EFCI issues statement on cleaning personnel safety related to Covid-19

20th of March 2020
EFCI issues statement on cleaning personnel safety related to Covid-19

EFCI, the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry at EU level, is calling on national authorities to take consideration of the specific nature of the cleaning sector and of the needs and difficulties cleaning staff and companies are undergoing in the current outbreak of Covid-19.

The emergency has made clear the importance of sanitising, in particular in hospital environments, to safeguard the health of users, patients, and of sanitary personnel. Sanitisation operations are “all proceedings and operations aiming at making certain environments healthy by cleaning and/or cleaning disinfection and/or disinfestation or through the control and improvement of microclimate conditions regarding temperature”, which are essential to prevent the spread of the virus as well to enable the continuity of other essential activities.

Considering the crucial role of such specific interventions in the current crisis situation, the EFCI calls to national governments who have taken extraordinary measures or are preparing for them, to:

• Take the necessary steps to ensure the sufficient provision to cleaning companies and workers of  personal protective equipment (PPE) - such as protective glasses, facemasks, gloves, surgical overalls and gowns; and hydroalcoholic gels and disinfectants. And to ensure that such provision is made free of charge

• Equalise sanitisation, cleaning and hygiene interventions to sanitary interventions when it comes to guaranteeing worker safety and maximum efficiency

• Ensure the free movement of cleaning companies’ personnel and vehicles, duly identified and pursuing their essential missions, within national borders but also for cross-border workers and companies.

Governments must recognise the crucial role as well as the risks to which the cleaning sector is being exposed, EFCI continues, by providing the necessary instruments to ensure the safety of cleaning agents, who are working together with the sanitary sector and others in the common fight against coronavirus. Further, they must take the necessary steps to enable agents and companies to reach their working sites.



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