Pandemic Mitigation Planning

DECONTAMINATION 
PLANNING

Keeping your workers, clients and business safe and productive is economically sound during a pandemic. If one or more of your workers has come into contact, shows symptoms of contracting a disease, such as covid-19, they might have spread the virus at your place of business. A quick decontamination response is essential to keep your business and workforce safe and productive.

The CDC recommends that any facility contaminated with coronavirus should be decontaminated up to 7 days from the initial contamination. Your next steps should be identify who and when the infection happened. Identify any potential contamination spots, like workstations and equipment. Lastly, choose the correct decontamination method.

CLEANING SURFACES

Before any decontamination can start you must clean all surfaces usually with solvents or soap. This process does not kill a virus; however, the process does remove it and prepares the surface for disinfection.

  • Remove of debris
  • Remove dirt and grime
  • Removes other potential germs

Keep in mind some virus' may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.

DECONTAMINATE THE AREA

Now that you have identified potentially affected areas in your workplace, you will need to determine what type of decontamination methods are needed to combat the virus. 

Small Environments
For surface decontamination there are products like BioProtect RTU and Envirocleanse that get applied directly to various hard surfaces to kill the virus and or bacteria. These solutions are great for spot decontamination and other small treatment areas. 
 

• Small size offices   • Dental offices   • Retail Stores   • Food Services   • Automotive

Large Environments
For larger or harder to decontaminate areas like machinery, using an electrostatic cleaner can make the decontamination far faster and more efficient. The electrostatic cleaner from Broco for example can cover over 25,000 sq ft. with a single tank.
  • Manufacturing
  • Facilities
  • Sports Complexes
  • Call Centres
  • Airports

PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Always have the proper personal protective equipment when cleaning and decontaminating surfaces. Lessen the risk for any potential exposure from various solutions to your face, eye, hands and skin.

  • The use of gloves, boots, gown and or a waterproof apron is recommended while cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
  • The use of masks and goggles/visors are necessary in case of accidental exposure to cleaning solutions during the cleaning and disinfecting process
Air Quality Protection
Always be mindful when using solvents or aerosols that could be harmful if inhaled. Proper monitoring of the air quality in the environment being worked in should be taken seriously. Use an air quality monitor to expose potential dangers to workers.
Respiratory Protection
When working in environments that require respiratory protection, having a fit tested mask makes all the difference. An improper fit does not protect the worker. Being safe is knowing with 100% accuracy by qualitative fit testing to ensure proper worker safety.

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