Covid-19: Companies scale up cleanliness protocol


With lockdown measures being eased further to jump-start the economy, Indian companies are making sure that enhanced safety and sanitisation protocols are maintained at their offices as more employees return to work on Monday amid rising cases of Covid-19.

L’Oreal, Salesforce, RPG Group, Panasonic Life Solutions and Flipkart are among those that are doubling down on hygiene for employee safety, in turn driving a surge in business for on-demand service providers and facility management companies.

More frequent deep-cleaning, sanitisation, fumigation and disinfection cycles have been planned as the cost of a slip-up could be huge for firms. While this means a jump in housekeeping costs of 30-60%, according to experts, companies say they will not be making any compromises.

L’Oreal is ensuring a 35-step health and safety protocol is adhered to before any of its offices reopens. “The safety and health of our employees is paramount, hence we have taken strict precautions to ensure the highest levels of hygiene and safety,” said Roshni Wadhwa, director of HR.

RPG Group has tied up with professional services firms to ensure that sanitisation and disinfection are carried out with rigour at all its plants and offices, said its chief talent officer, Supratik Bhattacharya.

Service providers, including those who were earlier focused on the home space, said there’s a deluge of queries from corporates.

Urban Company, which earlier focused on home services, is seeing this as an opportunity to enter the office space, while online on-demand service provider Housejoy is seeing a four-fold jump in queries.

Reference: Textile Value Chain