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  • Writer's pictureAlex Turner

Limit the Spread of Viruses in Your Workplace as Work from Home Guidance Ends

COVID-19 rules around the UK have changed. In Wales, the legal requirement to work from home has ended. Mask mandates, however, remain in place in shops, hospitals and public transport.

In England, the UK government has announced that Plan A has returned, and with it the relaxation of COVID-19 rules. Plan A ends the work from home guidance, encouraging businesses to return to workplaces. Mandatory mask wearing in schools and public places has also been scrapped, with the country reverting to the restrictions that were in place before the spread of the Omicron variant.

In this article, we’ll outline some crucial steps businesses can take to keep their employees safe at work and prevent further disruptive closures.

What are the new rules?

For most businesses the new rules will mean more employees visiting workspaces. The

retail and hospitality sectors will expect a greater number of visitors with the fears around the

Omicron variant receding, much of this increased footfall will be made up by non-mask


With social distancing guidance ending so abruptly and fewer people opting to wear masks

Many businesses will be looking for ways to keep their people and the wider public safe.

What does this mean for businesses?

Businesses will need to continue to be mindful of their duty of care to those using their

premises. Under health and safety legislation employers have a duty of care to their


Aside from legal obligations, there is the issue of employee trust and confidence. With many

having become accustomed to working safely from home, it is understandable that

employees may not have a strong appetite to put themselves at risk by spending eight hours

a day in a relatively crowded workspace. If your business intends encourage staff to work

from the office, it is important that you build confidence through effective COVID-19 safety


How UV-C disinfection can keep your staff safe

UV-C disinfection could be the answer. Our technology utilises UV-C light in a powerful and effective disinfection process which can destroy 99.9% of all germs and viruses in a space. Viruses destroyed by UV light include Sars-cov2, E. coli, salmonella and many more, including the common cold.

UV-C disinfection goes further than social distancing, regular handwashing and sanitisation to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Communicating the benefits of UV-C disinfection effectively to your staff could be the answer to encouraging more employees to feel comfortable in the workplace, while enabling you to keep them safe.

A key benefit of UV-C disinfection is it can reduce absenteeism through sickness, in turn indirectly saving businesses money through eliminating the reduced productivity sick days cost over time, during the current crisis and the flu season going forwards.

UV-C disinfection is more effective than traditional disinfection methods. If you are still using traditional UV-C disinfection methods, ask yourself when was the last time you questioned its effectiveness?

Are you aware of how much money your business loses to sick days every year? You might be surprised to learn that each individual sick day, based on a 7.5 hour work day at full sick pay, costs employers £107.85. The UK sick day average is 4.3 per employee, meaning that employers have to pay out £463.76 in sick pay per employee each year.

If that is extended to the average UK weekly salary, employees typically receive their standard weekly wage in sick pay at least once every year.

With the application of UV-C disinfection you could save almost £6,500 in 2022, and every subsequent year you rely on our powerful technology.

Meet our robots

There’s a robot for every circumstance in our Evolve Raybotix UV-C disinfection range. Our robots are suitable for a range of spaces from the healthcare sector to hospitality and office- based businesses.

NEO – our smallest robot, NEO is portable and can easily be placed on a tabletop. NEO works best in smaller rooms.

Coverage: NEO can disinfect 25m2 in as little as 15 minutes.

Suitable for: ambulances, cafes, restaurants, bathrooms, garages, kitchens, small offices, storerooms, waiting rooms, smaller hotel rooms, closets, laboratories, children’s playrooms, dressing rooms, dental offices and other examination rooms.

EOS – Uses smart room-mapping technology to deliver a powerful germicidal dose of UV-C light. EOS can target hard to reach and shaded areas to deliver a deeper sanitation.

Coverage: EOS can sanitise an area of 80m2 in as little as 8 minutes.

Suitable for: restaurants, concert halls and other entertainment venues, offices, hotel rooms and reception areas, plus the airline, rail and shipping industries.

SOL – Our largest and most powerful UV-C disinfection robot. SOL is fully autonomous thanks to its room mapping technology and can disinfect large areas quickly with minimal human interaction needed.

Coverage: SOL is capable of disinfecting a space of 100m2 in as little as 7 minutes.

Suitable for: restaurants, concert halls and other entertainment venues, offices, hotel rooms and reception areas, plus the airline, rail and shipping industries.

AIR MODULE – We innovated the AIR MODULE to allow UV-C disinfection in the presence of people, pets and plants. The AIR MODULE uses a state-of-the-art air filtration system to filter out UV rays.

See the power of UV-C disinfection for yourself - Book a demo

We’re more than happy to showcase the power of UV-C disinfection to interested parties. If you would lie to trial one of our robots in your space, we understand and feel confident that when you realise the power of UV-C disinfection you’ll never return to traditional disinfection methods.

Please call us today on our UK freephone number 0800 3688234, or make an enquiry on our website, we’re looking forward to hearing from you and helping you tackle your disinfection needs this year.

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