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Tips to help keep your changing rooms virus-free during the Coronavirus outbreak
It’s a worrying time for all us right now, with the uncertainty that this virus brings. It’s likely that at some point we’ll all be told to self-insolate, and that most businesses will close temporarily or operate remotely (where possible).
In the meantime, we all need to do what we can to protect ourselves, our staff and our customers from the risk of transmission whilst on your premises.
Bacteria and viruses love changing rooms; they are the first and last place your people use whilst with you, and showers create a warm and moist environment where bacteria and viruses can flourish.
I’m sure most of you are already doing most of these things below, but for those who are not then I hope it helps.
Here are a few tips to help reduce this threat, and help do your bit to reduce the overall impact from both a public health and economic perspective.
1). Clean, clean and clean again
This is probably the most obvious piece of advice we can offer, but it’s vital that all surfaces, lockers, cubicles, benches, door handles, taps, sinks etc. are kept clean using an anti-bacterial spray and a clean cloth at regular intervals during the day. Use a cleaning chart to keep tabs on when they next need doing.
2). Empty lockers at the end of every day
It’s a fact that some users tend to treat lockers like their own personal space and leave their belongings in there permanently. Any less-than-clean personal items left in a locker, can affect the spread of bacteria, so empty them at the end of the day and you know there won’t be any nasty surprises. Plus, you’ll have more available lockers for users, win win!
Good clear signage in your changing rooms will inform users to practice good hygiene and remind them that you are taking the virus seriously. It’s amazing the impact a few good signs in the right places can have.
4). Hand sanitiser
Sanitizing your hands is the most effective form of protection you can offer. Place sanitising stations at the entrance and exits to your changing rooms and remind them to use it before and after they use your facilities. Replace any standard soap with anti-bacterial derivatives next to your sinks and showers.
5). Limit the number of users at one time
This may not be possible, but we are aware that the transmission of Covid19 stems from close contact with other people. If you can limit the number of people using your facilities (including changing rooms) users are more like to keep a safe distance and therefore face less risk.
6). Encourage users to wash their hands before they use facilities
Most premises have always encouraged users to either wash or sanitise hands before using their facilities. It’s so important that we remind our users to do this both before and after using any equipment capable of transmitting the virus.
7). Spray surfaces and inside of lockers every two hours
In between more thorough cleans, it makes sense to spray all surfaces and inside lockers with an anti-bacterial spray, this is quick and easy to do and could really help kill any infection left behind by a user.
8). Some metal lockers already feature anti-bacterial protection
If your premises offer metal lockers rather than wooden, then they may already feature an anti-bacterial coating within the paint. Look out for any logos or branding on the lockers that says Bio-Coat, Active-coat or similar. Whilst we don’t know if they would be effective against Covid 19 they certainly can’t hurt.
9). Turn your staff into virus-fighting warriors
Your staff are the best defence you have when it comes to beating bugs. Offer them effective training when it comes to hygiene and spotting potential issues before they escalate. Ensure they are always talking to your users and reminding them about the need for good hygiene and regular sanitising.
10). Ask users to be vigilant
Get your customers in on the action and encourage them to report any potential hazards before they become a problem. This can be really effective and they really won’t mind given the circumstances.