Property and facilities management services firm phs Compliance has launched a new coronavirus surface swab test as part of a range of measures to support businesses reopen safely as lockdown measures ease.
The new surface testing service alerts businesses if their premises are contaminated by Covid-19 and helps identify infected areas, enabling them to take action. The ability to swab test premises for Covid-19 is particularly important following reports infected droplets can contaminate indoor surfaces and remain there for several days, spreading the infection. The surface swab test by phs Compliance is undertaken by expertly-trained testers at all workplaces, on everything from door handles and desks to machinery and is carried out in line with World Health Organisation guidelines.
The phs Compliance team is also helping businesses comply with legal requirements associated with reopening premises and implementing social distancing measures. This includes water system checks which are mandatory for businesses following a period of closure due to the risk of bacteria growth in both cold and hot water systems. This bacterium can grow to harmful levels in as little as two weeks, creating a risk of Legionnaire’s Disease. Businesses are also legally obligated to update fire-risk assessments when making layout changes, which many are doing to comply with social distancing measures. In addition, due to the airborne nature of the coronavirus, it is recommended air-conditioning units have filter changes while return-to-work checks are being carried out.
All visits by phs Compliance are conducted with increased infection control procedures, including full PPE, allowing them to continue to safely undertake all new and routine safety checks and statutory testing from fixed wire testing and electrical installation tests to gas and flume safety checks.
Dan Lee, Managing Director of phs Compliance, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has caused widespread business disruption including full closures during periods of lockdown. As organisations now start reopening, health and safety has become the number one priority but many will not be aware of the associated legal requirements, whether it’s water system checks, new fire risk assessments or making sure annual gas and electric checks are up to date. In response, we are primed to support businesses as they reopen safely and legally by conducting all the necessary checks and compliance measures. We have also launched our new coronavirus surface swab test to help businesses in the fight against infection as well as measures which will actively help increase the health and wellbeing of employees. Whatever the requirement, we are very much by the side of businesses to stay safe and compliant in the running of their premises following lockdown and beyond.”
For more information, visit the Back to Business Safely pages of the phs Compliance website. You can also follow @phsGroup on Twitter and phs Group on LinkedIn
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phs Compliance is a major provider of property and facilities management services delivering over 14 million compliance inspections for 35,000 customer sites per year across our core customer markets in facilities management, commercial real estate management, retail, hospitality and leisure, critical infrastructure and public sectors.
phs compliance is part of phs Group, the leading hygiene services provider in the UK, Ireland and Spain.
Our team of over 3,000 expert personnel provides washroom, floorcare, healthcare and a range of specialist services to over 120,000 customers ranging from large single sites, to multi-national restaurant chains, healthcare establishments and small owner occupied shops. Wherever we’re needed, we’re on your doorstep.
phs provides vital workplace services to organisations which improve the well-being of employees and customer. It makes over 3.6 million visits each year, whether it’s disposing of sanitary waste and nappies, installing hand dryers, soap dispensers, consumables and air purifiers or supplying floor mats to prevent slips, trips and falls. You’ll also find phs working within the healthcare industry disposing of clinical, pharmaceutical and dental waste. phs services also include the provision of indoor and outdoor plants, electrical and gas compliance testing services, industrial workwear, and waste compactor and crate rental.
What makes phs different? It’s commitment to do the right thing. Through its LifeCycle Strategy, phs aim to divert up to 95% of our customers’ hygiene waste away from landfill, by using sustainable disposal methods, creating power for the national grid. It’s helping clean up the ocean from plastic by using ghost fishing nets to create Econyl floor mats. It has patented products which deliver significant water and cost savings. Its air purifiers help to improve employee wellbeing.
By using phs, organisations can make a difference to the environment and their bottom line as well as telling a good news story. It’s all about doing the right thing.
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