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Atalian Servest and NJC join firms offering return to work guidance

Global FM provider, Atalian Servest, and cleaning and support services company, NJC, are offering information and advice to support businesses to reopening the workplace post-lockdown.

Atalian Servest has published ‘The FM’s Guide to Reopening Your Workplace’ to support workplace and facilities professionals through the process of getting buildings ready for occupation once lockdown rules are eased.

The free guide, sets out the key areas that businesses need to consider as they embark on this seismic change. The publication includes the options for gradual reoccupation including how to determine a building’s capacity with social distancing in mind and introducing new ways of helping people move around the building safely while adhering to the two metre rule.

From welcoming visitors and new front-of-house and security procedures to new cleaning regimes, staff catering options, maintenance regimes and emergency evacuation protocols, the guide sets out all the areas that a facilities professional needs to consider. There is also a section on how to communicate these changes effectively and advice on working with other partners and departments to manage this process.

Daniel Dickson, Chief Executive Officer ‑ UK and Ireland at Atalian Servest said: “Although the Covid-19 outbreak has had a devastating impact on many individuals and communities, while also being a significant test for many businesses, it also provides an opportunity for us to rethink the role of the workplace. What can we do differently to support people as they start re-entering the work environment in what is likely to be a very different space to the one they previously used? What does the post-pandemic workplace look and feel like? How does the employee experience need to change to adapt to this new normal? This guide aims to answer some of those questions and we’re delighted to share it with organisations of all sizes and sectors.”

NJC has launched a Facilities Management Coronavirus Support Hub to share useful information in support of the government’s return to the workplace plan.

The requirement for social distancing, PPE and staggered shifts will mean that most people will be returning to a very different workplace to the one that they left in the middle of March.

The Hub, provides advice to support the return, including a downloadable questionnaire to prompt planning and to help ensure that cleaning and waste methodologies meet the appropriate public health authority standards and guidance. Information on specialist cleaning, hand hygiene, PPE, social distancing signage and screens are also included.

Paul Crilly, Managing Director NJC commented: “NJC has been operating throughout the COVID-19 crisis, amassing vital experience on the processes, products and outcomes that consistently deliver safe and hygienic environments. We believe we have established the optimum combination of daily cleaning and specialist support services.

“We’re here to help as companies plan for their workplace restart and we are sharing our experience and advice, which will be regularly updated. After lockdown isolation, returning to work will bring concerns for many and helping people feel safe, as well as keeping them safe, will be vital.”

Other companies assisting firms in ensuring their workplaces reopen safely include Mite, which has launched a comprehensive guide for facilities managers, Getting Britain Back to Business’ and global health and safety expert, Bureau Veritas, which has launched a new ‘Return To Work Assurance’ solution to help facilities managers meet the robust health and safety standards required to safely restart their operations.

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