We have all heard by now the coronavirus that has infected over 300,000 people around the world can remain for hours and sometimes days on doorknobs, handrails, keyboards, elevator buttons, and other hard surfaces, just waiting to be passed on to someone else. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns, “By touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes,” a person could become ill with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
That makes it imperative to thoroughly clean shared workspaces when a known or suspected exposure has been introduced by an employee or visitor. But knowing the best way to disinfect a contaminated space is not always easy. This is why having a trusted professional disinfectant company like Envirosafe LLC on your side is so important.
The importance of Disinfecting
Just about every major museum in the Washington D.C. area, including the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection, have closed or will close soon. More recently, March 15, the Washington D.C. Department of Health issued new requirements for restaurants and bars, suspending seating at bars and service to customers standing at bars. Tables and booths are required to be spaced six feet apart and occupied by six or fewer patrons. An increasing number of restaurants are limiting service to takeout or delivery. (For a more complete list of closings see washington.org https://washington.org/dc-information/coronavirus-event-attraction-information)
But closing one’s doors to the public is not possible for all businesses and shutting down an entire business for a deep clean is also not a CDC recommended automatic response to coronavirus exposure. The best alternative may be Envirosafe’s “Halo-No Touch Whole Room” and “Electrostatic” disinfection service. Envirosafe utilizes the Halo and Electrostatic Disinfection System which is EPA-validated to destroy a diverse range of spores, bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Generating a powerful aerosol that uses evaporation to ensure evenly distributed delivery of the HaloMist formula throughout rooms of all sizes and layouts. A properly treated disinfected facility can give employees, visitors, patients, and the public at large great comfort in knowing their environment is safe.
Commercial Cleaning Techniques
For business service contractors like Envirosafe, commercial cleaning techniques are very important. Envirosafe continually stays up-to-date with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for solutions and utilizes the CDC and EPA validated disinfectants. “We have the equipment and the know-how to provide you with the best service that is safe for your employees and for the environment. Our commercial ‘No Touch Whole Room’ disinfectant quickly eliminates over 99.9999% (6 Log Kill) of bacteria and viruses. This includes dangerous bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, common viruses like the cold and flu, and disinfectant-resistant pathogens like MRSA.” Greene reports.
Disinfecting and Preparation
There are currently no tests measuring the efficacy of cleaning products against 2019-nCoV, but cleaning companies like Phoenix Service LLC have a good idea of what products will work thanks to their past experiences with SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV (both of which are previously identified coronaviruses). This type of virus is relatively easy to inactivate on non-porous surfaces.
Envirosafe/ Phoenix Service LLC adheres to all OSHA regulations and strictly follows the most state-of-the-art procedures when it comes to cleaning and disinfection. Additionally, Envirosafe/ Phoenix Service LLC fully complies with the CDC recommendations for professional cleaners:
1. wear the proper personal protective equipment, including gloves and masks if applicable
2. encourage all of our workers to have proper hygiene techniques before, during and after their shift.
3. if any of our janitorial staff are exhibiting signs of illness, they are told not come to work and seek medical attention
“Our stance is that it is important to be proactive with your situation and we are here to talk through your increased needs. We also believe it is also important for you to know upfront of any additional costs this could incur. In fact, communication is key during this time.
Envirosafe’s Larry Greene shares another important tip for businesses: “It’s very important for management to be proactive and inform their staff of the precautions being taken to assure the best possible workplace conditions.” Common sense for uncertain times.