With tensions building as the Omnicron variant spreads, employees are putting increased emphasis on the cleanliness of the workplace.
A new survey conducted in October 2021 from the Cleaning Coalition of America, an organization that represents contract cleaning professionals around the country, asked 1,800 U.S. workers (vaccinated and unvaccinated) to weigh in on their preferences. An overwhelming 93 percent of vaccinated respondents and 82 percent of unvaccinated respondents cited workplace cleaning protocols as important, with 77 percent of workers wanting the workplace cleaned at least daily.
When asked specifically what would make them feel safe returning to the office, most said regular disinfecting would be key. The following criteria also ranked toward the top: improved communication regarding Covid-19 protocols; hand sanitizer stations and proper signage, informing of rules.
While the science regarding the necessity for cleaning as means for combating the coronavirus is mixed, improved cleanliness anytime is hard to argue with. And if you haven't informed your team about your cleaning practices, it may be the time.
"American workers experienced a turbulent year that has forever changed their expectations around workplace safety," said Josh Feinberg, Cleaning Coalition of America President. "As employees return to the workplace, it is more critical than ever that businesses rethink their cleaning best practices and adopt a more holistic view of safety that prioritizes worker well-being."
The virus that causes Covid-19 can land on surfaces, the risk of infection from touching a surface is relatively low, though it's still possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that if no one with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 has been in a space, cleaning once a day is usually enough to remove virus that may be on surfaces. The CDC also recommends cleaning high traffic areas, areas that are poorly ventilated or don't provide access to hand washing or sanitizer often.
As far as what to use, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends disinfectant products from List Nexternal (List N) which have all been found to be effective against Covid-19. If you have any questions about how to clean your facility, consider consulting an expert or contacting your building about the services they offer.