The months since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic have brought mixed fortunes to businesses and individuals working in facilities management.
For some, SARS-CoV-2 has resulted in long stretches of inactivity, with buildings closed and their employees working from home. For others, it’s been a frantically busy time with a steep learning curve as they got to grips with Covid security measures and stringent hygiene protocols in essential facilities, including hospitals. For the majority, it’s been a mixture of both.
Even as we approach the one-year anniversary of the first lockdown, many facilities management companies are facing uncertain futures. When the Government’s furlough scheme eventually comes to an end, it’s expected that many of the businesses currently mothballed will shut their doors for good. Others may choose to remain with a remote working model rather than return to the huge overheads of maintaining city centre premises. The companies that have serviced these buildings will be left with revenue shortfalls and a need to win new business, fast.
Those management companies lucky enough to have clients who are still operational even in lockdown have a different set of challenges to contend with. They’re working for ‘essential’ services – healthcare, manufacturing, food processing and other key industries that don’t stop for anything and that also happen to be extremely busy, and highly specialised.
Front line responsibility
Hygiene in these settings is a massive priority since these companies have both a moral and an operational requirement to protect their staff and their customers against infection. It’s also complex, since ramped-up hygiene protocols must be safe and practical as well as effective – they must not unduly hinder operational capacity, and they must be safe for use in environments where chemicals, flame, food processing and other high-risk elements are in play. Facility management companies with big contracts in health and other public sector settings have the biggest responsibility of all, being part of the front line of defence against SARS-CoV-2.
As we move forward through the current lockdown and vaccination programme towards what we hope will be a post-Covid era, it will be vital for facilities management companies to ensure their strategies on infection control are robust and sustainable.
In the immediate term, this means choosing disinfectant systems that are safe, practical and help to bridge the gap between the available human resources and an exponentially-growing need, especially in key sectors like healthcare. Convenience is key; the more quickly, effectively and often facilities can be sanitised using existing personnel, the better. Ramsol facilitates this by removing steps from the process – firstly, there’s no need to wipe down after application, and secondly there’s no need for lengthy exclusion times. Simply spray, wait ten minutes for the liquid to dry and the spray to fall out of suspension, and you’re good to go again. Ramsol offers proven virucidal and antibacterial performance that’s approved to a number of key BS EN standards and suitable for clinical and food service settings alike.
In the medium term, disinfectant systems that are easy for facilities management teams to implement will make it easier for them to respond to a growing and changing market. One challenge facilities management companies face is training new recruits and achieving consistent standards, especially when their workforces are spread over a large geographical area. Ramsol is super easy to use and requires minimal training, reducing the potential for human error and delivering peace of mind on hygiene standards for both the facility manager and for the client.
Furthermore, Ramsol ticks lots of boxes on safety and practicality that make it adaptable to many different environments – it’s totally cordless and requires no outside power source, which means it moves effortlessly from indoors to out, and is ideal for small or awkward spaces, including buses and trains. Ramsol is also 100% non-flammable, making is safe for industrial settings, and it’s food safe, so ideal for hospitality and food prep environments. Ramsol is also safe for both hard and soft surfaces – it’s a virtually universal disinfection solution that can help facilities management firms streamline both processes and inventory.
Few disinfectant systems offer the unique blend of efficacy and convenience Ramsol can bring to the table. We’re rapidly developing a reputation as one of the most credible, simple and swift ways to ensure facilities are protected against infection – which in the long term, will make Ramsol a valuable feather in the cap of any facility management company seeking to win new business or break into new sectors where gold-standard hygiene is a high priority.