Is Your Current Health and Safety Protocol Sufficient?It is essential to follow state and federal mandates regarding business operations during this time. But those should be followed in addition to an already rock-solid sanitation and disinfection program that takes the following into consideration:
- Hand Hygiene Program: Proper hand washing is one of the most effective and simplest ways to stop the spread of coronavirus, and many other dangerous illnesses. Post hand hygiene reminders throughout your facility and ensure you have what you need to properly implement those standards
- Vaccinations: Encouraging employees to get regular vaccinations means everyone is taking steps to boost immunity and protect the most vulnerable members of the community who are either unable to be vaccinated or more susceptible to illness.
- Prioritizing Employee Health: Now more than ever, it is critical to insist that employees stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of any communicable illness, but especially symptoms common to Coronavirus (COVID-19), such as:
- Upper or lower respiratory issues (coughing, sneezing, runny nose, drainage)
The Key to Killing Coronavirus? Disinfectant Kill Claims and TimesOne of the most frightening things about the coronavirus pandemic is that there is not yet a treatment, antiviral, or vaccine that has proven to eradicate COVID-19. However, disinfectants can kill coronavirus on surfaces like countertops, door handles, and more, which is critically important if you have to stay open to the public to serve them during the pandemic. The good news is, you can be certain you’re using the right cleaning products by verifying kill claims and disinfectant kill times, and utilizing them appropriately on recommended surfaces. This means taking steps like:
- Using disinfectants with viricide (virus-killing) properties
- Using disinfectants known to kill COVID-19 on surfaces; The EPA has a list, List-N, of certified products that kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which you can find here.
- Using cleaning tools (like microfiber cloths) that can effectively remove traces of the virus from surfaces
- Cleaning and disinfecting more frequently so that the coronavirus does not have the opportunity to incubate or spread
- Allowing “kill times” to elapse as part of cleaning so that you know that the disinfectant has reached peak effectiveness