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  • Steam cleaning can help you protect against coronavirus

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    Steam cleaners are very effective at cleaning surfaces as steam is able to get into crevices and small areas that may not be accessible to normal cleaning methods. The steam loosens dirt and grease so it can be wiped away easily. Steam cleaners are also particularly useful for cleaning furniture and upholstery which cannot be sprayed with normal disinfectants.

     

    Although our knowledge of the COVID-19 virus is still developing, experts do believe steam cleaners are effective in killing the virus.

     

    Heat at temperatures over 77 ℃ is known to kill most bacteria and viruses, and the temperature of steam is much higher than that.

     

    Current NHS advice on cleaning curtains, furniture and mattresses is to use a steam cleaner. However, steam cleaners can also be used on a variety of  surfaces, including sealed hardwood floors, carpets, kitchen units and tiled areas.

    You can find out more about the effectiveness of steam cleaning in healthcare settings here.

     

     

    Steam cleaners are particularly good for cleaning food preparation areas, as once used, it is safe to use the cleaned area again immediately. They are also very good for public areas such as shops, counters, restaurants and schools as they offer chemical and alcohol free cleaning. This offers both economic and environmental benefits  due to reduction in chemicals and consumables used.

     

    In addition, most models can be used with detergent if required, which will further assist in protecting against the spread of coronavirus.

     

    Which steam cleaner to choose?

    It is well worth investing in durable products that will perform for many years, as opposed to

    many cheap products that will perform poorly and need regular replacement.

    We’ve selected a few options for our customers. In addition, it is also possible to have bespoke machines designed and built for large food production areas, including special machines for conveyor belt cleaning.

    For more information about these machines and other options, contact our team here at CIS Safety. Call 01726 742642 or email sales@cisafety.com

     

     

    The Robby Steam and Vac machine

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    This steam cleaner is a dry vacuum cleaner and a wet vacuum cleaner in one.  It has a water filtration system so there is no need for a vacuum dust bag. As well as helping to kill viruses and bacteria, superheated dry steam eliminates dust mites, smells and removes allergens. It’s a versatile unit for many different environments and is easy to manoeuvre thanks to the new trolley which is supplied as standard

     

    It’s suitable for cleaning hard surfaces and also for removing spots and stains from carpets and soft furnishings. The vacuum ensures surfaces are left touch dry and ready for use.

     

    Click here for full details 

     

    The Steamcare Compact 

     

    Osprey

     

    The SteamCare Compact is a powerful and robust steam cleaner.

    It comes in a sleek, solid stainless steel body, with simple controls and carefully selected tools and accessories. This steam cleaner has been designed and manufactured for a multitude of cleaning tasks within a hospitality or healthcare environment.

    It is a relatively lightweight machine for its compact size, weighing less than 10kg, so it can easily be carried from task to task.

    When used in conjunction with its trolley, the machine is highly manoeuvrable. It’s also a versatile machine which comes with extension tubes and floor tool with microfibre cloth  so that as well as cleaning hard to reach areas, it can also be used for steam mopping walls and floors.

    Click here for full details 

    For more options and advice about steam cleaners, call our team who can help you find the best option to suit your needs. Call 01726 742642 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Using hand sanitizer frequently? A guide to keeping your hands healthy & avoiding skin problems

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    Since the onset of COVID-19 we have all had to increase our use of hand sanitiser and frequency of hand washing.  Over a long period this can cause skin problems on the hands for some people, particularly for those whose jobs involve very frequent use of hand cleaning products.

    In this guide we will outline procedures and products, such as different kinds of gloves to keep hands healthy while maintaining high hygiene standards.

    The frequent use of alcohol based hand sanitizers can result in dry, cracked skin on your hands. Not only is this painful and distressing, but ironically, it also causes further hygiene problems and makes it difficult when there is a need to wash your hands frequently. Some hand sanitizers and soaps can strip the natural oils of the skin and this, along with frequent use of hand dryers causes it to dry out.

    Focussing on preventing skin conditions like dermatitis and dry or chapped skin is the best option as prevention is better than cure!

    Choose moisturizing soap and wash hands rather than using hand sanitizer where possible

    Hand washing is more effective than hand sanitizer at reducing spread of coronavirus. In addition, if you dry your hands well and use the right products, it is generally less drying for the skin.

     

    HANDSAFE ANTIBACTERIAL FOOD SAFE SKIN CLEANSER 5L, £7.97 HANDSAFE ANTIBACTERIAL FOOD SAFE SKIN CLEANSER 5L, £7.97

     

    This rich deep cleansing lather contains Triclosan for proven antibacterial action. It is suitable for all industries where a mild yet effective soap is frequently required. It is free from solvents, harsh chemicals, perfumes and dyes and helps prevent skin infections.

     

    When using hand sanitizer choose moisturizing brands.

    It’s not always possible to wash hands when needed, for example before or after touching an area which a lot of people will also be touching. Choosing good quality hand sanitizer such as our Covsan brand can help.

     

    ALCOHOL SANITISING GEL, 500ML TOP BOTTLE, £9.99 ALCOHOL SANITISING GEL, 500ML TOP BOTTLE, £9.99

     

    This Covsan hygienic hand sanitiser gel disinfects hands but also feels great to use. It’s 70% alcohol formulation is suitable for frequent use and it contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. Specially formulated with moisturisers for a soft feeling and protection of the skin.

     

    Double check you are washing your hands properly

    We all know the rule you must sing 'Happy birthday' twice to have washed your hands thoroughly, but making sure you wash your hands in the right way can help to reduce skin irritation too.

     

    Here are the basic rules of handwashing

     

    Put the soap on first: Many people wet hands before dispensing a dose of soap into a cupped hand, however for heavily soiled hands  it’s best to apply soap directly to the skin first.

    Rub your hands as follows: 

    • Rub palm to palm; 
    • Palm over back of hand
    • Fingers interlaced,
    • Palm to palm,
    • Fingers interlaced,
    • Curl fingers together
    • Palm to palm,
    • Rub your thumb in small circles over each palm;
    • Rub four fingers, close together over each palm in small circles.
    • Don’t forget to wash your fingertips, it’s the bit most people miss and perhaps the most important part of your hands to clean to help avoid spread of viruses and bugs.

     

    • Rinse and dry thoroughly: Drying your hands thoroughly will help to avoid chapping. Use a clean towel. Use the towel to turn the tap off before you throw it away.

     

    Click here for a poster from Public Health England which can be printed and used to remind staff of how to wash hands thoroughly.

