Over the past few weeks we’ve received many questions regarding COVID-19 and people wanting clarification around different methods of cleaning and decontamination and the requirements for businesses reopening.
One thing for sure is that the amount of information out there can definitely be overwhelming. It is important to understand terminology differences and then have a plan to move your business forward as it transitions into the new normal. Not only is it critical to protect employees but also to foster peace of mind for employees, your customers, vendors and anyone else who may enter your workplace.
Let’s cover off a few definitions and an explanation around general procedures used to assist you in making critical planning decisions based on the realities of your particular working environment.
Cleaning – Removes loose soils, preparing the surface or object to be decontaminated.
Decontamination – Kills germs on the cleaned surface, preventing them from spreading. If a surface is not cleaned first, the germs can hide under soils or in oil droplets, thus reducing the efficacy of the disinfectant being applied.
What type of material is the surface or object that you want to clean or decontaminate?
It is also important to note what Fogging / Misting is:
Fogging / Misting – An application of an aerosolized chemical disinfectant via a fogging machine to reduce the numbers of airborne micro-organisms. It also applies disinfectant to surfaces that may be difficult to reach.
Looking for further guidance on cleaning and applying disinfectant in public spaces or your own workplaces, businesses, schools and homes? Below is a 3-step plan to help keep you on track:
As always, follow the updated guidance as provided by your federal and provincial government advisory bodies. Source of the above 3-step plan and decision tree can be found here.
On Side Restoration has offered infectious control cleaning and decontamination services for over 40 years and this is not new to us. With COVID-19, On Side technicians carefully execute approved processes to efficiently rid of COVID-19. We implement grid-methods for cleaning and decontamination that allows for systematic, thorough elimination of germs. Given our experience and level of expertise in this arena, we are able to move fast and get any organization back feeling safe and secure, ready for operation.
If you would like any further clarification on anything you have run in to, let us know. Should you require decontamination as part of your reopening plan (prior to any staff/customers re-occupying a space), our staff can provide a budget for the initial deep cleaning and ongoing deep cleaning. We remain fully staffed locally and nationally for not only COVID but for property restoration requirements as well. Call or email us today for more details at 1-888-663-6604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Author
Justin McConville, CRSP, Leader, Health, Safety & Environmental, On Side Restoration Services. Justin holds professional certifications as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP). He has worked for On Side Restoration for the past 16 years, where he is responsible for the health and safety of over 1,300 On Side employees across Canada as well as the company’s hazardous materials divisions. Justin has been instrumental in the development of various policies and procedures to ensure continued compliance with multi-provincial regulatory requirements. Justin is an active member on the BCCSA Technical Advisory Committee which is focused on the development of industry safety standards and training. He is also a contributing member and subject matter expert on various committees including the WorkSafeBC/BCCSA: Prime contractor Committee, Asbestos Task Force Committee and Hazardous Materials Exposure Control Plan Committee. He was awarded the 2018 Safety & Health Week Champion Award by the BC Construction Safety Alliance for his dedication to and contribution in the development of industry safety resources.