What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
Practical Advice to Protect Yourself and Your Workforce
For practical advice, please check out these excellent resources:
Australian Government Department of Health
World Health Organisation
Disinfection, Sanitisation & Outbreak Services across South East Queensland
An infectious outbreak can have serious impacts on your business, from the costs of absenteeism and lost productivity, to negative client perception.
Commercial Cleaning Followed Immediately by Manual Disinfection and possible ULV Fogging depending on the size of the area or premises.
Outbreak Cleaning is the Cleaning and Disinfecting of premises after a Virus Outbreak to ensure you are protecting your staff, customers and visitors from airborne viruses, diseases and pathogens by eliminating germs.
What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?
Cleaning means to physically remove germs (bacteria and viruses), dirt and grime from surfaces using a detergent and water solution. A detergent is a surfactant that is designed to break up oil and grease with the use of water.
Disinfecting means using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. It’s important to clean before disinfecting because dirt and grime can reduce the ability of disinfectants to kill germs. Disinfectants containing ≥ 70% alcohol, quaternary ammonium compounds, chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach are suitable for use on hard surfaces (that is, surfaces where any spilt liquid pools, and does not soak in).
Does every surface need to be cleaned?
We don’t need to clean every surface. The virus’s are generally transmitted by breathing in droplets produced by an infected person coughing or sneezing, or contact with contaminated surfaces, so you only need to clean surfaces that are touched.
This is true whether the touching is deliberate (e.g. a door knob) or incidental (e.g. brushing a door when reaching for the door knob). There are some surfaces that are never touched (e.g. ceilings and cracks and crevices in machinery) and these do not need to be cleaned and disinfected.
Do I need to clean areas or equipment daily if no one has entered the area or used the equipment recently?
Research suggests that the viruses can survive on soft, porous surfaces (such as cardboard and fabrics) for up to 24 hours and hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours (three days). Any areas which have not had recent human contact, that is within the last few days, are unlikely to be a potential source of infection. You should consider this when deciding whether an area or equipment needs to be cleaned.
Should we be using hospital-grade disinfectant for normal cleaning in your workplace?
No. The Department of Health only recommends the use of hospital-grade disinfectant when cleaning in a hospital or healthcare setting if an infectious patient has been present. General Disinfectant is perfectly fine in commercial settings.
What is the difference between household grade disinfectant and hospital-grade disinfectant?
Hospital-grade disinfectants must meet government standards for use in health care, beauty and allied health settings. A household or commercial grade disinfectant must also meet government standards, but the testing is not as comprehensive as it is for hospital-grade disinfectants and the standards to be met are lower.
Household or commercial grade disinfectant are suitable for use in workplaces that are not health care settings.
We use a range of disinfectant solutions to kill 99.9% of germs across all surfaces in a 3 step method.
- Decontaminating Surfaces (Cleaning all Surfaces, very similar to your normal commercial clean, but more detailed and large focus on Touchpoints)
- Manual Disinfection of Surfaces (Applying Disinfectant manually to all Surfaces and TouchPoints)
- Disinfection ULV Fogging (Used to disinfect incidental touchpoints in a quick and thorough manor e.g. brushing a door when reaching for the doorknob or leaning against a wall without realising)
To ensure your workplace is being disinfected completely, it is critical to ensure that both cleaning of all surfaces is completed, followed by disinfection of the same surfaces. Fogging is simply a speedier away to disinfect surfaces within a building in a shorter time, as disinfection, simply requires the disinfectant to sit on the surface for a period of time to completely kill viruses.
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