Three pivotal Network Rail High Speed (NRHS) stations where Churchill Cleaning supplies hygiene services have all gained Certificates of Assurance from Bureau Veritas for “exceptional” cleanliness standards that have helped to minimise the Covid-19 threat.
St Pancras International, Stratford and Ebbsfleet rail stations, all operated by NRHS, were the only stations in its network to receive the certificates.
Churchill has worked with the rail operator since 2017, delivering cleaning, janitorial and pest control services. The company said it had ramped up its protocols since the start of the pandemic “to implement the highest standard of cleaning and hygiene services”.
Bureau Veritas, founded in 1828, is a world-leading inspection and certification body that helps clients to improve the quality of their health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility practices. It covers sectors including the built environment, agri-food and commodities, marine and offshore, industry, certification and consumer products.
Its assessment of the rail sites had two stages – a support system assessment and site assessment. All stations passed both assessments with a handful of improvements suggested, said Churchill. Bureau Veritas highlighted several processes that impressed assessors, including:
Churchill’s workplace and hygiene programme PRISM, particularly in determining cleaning regime requirements, and its implementation and use by staff;
- The use of washroom sensor technology;
- The groundbreaking systems, via Churchill‘s digital platform Mo:dus, that uses QR scanning to show both proof of clean and proof of presence;
- Innovations in UVD robot integration and electrostatic use to support the elimination of bacteria; and
- Touch-point cleaning every two hours – twice as often as set out in WHO guidelines.
Greg Dingle, London regional director at the Churchill Group, said: “The Bureau Veritas certificates… provide independent assurance to both the general public and station employees that we have excellent health and hygiene protocols in place. The successful assessments are a result of our collaborative approach with Network Rail High Speed since the very start of our partnership. The certificates are also testament to all of our employees that have worked diligently throughout the pandemic to ensure that the stations are safe for others to use.”
Jay Khan, head of passenger strategy at Network Rail High Speed, added: “We recognise that the public will want reassurance before they visit busy transport hubs that they are safe, and these certificates do exactly that. Churchill has been an invaluable partner throughout the pandemic and we look forward to implementing further innovations that ensure best-in-class hygiene practices at our High Speed stations.”
The certificates are valid for six months, when NRHS is expected to undergo another assessment, supported by Churchill.
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