As millions of businesses prepare to re-open to both employees and the public, workplace cleanliness and disinfection is top-of-mind among corporate leaders, according to a recent survey conducted by US-based OpenWorks.
The survey revealed that 83 per cent of business leaders in the US indicated that it was “likely” or “very likely” that they would increase the cleaning frequency of their facilities once their company reopened. In addition, 94 per cent of those leaders surveyed plan to add regular disinfection to their cleaning programs.
Eric Roudi, President and CEO of OpenWorks, said COVID-19 has redefined the level of clean that is acceptable for business.
“Workplaces are moving from basic, manual cleaning procedures, like vacuuming and wiping down surfaces, into specialised, more advanced cleaning protocols that include disinfecting. It’s a trend we don’t see waning any time soon.”
According to recent findings from the National Institutes of Health, the increased focus on cleaning and disinfecting is for good reason. Scientists found that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be detectable in the air for up to three hours, on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on plastic and stainless steel for two to three days.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
Liz Caracciolo, Chief Operating Officer of OpenWorks, said destroying and deactivating germs is of paramount importance.
“An increased focus on cleanliness and disinfection is not just coming from business leaders in school classrooms, surgical sites, offices, or manufacturing and distribution centers. There is also a heightened awareness among consumers of disinfection, and the essential role it plays, in the health and safety of all environments.”
According to another OpenWorks survey, 73 per centof consumers feel that their workplace should be cleaned daily, and more than half (56 per cent) want their workplace disinfected daily.
Caracciolo said OpenWorks has experienced a sharp increase in demand for its advanced cleaning and disinfecting measures since the outbreak of COVID-19.
The company’s nationwide network of elite service providers is certified by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, and use CDC- and EPA-recommended processes, equipment, and products to prevent the spread of viruses and infections.
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