After the big hit taken by the global economy last year and in the first half of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses that managed to survive the unpredictable scenario are now open and working their way back to “normal”. However, concerns persist, as business owners worry about what would happen to their companies if they are forced to close their doors again. In this article we want to dissipate some of those concerns by providing a Guideline for Businesses to Stay Open, based on proper business disinfection and air filtration solutions that can certainly keep everyone safe in any type of workplace.
Our guideline prioritizes staff and customers and includes a series of steps to minimize virus transmission risk in a business setting. Of course, these recommendations should be implemented along with other preventive measures to ensure the safety of everyone involved. For instance, business owners should continue to facilitate social distancing in the workplace whenever possible with actions like alternating shifts to reduce the number of employees in the company at the same time and limiting the number of customers that can enter their facilities simultaneously. They should also continue monitoring the health status of their staff and encouraging them to get vaccinated.
Now, without further ado, this is Disinfect & Fog’s Guideline for Businesses to Stay Open:
Step 1 – Assess the disinfection needs of your business
Every business is different in terms of size of operations, facilities, workforce, and type of goods and services offered. Thus, it is necessary to assess businesses individually to determine their disinfection needs.
Some of the aspects that need to be considered are the number of high traffic areas and high touch surfaces that need to be disinfected multiple times a day, the number of enclosed spaces that can become hotspots for virus transmission, ventilation, the likelihood of staff to have direct contact with customers and with each other, etc.
Once these variables have been analyzed, it is time for the next step.
Step 2 – Design your own business disinfection plan
Let’s face it, for a business to stay open in times like these, they need to have a proper disinfection plan. It’s no longer enough to hire a janitor or to rely on regular staff to clean their workstations. Companies must have some sort of system which clear instructions about what to disinfect when, which products should be used, and more.
In this stage of the process, it is important to determine what devices will be used depending on each case. For instance, the accountant’s office, which is full of paperwork and electronics, should be disinfected with devices like dry foggers (such as the Nano Atomizer), that are almost completely moisture-free. If it’s an industrial setting, like a warehouse with high ceilings and heavy machinery, then it should be disinfected with an Electric Mist Unit of a Wall-Mounted Fog System. If the business is a kitchen with many metal counters and food preparation areas, and many people walking around all the time, then an electrostatic sprayer like the Disinfecto might be the best choice.
Another important decision in this stage is choosing a liquid disinfectant that is safe to use around people, preferably environmentally friendly, hypoallergenic, and nontoxic. Plus, the product should be recommended by Health Canada or at least have some kind of evidence of effectiveness to fight the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and other germs. We recommend our selection of liquid disinfectants, including Ultra-Lyte.
The last step is to make a schedule and choose a team to take on the responsibility. Another option is to hire the service of a company of disinfection experts, such as us at Disinfect & Fog. We have the right people and the ideal equipment for the job, as well as experience in multiple industries and business settings.
Step 3 – Integrate air filtration for your business
When a business has many enclosed spaces that in its facilities and little chance of improving ventilation in these areas, the best solution is to integrate air filtration in the disinfection plan. This is the process of treating the air in a room to get rid of contaminants, such as mould, airborne bacteria, viruses, and other harmful particles.
There are many ways to achieve air filtration depending on the method used, but what we recommend is choosing the Hydroclear technology, which can be found in air filtration devices such as The Atmosphere and The Breeze. It works by harnessing the power of non-ozone UV light and other elements to generate particles known as hydroxyls, with the power to inactivate pathogens without harming people, pets, or plants in the process. The best part is that these devices are fully automated, so they don't require manual labour.
Another option for companies that prefer to do a deep disinfection at night or between shifts, is to choose the ClearScience patented technology, which works by emitting ozone into the air to disinfect unoccupied spaces. It then rapidly neutralizes the ozone, returning the room to normal. This technology is present in devices like The AirBender.
Step 4 – Put your disinfection plan in motion
Once all the pieces of the puzzle are in place, it is time to put the plan in motion, making sure that the cleaning and disinfection staff is properly trained and ready to work. And if they happen to need additional help learning how to use certain equipment, our company offers in-site or virtual training so that businesses can make the most of their disinfection and sanitation devices.
An additional step at this stage could be installing a Sanitation Station in the customer side of the business (if it’s a restaurant or a high-traffic office), so that visitors can also be a part of the company’s disinfection and sanitation efforts in order to keep everyone safe.
Step 5 – Ensure consistency and efficiency
The final step is to ensure consistency in the company’s disinfection activities by supervising the personnel in charge of these tasks and motivating everyone else to help out whenever they can by keeping their workspaces clean, sanitizing their hands often, practicing social distancing if possible, wearing masks, etc.
In addition, businesses should make sure their disinfection plan is efficient and effective. This can be done by making sure all equipment is in good condition and all disinfectant products are in stock so there are no interruptions. Another way is to sign up for our Monthly Disinfectant Kit, a service that provides businesses with everything they need to protect their staff and customers.
Overall, these steps are a great guideline for companies to protect their staff and customers through effective business disinfection and air filtration. We believe it is not hard to carry out, and when done right it will certainly offer great results.
Overall, these steps are a great guideline for companies to stay open by avoiding a COVID-19 outbreak and protecting their staff and customers through effective business disinfection and air filtration. We believe it is not hard to carry out, and when done right it will certainly offer great results.
If you have any questions about business disinfection or air filtration or would like to consult with one of our disinfection experts, you can give us a call or reach out to us through the contact section. Thank you for reading and good luck.