Most operatives in the cleaning industry recognise that offices are a lot dirtier than they might at first look. This is caused by a combination of factors. One such factor is how these spaces are underestimated as risks for infection. Whilst by most accounts, an office space is a ‘low risk area’ in the terms the British Institute of Cleaning Science colour code, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t still a point where employees essentially being pathogens together with items they share contact with. With the modern trend for hot-desking and office sharing this spread of germs is likely to continue, with any microbial infection carried by an individual less likely to be contained to one separate space or collection of resources.
It is through the joint contact with items that many germs are spread. As objects and work resources are shared around a group of people, with them they pass a collection of pathogens. One way to arrest the spread of germs is through the use of antimicrobial materials throughout the day. As well as adequate provision of soaps and hand wash in bathroom facilities, it might also be required to use sanitiser with biocidal properties. For those who are really eager to keep hands clean, the NHS has a suggested ‘seven hand rubbing actions’ for ensuring maximum cleanliness.
The Value of Tidiness in Reducing Contamination
Microbes and infection are more likely to gather in an office when the standard of tidiness is low. Whilst regular vacuuming might not seem like a means of controlling bacterial matter, microbes tend to gather on irregularities in surfaces, which can be caused by a high presence of dust for example. By reducing the amount of places that bacteria can make a ‘home’ then the hygienic standard of an office space can be markedly improved.
Keyboards are another area which act like a luxury hotel to bacteria, with recent research suggesting that somewhere around 15 million individual microbes on the keyboard of a computer or laptop. Whilst clean hands being used by office workers can obviously reduce the amount of bacteria that are being introduced to the keyboard surface, regular contract cleaners ought to look at this closely to disinfect keyboards. Typically, an antibacterial spray will be sufficient, applied to a cloth so as not to introduce too high a volume of liquid to electrical equipment. The best sprays are compliant with BS EN 1276. Door handles are another key area of focus and key point for the transfer of germs, so these also ought to be targeted.
Controlling germs completely is an almost impossible task, even in state of the art medical facilities it is a constant struggle, but the introduction of a few basic habits and details to your cleaning approach can be a simple means of improving the standard of hygiene in your office space.