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Industry News & Fact-based Insights
Industry News & Fact-based Insights
Bloomberg just published an article that reinforces concerns over rampant use of disinfectants.
“Cleaners tend to go in with hugely toxic chemicals. We’re creating another problem for a whole group of people, and I’m not sure we’re actually controlling infections.” – Dr. Claudia Miller
Another area of concern is the use of electrostatic sprayers. Although this can be an efficient way to cover large areas quickly, very few of the products on List N are approved to be used in these sprayers, and the risks of this method of application are still being studied for disinfectants in general.
What Disinfectants Should I Use to Combat COVID-19?
1. Seek out disinfectants with a favorable toxicity profile. Check out their ingredients and potential risks. Every product Peach State Cleaning Solutions uses has a relevant SDS sheet, and can also be found on the EnvirOx website.
2. There are no products on List N that aren’t Disinfectants. You MUST still incorporate cleaning products into your cleaning. It’s more important than ever to use cleaning products that do not have their own toxic components. Use green-certified or EPA-registered cleaning products that will help prepare surfaces for disinfectants and clean up the residue left behind by those disinfectants.
Guidelines for effective and responsible COVID-19 cleaning and disinfecting practices for occupant health and safety.
CDC Recommended Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures for COVID-19
As we are facing the new normal, government organizations like the CDC have come together to give us real-time updates and best practices to continue to be safe. This includes guides focused on cleaning versus disinfecting, targeted to teach people how to best disinfect coronavirus. As a best practice, the CDC has approved a disinfection process, by utilizing EPA registered and approved chemicals, reducing the risks associated with COVID-19 and limit its spread.
These chemicals require that a surface be cleaned first. Once dry, the surface should then be sprayed with an approved EPA disinfectant which is believed to be the most effective at eradicating the virus that causes COVID-19.
For example, by wiping the surface, the friction caused by the application of the disinfectant with towels ensures maximum contact with the virus, which will lead to the greatest risk reduction.
Simply ‘FOGGING’ could be a serious violation because “fogging” an area with a disinfectant does not meet EPA-registered label requirements without proper pre-cleaning and may be a violation of federal law. More importantly, improper application of the disinfectant can lead to a false sense of security, an increase in health hazards and not be effective at reducing the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
The CDC has NOT deemed the “fogging” method as the most effective way to combat COVID-19, as it doesn’t clean the affected surface.
COVID-19 Cleaning & Disinfection is an extremely serious situation and we understand that the health and safety of you, your family, and employees are on the line. Don’t take any chances; call in the professionals.
Cornavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What do we need to do if we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a person who either an employee or has visited my facility?
Answer: We believe that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the authority on responses to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Their recommendation is to first remove the infected person from your facility. We recommend that they follow their route of entry on their way out and that you provide them with a surgical-type mask to keep them from spreading the virus through coughing and sneezing. Next, isolate the areas that the person visited and remove your employees and others from those areas.
Question: Can we use a room fogger to disinfect SARS-CoV-2?
Answer: While a room fogger may be effective at disinfecting some viruses and bacteria, the CDC currently does not have foggers listed in their disinfection procedure for SARS-CoV-2. The CDC recommends a two-step process that begins with a cleaning of the surface first, followed by disinfection with an EPA Registered disinfectant with virus kill claims.
Question: How long can the virus survive on a surface? Can’t I just wait for it to die and avoid cleaning and disinfecting?
Answer: The CDC reports that the virus has been detected in the air for as much as 3 hours after it is aerosolized and up to 17 days on some inanimate surfaces. Not all surfaces have been tested and it is not yet know how much of the virus material is required to contract COVID-19. CDC currently does not have enough information about SARS-CoV-2 to be able to make a definitive statement on how long to quarantine an area for it to be reduced to an acceptable risk level. For these reasons, the cleaning and disinfection processes described by the CDC continue to be the recommendation of PSCS.
Question: Can our own employees do the disinfection of the facility?
Answer: There is no restriction against an employer cleaning and disinfection their own facility; however, there are certain regulatory requirements that must be met in order to be in compliance with OSHA and EPA regulations:
>OSHA has recently issued a pamphlet entitled, Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. This document is valuable source of information for employers who want to address the COVID-19 situation. It will help identify at risk employees and provide risk mitigation strategies to employ.
In addition to Cleaning & Disinfecting, what can an employer do to decrease the spread of Disease in the Workplace?
Employers can also:
In-home Patient Care and Patient Separation Plays a Crucial Role in Coronavirus Prevention
Consider the strategies to prevent patients who can be cared for at home from coming to your facility. Additionally, consider adjusting your hours of operation to include telephone triage and follow-up of patients during a community outbreak. Use your telephone system to deliver messages to incoming callers about when to seek medical care at your facility, when to seek emergency care, and where to go for information about caring for a person with COVID-19 at home.
If seeking care at your facility, separate patients with respiratory symptoms so they are not waiting among other patients.
Identify a separate, well-ventilated space that allows waiting patients and visitors to be separated.
Communication with your Patients is Critical to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus
COVID-19 Deep Cleaning, Prevention, and Deep Disinfection Services for Your Workplace.
We have listened to your recent concerns and requests and as an essential and critical business, we are responding by continuing to offer discounted COVID-19 Detail Deep Cleaning with Disinfection services, and donating the profits to the
CDC Foundation - (because it takes all of us to Combat COVID-19).
COVID-19 DETAIL DEEP CLEAN WITH DISINFECTION
Size of Facility | Quote Range
1,000 - 4,999 | $75 - 375
5,000 - 9,999 | $376 - 700
10,000 - 14,999 | $701 - 975
15,000 - 19,999 | $976 - 1250
20,000+ | $1251+
The CDC also recommends carpets be cleaned; we offer carpet steam cleaning as a separate service; cost is calculated based on size of carpeted area.
How to Protect Your Facility from COVID-19
"During this unprecedented time, as the coronavirus continues to impact all of us, we want to do our part and offer 'Detail Deep Cleaning with Disinfection' to small businesses at a considerable discount. What's more, we'll also be contributing profits to the CDC Foundation because it takes all of us to combat covid-19 "
The latest CDC Information:
Hand Sanitizer vs. Washing Hands
So what do you do if you want to be proactive about Coronavirus? As the CDC recommends, you should clean and THEN disinfect.
The fact is, to effectively sanitize or disinfect an area, you have to remove the dirt and debris from a surface first. That means cleaning first, THEN sanitizing or disinfecting. That's because these products can't effectively penetrate through dirt and debris to do their work, this is why it's so critical you don't use "one-step" solutions. Effective health-based cleaning requires a Two-step process.
Here's our recommended method for cleaning and then disinfecting, just remember to:
1. For regular cleaning, apply an EPA-registered virucide solution to surfaces.
2. Wipe away the dirt and debris from the surface with microfiber cloths/mops-(microfiber is best at removing soil from surfaces)
1. Apply the EPA-registered virucide solution liberally to pre-cleaned, water-safe hard surfaces with a spray bottle, pump up pressure sprayer with a coarse spray, cloth or mop.
2. Allow the surface to remain wet for the amount of time recommended on the label. Allow the surface to air dry or wipe dry to remove excess liquid.
Be sure to check back for more updates and tips.
Keeping our Community Safe & Healthy during the Coronavirus Outbreak
How could the possible spread of coronavirus change our daily lives? Schools, businesses, hospitals and first responders could all be impacted, according to the CDC.
Everyone is urged to keep themselves and their families as healthy as possible. Exercise, eat a good diet, get a lot of sleep, wash your hands, do everything you can to stay healthy right now, and also stay informed.
The CDC recommends the following actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19: