Disinfection and preventative cleaning – Companies
The news focuses on the global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While this name is new to millions of people around the world, coronaviruses have been around for several years. Usually, these viruses only cause mild diseases. On the other hand, the last of the band is the “SARS-Cov 2”. It appeared in 2019, and is responsible for the disease that experts have named “Covid 19.” A few weeks later, several countries around the world were affected and the deaths began to number in the thousands. This led WHO to declare that the world was facing a pandemic. While several governments have imposed containments to curb the spread of the virus, some companies continue to work because of the essential nature of their activities. In Montreal, as elsewhere, some companies are affected by these facts. It is therefore essential that their respective staff be aware of the preventive measures to be taken in order to protect themselves from coronavirus. What are these disinfection and cleaning measures that affect businesses?
How can Coronavirus be effectively combated?
There are multiple measures to combat covid 19.
The rules, known as “barrier gestures,” were created as part of the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Employees of companies must therefore know and apply them in the workplace:
- You have to wash your hands very regularly;
- Single-use handkerchiefs are the ones that should be used to blow or clean. After use, they should be discarded;
- Between two individuals, a distance of at least one metre is required;
- No more coughing or sneezing in the air. You have to do it in a handkerchief (then, don’t forget to throw away the handkerchief). If necessary, it must be done in one of his elbows;
- And finally, we must avoid contact via the hands. This means not shaking hands and not kissing each other. Embraces are also prohibited.
Compliance with these “barrier gestures” will help break down chains of coronavirus transmission inside and outside companies.
What should you wash your hands with?
In the previous point, the first barrier gesture mentioned was washing your hands very regularly. WHO recommends that this be done with soap and water. If necessary, it is mandatory to opt for the use of a hand sanitizer solution. This solution must be hydroalcoholic. The presence of alcohol in this type of gel eliminates microbes, viruses and other pathogens. To make it easier for its staff, the company can provide them with gel and handkerchiefs so that they can perform barrier gestures properly.
Clean up what was touched with your hands
Another point needs to be reported. The surfaces that are most often affected by the hands are those most at risk of coronavirus contamination. These include: door handles, handles on the cabinets of switches, taps, smartphones, buttons in elevators, tables (and everything in it as objects), keys…
The good news for companies is that cleaning products are considered by WHO to be effective against the spread of the virus. It can therefore be used to clean door handles. In addition, WHO is currently unable to determine how long the virus can survive on these different surfaces. To be more cautious, experts agree that this period can be several days.
Is it necessary to use a disinfection and decontamination company?
To quickly clean large areas inside companies, it is possible to call on companies specialized in disinfection and decontamination. These companies are moving as quickly as possible
We’re going to distinguish between preventive cleaning and curative disinfection. In preventive cleaning, the company in charge will carry out a cleaning several times a week or even every day. It will all depend on the type of company that has appealed to him. When taking the example of public transport, this preventive disinfection must be carried out every day in order to annihilate the probability of transmission of the virus.
When we talk about curative disinfection, we can also talk about “decontamination.” Health authorities will be able to make specific recommendations to follow (for example, how often decontamination should be done). Whether it is preventative cleaning or curative disinfection, the products used must be non-toxic.