Two tips for new pharmacy owners who will be hiring commercial cleaners

There are a few things that new pharmacy owners should keep in mind when using the services of commercial cleaning businesses. Continue reading and learn what they are.

They should give their cleaners extra time to focus on the area where customers buy medicines

Pharmacy owners should ensure that their cleaners' shifts are long enough to enable them to spend more of their time cleaning the area where customers buy medicines than they do on the other parts of the premises. The reason for this is as follows; whilst it's unlikely that this area will be visibly dirtier than the other sections of the pharmacy, there is a good chance that it will harbour far more pathogens than any of the other areas.

This is due to the fact that a large percentage of the customers who come to this area to purchase medicines will do so because they have contagious illnesses, such as stomach bugs, colds, or infectious skin conditions. Whilst these people wait in a queue in this area, they may lean their hands against nearby shelves or place them on the counter. As such, the cleaners must sanitise these areas so that they are safe for other customers to touch. To do this thoroughly, they must be given enough time to clean this particular area.

They should tell them not to move items around in the area where the pharmacist prepares prescriptions

Pharmacy owners should also ensure that their cleaners who will be cleaning the area where the pharmacist prepares prescriptions understand that, while they may have to move packages of pills in order to dust underneath them, they must return these medications to their original locations afterwards.

This is important because if the prescription medications that the pharmacist has compiled for certain customers are mixed up when they return to this area after the cleaners have finished dusting it, there is a greater chance that they may confuse similarly-named medications for one another and hand out the wrong prescriptions. While this responsibility always lies with the pharmacist, the owner of this business could greatly reduce the likelihood of this mistake happening if they encourage the cleaners not to move medications around when they clean this area.

Even if the pharmacist doesn't make this error, they may get frustrated if they regularly return to their station to discover that their carefully laid out medications have all been mixed up and that they have to reorganise them all.