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Common touchpoints are areas or items that get used, handled, or as it states ‘touched’ numerous times a day. These touchpoints can harbour more bacteria than other areas around your workspace and as such must be thoroughly cleaned and then disinfected.

All common touchpoints in your workplace must be cleaned regularly. If you have daily contracted cleaners these touchpoints must be cleaned as standard. As well as your daily clean we would advise you to ensure these items are cleaned every 2-3 hours.

  • Door handles.
  • Sink handles.
  • Paper towel dispensers.
  • Wheelchair access buttons.
  • Microwave and refrigerator handles.
  • Elevator buttons.
  • Vending machines
  • Printers/Photocopiers
  • Kettles/coffee machines

Green Machine would suggest the following procedure for cleaning your common touchpoints:

  1. Clean before disinfecting. Cleaning removes dirt and germs from surfaces or objects and helps to reduce the spread of infection more than disinfecting alone.
  2. Your office or workspace should establish frequent disinfection for the items identified above. All identified touchpoint surfaces must be treated at a minimum every 2-3 hours depending on the size of the area and staff available for disinfecting.
  3. Use a checklist to record compliance and to create a daily record of disinfection.

Disinfecting Common Touchpoints:

  1. Wear approved personal protective equipment (PPE (i.e., latex or nitrile gloves).
  2. Apply the selected disinfectant for the first time on a clean and dry microfiber cloth. Ensure the cloth is saturated with the disinfectant before treating the touchpoints identified above. Reapply the disinfectant to the cloth as needed.
  3. Make sure the surface to be disinfected is visibly clean. Do not disinfect a visibly soiled surface.
  4. Apply the selected disinfectant on the surface to leave a visible film.
  5. Allow the surface to air dry. This will ensure the contact time needed (one minute) for the disinfectant to be effective.
  6. Reapply the selected disinfectant to keep the cloth damp between surfaces.
  7. Cloths must be changed daily or when cloths become visibly soiled.

In the event of a known or suspected case of COVID-19:

  1. Close off all areas the person used or was in. Consider common areas (e.g., washrooms), and any shared items (e.g. touch screens).
  2. Increase air circulation in those areas by using the ventilation system or by opening doors and windows.
  3. For extra peace of mind, Green Machine can come and fog the affected areas.
  4. Wait 24 hours if possible before cleaning the areas.
  5. Use routine procedures for cleaning and disinfecting.
  6. Additional cleaning and disinfecting are not necessary if seven or more days have passed since the person who is ill or tests positive for COVID-19 was in the facility.
  7. Continue with routine cleaning and disinfecting.

Who are green machine?

Our cleaning services are adaptable depending on the needs and size of your business. These range from local stand-alone buildings to multi-site accounts. Supported by your own dedicated Green Machine contract manager, and of course our own 24/7 support team.

If you would like professional advice with no obligation, contact us today. We offer cleaning consultancy, cleaning audits and contracted commercial cleaning services. We take pride in delivering tailored cleaning solutions to fit your unique needs.

If you are interested, contact us today for a quote. We have offices in NorthamptonSheffield and the South West.


This information is not intended to replace medical advice or legislated health and safety obligations. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information, GM does not guarantee, warrant, represent or undertake that the information provided is correct, accurate or current. GM is not liable for any loss, claim, or demand arising directly or indirectly from any use or reliance upon the information.

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