     

    Use barrier creams

    The skin’s natural barrier is a mixture of proteins, lipids and oils. This natural barrier can be weakened by frequent washing, so applying a barrier cream straight after washing hands is a good habit to get into and it’s more effective if you do this before you start to get any skin problems.

    You’ll need to apply the barrier cream five or six times a day for this to be effective -- once a day just won’t be enough.

    When it comes to choosing the cream, seek out creams with emollients and humectants in them, and if in doubt, it is a good idea to ask a pharmacist for their recommendation. If your hands are sore or dry, petroleum jelly is often a reliable option.

     

    CARE4 AFTER WORK LOTION CREAM, 300ML PUMP, £1.79 CARE4 AFTER WORK LOTION CREAM, 300ML PUMP, £1.79

     

    Care 4 is a high quality replenishing cream, which reconditions the skin during and at the end of the working day. Suitable for use on all skin types as an after- work cream to re-balance natural oils within the skin during working activities. Ideal for engineers and fitters, production operatives, warehouse staff or people working in maintenance, healthcare or office environments.

     

    Click here for our full range of hand care and cleansing products

     

    Using gloves

    If hands are already sore, or you want to avoid skin irritation, using gloves is another option. However, official advice from the Government and WHO is that for most workers and members of the public, using gloves can actually do more harm than good. If you touch an infected surface for example, then touch your face, you can catch COVD-19. You may be less likely to effectively rinse and dry gloved hands or to dispose of gloves as frequently as you can simply wash or sanitize bare hands.

    It is also important to understand how to take gloves off properly to avoid contaminating your hands with anything that is on the surface of your gloves.

     

    How to safely remove gloves:

    Take hold of the outside of one glove at the wrist and peel it away from the hand, pulling it inside out.

    Peel off the second glove by putting your fingers inside the glove at the top of your wrist and pull it inside out without touching the outside.

    Click here for a poster demonstrating how to remove gloves safely.

     

    Which gloves?

    For those who need lightweight gloves for more dexterous tasks, it’s important to choose thinner, more flexible fabrics which still offer good protection.

    DISPOSABLE P/F VINYL GLOVES BLUE, £6.50 DISPOSABLE P/F VINYL GLOVES BLUE, £6.50

     

    These disposable gloves are made of high quality blue PVC plastisol, and are designed to offer sensitivity and improved feel. They offer a dependable and economical latex free alternative. They have a smooth finish and a beaded cuff for added strength.

     

    FINITE DISPOSABLE POWDER FREE BLUE NITRILE GLOVES, FOOD SAFE, £15.98 FINITE DISPOSABLE POWDER FREE BLUE NITRILE GLOVES, FOOD SAFE, £15.98

     

    If you are working in a food environment our disposable blue nitrile gloves are perfect for all hygiene tasks. These food safe gloves are easy to don and perform in all situations. They have a high tear and puncture resistance whilst the micro-textured finish improves grip and feel. AQL 1.5, latex-free, non-sterile and ambidextrous.

    Click here for our full range of disposable gloves

     

    If you’d like to know more about what suits you or your company, our team would be happy to talk you through the safety guidance and to let you know the latest products which might best suit your needs.

    Contact us on 01726 742642 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Are you storing sanitizers and disinfectant safely?

    several cleaning products everybody uses daily or weekly Are you storing sanitizers and disinfectant safely?

    Many businesses now find themselves having to store larger quantities of hand sanitizer, cleaning fluids, soaps and disinfectants as a result of the safety measures brought in to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

    This presents challenges. How  can you ensure that you are storing flammable or toxic substances safely. Also, how are you disposing of these substances, as many should not directly enter the watercourse.

    This guide gives a short and simple outline of the key measures you need to take to ensure you are meeting regulations and safety guidance when storing and disposing of cleaning materials.

    Hand sanitizer

    An important thing to remember, especially during the summer is that hand sanitizers must be stored, ideally, in a cool place well away from any fire or sparks. It is important that the containers are tightly sealed. The first reason for this is that they can be flammable. The second reason is that some experts say the alcohol content of some hand sanitizers can evaporate at higher temperatures, rendering it less effective at banishing coronavirus.

    The National Fire Chiefs Council is keen to debunk the myth that storing your hand sanitizer in a car can cause a fire, as hand sanitizer would need to be in contact with a spark to catch fire. They also point out that if the container is sealed (i.e. you have closed the lid properly) the alcohol will not evaporate. The NFCC do advise however that hand sanitizer should be stored in a glove compartment or another place out of direct sunlight. See the full guidance here: https://www.nationalfirechiefs.org.uk/News/debunking-the-myth-hand-sanitiser-in-cars-do-not-pose-a-fire-risk-

    Hand sanitizer should also be kept in a place where children under the age of six cannot access it without supervision. The reason for this is that it is particularly toxic to young children if they drink it. You can see full guidance from the FDA here, along with advice about hand sanitizers they have recently found to contain harmful levels of methanol.

    https://www.fda.gov/drugs/information-drug-class/qa-consumers-hand-sanitizers-and-covid-19

    Ordering hand sanitizer from a professional supplier such as CIS Safety can help you to ensure that the products you are buying are safe.

    For larger quantities of hand sanitizer, you may wish to store the containers in a storage unit designed to keep flammable materials safe.

    Disinfectants and cleaning materials

    Disinfectants are classified as hazardous substances. Although disinfectants used in the food and drink industries are especially selected so that potential residues left on surfaces etc do not taint the food or are harmful to the consumer, many affect the skin, eyes or respiratory system and can be harmful if ingested in sufficient quantity.

    The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) requires employers to prevent or control exposure to hazardous substances. Where exposure cannot be prevented, employers are required to assess the risk to health, and provide adequate control measures when using hazardous chemicals.

    The assessment should include a list of all chemicals used, their hazards and measures provided to control operator exposure: this includes safe storage. You can find more guidance on Control of Substances Hazardous to  Health including COVID-19 updates here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/coshh/

    Storage

    Clearly marked storage cabinets which are designed to house hazardous chemicals should be used for disinfectants. It is also important  that care is taken when storing different cleaning fluids together as the potential for chemical reaction should be considered when more than a single disinfectant is used. Incompatible chemicals should be stored separately. You can find detailed guidance on using disinfectants safely in your business here:

    https://www.hse.gov.uk/food/disinfectants.htm

    You can find guidance on using disinfectants to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission in general businesses outside healthcare settings here:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

    We have a range of storage options which are suitable for both flammable and hazardous substances.

