Most facilities look clean. However, commonly touched surfaces could be harboring germs if not disinfected. Therefore, the implementation of processes and procedures to control dangerous microbes should be a top priority.
Secondly, killing germs before they move between workers, building occupants and visitors is critically important. Reducing the risk of disease transmission on the job means taking a new approach to cleaning with a greater emphasis on disinfection.
ACG RECOMMENDS A 2-STEP FOG REMEDIATION DISINFECTING PROCESS
- Step One: Fogging every night. Thyme-2 (min.) Kill is a plant-based disinfection formula that physically eradicates germs, toxins and contaminates from all surfaces, including and not limited to ceiling, fixtures, floors, walls, and all other high-touch areas
- Step Two: Daily application of SURFACE SPRAY. This product is a no-wipe spray that kills 99.99% of germs while continuing to build a barrier of protection on surfaces.
7 TIPS AGC TEACHES TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS DISINFECT EFFECTIVELY
Your facility’s cleaning is likely focused on the dirtiest areas. Usually, when we say “cleaning,” we mean physically removing dirt and dust. Typically, the custodial staff spends most of their shift mopping floors, wiping down splatter, and cleaning spills in production areas.
PPE Training and safety awareness are critical. When your custodial staff is focused on cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas, they will be at high risk of exposure to germs. AGC-PPE Protocols will be implemented to protect cleaning crews in potentially contaminated workplaces.
In the long run, design choices can make disinfecting the workplace easier. According to the CDC, for hard and non-porous materials, visibly dirty surfaces should be cleaned prior to disinfection. AGC provides disinfectants specifically for use on hard, non-porous surfaces.
Your building’s HVAC plays a key role in workplace hygiene. Proper ventilation and filtration can reduce the airborne concentration of viruses. HEPA filters reduce airborne pathogens, and raises indoor humidity levels above 40 percent, thereby reducing the lifespan of droplet-borne viruses. Changing your HVAC system’s settings to raise the indoor humidity level using HEPA filtration and increasing the ventilation of moist outside air can greatly reduce the survival of viruses in your building.
Promote healthy hygiene practices among your occupants, workforce and visitors to keep microbes from contaminating surfaces through the AGC-Hygiene Program. Make sure that your facility’s sinks stay well stocked with soap and sanitizer. Consider adding alcohol-based sanitizer stations throughout the facility. It is also recommended to maintain a supply of disinfecting wipes at workstations and encourage employees to clean frequently touched surfaces before and after each shift.
Frequent disinfection will reduce your workforce’s potential exposure to pathogens. As your custodial crew focus shifts from cleaning to disinfection, it is recommended to increase the frequency of disinfecting high-touch surfaces. The CDC recommends disinfecting frequently touched surfaces on a regular basis. Attending to high-touch surfaces between shift changes can mitigate the spread of disease.
Finally, be sure to use an appropriate disinfectant. Certified disinfectants kill viral pathogens and contain active ingredients ranging from citric acid to ammonium chloride. Be sure to follow the product’s instructions and allow time for the disinfectant to work. To be effective, many certified products require wetting surfaces for several minutes.