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Office Space in Town Wins Workplace Hygiene Award

Office Space in Town Wins Workplace Hygiene Award
02 August 2022
 

Office Space in Town has achieved GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council in five of its London office spaces.

This includes serviced offices in Blackfriars, Liverpool Street, Monument, St Paul’s, and Waterloo.

The accreditation, awarded by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, demonstrates to occupants and visitors that a facility is taking the necessary precautions for today’s challenges when it comes to cleaning and hygiene. It’s described as the “gold standard of healthy and resilient facilities”.

An accredited facility has committed to having an established cleaning programme to enhance occupant health, as well as knowledgeable cleaning professionals who are trained to uphold the highest standards of cleaning and building maintenance.

As part of the accreditation, Office Space in Town (OSiT) had to demonstrate it has excellent cleaning procedures in place and detail how it monitors this through audits and risk assessments. OSiT worked closely with its in-house cleaning partner, Office Space Cleaning and Facilities Management (OSCFM), to ensure all cleaners and contractors were trained in proper cleaning procedures and health and safety. OSiT was also required to prove the existence of its worker health programme.

 

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Post-COVID Focus on Cleanliness and Hygiene of Public Spaces

 

The last two years have brought increased scrutiny to the hygiene practices of offices. In fact, OSiT’s own survey from June 2021 identified a clear worker wishlist for a return to the office in which workplace cleanliness featured prominently: hand sanitiser at desks (56 per cent), sneeze screens (48 per cent), temperature checks on arrival (40 per cent) and additional cleaning measures (36 per cent).

Niki Fuchs, CEO at OSiT, said: “We are extremely proud that all of our London centres now have GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation. OSiT has always placed workplace hygiene and employee health as number one priorities in both the designing and maintenance of its centres, so it is fantastic to obtain validation from the Global Biorisk Advisory CouncilTM and ISSA that our practices meet the gold standard. We look forward to continuing this work and ensuring our centres’ cleanliness remains at the highest level possible.”

Picture: a photograph of a breakout room at Office Space in Town's Blackfriars site. A sofa, television screen and plants are shown, as well as a wall-mounted neon sign saying “Hello Gorgeous”. Image Credit: OSiT

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 02 August 2022

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