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FEATURE


HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE


had raised expectations of washroom facilities. They have also been carrying out hygiene audits in businesses across the East Midlands to help them be Covid-safe. The feedback from businesses is encouraging, with an


increasing number recognising that hand sanitisers and social distancing floor mats are obviously important, but that good washroom facilities are a major priority. None of us could have foreseen the impact of this


virulent virus, but what can businesses do to survive further incidents that could have an impact equal to Covid-19? Just as we have seen how good hygiene can keep us safe and keep this virus at bay, we also need to recognise that washrooms are actually the highest water usage area in most businesses. Flushing excessive amounts of water literally down the


pan does not make economic or environmental sense. Put this into the context of the latest UN report on the state of the world’s water supply, which warns that more than five billion people across the world could suffer water shortages by 2050 largely due to climate change and increased demand. This could potentially have an equally devastating impact


on our lives at home, work and play, and it is important to build this and other factors into a business’ risk assessment. However, simple but highly effective measures can be


taken to reduce water consumption and save money on water bills – which is vital as uncertainty builds around the economy and the likely impact of a pending recession. Good-quality washrooms are therefore not just an


“inconvenience” to consider in the workplace – they are important for the health and wellbeing of us all and are likely to continue to be so for many more reasons in the short, medium and longer terms. As the UK continues to move out of lockdown, my plea


to businesses in all sectors is that they continue on the path of putting first-class washroom facilities, which are also economically and environmentally effective, at the top of the agenda.


56 business network October 2020


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