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Why your workplace should be considering a full time office cleaner during COVID-19 

October 8, 2020

If you have employees in the office – even if it’s a skeleton staff – you have an obligation to provide a safe working environment, and a full time office cleaner can help you meet your responsibilities as an employer.

Full time office cleaning was a recommendation from the UK Government in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19 – but what is full time office cleaning, how can it help make your workplace COVID-secure and how much does full time office cleaning in London actually cost?

Not all businesses will need a full time office cleaner – but at the very least, you should be considering increasing the frequency of your cleaning to daily office cleaning in the morning and/or evening and working with a reputable office cleaning company. As well as a full time office cleaner, we can provide a daytime office janitor for a set period during office hours – from as little as two hours per day – to help clean and maintain office hygiene.

The UK Government states that in non-healthcare settings, “Regular cleaning plays a vital role in limiting the transmission of COVID-19.” and “As a minimum, frequently touched surfaces should be wiped down twice a day, and one of these should be at the beginning or the end of the working day.”

Read this article to find out more about full time office cleaning – and if your office is situated in London, Essex or Hertfordshire, get in touch to discuss your options for office cleaning and get a free quote

N.B. Always check the latest government advice – and be aware that this article and links contain general and non-binding advice. Employers should consider the specific conditions of your workplace and comply with all applicable legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

What is full time office cleaning – and how can a full time office cleaner help keep your workplace COVID-secure?

Full time office cleaning means that you have a contracted office cleaner on your premises during office hours to carry out important office cleaning and support tasks. 

These office cleaning or support tasks may include the following: 

The coronavirus can live on surfaces for days but can be easily removed by cleaning with the correct method and detergent and/or disinfectant. Along with social distancing, frequent hand washing and self-isolation when required – regular office cleaning is an important measure in reducing the transmission of the virus. 

As part of your risk assessment, you should be addressing how you are going to increase surface cleaning. By working with a reputable office cleaning company, you can help keep employees safe and demonstrate that you have taken all reasonable and practical steps to ensure your workplace is COVID-secure. 

Does my workplace or business require a full time office cleaner? 

The UK Government’s public advice notice on cleaning in non-healthcare settings states that, “As a minimum, frequently touched surfaces should be wiped down twice a day, and one of these should be at the beginning or the end of the working day.”

The same notice states that, “Cleaning should be more frequent depending on the number of people using the space” and “Cleaning of frequently touched surfaces is particularly important in bathrooms and communal kitchens.” 

We work with organisations across London, Essex and Hertfordshire to define their office cleaning requirements in-line with their risk assessments designed to keep their workplaces COVID-secure. 

The right office cleaning solution for you may be a full time office cleaner, a full time or part time daytime office janitor or a daily office cleaning team who attend in the morning and/or evening. 

Your office cleaning schedule will depend on the size and capacity of your office – and it’s important to work with an office cleaning company who can offer you a range of solutions for full time or part time cleaners. 

If you would like to discuss your options, please get in touch with us today.

Should I contract a full time office cleaner – or can I ask an employee to carry out surface cleaning? 

Office cleaning can be an occupational hazard without the right training – and relying on a staff member to regularly and consistently clean your office could be an unreliable option that could put your staff in danger and land you in hot water. 

No matter the size of your office – when the matter is as serious as COVID-19 and a global health pandemic, you should be working with a highly-reputable and reliable office cleaning company with the latest policies and procedures in place and trained staff. 

Swift Office Cleaning Services are ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2015 certified for our quality management and environmental systems. We provide full COSHH documentation in accordance with Health and Safety legislation and risk assessments are carried out for each site.

We have retrained all our active members of staff to adhere to our COVID-19 policies and protocols – and we have also worked with our clients to understand theirs. 

We seek to ensure that the same person or team attends your premises each day, but in the event of an absence – we have teams and systems in place to cope with such eventuality, and we endeavour to provide you cover at all times. 

How much does full time office cleaning cost in London?

Our trained Estimators will work with you to define a schedule based on your needs, and then we will give you a quotation based on your individual requirements. 

Now more than ever offices and workplaces have different needs, and we look forward to speaking with you to help you choose the right office cleaning solution to help you keep staff safe and your business operational during this global health crisis – whether or not that’s full time office cleaning. 

Call Swift Office Cleaning Services today on 0203 405 8442 for office cleaning in London, Essex and Hertfordshire – or fill out the form on our website to receive your free quotation.