From “It looks clean” to “I know it’s clean”
PURE SPACE also helps to restore employee confidence by providing visible, scientific proof that a space is clean.
“We tend to judge the output of a legacy cleaning service with our eyes,” says Joseph. “With PURE SPACE, we use science and technology to test and validate cleanliness.”
PURE SPACE uses ATP technology to scientifically measure the outcome of cleaning. ATP stands for Adenosine triphosphate, a molecule found only in and around living cells, and can therefore be used to measure the concentration of microorganisms and the level of hygiene. “With this technology, we’re moving from a subjective assessment of cleaning to an objective assessment, using a proven scientific measurement,” Joseph explains. This factual, evidence-based method helps dispel any doubts that an area is clean and ready for working.
Visibility leads to peace of mind
Communication is another key factor in setting employees’ minds at ease. The results of the ATP testing are made available to employees, so they can see the scores and know what’s happened in their area of the building. This open communication helps to reassure employees, enabling them to feel relaxed and capable of achieving their purpose within their work environment.
In addition to the ATP score, there are other visible signs that help restore employees’ confidence in the safety of their workspace.
“Historically, cleaning has been something that happened after employees had gone home,” says Joseph. “PURE SPACE happens during the day, while people are at the office, so they can actually see it being done.” This marked focus on hygiene has the added benefit of encouraging employees to modify their own behaviour, so that they contribute to keeping the workplace safe for everyone.
Same high standard across all locations
For global companies – or companies with several offices – PURE SPACE offers standardisation across all locations. So staff can be confident that, wherever they work, the same high standard of hygiene has been implemented.
“By implementing the same product across buildings, regions and geographies, we can then measure it on a cross-country, globalised basis. This allows us to upgrade it faster, and to test its efficacy in its broadest sense on a standard product. In this way, we can move and change over time, as insights develop into the best way of doing this,” Joseph says.
More than a pandemic solution
While PURE SPACE has been developed to address a very specific situation, Joseph believes that many of the components will live on after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
“While many of these programme elements are developed with the coronavirus in mind, they are also related to a larger discussion of how we create a healthier work environment and how we can support healthier building concepts. I believe we have the opportunity to improve people’s well-being in a broader sense, not just because they are healthier, but also because they have a greater peace of mind.”