Stib/Mivb: cleaning team reinforced
Stib/Mivb’s metro drivers sound the alarm about the cleanliness of metro cars. According to one, only a third of all rolling cars have their floors briefly swept at the end of their shifts, handrails, and buttons are entirely ignored. With the current virus outbreak, the transport operator has called in a second cleaning team to clean all contact zones.
With the current coronavirus outbreak, equipment and surfaces’ cleanliness is getting a second look. On that matter, some Stib/Mivb metro drivers sound the alarm and regret the approximate management of metro cars’ cleaning.
“A third of all cars that run daily are parked outside the depots, on sidings or in stations at the end of their shifts. These cars are only briefly cleaned with a sweep. Last Monday, I noticed a cleaning team boarding a car at the Erasme station with only brooms and brushes. Their job is only to pick up rubbish, that’s all. The handrails and knobs weren’t even cleaned nor rubbed, nothing,” explains a worried driver.
According to him, the same goes for every other cleaning department. “The cockpits are in bad shape and only briefly wiped clean,” he adds.
‘Special focus on sensible contact points’
“We are particularly careful at controlling the work of our subcontractors so that the agreed task is carried out correctly. We have decided to call in a second firm to provide additional cleaning staff,” explains the Stib/Mibv spokesperson, Françoise Ledune.
“On the line, during the day, the contract normally includes a floor sweep to avoid the accumulation of papers and tissues. A reorientation of the teams’ work is underway to cover the cleaning of contact areas such as handrails and buttons,” adds the spokeswoman.
Mrs. Ledune adds that drivers are provided hand sanitizer gel and that every cockpit is equipped with a cleaning kit. Also, all driver changes are operated at the depots where drivers have access to bathrooms to directly clean their hands.