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Putting the Health Back into Health and Safety

As we move from working in the office to working at home, to back to working in the office, there’s one thing we all want—to be healthy and safe.

Clean work environments can positively impact on a person’s physical wellbeing and mental health.

 

Physical health

 

If sick days and absenteeism are a challenge in your working environment, it might mean your workspace needs a good clean.

The most overlooked cleaning surfaces in an office environment tend to be:

  • Microwaves
  • Doorknobs
  • Refrigerator door handles
  • Vending machine buttons
  • Stair handrails
  • Carpets

By keeping these places clean you can avoid unwanted bacteria.

And when your staff are spending eight hours of their day in and around workspaces, they can potentially catch stomach bugs, worsen their allergies symptoms, or in the cases of a dirty kitchen space, you could even run the risk of cross-contamination.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we’ve become acutely aware of the pros and cons of cleanliness in our workplaces.

Using an experienced and trained commercial cleaning team will reduce your risks and contribute to positive health and good vibes with employees and customers. These teams will not only perform essential contamination clean-ups, but they can also help you develop emergency response plans so you can act quickly in case your premises have become contaminated.

 

Mental health

 

We all know that clutter and general untidiness can contribute to feelings of stress.

If you take care of your workspace, employees feel cared for or valued, contributing to good company culture and employee loyalty. Walking in every morning to a clean environment will shape the way your employees feel and work. Freshly cleaned surfaces, vacuumed carpets, and adding a touch of something sweet (an air freshener or candle) will re-energise your staff.

When we consider the challenging and uncertain times we’ve been through, increased energy and a healthy well-being will have a flow-on effect, increasing employee happiness and productivity.

 

Safety hazards

 

While a dusty vent can ignite a sneezing fit, or a smelly bin can be off-putting, there are also real safety hazards that an untidy work environment can cause.

Trips and falls in the workplace can result in injury for your employees. Injuries that can also be avoided when the space had been tidied.

Culprits typically include:

  • Unattended spills
  • Wet floors
  • Tangled electrical cords
  • Buckling carpets

A more extreme risk is not having safe and clear floors in the event of an emergency. Having boxes of unfiled paperwork or any other large items blocking fire exits presents serious risks.

Make sure to keep all these emergency pathways clear at all times. You should also ensure your team cleans up any spills or wet patches brought in from a rainy day. For clearing away the ever-increasing web of cords, you can try using special clips or magnets to keep them all organised and out of the way.

Professional cleaners also are acutely away of safety hazards and can help identify potential risks to you and your employees.

At Cleantastic, our motto is simple—if it’s dirty, we clean it. After engaging with our services, you’ll be demonstrating your dedication to your staff, helping to keep them safe.

Get in touch with us to see how our cleaning services can transform your office.

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