News roundup: The impact of cleaning

October 14th, 2015 Category: Commercial

More needs to be done to educate pupils about the ways in which handwashing can combat the threat of drug-resistant bacteria, new research has claimed.

Draft National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for England said that teachers need to do more to educate students about how to use soap and water properly.

The recommendations were made amidst fears that unless steps are taken, treatment-resistant bacteria could kill more people than currently die from cancer by 2050.

NICE said that an effective hand-washing technique involves three stages: preparation, washing and rinsing, and drying.

The first stage involves rinsing hands under tepid water, then coating the hands with soap and rubbing hands together rigorously for 10-15 seconds.

Hands should then be dried with paper towels.

Its guidelines also stated: "Children – and adults for that matter – should always wash their hands after using the toilet, before eating, before touching the eyes or mouth, and after handling animals."

Daytime cleaning impacts productivity

A new study has highlighted the impact that daytime cleaning has on offices across the UK.

Some 3,056 office workers were surveyed between January and February this year. The majority said that they had seen a cleaner at work on a weekly basis.

Of those that were surveyed, six out of ten people objected to carpets being vacuumed around them while 57 per cent took exception to their desks or cubicles being cleaned while they were working.

Some 14 per cent preferred cleaners to remain firmly in the background. 

The report also examined the relationship between workers and cleaning staff. It found that over 77 per cent of respondents said they routinely greeted cleaners at work compared with a tiny minority of 0.6 per cent who said they never did so.

Some 41 per cent admitted to never actually having had a conversation with any of the cleaners they encountered. 

The data also showed that nearly half (49 per cent) said they would like cleaners to interact with them as co-workers.

A number of people said that they felt uncomfortable about bumping into cleaners during the working day.

Most claimed that they generally felt comfortable when meeting a cleaner on the office floor or in the corridor and a quarter of those questioned felt uneasy when encountering a cleaner in the washroom. 

Many office workers also had different attitudes about what constitutes a good cleaner.

A third said speed and efficiency were key, while 30 per cent cited care and meticulousness as the most important characteristics.

An additional 15 per cent said that they valued a pleasant disposition while nine per cent claimed eagerness to help was a crucial quality.

Despite differences in the way workers interacted with cleaners, many recognised the important service they provide.

According to the study, more than 88 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied with the service supplied by their cleaners, while 71 per cent felt that cleaning had a positive effect on their company’s profitability.

In addition, 84 per cent said workplace cleaning had a direct impact on the quality of their working life.