Coronavirus has turned the world, and how we do things, upside down.
Trades which, up until earlier this year, thought of masks, gloves and risk assessments as a ‘box ticking’ exercise largely to be ignored, are now having to play catch up.
Luckily for professional sweeps, the aforementioned measures are nothing new.
In fact, for a trade which is completely unregulated, we are actually among the most diligent and thorough when it comes to PPE.
For instance, like the very many professional sweeps across the UK, we have always adopted the following procedures:
⁃ Sheeting to protect floors and carpets
⁃ Appropriate dust control measures
⁃ Fresh gloves for each appointment
⁃ P3 face masks
⁃ Hand gels and creams pplied to hands/arms
So as you can see, we’re already well ahead of many other trades. But with the advent of Covid-19, we’re not resting on our laurels.
In fact now, we’re introducing ENHANCED measures. These include:
⁃ A customer checklist to help prepare for our visit
⁃ Disinfection of working areas (material appropriate)
⁃ Procedures for the secure disposal of consumables
⁃ Social distancing measures, including remote card payments
We have also undertaken awareness training on Infection Prevention & Control, including the World Health Organisation’s own course specifically on Novel Coronavirus.
All this is on top of our own regular industry accreditations. In our case it is with the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, HETAS and OFTEC, which all cover health and safety and PPE requirements as standard.
Not every sweep will have these. In an unregulated trade, standards vary massively. Always check before you book.
Many sweeps are serious about their work, their duty of care to customers, themselves and the wider community.
We believe these additional measures – which go above and beyond any legal frameworks – show our commitment to providing the very best service possible.