INSIDE TRACK: Creating a Covid-secure workplace as the industry reopens for business


As we come out of lockdown, operators are faced with the challenge of protecting staff and returning customers by ensuring their sites are Covid-secure, both front- and back-of-house, writes Kristian Roberts, marketing manager at Mechline Developments.

Whilst this may seem a daunting prospect, there are thankfully some simple cleaning and hygiene procedures that can be quickly put in place to help comply with government guidance.

Coronavirus is a respiratory illness, which is transmitted either through virus-laden particles in the air or through touching contaminated surfaces. Furthermore, the virus can survive on surfaces for long periods creating a significant health risk.

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Unfortunately, standard room cleaning and disinfecting procedures can only offer a temporary solution and even if you have staff cleaning surfaces 24 hours a day, as soon as an area is cleaned, virus-laden airborne particles can immediately resettle.

Whilst this is bad enough in normal times, at the height of a pandemic it means the latest technology can play a crucial role in significantly enhancing hygiene and safety protection.

The advanced and compact wall-mounted HyGenikx unit is a plug and play option that will quietly go about its business in food preparation areas, cold rooms, front-of-house, washrooms, refuse areas and beyond – keeping staff, customers, food and surfaces protected from viruses and bacteria, even in the hardest to reach areas.

HyGenikx units have not been tested against the current coronavirus strain (SARS-CoV-2), as there is not sufficient detail freely available, there is a great deal of scientific evidence that this technology can kill a wide range of microbes that are more difficult to eradicate HyGenikx models start from as little as £289, require no costly installation as they simply plug in to a standard socket and consume very little energy, requiring only 9-13 watts.

In addition to sterilising air and surfaces, frequent and thorough handwashing for 20 seconds with soap and running water is still central to preventing and slowing the spread of coronavirus.

However, using traditional taps means the same lever or handle has to be touched by the clean hands to turn the tap off, resulting in possible re-contamination.

Our BaSix range of non-contact hand wash stations features leg activation, soft touch technology to help customers and staff achieve optimal hand hygiene. Increasing the number of washbasins on site can also help to reduce the risk of shared touchpoints.

With this in mind we can offer a conversion kit to easily change taps into hands-free operation.

For operators looking to install additional basins, compact models such as Mechline’s Basix range, are highly recommended as they are quick and easy to install and are supplied with a mounting bracket and integral spirit level which can be placed at both entrances and exits.

As we all know, each operation is very different and whilst general guidance can be given, for more specific advice about your own needs and requirements, Mechline specialists are available to provide support and direction, either via email or on the telephone 01908 261511.

Mechline is the Platinum Partner sponsor of the Kitchen Safety & Management category of FEJ Kitchen Excellence Week. For information about Mechline and its range of products, including the HyGenikx air and surface amplification system, call 01908 261511 or visit

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