    SAFESTOR MOBILE CABINET, 900X465X810MM, 35L SUMP, £327.50 SAFESTOR MOBILE CABINET, 900X465X810MM, 35L SUMP, £327.50

    This medium-duty hazardous substance cabinet complies with all Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations. The Safestor is purpose-built for the indoor safe storage of flammables and chemicals. This range of cabinets features a liquid-tight sump to contain spillages, as well as galvanized shelves for maximum durability.

    You can see our full range of storage cabinets for hazardous or flammable materials here:

    https://cisafety.com/workplace-safety/hazardous-secure-storage-cabinets-and-chests.html

    Disposing of hand sanitizers and disinfectant Disinfectant, even when diluted should not be poured into drains or outlets where it will directly enter local streams or rivers.

    As hand sanitizers used to combat COVID-19 also contain over 60% alcohol, and are flammable when in contact with naked flames, bottles which are partially full should also be treated as hazardous waste.

    The best way of disposing of hand sanitizers is to use all the sanitizer in the bottle, then rinse and recycle the bottle where possible, consulting guidance from your local recycling service. It is of course, harder if you have surplus, out of date supplies or cleaning waste which contains disinfectant.

    As a business, any waste produced will be commercial and you have a duty of care to dispose of any hazardous waste safely.

    According to advice from the Environment Agency, waste is generally considered hazardous if it (or the material or substances it contains) are harmful to humans or the environment. This naturally includes many disinfectants.

    • You will need to identify waste that is hazardous
    • You will need to separate and store that waste safely, labelling it and avoiding mixing different types of hazardous waste.

    We have a range of tanks and indoor storage solutions, please contact us for more information at sales@cisafety.com or  call 01726 74264.

    • You will then need to use an authorized business to dispose of that waste safely.

    Click here to find out if your local council provides a waste disposal service:

    https://www.gov.uk/hazardous-waste-disposal

    Click here to find out if a local waste management company is on the Environment Agency’s register: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers

    Finally you will need to fill out a consignment note which includes details of the waste you have disposed of and records must be kept for three years.

    Click here to download the consignment note and see guidance on how to fill it in: https://www.gov.uk/dispose-hazardous-waste/consignment-notes

    See the full government guidance on disposing of hazardous waste here:

    https://www.gov.uk/dispose-hazardous-waste/producers-and-holders

    Increased use of hand sanitizers and disinfectants is something that we can help you with.

    Our team have a good deal of experience in supporting businesses in this area and can help you to find the best storage solutions to meet regulations and business needs.

    Please feel free to call our team on 01726 74264 or email us at sales@cisafety.com and our team will be happy to offer guidance and advice.

  • A guide to managing PPE stock for coronavirus this winter

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    With warnings about the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus coming this winter, here is a brief guide about which items to order and how to place your order at the right time.

     

    STEP ONE: YOUR SHOPPING LIST

    As a business your first step should be to assess what type of PPE you are actually going to need and in what circumstances.

     

    Now that there has been time since the onset of coronavirus, the government say there is enough PPE to go around. However, it is a vital resource and current guidance is that it must be used only where there is a clinical need to do so.

     

    In most businesses, however, cleaners in particular may need PPE.

     

    Beyond these roles, the current clinical evidence says there is not a widespread benefit from wearing PPE, although of course wearing face masks is now mandatory in shops and can prevent the spread of COVID-19.

     

    What will your business need?

     

    PPE for cleaning staff

     

    PPE will be needed for cleaning staff in the event that someone on the premises is found to have had symptoms of COVID-19.  In this situation The minimum PPE to be worn for cleaning an area after the person believe to have had COVID-19 has left the setting possible are:

    • Disposable gloves
    DISPOSABLE P/F VINYL GLOVES BLUE, £6.99 DISPOSABLE P/F VINYL GLOVES BLUE, £6.99

     

    • An apron
    DISPOSABLE POLY APRON ON ROLL, 27" X 46" BLUE, 1 ROLL OF 200, £13.99 DISPOSABLE POLY APRON ON ROLL, 27" X 46" BLUE, 1 ROLL OF 200, £13.99

     

    If a risk assessment of the setting indicates that a higher level of virus may be present (for example, where someone unwell has spent the night, on shift, for example) then additional PPE to protect the cleaner’s eyes, mouth and nose may be necessary. The local Public Health England (PHE) Health Protection Team can advise on this.

     

    In this instance you may need:

     

    • Goggles

     

    GONDOR SAFETY GOGGLES, CLEAR AF/AS/PC/UV £7.00 GONDOR SAFETY GOGGLES, CLEAR AF/AS/PC/UV £7.00
    • Face mask
    3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each 3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each

     

    Cleaning staff will also need disposable cloths or wipes.

    Click here to see our range of wipes

    Click here for sanitisers

    Click here for full guidance on cleaning outside of healthcare settings.

     

    For other staff the following items will be required.

     

    • Face masks

     

    Customer-facing staff will need a good supply of face masks, although these do not need to be surgical grade masks. Most important is that they are comfortable and fit well.

    WASHABLE ANTI-BACTERIAL FACE MASK, NAVY, £2.99 WASHABLE ANTI-BACTERIAL FACE MASK, NAVY, £2.99

     

    Hand sanitizer and soap for frequent hand washing is also important for safety for all staff and visitors.

    ALCOHOL SANITISING GEL, 236ML FLIP TOP BOTTLE, £5.95 ALCOHOL SANITISING GEL, 236ML FLIP TOP BOTTLE, £5.95

     

    HANDSAFE ANTIBACTERIAL FOOD SAFE SKIN CLEANSER 5L, £7.97 HANDSAFE ANTIBACTERIAL FOOD SAFE SKIN CLEANSER 5L, £7.97

    HANDSAFE ANTIBACTERIAL FOOD SAFE SKIN CLEANSER 5L, £7.97

     

    STEP 2: YOUR ORDERING PROCESS

     

    Although there has been time for manufacturers to replenish stock levels of key items such as hand sanitizer and face masks, we are still experiencing frequent instances of popular items going out of stock.

     

    This is likely to happen particularly should news of an increase in cases be announced, or, for example, new guidance such as the recent regulation about face masks in shops.

     

    As a result it is important to plan in advance as much as possible when ordering the items which are essential to keep you, your staff and your customers safe from coronavirus.

     

    We support the emergency services in all they are doing, but we recognise that these shortages will impact on every business. We are therefore working constantly to source new products or alternative materials, to forward-buy and to look at supply chain efficiencies to help keep any increases to a minimum.

