The potential for infection transmission following a pandemic, such as SARS or COVID 19 presents significant health and safety risks for organisations. As Governments start to relax social distancing rules around the country and we see a gradual reopening of schools, workplaces and public spaces the importance of health and safety shifts towards workplaces and organisations to ensure they have safe environment for their staff, volunteers, students and visitors. Undertaking testing to assess workplace cleanliness levels can help by identifying the presence of viruses and other contaminants, and reduce the risk associated with contamination and interaction.
A workplace cleanliness inspection by a qualified Occupational Hygienist is a practical, cost-effective and efficient way of checking the cleanliness of your workplace prior to workers re-entering previous closed or restricted access sites. For organisations that are providing an essential service and must remain open, this inspection will ensure that workplace cleaning and workers' hygiene practices are adequate and effective.
A workplace cleanliness inspection involves:
Assists your organisation meet WHS Obligations relating to cleaning and hygiene practices, ultimately ensuring a safe working environment for employees, volunteers, clients and visitors.
Protects and support employees' physical and mental wellbeing as they return to the workplace and normal operating processes and rhythms.
Helps verify that existing cleaning and hygiene practices are effective.
Creates a safer workplace by helping reduce the risk of people in the workplace being exposed to harmful pollutants and contaminants.
All organic matter (living or once-living) contains Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), an organic compound providing energy for living cells. Respiratory droplets from sneezing or coughing contains different human organic material (e.g. epithelial cells, cells of the immune system, bacteria, fungi and viruses) including ATP.
Assessing a sites cleanliness level reduces the risk associated with viruses and other contaminants. In determining cleanliness, Air quality and Surface Testing can be used to indicate the presence of air pollutants and organic cellular material (ATP) on objects and surfaces.
Workplaces that have temporarily shut down or closed can experience a build-up of pollutants due to dormant air ventilation and extraction systems during periods of shut down. Exposure to these pollutants can have serious health impacts on workers with respiratory conditions.
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