The newly emerging concept of a ‘COVID-secure workplace’ is not just about social distancing in offices, but also includes some important hygiene considerations.
From the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, the number one message has been to wash your hands, and that still serves as a summary of many of the measures we can all take to protect ourselves and our employees against the virus.
Thanks to our own careful planning, our serviced offices in London and Manchester already cater for the additional demands of COVID-19 workplace hygiene and are ready for immediate use.
Top tips for Coronavirus hygiene in offices
It’s important to check the latest government guidance before making any decisions that could affect Coronavirus hygiene in offices.
But based on the current situation, here are a few top tips you might want to keep in mind when putting in place staff policies for the next few months or more.
- Hand washing: Still the most important way to reduce COVID-19 risk, regular hand washing with soap destroys the lipid layer that holds the virus cell together.
- Surface cleaning: Surfaces that might hold live virus cells are known as ‘fomites’ and regular sanitising can help to remove those cells and reduce COVID-19 risk in the workplace.
- Fresh air: Virus cells disperse more quickly in open air. You can help to achieve this in offices using good ventilation and by letting as much fresh air as possible into the room.
Make sure staff are engaged with your Coronavirus mitigation methods, whether that means you need to provide some specific health and safety training, or just remind them of when they should wash their hands and wipe down their desk.
A COVID-clean Coronavirus commute
Social distancing is difficult on public transport, including the London Underground and Manchester Metrolink, so more of us are being encouraged to commute by car, bicycle or on foot.
Obviously your ability to walk to work depends on how far away you live, but it’s a good reason to be out of the house for longer on sunny days.
We provide cycle racks at our serviced offices in London and Manchester, so if you’d like to arrive to work that way, we should be able to accommodate you with a secure place to park.
And our on-site washrooms mean you can get cleaned up on arrival, so whether you get caught in bad weather en route, or you just want to thoroughly wash your hands, face and body before starting your day or travelling home, we have the facilities you need.
Working with you
This is undoubtedly a challenging time for many businesses and office workers, made all the more complicated by the ever-changing guidance on who can go to work, where and when.
It’s unlikely to end within a matter of weeks, so we will be working with all of our clients to accommodate changing needs wherever possible.
From COVID-secure meeting rooms in London and Manchester, to spacious serviced offices for social distancing at work, we are doing everything we can to help you meet and exceed your safety obligations so your staff can return to work and stay there.