12 Top Tips For Returning To Work & Keeping Your Workspace Clean, Safe & Hygienic
By Andy Potts & Brad Smith 4th May 2020. 3 mins reading time. Cleaning Trolley.
You may be surprised to learn that your desk probably harbours more germs than a toilet seat! It's true! In fact, the average desk is home to 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. A study at the University of Cambridge, UK found that phones, water fountain handles, microwave door handles and keyboards are the top five most germ-contaminated spots in the office. And even more astonishing is the fact that the area where you rest your hand on the desk has around 10,000,000 bacteria. Yuck!
If you value your well-being, it's high time you got into the habit of giving your workstation or work area a regular clean. Here are ten top tips for keeping the germs at bay.
1. Regularly Clean Your Keyboard
Shut down your computer and unplug your keyboard (if it is wired). Carefully turn your keyboard upside down and gently shake it over a bin. This should get rid of any crumbs and debris. To clean away dust, use compressed air. You can buy cans of compressed air from most office supply shops. Then use cotton swabs and cotton buds to clean the keys with isopropyl alcohol. Be careful not to use too much alcohol.
2. Clean Your Screen
Over time, your monitor will get dusty. With everything switched off and shut down, move your monitor and wipe the surface it stands on. Use a microfibre cleaning cloth and a little water to make the cloth damp. Do not spray water directly onto the monitor, but apply a small amount of water on the corner of the microfiber cloth. Never use cleaning fluids, wax, or chemicals.
3. Keep it Mobile
Workplaces such as Paint Shops, warehouses and offices are dynamic for fast business. Ensure you keep cleaning solutions flexible and movable preferably on wheels so that you can continue to disinfect on the fly.
Wheeled Cleaning trolley solutions are preferred to static areas to ensure cleaning sanitiser and anti-bacterial products re always within reach of where staff will be working next.
4. Think Dynamically
Every area of your business is dynamic the needs of the paintshop will differ from your trade counter. For example in a paint shop your cleaning arrangements may need a solution to hold overalls and place tools of the floor to avoid cross-contamination.
At the trade counter customers come and go so you may need a mobile cleaning station to allow customers to sanitise hands on their way in and out. While in the office access to small cleaning items such as wipes and roll may be required to clean intricate devices such as keyboards and screens.
Try to pick a solution that can be modified or used in multi-area situations for best effect. Also make sure your cleaning stations are easily visible to convince staff to make them part of their daily routine.
5. Maintain Your Mouse
If you've noticed your mouse has been a bit erratic or unresponsive, it could be simply that it needs a good clean. Disconnect your mouse. Remove the mouse ball cover and clean with a dry lint-free cloth. Use specialist cleaning fluid to clean the rollers, before replacing the mouse ball and cover. For an optical mouse, disconnect and clean with a lightly dampened cotton ball. Pat dry and reconnect.
6. Sanitise Your Desk
You'll keep dust away from your desk by regularly hoovering carpets under your desk, or mopping hard floors. Regularly use a dry lint-free cleaning cloth to wipe your desk to pick up dust.
7. De-Grime Your Telephone
Your phone is a hotspot for bacteria and needs regular cleaning. Wipe your phone with anti-bacterial wipes or spirit cloth. The ear, mouth piece and the keypad require special attention as they have the most concentration of bacteria. Wipe the whole unit and any wires and cables.
8. Disinfect Your Bin
Even if your under-the-desk bin has a plastic bin liner, take the time to regularly clean your bin with disinfectant in a little warm water. Dry completely with a cloth before adding a new bin liner.
9. Reduce Clutter
You are probably all too aware that clutter builds on your desk depressingly easily. The picture of the kids, stress ball and your favourite ten colour pen set all addup! Clutter attracts dust and makes regular cleaning more difficult. Try to keep your desk minimalist.
10. Invest In Desk Cleaning Products
Keep on top of your desk cleaning by investing in the products you need to give your desk a regular clean. With everything you need tucked onto a cleaning station, keeping your workstation free of dust and germs will be easy.
11. Get A Deep Clean By A Professional Cleaner
If you really don't have the time for a regular desk cleaning routine, ask your professional cleaner to build in some regular deep cleans for your work stations, machinery and walls and floors. Professional cleaners know all of the hotspots for germs and have the expertise and the cleaning materials to get your workstation hygienic and looking ship shape in minimal time.
Machines such as the Q-Tech 190 can be used to spray sanitiser on most objects within the workplace, the thin and consistent spray ensures an even coating that wiping alone cannot reach.
12. Eat Food Away From Your Desk
If you really want to minimise the mess on your desk, eat snacks and lunch elsewhere. Food crumbs and spills can easily build up without you noticing. Taking a lunch-break away from your workstation is actually good for your productivity anyway and recharge your mental batteries.
The Ultrimax Cleaning Station
If you need help getting your office up to specification try one of the Ultrimax Cleaning trolley sanitiser stations
. They hold all items that will ensure your office or workspace remains bacteria free, compliant and safe to operate within.
The Cleaning Trolley comes pre-filled with:
x1 Blue cleaning roll
x1 Spirit cleaning roll
x1 Box of black nitrile gloves to your size
Extra areas are pre-built into the station including overall peg, disinfectant spray holder, bin store and handy shelf for further items.
are on hand to help with specification and build of your own bespoke cleaning station. Give our friendly efficient team a call on 01302 856666 (Yorkshire) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE Back to Work Safety Guide
If you are at the early stages of a return to work plan, you may have many areas within your business all requiring differing levels of consideration, materials and safety preparation.
Take some of the stress out of the process by downloading our unique risk assessment guide based upon HSE regulations for COVID-19. Understand risk, how to measure it , and how to document it to ensure every business area has been considered and safety proofed.
Download our Ultrimax returning to work after coronavirus safety checklist for your paint shop or workplace. This ensures that you are up and running safely and meeting all the social distancing guidelines.
With detailed steps you can keep your whole team accountable to keeping to the guidelines and ensuring that the spread of this virus is kept to an absolute minimum, at the same time keeping the economy going by having a fully working paint shop. Restrictions on social life is expected to continue till the end of the year, meaning guidelines in the work place are vital.
Returning to Work after Coronavirus - Why have a plan?
By following this plan, it ensures that your paint shop or workplace is fully compliant with all the latest guidance. It forces you to put measures in place that provide the workers with the safest workplace possible.
The UK needs the economy up and running to keep the country going. At the same time, the health and safety of all employees is the key priority. By using the plan and guidelines above to create a safe environment for all workers, your company will be able to work safely and reduce the spread of the virus, while keeping everyone accountable.
Also, by documenting all your procedures, every employee will understand what is required of them. Then if the worst happens and an employee happens to test positive for this virus, every employee will know exactly what to do and how to react, creating less cost to the company and less downtime while things get organised.
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