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HEALTH, SAFETY & WELLBEING


SILVER LINING FOR A HYBRID FUTURE


As the pandemic ends, a new challenge is emerging - improving hygiene standards whilst controlling cleaning costs, says Chris MacDonald, Strategic Business Director at SafeGroup.


Facilities managers have a really tough job on their hands in the months ahead.


One of them is controlling the cost of maintaining hygienic environments that meet heightened expectations of anxious workers.


A key consideration throughout the pandemic has been to up hygienic cleaning to protect staff who, for whatever reason, cannot work from home.


With lockdown measures due to be lifted this summer, thousands of other employees will be eligible to return to offices.


Many employers see office working remaining the norm. Goldman Sachs boss David Solomon called remote working an “aberration”.


Move to prevention Most expected forms of hybrid working will still require staff to regularly go into offices or other workspaces. So, what do FM leaders do about the higher levels of hygienic cleaning and the huge costs they incur?


Especially when COVID-19 will remain a real concern, not least because of the risks from the Delta variant, and new strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that may emerge in the months to come.


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A key step, in my view, is a move away from treatment, in the form of cleaning, to prevention.


To be able to show employees that decisive and effective action is being taken to protect their physical and mental wellbeing.


Our response to this challenge is a new antimicrobial coating called Touchpoint Shield. It’s a very tough coating, half the thickness of a human hair, that improves hygiene standards without the need for costly enhanced cleaning.


We have shown a major London bank (not Goldman Sachs) that by using Touchpoint Shield, it can reduce its high touchpoint cleaning costs by 80%.


Less cleaning – improved hygiene During the pandemic, it has been carrying touchpoint cleaning – of door handles and push plates, for instance, every hour.


Our field trials have shown, by applying Touchpoint Shield, that can be reduced to just three times a day and hygiene standards will improve.


The coating is made from nanoceramics which form a super-strong co-valent bond with a surface. In effect, it forms a glass layer five microns thick, half the width of a human hair.


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