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Sitemark Launches Workplace Hygiene Programme

Sitemark Launches Workplace Hygiene Programme
17 April 2020
 

Sitemark, the independent benchmarking service for the facilities management industry, has today launched a workplace hygiene programme in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The programme has been developed to enable businesses to maintain clean and hygienic buildings so that building users remain safe and healthy.

 

“While there is understandably a lot of focus on keeping buildings safe now, we need to think about how to keep them safe when offices, shops and schools reopen.”

–Mike Boxall

Managing Director, Sitemark

 

Minimising risk

 

Unlike traditional cleaning specifications, which focus almost entirely on visual standards of cleanliness, this programme will help to identify and control those areas where additional hygiene standards are required. This will minimise the risk of workplace contamination for those key sites which are still occupied and will support those managing empty buildings as they gradually become reoccupied.

The essence of the programme is to identify all areas of a building where the risk of contamination to building users is high, highlight them and then clean them at a frequency that is appropriate to the area they are in. This includes common areas, door handles, lifts and stairway railings.

 

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High intensity touch point indicators

 

The highly visual system positively drives the behaviours of building users, cleaning operatives and facilities managers, and is based on the use of “High Intensity Touch Point” indicators. These will remind building users to wash their hands after passing through a high-risk area, and prompt cleaning staff to pay additional attention to deep cleans of these areas.

The programme is suitable for all types of sites, can be used in conjunction with an existing cleaning specification and can be adapted over time as building usage changes. Implementing the system is a simple 3 stage process:

 

  • Step 1: Categorise every area type within your building
  • Step 2: Determine the 'Touch Point' cleaning frequency for every area type
  • Step 3: Apply the 'Touch Point' indicators at appropriate locations

 

Mike Boxall, Managing Director at Sitemark, commented: “While there is understandably a lot of focus on keeping buildings safe now, we need to think about how to keep them safe when offices, shops and schools reopen. A lot of people might want assurances that their workplace is fit for purpose.

“Through the use of the workplace hygiene programme, building managers can point to the programme as evidence of the steps they are taking, and the indicators will act as daily visual reminders to everyone of how to stay safe and hygienic. Companies will need a thorough cleaning programme that is well communicated to staff in order to get back to business as smoothly as possible.”

More details on the programme are available here 

Picture: A graphic of a pathogen 

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 17 April 2020

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