Martin Lewis, Director of X-Mist talks about how companies can reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and keep everyone safe by choosing effective disinfectant products that kill germs, and implementing thorough cleaning procedures.
It’s been nearly two years since the World Health Organisation (the WHO) was told about several cases of pneumonia with an unknown cause in China’s Wuhan City in December 2019. Just a few weeks later, on 7th January 2020, the cause was found - a new strain of coronavirus (known as COVID-19) was identified by the Chinese authorities, and the world as we knew it changed irrevocably.
Almost overnight, businesses across the globe were expected to put procedures in place in order for employees and customers to work safely during the pandemic.
Whilst restrictions have been lifted in the UK and we try to navigate this so-called ‘new normal’, it’s important for businesses to continue putting processes and procedures in place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. After all, COVID-19 and its variants aren’t going anywhere any time soon. In fact, scientists have predicted that coronavirus is here to stay and expect it to follow a seasonal pattern, similar to the H1N1 influenza A virus that caused the 1918 pandemic.
How is coronavirus spread?
Coronavirus disease (also known as COVID-19) is an infectious vascular disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
This type of coronavirus is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets, aerosols and direct contact. COVID-19 can also be spread when surfaces such as door handles and tables have been touched by when people with the virus cough, sneeze or touch them before disinfecting their hands.
How to protect your staff and customers from COVID-19
Assess the risk of COVID-19 in your business
As a business owner, facilities manager or site operator it is your duty to protect yourself, your staff and your customers from coronavirus. In order to properly understand the risk, you should undertake a risk assessment so that you can determine what steps you need to take to protect your clients and employees.
You may find that a generic risk assessment doesn’t cut it - from understanding the ventilation requirements to knowing which cleaning processes and antibacterial products you need, it’s important to make sure you’ve covered all areas. You can find out more about managing risk in the workplace on hse.gov.uk.
Cleaning in non-healthcare businesses for COVID-19
Once you’ve undertaken a risk assessment, you can then map out a regular cleaning plan together and source the right disinfectant products and chemicals to suit your business needs.
Regular cleaning is critical in limiting the transmission of coronavirus. Whatever industry you’re in, whether it’s health and fitness, education or HVAC, you should work with your team to remove any clutter so that cleaning surfaces and areas is much easier.
You should increase the frequency of cleaning frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, kitchen amenities, touchscreens and more. Your employees should have access to cleaning products so that they can clean workstations, desks and platforms regularly. Ideally, these surfaces should be cleaned twice a day at a minimum.
Whilst there’s no evidence that COVID-19 can be caught through food, it is good hygiene for businesses to regularly clean kitchens, bathrooms and communal areas. Hand sanitiser, soap, hot water and disinfectant products should be easily accessible for individuals using these areas.
Food business operators and hospitality businesses should follow FSA (Food Standard Agency) guidance on food preparation hygiene practices, HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) processes, and PRPs (preventative practices prerequisite programmes).
You can add further protection in the workplace with X-Mist Room Sanitiser and DeodoriserX-Mist Room Sanitiser and Deodoriser, by spraying it once a week. This means your surfaces will be disinfected for seven days.
What disinfectant products should be used?
Whilst standard high street branded antibacterial sprays and cleaning products will do the job, they don’t offer advanced protection and are designed primarily for domestic use and only lasts for a few hours.
This is why we’ve developed a new way to sanitise your workspaces and vehicles. X-Mist broad-spectrum germicide is formulated to sanitise and deodorise a wide range of rooms and professional spaces, from hospital rooms to offices and classrooms.
A 250ml spray can covers a five by five-meter room and can be recycled. For fleet management businesses, taxi firms and other travel businesses, we offer vehicle sanitiser and deodoriser.
Ensuring hand and surface sanitiser sprays such as X-Mist hand and all surface sanitiser is readily available for colleagues and customers is another great way to keep people safe.
Cleaning for healthcare businesses for COVID-19
Hospitals, care homes and businesses that offer healthcare procedures will need to adhere to government guidelines in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus. From minimising contact between patients and staff to wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) and regularly disinfecting surfaces, Government guidelines are clear.
However, healthcare, dental and hospital managers need to do more than just reduce the risk of COVID-19 - they need to minimise cross-contamination of other viruses and diseases such as the common cold, the flu, tuberculosis and more.
It’s no secret that bacteria hosts a wide range of diseases and respiratory viruses, so it’s important to have disinfectant chemicals and cleaning products that can kill these germs. This is where X-Mist can help.
Fully tested for biocidal efficacy according to BS EN 1276, BS EN 1650 and BS EN 14476, X-Mist sanitiser & disinfectant eradicates microorganisms such as Salmonella and Legionella, the germs responsible for colds, flu, MRSA and staph infections and can neutralise smells. Protection can last up to seven days.
Disinfect your workplace and keep your colleagues safe
As businesses continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape thanks to COVID-19, disinfection has become a means of prevention to help combat infection, disease and viruses. To do this, you need a suitable antiseptic disinfectant spray that packs a punch and can last for days, not hours. Speak to one of the experts at X-Mist today, and find out how we can support your business.