     

    Our advice to you when ordering is to make the following adjustments to your procedures:

     

    • Take an inventory of essential PPE and coronavirus safety supplies and appoint a staff member to do regular stock checks.
    • When ordering, do not simply place an online order or send an email, request confirmation of stock availability and expected delivery dates (by email sales@cisafety.com or phone 01726 74264) when ordering.
    • Don’t over-order stock (this contributes to supply problems) but do allow plenty of time for delays -- for example it could be a good idea to consider ordering your autumn / winter supplies now.
    • Contact us as soon as possible, to discuss alternative options should you be concerned about supplies running low.

     

    Please do keep sending your orders, queries, concerns even your worries – this is an extremely difficult time for many and we would like you to know that if you just want to talk you can talk to us. Even if the end is still some way off we have come so far – don’t give up now!

     

    We’re here to help any way we can!

    Tel: 01726 74264

    Email: sales@cisafety.com

  • Face masks: which to choose for your workplace  

     

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    New rules come into place from 24th July on face masks when it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England.

    In this guide find out which face coverings are needed for different purposes and the latest advice on how and when to order new stock.

     

    Under the Public Health Act 1984 it is already mandatory to wear face coverings  on forms of public transport including buses, coaches, trams, ferries, aircraft and trains.

    From Friday 24th July, anyone who goes into shops or supermarkets, including food takeaway shops, without a face covering could face a fine of up to £100.

     

    As we’ve seen throughout the year, ordering the right kind of items at the right time has been essential to ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with the new regulations. So it’s important to know what kind of face covering is needed for what purpose.

     

    Currently we do have stock, but there is high demand so do call us on 01726 74264 or email us at sales@cisafety.com so we can advise you on the right kind of face covering and order what you need in good time.

     

    Face coverings are not the same as masks

    A key point is that face coverings and face masks are not the same and there are many different varieties of face masks and coverings which suit different purposes. The government is keen to emphasise that:  “It is important that people do not use medical grade PPE masks to ensure these remain available for frontline staff.”

     

    For retail staff and staff wishing to stop the general spread of COVID-19 

    In these situations, a face covering does not have to be formally graded as PPE.

    Protective face masks which are comfortable, reusable and which can be ordered in quantities are an ideal solution for many businesses. They work by preventing the wearer from spreading any infection, and use of these masks has been found to be effective in preventing the spread of coronavirus in public places.

     

    We do have some excellent products, including this Protective Face Mask:

    WASHABLE ANTI-BACTERIAL FACE MASK, NAVY, £2.99 WASHABLE ANTI-BACTERIAL FACE MASK, NAVY, £2.99

     

    This mask has some of the key qualities that you need to look for in face masks which are needed to stop the general spread of coronavirus in shops and supermarkets and on public transport.

    • It has an anti-bacterial treatment which lasts for 12 washes which helps to keep the wearer healthy
    • It is soft and comfortable, with an ergonomically designed fit so that it can be worn for longer periods of time.
    • 100% cotton double layer offering good protection from the spread of ‘droplets’ and means that the face mask can be washed at a high temperature.
    • These face masks can be ordered in bulk for staff, please call us for details and the latest stock levels. (Tel: 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com)

     

    For construction or site workers 

    An option which is helpful for workers and visitors to construction sites or factory floors are visor style face coverings which are practical and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

     

    This COVID-19 TEMPORARY FACE SHIELD, ELASTICATED HEADBAND retails from £4.99.

    COVID-19 TEMPORARY FACE SHIELD, ELASTICATED HEADBAND, £4.99 COVID-19 TEMPORARY FACE SHIELD, ELASTICATED HEADBAND, £4.99

     

    For frontline and healthcare workers 

    Those at higher risk may opt for more protective face coverings, such as 3 ply surgical masks, which are designed to be disposable.

    3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each 3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £0.98 each

    These ear loop surgical masks are priced singly but boxed in 50's. Please contact us for quantity discounts. (Tel: 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com)

    These 3 ply masks are mainly intended for healthcare professionals and are proven to be as effective as an N95 respirator mask in preventing viral infections. The masks work by preventing particles entering the body through the nose or mouth.

    They are lightweight and breathable and designed to fit comfortably.

    At this time it is advisable to call or email us with any orders so we can ensure that stocks are available for you and offer advice on the best products to suit your needs. Please feel free to call our team on 01726 74264 or email us at sales@cisafety.com and we’ll do our utmost to ensure you have the right face coverings for your needs.

  • Back to work guide: Keeping your business clean and safe

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    In our ongoing guides to get back to work safely, ensuring staff, customers and visitors are protected from COVID-19, this guide sets out key procedures and products to make sure your business premises remain as clean and sanitized as possible.

     

    Step 1: A key part of cleanliness and hygiene is tidiness. 

    Cluttered spaces, or areas which are difficult to get to to clean are naturally the places where germs tend to gather. Most businesses have had to move items such as desks and chairs to ensure that social distancing can take place. Remove any unnecessary items which clutter desktops or floor spaces so that it is easier to clean.

     

    Step 2: Identify key touch points in your business and clean these regularly. 

    Touch points such as door handles, communal kitchen surfaces, taps etc. should be cleaned with disinfectant several times each day, with a clear schedule and allocation of the staff member responsible for the cleaning set out. Ideally there will be a chart where regular cleaning of touch points can be recorded.

    You should also check how to clean equipment such as card payment machines safely, and ensure that the equipment is cleaned frequently.

    It is also helpful to supply hand sanitizer or hand washing facilities near commonly used touch points. Leaving doors open and adding signage to encourage staff to do the same can also be helpful.

     

    Step 3: Encourage hand washing at key times.

    For example, after eating, using the bathroom, or touching a door handle or using a card machine. Use signs and verbal and written guidance to inform and remind staff of these measures and ensure you have hand sanitizer or hand washing facilities in plentiful and convenient locations.

     

    Step 4: Have an end of shift cleaning procedure in place.

    Update your cleaning checklist for the end of each shift, so that desktops, phones, keyboards and other shared equipment or spaces are cleaned with disinfectant. Ensuring cleaning staff use gloves and aprons -- these are the measures which should be employed if someone using a space is reported to have COVD-19 so if cleaning staff are protecting themselves routinely, this will add a layer of safety to your procedures.

    Also ensure rubbish from individuals is placed in a plastic bag which is tied at the top at the end of each day.

