What your organisation should think about when it comes to the debate on gender-neutral washrooms
Unisex washrooms may soon become the norm in our increasingly evolving and equal society. It’s an issue that can still cause some debate, but putting aside the moral arguments for and against gender-neutral bathrooms, there are some practical considerations that all organisations need to consider.
The realities and norms of single-sex toilets
In most countries, it is accepted that all washrooms in public buildings and most in the workplace will be segregated into ladies’ and gents’ facilities. But times are changing and we live in a much more inclusive society.
The non-binary and transgender communities in particular are challenging the need to divide washrooms by gender. A recent YouGov survey in conjunction with Stonewall concluded that nearly half of transgender people felt unsafe using single-sex public toilets.
Aside from the debates on rights and safety concerning transgender, non-binary and people who identify as either gender – which continues to rage – it’s also true that unisex washrooms remove the worry that parents or caregivers may have when taking children or less-abled people of a different sex to the toilet. It’s simply not acceptable for children or people with an impairment to have to visit a bathroom unaccompanied when they are probably unable to do so.
Covering all needs – the basics of gender-neutral bathrooms
Meeting the needs of all people who use a bathroom is becoming increasingly essential for all organisations. Each cubicle should be equipped with a toilet roll, a sanitary bag dispenser and a waste bin. It is also good practice to include a supply of toilet seat disinfectant and hand sanitiser. It matters not for whom the washroom is designated as these are practical basics that will promote hygiene and dignity for all.
But on top of the essentials, it’s also increasingly common for those who provide bathrooms and toilets to supply products that appeal to everyone. This should include air fresheners, fragrances, lotions and soaps.
There have been some high profile controversies when public buildings have adopted gender-neutral bathroom policies. Most commonly these have arisen through a lack of forethought and consultation. For example, there have been instances when schools have introduced unisex washrooms while leaving urinals in situ in facilities that girls have been expected to use.
Professional cleaning services for your washrooms
Whatever your thoughts on this subject, the fundamentals of washroom hygiene and cleanliness must apply to all. It’s no longer the case that the gents’ is accepted as a smelly place while the ladies’ always has a queue. Adopting policies that apply to all people will also assist those with hidden disabilities, cognitive issues and temporary impairments such as an injury.
Commercial cleaning is an essential for business-focused places like shared offices, industrial parks, and malls. Customers expect to be served in clean, well-organised, and sanitised areas. Hiring professional cleaners in the UK can save your business money and time. Whichever commercial cleaning company you hire should be reliable so that you can do business with them with little maintenance.
Are you looking to provide a healthy and safe environment for your customers and employees? Our mission is to help you find the best cleaning company for your needs, no matter what kind of business you run. Below are six commercial cleaning services you must outsource this year.
Office carpets are comfortable, giving your workplace a welcoming and professional feel. However, if you are not attentive to your office sanitation, they can harbour allergens, bugs, and pathogens. Routine carpet cleaning from a commercial firm helps keep particle pollution, lead, dust, mould spores, dander, and dust mite at bay.
Air duct cleaning
Providing proper ventilation for a working environment cannot be stressed enough. Indoor air quality has a significant impact on employee health and productivity. Dirty ducts are clogged with various elements that pose fire and safety hazards. Trained duct cleaners have the proper knowledge and equipment to extract contaminants, keeping your commercial premises protected from such risks.
Emergency response cleaning
It’s inevitable that you office will have an emergency at some point. There will be a huge mess to deal with, whether it’s water damage, a chemical spill, explosion, or fire. For a post-emergency clean-up, you can always count on commercial cleaners. This is why it’s worth having your emergency cleaner contact details to hand or close by at all times.
Upholstered surfaces require special care to mitigate damage and prolong their lifespan. Regular commercial cleaning saves you money since you’ll make the most of the existing furnishings instead of buying new ones. Consider upholstery cleaning if your workplace commands high foot traffic, e.g., health clinic and showroom.
Secure cleaning team
Most government offices and commercial facilities have employed regular cleaners. But these workers may not be equipped with classified information to keep a workplace safe. That is why you need fully vetted professionals who’ve undergone thorough background checks to meet industry standards.
Office buildings with glass openings are beautiful and provide spectacular views. The problem is that greasy fingerprints appear when glass doors and windows are opened and closed too frequently. Commercial glass cleaning can have your doors and windows unblemished in the shortest time possible. It will leave your surfaces streak-free so you can enjoy gratifying scenery.
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Restaurants can be quite messy places to work in. Be it in the fast-paced, pressurised environment of the kitchen, or even the dining area, there is no escape from messes such as spillages. Therefore, it can benefit your restaurant greatly to outsource your deep cleaning to professionals.
To help convince you of this, at Associated Cleaning Contractors we have put together this blog post on the benefits of professional cleaning attention for your restaurant.
To comply with health and safety regulations
It is no secret that for a restaurant to be successful, or even allowed to run, it must have a high (or a least, satisfactory) Food Hygiene rating. This tells customers that it is safe to eat at your restaurant. It is also important to ensure that your restaurant is clean so that it complies with health and safety regulations. It is the law that restaurants must be deep cleaned at least once every six months. But, some restaurants may be too busy to be able to carry out this cleaning themselves. This makes it ideal to bring in a professional, external cleaning company.
Professional cleaners can get in all those nooks and crannies you cannot
Inside kitchens lie extraction fans. These are notoriously difficult to clean but are notoriously dangerous to leave uncleaned. It is here where cooking oils and grease end up, and so can be difficult to shift. By bringing in an external professional cleaning company to deal with this, you are bringing in professional expertise to scrape out every nook and cranny involved with the fan. If left uncleaned for too long, the extraction fan is likely to cause a fire.
Maintain the image of your restaurant
By hiring professional, external cleaning services, you are maintaining the image of your restaurant. It reduces the risk of fading features or a tatty dining room, leaving you with quite an Instagrammable spot. This makes customers more excited to visit your restaurant, and share their visit.
For more information on the benefits of giving your restaurant professional cleaning attention, contact our team at Associated Cleaning Contractors today.
The end is in sight. With a vaccine being rolled out in record time and hopefully good results from the recent tougher lock-downs, the time when the country’s economic activity lights turn to green is getting closer every day.
Across the country and in every industry, thousands of premises managers have faced a year of constant uncertainty, with on/off lockdowns, restrictions and operating guidelines changing almost daily. It’s been a perfect storm. Few outside the business will appreciate that there is often just as much work involved in safely and properly mothballing a large facility as there is in running it normally.
Getting all those premises ready quickly, safely and cost-effectively is the next major challenge that will be thrown at facilities managers. With health and safety and hygiene measures firmly moved to the front of our minds, high standards will be demanded and expected. It will need deep cleaning processes, conducted by professionals. Faced with some staff who have found working from home quite convenient, a sparkling clean environment could play a significant role in maintaining morale among staff returning to an office base.
Hospitality and manufacturing
Other sectors face similar challenges. The hospitality sector, which normally accounts for over 70 billion of the country’s annual GDP, has seen large, medium and smaller hotels and restaurants completely or partially closed down for most of the year, many receiving only basic maintenance cleaning. With business, sport and recreation sooner or later bouncing back, the bookings will come again, and the hospitality industry knows better than most just how important first guest impressions are. With hospitality managers facing their own rebound challenges in many other areas, not least replacing lost catering and waiting staff, contract cleaning services are going to be in big demand when the call comes.
In the factories too, they will be eyeing the eventual return to full normal operations and assessing what they need to do to be fully ready.
At ACC, we have the answers to these and many other questions that will need to be answered to help Britain bounce back to sparkling form. Get in touch for more information.