Hamilton, ON – Around the country, people are returning to their offices. This means that the people that clean these offices are also going back to work.
While cleaning workers typically take precautions to protect their health when working, they may take added precautions now that may prove unhealthy.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, due to fears about COVID, illnesses such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that trap people in distressing thoughts and concerns, may surface as people go back to work.
For cleaning workers, these anxieties can reduce worker productivity, and force some to quit their jobs out of worries they may become sick.
So how can cleaning contractors spot developing OCD among their staff? Some signs include the following:
- Constant handwashing, to the point it becomes “ritualistic.”
- Taking unnecessary precautions whenever they encounter someone in the building. These are called “justifications.” They are not based on an actual health threat.
- Continually turning to news sources to learn more about the virus.
- Showering and bathing several times per day.
- Hoarding masks, soaps, and sanitizers.
“We are also seeing this played out in the ways cleaning workers perform their duties,” says Matt Morrison, communications manager with Kaivac. “Some workers are wiping down surfaces and mopping floors repeatedly.”
Not only is this a sign of OCD, it can negatively impact the health of a facility.
“These workers often reuse the same [cleaning] cloths and mops again and again,” Morrison explains. “This spreads contamination; it does not remove it.”
If contractors suspect workers are developing OCD, they should discuss it with them and see what steps can be taken to help it subside.
Regarding the compulsive cleaning, this is because some cleaning workers are unsure if their cleaning is effective.
“Eliminate traditional cleaning methods [like] sprayers, cloths, and mops,” says Morrison. “Most cleaning workers know these can spread contamination.
Transfer to single platform, spray-and-vac cleaning systems that clean surfaces and then vacuum up pathogens. These machines provide workers with the added certainty surfaces are now contamination-free.”
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About Kaivac, Inc.
Kaivac is the developer of the No-Touch Cleaning® and OmniFlex™ Crossover Cleaning systems. Headquartered in Hamilton, Ohio, Kaivac, Inc. delivers complete science-based cleaning systems designed to produce healthy results and outcomes while raising the value of cleaning operations and the professionalism of the worker. Kaivac offers an integrated portfolio of environmentally friendly cleaning products designed to remove the maximum amount of soil and potentially harmful biopollutants in the most cost-effective manner possible.
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