     

    Step 5: Know who works where…

    You should have a record of which staff are working and the areas they are working in as a safety measure so that you can employ proper cleaning procedures if a staff member reports COVD-19 symptoms.  But also ensure that you keep a record of which areas cleaning staff come into contact with so you can cross check risk of contamination if a case is reported.

    Click here for full guidance on cleaning procedures if a case of COVID-19 is reported.

    Key products to help you keep your business clean:

     

    Disinfectant spray

    We have a range of disinfectant sprays which have been tested to ensure effectiveness against coronavirus, including this:

     

    AX ULTRA VIRUCIDAL/BACTERICIDAL DISINFECTANT, 750ML X 3, £8.95 AX ULTRA VIRUCIDAL/BACTERICIDAL DISINFECTANT, 750ML X 3, £8.95

    AX Ultra is a proven virucidal/bactericidal disinfectant which is safe to use on all touch surfaces that are washable. Use daily to maintain clean and hygienic conditions.Virucidal activity against all enveloped viruses including Coronavirus, Influenza and HIV. Certified to BSEN 1276 and BSEN 14476. Chlorine free. * Due to a shortage of trigger heads these are sold only in 3's, you will get three bottles and one trigger spray head *

    Click here to see more disinfectant sprays and sanitizers

     

    Disinfectant wipes

    These can be helpful for surfaces and electronic items such as keyboards or phones. We have several options, but as with all our products, do contact our sales team who can advice when stock is available and help you identify the best products for your needs.

     

     

    ALCOHOL SURFACE SANITIZING WIPES, BLUE 150 WIPE TUB, £9.99 ALCOHOL SURFACE SANITIZING WIPES, BLUE 150 WIPE TUB, £9.99

     

    ALCOHOL SURFACE SANITIZING WIPES, BLUE 150 WIPE TUB, £9.99

    Re-sealable package with 200 moist wipes that are good for all occasions.

     

    Click here to see more disinfectant wipes

    Alcohol gel

    Alcohol gel is helpful for ensuring hands are clean, particularly at key touch points or for workers who are regularly handling items touched by visitors or customers.

    ALCOHOL SANITISING GEL, 500ML TOP BOTTLE, £9.99 ALCOHOL SANITISING GEL, 500ML TOP BOTTLE, £9.99

    Hygienic hand sanitiser gel for hand disinfecting that also feels great to use. - 70% formulation suitable for frequent use - contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E - no rinse hand rub - Specially formulated with moisturisers for a soft feeling

     

    Soap and dispensers

    Soap and water is a better option for handwashing when it can be made available.

     

    CIS FOAM SOAP POUCH REFILL, 800ML, £6.83 CIS FOAM SOAP POUCH REFILL, 800ML, £6.83

    This luxury fragranced skin cleanser contains ingredients which deeply moisturise the skin. Suitable for use as a general skin cleanser in most commercial, institutional and industrial administrative applications. A mild and gentle cleanser which helps to protect the skin in the event of frequent hand washing.

     

    There is also this dispenser which goes with it…

     

    POUCH FOAM SOAP DISPENSER, 800ML, £21.74 POUCH FOAM SOAP DISPENSER, 800ML, £21.74

     

    Click here to see soaps and alcohol gel hand sanitizers

    We also offer a wider range of pouches to go into dispensers, as well as ‘touch-free’ or automatic dispensers. Please contact us directly at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information on these products.

    Cleaning equipment designed for enhanced hygiene.

    In addition to disinfectant sprays, concentrates and wipes and hand cleansing products, it is also important to ensure that cleaning equipment including mops, buckets and brushes are kept very clean. We have a range of excellent products, including our Vikan range, which is designed with smooth surfaces and detachable elements to ensure the handles, brushes etc can be kept very clean. They are also designed at a high standard to ensure they last well and offer good value and quality.

     

    Click here to see some of our hygiene tools

     

    If you would like advice or to make an order, do contact our sales team. 

    As you may be aware, stock levels deplete rapidly at the current time and our team can advise when stock is available and help you identify the best products to suit your needs. 

    Please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information.

     

  • Back to work checklist: Are you ready to open for business?

    Women cafe owner wearing protective mask stand in counter Covid-19 conceptual

     

    With more and more businesses now allowed to open up, here is  is our checklist to help you ensure that the retired social distancing and safety measures are  in place in your business:

    STEP 1: CARRY OUT A RISK ASSESSMENT

    An important first step is to carry out and record a formal risk assessment of opening your business.

    • Identify hazards
    • Assess the risks
    • Control the risks
    • Record your findings
    • Review the controls

    Click here for full guidance and Risk Assessment templates.

     

    STEP 2: DECIDE WHICH STAFF ARE REQUIRED ON SITE

    Only staff who are essential must come on site. For example, they may need to operate specialised machinery. The number of staff coming in should be kept to a minimum.

    • Employees who are in a vulnerable group, including those aged 70 and over, those with specific chronic pre-existing conditions and pregnant womeN,  are strongly advised to follow social distancing guidance and to work from home if at all possible.
    • Coronavirus has meant many people have moved accommodation.Are contact numbers and emergency contact details up to date?
    • Set out clear policies and step by step processes for sickness reporting and sick pay.
    • Ensure there are plenty of handwashing facilities. Soap and water are best, but hand sanitiser as a secondary option where necessary. Tissues should also be provided and staff informed of and encouraged to follow good hygiene practices.

    We can help you to find the best products and source stock to meet your needs.

    For example, we have products specially tested against coronavirus such as these wipes:

    SANISAFE ANTI-VIRAL ANTI-BACTERIAL WIPES, PACK OF 100, £5.40 SANISAFE ANTI-VIRAL ANTI-BACTERIAL WIPES, PACK OF 100, £5.40

     

    Coronavirus Wet Wipe (Tub Format) Sanisafe 4C Hand & Surface Anti Virul Formulation 33GSM Blue Aquaspun Polypropylene (Recyclable) Sheet Size: 200mm x 200mm 100 Wipes Per Tub. This product has efficacy against several strains of coronavirdae family enveloped viruses in addition to extensive independent testing against gram positive and gram negative bacteria and fungi.

    Click here for more information on ordering hygiene and sanitiser products from us to help you stay safe from coronavirus infection.

    • Have a clear written policy and keep all staff up to date about what you are doing to reduce risks of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace.

     

    STEP 3: ENSURE SOCIAL DISTANCING IS MAINTAINED ON SITE

    The key guidance on social distancing is that employers who have people in their offices or on-site should ensure that employees are able, where possible, to maintain a 2-metre distance from others and that they should be able and encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water ideally, for at least 20 seconds.

