Keeping a workspace clean is still crucial- even when lockdown ends and legal restrictions are lifted, a confirmed case of COVID-19 at work still needs to be treated seriously. While regular contract cleaning and touch-point cleaning can help to prevent the spread of the virus, there are certain steps you need to take if a case has been confirmed at your premises.

We have outlined what you should do should this happen, from hiring anti-COVID fogging services to the paperwork you need to keep everything in check. Follow these steps to help prevent further spread of the virus.

COVID case at work

Step 01:Prevention

The best thing we can all do is prevent a case from happening at all by keeping things clean and following government guidelines.

You should be always implementing the following at a minimum:

  • Face covering should be worn at all times except for those who are medically exempt
  • Social distancing – at least 2m.
  • Hand sanitising stations should be spread throughout the building, especially at entry points.
  • Implementing Track & Trace – ensure all those who enter your building are scanning your QR code.
  • Regular surface cleaning with extra attention on regularly touched areas such as door handles and light switches.
  • An important part of your cleaning process to always remember that not every cleaning product kills the COVID-19 virus. Only products tested to EN14476 are proven to effectively kill the virus, so check the label carefully.

Similarly, any hand sanitiser purchased must be at least 70% alcohol in order to kill coronavirus.

Step 02: Action

When a case has been confirmed, you need to act fast. The longer you leave it, the more likely the virus will spread to others. Follow these steps as soon as possible:

  • Remove the confirmed case from the building if they are still there. If possible they should use their own transport.
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with the confirmed case must go home and self-isolate immediately.
  • Contact a professional fogging service. These can be in high demand so booking as soon as possible is advised.
  • Prepare the area for treatment- this doesn’t include much; just removing open food and drink containers and clearing any areas that may have access blocked. You do not need to move electrical equipment.
  • If you believe the confirmed case has come from occupational exposure, you must report the incident to RIDDOR.

What Is Fogging?

Fogging consists of electrostatically charged particles sprayed as a mist throughout your building. These particles reach and adhere to every surface, no matter how hard to reach, and kill COVID-19.

It is the fastest and most effective way to treat a building. In 1 hour, 3,500 sq feet can be treated and staff and clients can safely return to the premises in just a few hours.

Fogging Provider Checklist

There are many fogging providers out there at the moment, but not all of them provide the standard you need when treating COVID-19 cases. Always check the following with any fogging provider:

  • Are the chemicals they’re using a proven ‘COVID killer’?
  • Are their foggers designed specifically for anti-COVID fogging?
  • What training have the staff undertaken to complete fogging treatment, including their own safety training?
  • What documentation will you be provided with once the fogging has been completed? All good suppliers should provide you with a risk assessment, method statement and a completion certificate.

Step 03-Maintenance

Fogging continues to work for 30 days after treatment has been completed. This is achieved by the charged particles creating an anti-microbial shield on everything they touch, protecting these areas from COVID-19 for a month. For the best protection, we advise having your premises fogged once a month, regardless of a confirmed case.