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Not just health workers and cleaners but all those who support their work, need key/essential worker status, says BCC
The British Cleaning Council has expanded on its major initiative to achieve 'key and essential worker' status for employees in the cleaning and hygiene sector.
"As everyone is now aware, the BCC has been very keen to get Government recognition of the significant contribution that the cleaning & hygiene sector makes to the current fight against Covid-19 and for cleaning operatives to be recognised as key and essential workers,” says BCC chairman Paul Thrupp.
"By definition, cleaning & hygiene operatives are consistently at the sharp end of ensuring buildings are clean and safe.
"However, in addition, there are many other sectors of the industry represented by the BCC that are absolutely essential and equally important in ensuring that people who also work on the frontline have high standards of health & safety during the pandemic and are also fully deserving of key and essential worker status.
"For example, this includes drivers who deliver janitorial supplies of cleaning & hygiene products, machinery maintenance engineers, personal hygiene services, washroom and hygiene services, specialist services supplying disinfection services that involves specialist equipment and our colleagues who deal with the safe and hygienic disposal of waste.
"The personnel involved are vital in the supply of fundamental services which are required throughout the cleaning process and so should also be given key and essential worker status.
"The members of our teams involved and their businesses in these areas are all represented by member groups of the BCC and should be recognised as key and essential workers, which has been implicit in our campaign so far."
11th March 2021