Recent weeks have seen new stories each day about the increase of Covid-19 cases in the UK, being referred to as the 2nd wave of the Coronavirus outbreak.
As the confirmed case count continues to rise, so do the number and complexity of measures being introduced by the government to manage it.
Whilst there is still great debate surrounding their efficacy, Wales has now entered a new lock down period, as other countries roll out regional and city level lock downs and restrictions.
The fear for many UK business owners is a return to the sort of lock down seen earlier in the year. It proved damaging for businesses on a national level and crippling for those industries that rely on physical premises to operate and trade.
Since exiting the first lock down, businesses have responded rapidly to the changing requirements regarding their health and hygiene practices by making use of professional hygiene services and products.
Regular guidance updates from the government have placed new demands on companies that have had to be met to continue opening their doors to customers.
These new hygiene practices are now largely embedded within businesses and look set to remain in place for some time, some of them permanently.
Consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser, maker of cleaning products such as Dettol, have recently reported that hygiene sales are up 19.5% on last year. They put the growth down to increased demand from both domestic and commercial customers as hygiene behaviours continue to change.
Whether or not the country, of your city or region, enters another lock down is beyond our control. But there are sensible measures business can be taking now to support them in the months ahead.
Throughout the duration of the pandemic, hand washing has remained the number one defence against the spread of the virus.
Hand sanitising stations are now commonplace in workplaces and public spaces and are widely used. Businesses that have not already done so should invest in these economical and effective units to keep their employees and customers safe and healthy.
Screens and sneeze guards:
Popular in public facing places such as counters and checkouts, screens and sneeze guards help protect both workers and customers who are in relatively close proximity.
Found increasingly in shops, newsagents, restaurants, pharmacies and other retail environments, the screens typically feature an acetate window with a cut-out area at the bottom for transactions.
The sneeze guards available in our Covid-19 Workplace Essentials range of products include portable freestanding and suspended variations to suit your requirements.
Often overlooked, but proven to be effective, the use of signage around your premises to convey health and safety messages is a useful tool in keeping your workplace hygienic.
Effective signage can range from informing people using your washrooms of the best way to wash their hands, to directing people around a one-way system you have introduced.
This can be in the form of wall mounted posters, freestanding signposts, queue barriers, floor stickers, or branded floor mats which serve a dual purpose by keeping your premises clean at the same time.
You can view our entire range of products in our Covid-19 workplace essentials brochure.
Or to find out more about the hygiene measures your company can take in preparation for the 2nd wave of Covid-19, please call our friendly and informative team for free advice and quotes.
As the region’s premier hygiene company, our washroom and hygiene services are available to organisations of all size throughout the North East, Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.