Working through a winter wonderland

Tom Capper, Regional Sales Manager at Robert Scott, offers his clean team insight and product knowledge to guide your workforce through winter.

The winter months bring a new set of seasonal challenges for your workplace and its maintenance staff. Unpredictable weather conditions, increased risk of seasonal cold and flu viruses and potential hazards means management teams need to be extra vigilant to protect staff while they continue to carry out daily cleaning maintenance throughout winter.

Colder weather affects people in different ways. For janitorial staff, whose jobs can be physically demanding, it’s important to consider the impact of cleaning regimes on their health. Repetitive use of unsuitable products may increase the risk of musculoskeletal disorders in the long term. Product development has come a long way in recent times and there are now tools that can directly reduce these risks and help improve the overall health and wellbeing of your staff.

One of Robert Scott’s latest developments is the Duop Reach tool which features a unique, ergonomic ball and socket joint making cleaning strain-free for users. Its versatile and extendable handle allows for low-level cleaning without having to bend down and reaching at height without the need for step ladders to access difficult areas. Users can also remove the head for targeted cleaning, making it one of the most versatile products suitable for bathrooms, kitchens and other areas with multiple surface heights and material finishes.

The Duop tool also benefits from washable microfibre pads. Microfibre is one of the most effective materials for eliminating harmful bacteria – capable of removing up to 99.9% – without the need for chemicals and can effectively clean away dirt, dust and microorganisms. This means that at times of the year where common cold and flu viruses are likely to be more prominent, using a material that efficiently removes potentially harmful bacteria will minimise the risk of cross-contamination and possible infection.

Slips, trips and falls are among the most common causes of accidents and injuries in the workplace, and in winter it is important to be even more vigilant in the cleaning process to ensure all excess residues are removed immediately or dry quickly. By replacing cotton cleaning products with a material such as microfibre, which provides quick-drying results and in most


cases requires only water, facilities can significantly reduce the risk of potential wet floor hazards or slippery surfaces caused by detergent residue.

In addition, trolley and caddy systems such as the Alpha and Rokleen trollies are an effective way to ensure employees are able to travel around facilities safely in winter. Keeping all the necessary tools contained in one unit will reduce the risk of their own slips or falls when carrying equipment on their person. A trolley or caddy system will also reduce strain on individuals that may already suffer from joint pain.

With four generations of cleaning know-how, Robert Scott has developed a range of microfibre products that can be used effectively across the cleaning spectrum. From mop heads and pads, to microfibre cloths and lightweight cleaning tools designed reduce physical strain on users, there are a number of effective changes you can make to your daily cleaning regimes. As well as this, reducing or eliminating the need for some cleaning chemicals and hazardous substances by using microfibre will dramatically reduce the risk of skin irritations or more long-term health implications that can be caused by use of these products.

Overall it is important to consider where potential hazards can occur at this time of year for your staff. Reviewing your cleaning regime with the management team and assessing whether it’s across the facility itself or with the products and tools used by staff, simple changes can be made to mitigate risk and improve the wellbeing of your entire workforce to ensure 2019 is a healthy, happy new year for all.

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