse or repurpose resources or labour, that would otherwise go to waste for the common good of the FM community and the country at large. Through this, we hope to create a flexible pool of additional resources.

Join the conversation today

Picture: Front line cleaning services continue to service buildings that remain open for key workers.

Article written by Ella Tansley

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