    To facilitate this and ensure staff safety the additional points should be considered.

    • Put up signs to help staff and visitors maintain social distancing.

    We have items like this in stock, please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information.

    Signage to promote social distancing due to coronavirus

    • Install screens and barriers to separate people where possible
    • Train staff to wash their hands and clothes if they touch someone, for example, after helping someone in an emergency
    • Ensure employees wear face covering safely although there’s no legal requirement to wear it.
    • Close off areas that are not essential
    • Encourage staff to use stairs instead of lifts whenever possible
    • Keep workstations 2 meters apart where possible and have a dedicated space for each team.
    • Sanitise workstations between occupants where people share
    • Rearrange desks to avoid face-to-face working
    • Help people to avoid people passing objects, for example by setting up drop-off points
    • Stagger break times and, if possible, have breaks outdoors or use freed up space from people working remotely to create break areas
    • Cleaning procedures should be scheduled regularly and more frequently throughout the day, even if this means, pausing production to allow staff to wipe down workstations with disinfectant.
    • Check if you need to service or adjust ventilation systems and get advice from your (HVAC) engineer if you’re not sure if they need adjusting.

     

    Entrances and exits

    • stagger arrival and departure times off staff
    • Use as many entrances and exits as you can
    • Use screens in reception areas if possible
    • Mark a one-way flow where possible
    • Deactivate key touch points such as turnstiles, or keep doors open where possible to help ensure people touch things as little as possible.

    Where staff cannot stay 2 meters apart, they should:

    • only work together up to 15 minutes at a time
    • wash hands and clean surfaces regularly
    • work side by side or back-to-back rather than face-to-face
    • have fixed teams to minimise exposure

     

    In customer facing areas:

    • use 2 meter floor markings to organise queues
    • have a one-way flow through the site where possible
    • minimise contact when customers are paying, for example by using contactless
    • Provide handwashing stations or hand sanitiser for customers coming in and out.

    You can get more advice tailored to your specific business by filling out this online questionnaire:

    www.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-reopening

    USEFUL PRODUCTS

    Fogging machines can be useful equipment to ensure that COVID-19 is completely eradicated from an office, room or holiday let.

    They work by expelling a fine, almost invisible mist of disinfectant into the atmosphere which eventually settles on all surfaces including those impossible to reach by conventional methods. The settings can be adjusted to allow for a dry fog which protects textiles and fabrics. 

    Regular fogging with an approved disinfectant such a Virosol as will help prevent the cross-infection of viruses such as MRSA, COVID 19 Coronavirus. Please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information about these products.

    VS-500 Fogging Machine

    To help protect staff and customers  from COVID-19 infection, handwashing dispensers which can also be mounted on floor stands may also be helpful

    REFILLABLE LIQUID SOAP DISPENSER, 900ML, £21.95 REFILLABLE LIQUID SOAP DISPENSER, 900ML, £21.95

     

    Please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information about these products.

     

    If you would like up to date information about more products which can help you to open your business safely, we are sending out eshots and will also be sending out an e-shot for the hospitality industry.

     

    Click here to sign up for updates on these products and future news and guides from us here at CIS Safety. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe button on our emails.

     

    As always our team are here to help you. Please do keep in touch with us and we’ll work with you to support you at this difficult time. Email us at sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 74264.

  • Back to work: a safety guide for delivery drivers

    Delivery courier driver inside the van car with parcel post boxes checking amount he protective face mask, under curfew quarantine pandemic coronavirus COVID-19

    As lockdown eases and more and more businesses go back to work, we are still being advised to adhere to social distancing to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections.

    This can be especially difficult for delivery drivers, however. Here is a guide to help delivery drivers to stay safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    At the depot

    The key goal here is to make it easy for staff to maintain social distancing and also to avoid surface transmission when goods enter and leave the delivery vehicle. Employers need to think about this carefully in high volume situations such as warehouses, distribution centres, and dispatch areas and have simple, effective procedures in place to make this easier and to keep staff safer.

     

    • As far as possible, keep the same people in teams or shift groups to reduce the number of people staff are coming into contact with.
    • People who work together in one vehicle should be in a fixed pairing as far as possible. Where possible and safe, having single workers load or unload vehicles or use the same pairs of people for loads where more than one is needed.
    • Do walk-throughs of tasks to identify where people have to directly pass things to each other (such as job information, spare parts, samples, raw materials) and find ways to remove direct contact, for example, by using drop off points or transfer zones. Where the nature of the product allows for use of electronic pre-booking, arrange non-contact deliveries.
    • Select low risk areas for pick-ups and drop-offs. This should be a place where items can be placed to minimise the opportunities for contact between on-site staff and delivery drivers. After you have done this, make sure all staff are aware of the new pick-up and drop-off collection points, procedures, and use clear signage and markings to re-enforce the new measures.
    • Set up daily procedures to check any drivers for signs and symptoms of coronavirus and record any findings for your due diligence records.
    • Should staff come into contact with items used by delivery riders or drivers, they should wash or sanitise their hands before moving to another task. Ensure adequate hygiene facilities such as hand washing areas or hand sanitiser is available for them to do this.

     

    In the vehicle

    • Clarify key times when drivers need to wash their hands, for example, when entering and leaving the vehicle and before and after handling goods they are delivering. Make sure there is enough hand sanitizer to enable this.
    Driver Pack Santising Station, £59.85 Driver Pack Santising Station, £59.85

     

    A helpful product is this Driver Pack Santising Station, £59.85. Designed to fit in the passenger seat or centre of any vehicle, this kit can be held in place with a seatbelt and provides drivers who may not be able to access regular washing facilities and who come into contact with other people easy access to sanitising items.

    Kit comes complete and includes:

    1 x Dispenser box (Inc bin) - all recyclable

    2 x 236ml Alcohol gel

    2 x Blue paper roll

    2 x face visors (not PPE)

    1 x 100 Disposable gloves

    • Provide guidance and cleaning products to encourage frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, such as door handles, fuel pumps and vehicle keys. Also ensure there are safe places for rubbish to be stored and then disposed of by the driver who is using the vehicle..
    • Encourage drivers to stay in their vehicles when it is safe and practical to do so.
    • Advise drivers to keep the vehicle well ventilated, using Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and/or opening windows and doors where possible and safe to do so.
    • Ensure drivers use wipes to clean fuel pumps before and after use.

