If the global COVID-19 pandemic spreading across our world right now has taught us anything, it's that good personal and environmental hygiene and a deeper understanding of cleaning procedures is of the utmost importance in controlling the spread of pathogens.
We are continually learning more about COVID-19 and how it is transmitted. We know that the virus can be transmitted through coughing, sneezing and via physical contact where the virus particles can be inhaled or transferred to the next person. It has also been suggested that the virus can live on some hard surfaces for up to 72 hours. The best way to keep the virus at bay is to thoroughly and regularly clean all surfaces, especially touch points and anywhere that may have been contaminated by an infected person.
As a British cleaning equipment manufacturer, we too are operating 'business as usual' despite office staff working remotely. Our manufacturing team are still in full production capacity at our site in Mere, delivering products to our distribution network supplying the Food & Drink and Healthcare industries. We know how important it is to ensure thorough cleaning procedures are put in place for these industries, especially during a global pandemic like Coronavirus. Likewise, we know that it is equally important that suppliers to these industries also deliver on good practices.
As a British company, Hillbrush are proud to be supporting our critical NHS staff at this difficult time. As a company, we have donated Hillbrush toothbrushes to front line staff and patients at Yeovil and Salisbury hospital to help the COVID-19 effort.
We have also supported other British companies who normally import their products from other countries by sending them our UK made products to be distributed and help keeping the country ticking over.
These are uncertain times and you might feel that anxiety and depression have become your new 'normal'. Hillbrush takes the mental health of all our staff very seriously and has set up a counselling line for all to use, to help them with the struggles and pressures under the current climate. This support can be accessed onsite, on the go and remotely, through an online link, an app or over the phone and allows Hillbrush to monitor and support everyone when and if needed.
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By using guidance from the World Health Organization and NHS to ensure the risk assessment is following the latest advice.
Risk matrix used in risk assessment below RR = residual risk
Please see below in the accordion section for further details and information.
Please ensure a manager’s brief has been completed alerting to company specific process / procedures
If in England call NHS on 111, if in Scotland call your GP or NHS 24, If in Wales call 0845 46 47 or 111 or if in Northern Ireland contact 0300 200 7885 where you will be assessed by an appropriate specialist. NHS guidance is that you do not go directly to your GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital unless an emergency occurs.