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How To Manage Custodial Services During the Pandemic

How To Manage Custodial Services During the Pandemic

Sanitation has become a primary concern as individuals are once again occupying work and learning spaces. Because of this, custodial teams and custodial managers have taken to utilizing better tools, helpful technology, and more thorough practices when it comes to keeping facilities adequately clean.

Let’s take a look at recent changes that have developed as a result of the pandemic.

Focus on High-Traffic, High-Touch Areas

While it’s necessary to ensure that entire facilities are well-cleaned, focusing special attention on high-traffic, high-touch areas has become all the more important in terms of managing safety during the pandemic. Ensuring proper sanitation practices in areas that people regularly frequent, and on devices that people touch most often (sinks, door handles, keyboards, etc.) is an optimal way to reduce the spread of germs in facilities of all types and sizes.

Encourage Frequent Handwashing/Sanitization

Whether it’s visitors, employees, or custodial staff, frequent handwashing is ideal when it comes to preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses. Handwashing is and has always been one of the primary lines of defense against infectious disease, so encouraging handwashing and providing sanitation stations throughout facilities can help everyone in the building protect themselves.

Perform Frequent Services

A major change that custodial teams are implementing during the pandemic is launching more frequent cleaning services. Due to increased demands for efficient hygiene, custodial staff has taken to cleaning facilities more often than the standard once-daily cleaning.

Cleaning rooms between uses, sanitizing work surfaces several times a day, and ensuring that restrooms are constantly kept clean can not only prevent the spread of COVID-19 but can protect individuals in the building from additional illnesses and infections.

Improve Ventilation

The circulation of clean air has always been a goal when it comes to maintaining proper sanitation in a given area, however, ventilation has become more of a focus during the pandemic.

To reduce the spread of illness-causing droplets, it’s important for facilities to ensure that adequate ventilation is accessible in each room. By keeping a constant flow of clean air circulating in an area, it becomes more likely that bacteria and viruses will be pushed out of the room via fans and ventilation shafts rather than settling on surfaces or being inhaled by inhabitants in the area.

In addition, better ventilation improves human health by pulling the fumes of harmful cleaning agents out of a given area as quickly as possible.

Implement Touchless Technology

In some facilities, touchless technology has been introduced to further prevent the spread of bacteria and other illnesses. By using touchless technology, individuals using a space no longer have a reason to physically press buttons, open doors, or turn faucets on and off.

By reducing the need for touch in a facility, surfaces do not accumulate nearly as many germs as what was common with manual technology. As such, with fewer people touching surfaces, bacteria has become less able to spread from person to person via touch.

Thanks to improved custodial efforts and the use of technology, custodial teams are better equipped to meet the challenges they face when keeping worksites clean during the pandemic.