     

    At delivery points

    • Ensure all delivery persons wash their hands or use sanitiser before and after collecting items. If you are supplying your own drivers, you should ensure they have plenty of  60%+ alcohol content sanitiser available.
    • When delivering items, arrange to leave orders at the customer’s door rather than handing over person to person.  You can arrange customer notification through a bell/knocker, phone or text message. Ensure your delivery team are adhering to the 2m social distance rules.
    • Use electronic or contactless payment and signature methods where possible to minimise person-to-person contact.
    • You might also wish to provide face masks for your drivers.  We have a range of products available.
    COVID-19 TEMPORARY FACE SHIELD, ELASTICATED HEADBAND, £4.99 COVID-19 TEMPORARY FACE SHIELD, ELASTICATED HEADBAND, £4.99

     

    3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £1.20 each 3 PLY SURGICAL MASKS, BLUE, £1.20 each

    Ear loop surgical mask, 3 ply type IIR. Priced singly but boxed in 50's. Please contact us for quantity discounts

    • It’s a legal requirement for delivery drivers to have access to welfare facilities in the business premises they visit as part of their work. The HSE, however, say they are hearing reports that some drivers are not being allowed to use welfare facilities when they deliver. Preventing access is against the law, equally it’s not the sensible thing to do.
    • Try to arrange access to welfare facilities ahead of time and if you are accepting deliveries, ensure drivers have access to appropriate toilet facilities during their journeys and at their destinations and set up facilities to enable them to do this safely, for example, by prior booking-in,  and provision of hand sanitiser.

     

    In between delivery driver shifts

     

    • Have clear and thorough cleaning procedures for each vehicle at the end of each shift.
    • Ensure that each vehicle has sufficient quantities of hand sanitiser/wipes to enable workers to clean hands after each delivery/drop-off.
    • Don't forget to clean vehicle keys before and after each person handles them.
    • Where workers are required to stay away from their home, centrally log the stay and make sure any overnight accommodation meets social distancing guidelines.

    You can see more more guidance for food delivery drivers here:

    https://www.foodstarsuk.com/commercial-kitchens-for-rent/food-delivery-safety/

     

    Download full Government guidance on for coronavirus safety measures for staff who work inside a vehicle here:

    Working Safely during Covid-19 _In Vehicles
    As always our team are here to help you. Please do keep in touch with us and we’ll work with you to support you and help you source the PPE and cleaning and hygiene products that you need to keep your staff and customer safe. Email us at sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 74264.

     

  • Back to work: a guide to opening up your business after lockdown

    actory workers with face mask protect from outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19. Concept of protective action and quarantine to stop spreading of Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19.

    It’s official, those who cannot work from home are being actively encouraged to go back into the workplace. This includes many in the manufacturing, construction and food industries.  Here is our guide to ensuring staff and visitors are safe and social distancing is implemented as the nation begins to return to work.

    A general guide to good practice when encouraging employees to return to work:

    • Ensure employees who are in a vulnerable group (including those aged 70 and over, those with specific chronic pre-existing conditions and pregnant women) are strongly advised to follow social distancing guidance
    • Ensure employees who are in an extremely vulnerable group and should be shielded are supported to stay at home
    • Make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency contact details are up to date
    • Make sure managers can spot symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are clear on relevant processes, including sickness reporting and sick pay.
    • Ensure there are plenty of handwashing facilities. Soap and water are best, but hand sanitiser as a secondary option where necessary. Tissues should also be provided and staff informed of and encouraged to follow good hygiene practices.
    • Have a clear written policy and keep all staff up to date about what you are doing to reduce risks of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace.
    What exactly are the social distancing requirements that the government is recommending?

    The key guidance on social distancing is that employers who have people in their offices or on-site should ensure that employees are able, where possible, to maintain a 2-metre distance from others and that they should be able and encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water ideally, for at least 20 seconds.

    To facilitate this and ensure staff safety the additional points should be considered.

    • If employees can work from home they should be encouraged to do so. It means greater safety and fewer people on site making it easier for those who do need to come in to maintain social distancing. There are some helpful tools to help you manage tasks and productivity of teams remotely and these include:For communication: Zoom.us (now updated to address reported privacy issues) and Google Hangouts for online meetings.For project/task management: Asana, Monday, Trello and Slack are all popular and well-used systems to assign tasks, share files and manage workflows and deadlines.
    • Members of staff who are vulnerable or extremely vulnerable, as well as individuals whom they live with, should be supported as they follow the recommendations set out in the guidance on social distancing and shielding respectively

     

    Signage to promote social distancing due to coronavirus

     

    It may be helpful to have floor stickers and signage to help you maintain the 2 metre distance between anyone on the premises. We have items like this in stock, please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information.

    Click here to see some posters

    What if we cannot maintain a 2-metre distance between employees easily?

    There will inevitably be some activities where it is almost impossible for staff or visitors to maintain the social distancing guidelines. If this is the case, government guidance is to carefully consider whether this particular activity needs to continue for the business to operate. If it does need to take place, then the guidance is that employers should take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission of COVD-19.

    Staff should be advised to keep 2 metres apart as much as possible, but where this is not easy to maintain, you should advise staff to wash their hands frequently, and especially at key points including arrival at work or home, before and after eating or taking a break. Before and after operating machinery or equipment and after sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose.

    To help with this, you should consider adding additional pop-up handwashing stations or facilities, providing soap, water and/or hand sanitiser.

    When entering and leaving, you should ensure your workforce stays 2 metres apart as much as possible. To protect your staff, you should remind colleagues daily to only come into work if they are well and no one in their household is self-isolating.

    Many businesses will need to provide more handwashing and hygiene facilities.

    These products may be helpful:

    Refillable liquid soap dispenserFloor mount for soap dispenser

    Wall mounted dispensers for alcohol gel or soap. These dispensers can also be mounted on floorstands.

    This sneeze stand is helpful for anyone who coughs or sneezes or needs to wash their hands after touching a key touch point such as a door handle.

     

    Sneeze station Sneeze Station. Contains 2 x 236ml sanitizing hand gel; 3 x boxes of 80 tissues; one label to seal prior to disposal.

     

    Please email us at sales@cisafety.com or call us on 01726 74264 for more information about these products.

    For manufacturing and processing businesses...

    If essential activities mean that staff cannot easily maintain a 2-metre distance between each other, staff should work side by side or facing away from each other rather than face-to-face if possible.

