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Acorn Environmental and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Dear Customer

 

In light of the developments around Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that we have implemented measures ensuring our business can provide you with the best possible service during this time.

Our office-based staff have the ability to work from home if it is deemed necessary in order to provide our customers with continued support.

 

During this time, we will continue to fulfil our contractual obligations where practicable with the use of our usual mobile work force and part time staff, and where necessary our emergency response teams. We will do our best to continue to offer the additional services, such as bulk refuse removal and gutter clearances etc. However, there may be delays in some of these services should we need to step in and complete deep cleans for some of our more vulnerable and high-risk clients i.e. schools and sheltered accommodation sites.

 

Acorn’s staff have all had communication regarding what they can do to try to help reduce the spread of the infection not only in their homes but within our clients’ sites as well.

 

As our staff, and certainly our cleaning staff will be on your site(s) regularly, and to ensure that our staff are protected, we would ask that you inform us as soon as possible of the following:

 

·       Any confirmed cases at your site(s)

·       Anyone from your site(s) that is self-isolating

 

This information will allow us to make an informed decision as to how best to proceed on a site by site basis.

 

As a company our plan is to:

 

·       Identify employees at increased risk

·       Have the ability for our office staff to work from home with uninterrupted phone access should the need to isolate arise

·       Using remote access software to ensure we are able to continue to communicate with our clients

·       Follow the latest government guidelines to reduce the chances of infection and the spread of the virus

·       On-going communication with suppliers and clients allowing back-up plans to be implemented quickly

 

Acorn Environmental is committed to continue to provide the highest levels of service. Should we have any unexpected circumstances which may affect supply of goods and services, we will clearly communicate this to our customers via the normal communication channels.

 

If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us:

 

·       By phone 020 8640 8800

·       By email ops@acorn-ev.com

o   Linda@acorn-ev.com

o    Val@acorn-ev.com

o   admin@acorn-ev.com

o   accounts@acorn-ev.com

 

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While we all know that dirty workplaces are breeding grounds for bacteria and bugs that can cause the workforce to fall ill, it’s amazing how many offices are still surprisingly unhygienic.

Almost everyone will recognise these common workplace problems – the communal sink, full of dirty dishes, computer keyboards, covered in sandwich crumbs, or colleagues coughing and spluttering away without a tissue in sight. It’s no wonder that recent research carried out by leading hygiene products company SCA revealed that almost two thirds of workers in the UK wished that their workplace was more hygienic.

Educating The Workforce

Despite the shocking figures, only 16% of employers actually offer their workforce education and training on the subject of workplace hygiene, so it isn’t surprising that 20% of employees wish that more information had been offered to them by the company that they work for.

With more than 10% of people believing that the poor hygiene standards in their workplace had impacted on their health in some way, it’s clear to see that more education in this area could indeed be useful. Businesses in today’s tough financial climate can’t afford to have employees taking time off work due to illnesses caused by low levels of hygiene in the office, and with 40% of people having taken up to 7 days off work over the course of just one month because of illnesses caused by substandard workplace hygiene, the need for action is obvious. A third of workers have experienced diarrhoea, 15% suffered from food poisoning, while 10% have developed a skin problem while at work, and even more worryingly, these illnesses aren’t restricted solely to the employees themselves, with almost 50% having passed on their workplace acquired illness to a friend or family member.

Top Causes Of Poor Hygiene At Work

Women are more likely than men to carry out cleaning at work, and just under half of men involved in the research had no interest in aspiring to a more hygienic workplace. Less than 50% of male workers admitted to attempting to improve standards of cleanliness in the office, which may well have led to 10% of women actually considering looking for another job solely because of concerns over the lack of hygiene in their working environment.

Over 25% of workers in the UK find that their colleagues have some seriously unhygienic habits, and here are the top ten that cause concerns in workplaces up and down the country:

  1. Biting nails at work – 12%
  2. Failing to properly dispose of female sanitary products – 13%
  3. Leaving empty toilet rolls in the bathroom – 14%
  4. Eating at the desks – 14%
  5. Allowing bins to overflow with rubbish – 18%
  6. Leaving rubbish on the desks – 23%
  7. Not flushing the toilet – 33%
  8. Failing to wash hands after going to the toilet – 36%
  9. Leaving used dirty dishes in the sink – 36%
  10. Sneezing without a tissue – 42%

Hygiene is essential in any workplace, and putting an action plan in place to ensure that all employees know what is expected of them in terms of cleanliness and hygiene is vital. Keeping the office clean and tidy is a key part of workplace hygiene, and hiring a professional cleaning company is one of the best ways to ensure that communal spaces such as kitchens and break rooms as well as bathroom areas are spotless to prevent illnesses from spreading.

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© Acorn Environmental Services 2020

Acorn Environmental Services,
Riverside, Wandle Trading Estate,
Mitcham, Surrey CR4 4HW

Reg'd In England & Wales No. 0181 6463

SITE DESIGNED & POWERED BY Tinder Corporation Ltd