As companies prepare to reopen and welcome back their employees, customers, clients, and others, they have to reconsider how they clean. […]
Coronavirus are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus named SARS-CoV-2.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. It was first detected in China and has now spread to at least 114 countries and territories, including the US. While the virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2”, the disease it causes is called “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19).
Furthermore, on January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC). Then, on January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
According to the CDC, current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on various surfaces. Thus, cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for the prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in homes and public spaces.
We continue to develop, adjust, and expand our cleaning processes and procedures related to the coronavirus based on the practices recommended by the CDC and chemical manufacturers, which continues to evolve as more information is received regarding the virus. Below we will explain our current coronavirus cleaning process, which we are developing to meet this community’s needs. These coronavirus cleaning guidelines apply to commercial, institutional, and home environments. Also, note that this guide may be superseded by local regulations.
First, wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required. Our cleanup technicians wear a full-face respirator to guard against splashes coming in contact with the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, or eyes. They also wear Biohazard protective coveralls, shoe covers, and Nitrile gloves.
The cleaning products we use include EPA-registered hospital-grade disinfecting products, including towelettes, containing pharmaceutical ingredients that meet OSHA’s bloodborne pathogen standard against diseases like the coronavirus and other disease-causing bacteria, viruses, tuberculosis, mold, and mildew.
The cleaning materials our technicians typically use include:
Our technicians apply disinfectant using three methods, depending on the circumstances.
First, our technicians arrive at the job site and do a quick walkthrough to ensure that the area is ready for cleaning services. Then, they determine the ﬂow of the work to do the work as efﬁciently as possible.
We pay special attention to these areas:
When ﬁnished, the crew collects and takes with them all used materials for proper disposal. Another thing we do is to clean all tools, equipment, and PPE used in the coronavirus cleanup using an EPA-registered disinfectant prior to removal from the contaminated area.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rise and health and government officials notify the public to take necessary measures to protect themselves, one of the best ways to slow its progress is by performing deep mitigation cleaning of all touch-point surfaces, along with the use of an EPA-registered disinfectant.
These methods of cleaning can be utilized for institutions, commercial, and residential properties. Our coronavirus cleaning services will help reduce contamination of COVID-19 in your property and community. Call your local PuroClean office for more information on how we can help disinfect your property.