    Cleaning procedures should be scheduled regularly and more frequently throughout the day, even if this means, pausing production to allow staff to wipe down workstations with disinfectant.

    Staff should be assigned to shift teams which remain the same to limit social interaction.

    Break times should be staggered and staff encouraged to take breaks separately from each other rather than gathering. Staff should be encouraged to wash their hands before and after each break.

    You should also put up signage and floor markings in storage and warehouse areas, encouraging a 2-metre distance from colleagues where it is at all feasible.

    Click here for detailed guidance on food processing.

    For the construction industry...

    Staff should be advised to keep 2 metres apart as much as possible, but where this is not easy to maintain, you should advise staff to wash their hands frequently, and especially at key points including arrival at work or home, before and after eating or operating machinery and after sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose.

    Employees should keep the windows of enclosed machinery or enclosed spaces open for ventilation and the inside of cabs should be cleaned between use by different operators.

    The site and workflow should be planned to minimise contact between workers and avoid skin-to-skin and face-to-face contact. Where face-to-face contact is essential, this should be kept to 15 minutes or less wherever possible.

    Staff should use stairs in preference to lifts or hoists. Where lifts or hoists must be used, you should lower their capacity to reduce congestion and contact at all times, and regularly clean touchpoints, such as doors and buttons.

    Where facilities to wash hands are not available, hand sanitizers should be used.

    More examples for employers are set out in these illustrative industry examples

     

    What if we want someone to come back to work but they ask to stay at home?

    Government guidance currently is that employers in businesses which are legally allowed to open should actively encourage those who cannot fulfil their roles from home to return to the workplace.

    For those staff who ask if they can stay at home, even though they cannot fulfil their role at home, the guidance is that employers should use their discretion and respect the medical need to self-isolate in making decisions about sick pay.

    Sick pay must be paid to those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are living with someone who has those symptoms. SSP is also available to those who are staying at home because they’re at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (shielding).

    Guidance about those who live with someone vulnerable who needs to be shielded is simply that they should be supported as they follow the guidance on social distancing and shielding respectively.

    If evidence is required by an employer, those with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get an isolation note from NHS 111 online, and those who live with someone that has symptoms can get a note from the NHS website.

    Employees are also entitled to time off work to help someone who depends on them (a ‘dependant’) in an unexpected event or emergency. This would apply to situations related to coronavirus (COVID-19) including the need to look after dependants, including children who need to be looked after because their school has closed.

    There’s no statutory right to pay for this time off, but some employers might offer pay depending on the contract or workplace policy.

    ACAS have more information online.

    Click on the links below for more official guidance and information:

    Government guidance to businesses about COVID-19

    HSE guidance on social distancing 

    If you would like up to date information about more products which can help you to open your business safely, we are sending out e-shots on the following ranges.

    • Equip your staff: Hi-vis waistcoats, masks, face shields and other PPE
    • Keep it clean: Wipes, spray, gel and soaps and hygiene products

    Click here to sign up for updates on these products and future news and guides from us here at CIS Safety. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe button on our emails.

    As always our team are here to help you. Please do keep in touch with us and we’ll work with you to support you at this difficult time. Email us at sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 74264.
  • A guide to safety precautions for those working in the food production industry

    food-factories-905513_1920 With the current COVD-19 pandemic, it is vital to protect food workers from exposure to the virus and to strengthen food hygiene and sanitation practices. This guide suggests measures to help ensure that the integrity of the food chain is maintained and that adequate and safe food supplies are available for consumers.

    Can COVID-19 be transmitted via food? According to the World Health Organisation, it is highly unlikely that people can contract COVID-19 from food or food packaging. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and the primary transmission route is through person-to-person contact and direct contact with respiratory droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Coronaviruses cannot multiply in food.

    What surfaces can COVD-19 survive on? If respiratory droplets are too heavy to be airborne, they land on objects and surfaces surrounding an infected person. It is, therefore, possible that someone may become infected by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. Recent research evaluated the survival of the COVID-19 virus on different surfaces.

    • Plastic and stainless steel: Up to 72 hours
    • Copper: Up to four hours
    • Cardboard: Up to 24 hours

    Please note, these are rough estimations which can vary according to temperature, humidity etc.

    Practical steps that food industry employers can take:

    • Reinforce personal hygiene measures
    • Provide refresher training on food hygiene principles to eliminate or reduce the risk of food surfaces and food packaging materials becoming contaminated with the virus from food workers.
    • Promote and facilitate stringent hygiene and sanitation measures such as effective handwashing and sanitation at each stage of food processing, manufacture and marketing.

    Good staff hygienic practices include:

    ● thorough hand washing – washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

    ● frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (not a replacement for handwashing).

    ● good respiratory hygiene (cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; use tissues which are disposed of and wash hands);

    ● frequent disinfection of work surfaces and commonly touched objects such as door handles;

    • Supply, personal protective equipment (PPE) where appropriate. Masks and gloves can be effective in reducing the spread of viruses and disease within the food industry, but only if used properly.In fact, hand washing is a better way to prevent infection than wearing disposable gloves. The COVID-19 virus can contaminate disposable gloves in the same way it gets onto workers’ hands. Removal of disposable gloves can lead to contamination of hands. Wearing disposable gloves can give a false sense of security and may result in staff not washing hands as frequently as required. Handwashing is a greater protective barrier to infection than wearing disposable gloves. Hands must be washed before and after changing gloves, and gloves should be changed following any tasks which involve touching potentially contaminated items such as door handles or bins. Anyone wearing gloves needs to avoid touching their mouth and eyes.
    • Physical distancing Current UK guidelines are to introduce physical distancing of at least two metres between each person. WHO guidance is to ensure at least one metre, particularly if staff are using PPE such as masks to prevent transmission of COVD-19. Drivers need to be aware of physical distancing when picking up or dropping off deliveries. As well as maintaining physical distance from other individuals, they need to maintain a high degree of personal cleanliness and to wear clean protective clothing. It is also vital to ensure that all transport containers are kept clean and frequently disinfected, foods must be protected from contamination, and must be separated from other goods that may cause contamination.
    • Advice to customers. Consumers should always be advised to wash fruit and vegetables with potable water before consumption or use in processing derivative food products. All customers and staff should strictly observe good personal hygiene practices at all times around open food areas.

    Click here to find full guidance from the World Health Organisation

    Click here for guidance for food businesses from the UK government here:

    As always our team are here to help you. Please do keep in touch with us and we’ll work with you to support you at this difficult time. Email us at sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 74264.

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