Q1. What is your name, where are you from and how long have you been part of the Planet Earth team?
Nicolas Jaramillo, I am originally from Bogota Colombia, and have been with The Planet Earth Cleaning Company since I arrived in Australia in 2014.
Q2. Tell us something about yourself?
I absolutely love the bush, there is nothing like being out there. Anything that involves trees, mud, and no phone signal, I will be happy. I always carry spare clothes with me, as I have a special talent of getting dirty (climbing trees, rocks, anything I can put my hands on).
Q3. What does it mean to you to be part of the covid-19 response cleaning team?
It has been an interesting experience. It is a bit nerve racking each time we go to a job, but it also feels great to know we are providing peace of mind, and most importantly providing them with the opportunity to continue operating their business safely.
Q4. How do you feel when you ‘suit up’ and are about to perform a covid-19 disinfection clean?
It is sort of surreal, the amount of gear and precautions we have to take is unlike anything else we do.
Q5. What is the biggest challenge when you are performing a covid-19 disinfection? How do you overcome this challenge?
The biggest challenge is always time, usually the jobs come in last minute and require urgent attention. We have an amazing team, both the field cleaners and in the office, that work thoroughly to manage all the logistics. Apart from that, the heat of the suits – it feels like a 40-degree summer day in there!
Q6. What is the most rewarding part about being a cleaner during the current pandemic?
To know that we are playing a key role in ensuring things go back to normal. Keeping workplaces safe and attending to sites that have been exposed so they can continue to operate. Our work does not go unnoticed, and this keeps us motivated to push harder for each of our clients.
Q7. What do your friends and family think about what you do?
They are proud that I take my work commitments seriously. They get a bit concerned when it comes to Covid response, but rest assured that we have all the measures in place to perform a job safely.
Q8. What is the work mantra that you live by?
“Find a way”.