The New Year has started with tighter lockdown restrictions introduced across all areas of the UK and Ireland as a measure to prevent our NHS from being overwhelmed by the new Coronavirus variant, and in an effort to remain positive, our first blog of 2021 reflects upon the challenges faced and the efforts made, by our frontline colleagues up and down the country.
A Vital Role in the Supply Chain
GSA has a 4000+ strong team of frontline workers – and our cleaning operatives remain part of the ‘silent workforce’ that continues to work alongside our clients in the retail, corporate offices and distribution centre sectors. They play a vital role in keeping the supply chain well oiled.
An Incredible Team Effort
Gary Strachan is Director of Operations & Key Accounts at GSA. Here he shares some thoughts on the work of his team:
“I am incredibly proud of my team, and the level of resilience and commitment they have shown in the face of the many twists and turns life and work has taken since the first lockdown back in March 2020. The team has stepped right up to the plate and successfully delivered clean and safe working environments for all of our clients.
From what now seems like fairly minor adjustments around mask wearing, the use of sanitisers and the donning of PPE, the team has embraced every challenge along the way. And they have also worked hard to learn and apply new skills too. From understanding the use and application of new antimicrobial cleaning agents and how to operate new electrostatic equipment for deep COVID cleans – the team’s response has been phenomenal.
It’s a challenge to single out any particular team members. However, I would like to give thanks and a special mention to:
Jamie Hall and his team in Edinburgh, who worked round the clock for a client whose flagship store was flooded during the festive break. The team’s rapid response minimised further damage; clearing and cleaning the three-storey site in preparation for re-opening.
Our Selfridges Operations Manager, Paul Allen also deserves special mention for working with our client to ensure a safe and clean Christmas market. As do three other London-based colleagues, James Aggrey, Paul Rushbrook and Jon Pretorius for completing more than 25 COVID cleans in December.
From Enhanced Cleaning to COVID-19 Deep Cleans
Gary’s views are echoed by GSA’s Director of Operations for Ireland, Phillip Storey:
“We’ve experienced a surge in demand from clients for our fogging and deep cleans, alongside the already enhanced cleaning programmes in place across thousands of client sites – and our teams up and down the country have done GSA proud.”