Jewel Cleaning Services- Safe Practice and Requirements-COVID 19 POLICY May 2020

Current opinion varies on how long Covid 19 can survive on a hard surface, but all known evidence suggests that 7 days is an absolute maximum on certain surfaces, such as stainless steel and glass.

Therefore we have introduced our Health and Safety Protocol for ALL buildings.

As part of the regular kit, alongside our cloths, products and equipment ALL cleaners will be provided with the following:

  • Medical grade face masks
  • Face visors
  • Pack of 100 vinyl gloves
  • ‘Marigold’ style gloves x 3 pairs
  • Heavy duty ‘Nitrile’ gloves
  • Plastic aprons on a roll
  • Antibacterial Handwash in a pump dispenser
  • Hand sanitiser in 50ml dispenser, to be worn on the cleaner’s belt or ‘bumbag’ ( bumbags will remain in the possession of each cleaner and not shared)

All items are kept in bulk at Head Office and all staff are responsible for keeping their own supply topped up as often as required.

WORKING ALONE:

This is our current preferred method, and the following guidelines are based on this situation. However, we accept that in certain circumstances, this will not be possible or practical. Therefore, we propose that a team of 2 will be the maximum for the majority of our clients. Management will perform a Risk Assessment for all buildings, both domestic and commercial, and will allocate teams or lone cleaners as appropriate.

WORKING IN PAIRS:

  • Teams will arrive in separate vehicles at a specified time, with each team member having their own product and cloth kits to work from.
  • The cleaners will decide between them who is to work in each area and endeavour to avoid working in the same room. If that is not possible at any point during the clean, then you must wear face masks and maintain a 2 metre distance from each other.

Properties that have been unoccupied for 7 days:

  • Entry through external doors – you must wear vinyl gloves to touch all hard surfaces. This includes doors to the exterior of the building, any buzzers or alarm buttons and the entry door to the property itself.
  • Cleaners may clean using the same ’Jewel Cleaning’ safe practice and equipment as prior to the Covid 19 pandemic, maintaining our strict COSHH rules. The use of gloves ( vinyl or ‘Marigold’) in higher risk areas, such as toilets, is mandatory. Extra PPE such as masks and visors is only deemed necessary if you are working in a pair, rather than alone. However, you may wear them if you feel safer doing so. This is personal preference. Current evidence suggests it is not necessary at this time.
  • On exiting the building, cleaners will spray and wipe ( with ’Anti Bacterial Spray’ and a dry cloth) all light switches, door frames, and door handles. This includes any intercom or alarm systems and external doors.
  • If you have chosen to wear a face mask, this is to be discarded after the clean. Visors are to be sprayed with ‘Anti bacterial’ Spray and wiped with a clean cloth. They may be re used on your next clean in this instance. Damaged vinyl and ‘Marigold’ gloves are, naturally, to be discarded, but intact ones can be placed in the dirty cloth box for recycling.

Properties that have been occupied within the last 7 days/remain occupied:

  • Entry through external doors – you must wear vinyl gloves to touch all hard surfaces. This includes doors to the exterior of the building, any buzzers or alarm buttons and the entry door to the property itself.
  • Cleaners may clean using the same ‘Jewel Cleaning’ safe practice and equipment as prior to the Covid 19 pandemic, maintaining our strict COSHH rules.
  • The use of gloves ( vinyl or ‘Marigold’) in ALL AREAS is mandatory. Extra PPE such as masks and visors should be worn at all times.
  • On exiting the building, cleaners will spray and wipe ( with’Anti Bacterial Spray’ and a dry cloth) all light switches, door frames, and door handles. This includes any intercom or alarm systems and external doors.
  • All ‘kit’ boxes and caddies, also spray bottles, vacuum cleaner main body, pipes, hose and foot, and mop handle and ‘Swiffer’ frame are to be sprayed with ‘Anti bacterial’ spray and wiped with a clean cloth before returning them to your vehicle.
  • The face mask is to be discarded after the clean. Visors are to be sprayed with ‘Anti bacterial’ Spray and wiped with a clean cloth.(Please use clean vinyl gloves to do so). They may be re used on your next clean in this instance. Damaged vinyl and ‘Marigold’ gloves are, naturally, to be discarded, but intact ones can still be placed in the dirty cloth box for recycling.
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