Business Owners – How to Protect Your Staff, Customers and Visitors From Covid-19

Apr 3, 2020

Business Owners – How to Protect Your Staff, Customers and Visitors From Covid-19

 

With Covid 19 cases now growing fast in Ireland, it’s time for businesses that are still operating to prepare for what’s ahead. Executives and business owners/operators need to get comfortable with the idea that this isn’t “just the flu,” but a genuine pandemic, hundreds of times more deadly and disruptive. 

The way to fight back against this latest coronavirus isn’t to give up on your business and go into hiding. It is to take sensible, precautionary steps to protect your business into the future for when this crisis ends. You would be well advised to start with ensuring the safety and welfare of staff, customers, and visitors. Your goal should be to mitigate the spread of any residual infection and keep people safe. With the right disinfection and sanitising protocols in place, you can cut the risk of any virus transmission and bolster confidence and business continuity.

The Dangers Of Covid 19

Covid 19 is proving difficult to contain. Not only is the virus rife in the USA, but it is spreading across the world – and fast. Current epicentres include New York,  Iran, Italy and Spain, with many more emerging in France, the UK and Ireland. 

Companies, therefore, need to get to grips with what is coming down the road by understanding how the virus spreads and taking all possible steps to avoid any future contamination within the environment you are responsible for. 

Researchers currently believe that Covid 19 spreads via droplets in the air and on surfaces. When a person with the condition coughs, they expel small particles of virus-containing mucus. These then spread out into the environment, waiting for the opportunity to infect another person. 

Currently, there is no definitive data on how long Covid 19 can survive on surfaces. It is still too new. Information from prior coronavirus outbreaks such as SARS and MERS, however, points to the idea that it may remain viable for a few days right up to 14 days. Thus, desks, keyboards, phones, lift buttons, toilet handles, coffee machines and door handles are all potential sources of infection, (even many days after exposure to an infected person).

How To Protect Your Workplace, Staff, Clients And Visitors From Covid 19

Protecting your people from Covid 19 begins with good public health advice and effective disinfection protocols.

-Give Staff Health Advice

As a business leader, you need to educate your staff to prevent the spread of infection in the workplace. Here’s what to do:

  • Encourage regular hand washing for at least 30 seconds (the time it takes to sing “happy birthday” twice)
  • Warn colleagues about the risks of touching their faces before washing their hands. (Covid 19 gets into the body via the mucous membranes of the mouth and eyes). 
  • Encourage people who believe that they have symptoms to stay at home until several days after they feel better

-Use Effective Electrostatic Spray Disinfection Protocols

At a macro scale, initiating a robust disinfection protocol is the best thing that your business can do for protecting visitors, staff and customers.

Typically, disinfection means paying cleaners to wipe down at-risk surfaces manually. But in a situation where you have a highly infectious virus on the loose, you need more agile procedures. 

Electrostatic sprayers that use eco-friendly chemicals are your best bet in a situation like this. This technology was the first choice among at-risk companies in the medical and retail sector before the outbreak of Covid 19. Applications included odour and pest control, decontamination and sanitisation.

Today, your business can benefit from electrostatic sprayers, protecting staff, customers and visitors. Here are some of the reasons why they’re so popular:

  • More even coverage – Electrostatic sprayers from companies like Infection Prevention Ireland (IPI) provide better surface coverage than their non-charged counterparts. Positively charged spray and negatively charged targets allow for highly uniform coverage with practically zero overspray. 
  • Touchless application – Touchless application helps to keep everyone safe and reduces the risk of cross-contamination.
  • Eco-friendly cleaning fluids – Eco-friendly cleaning chemicals allow you to use electrostatic cleaners in multiple applications, including desk spaces, kitchens, bathrooms and shared equipment in your office. They are also suitable for the home environment.
  • Eco-friendly sprayer technology – Eco-friendly technology applies to sprayers too. Data from Infection Prevention Ireland. finds that some models use up to 65 per cent less fluid per square foot compared to regular sprays. Some backpack operated sprayers can cover an area of 1,200 square meters on a single tank. Cordless handheld electrostatic sprayers can disinfect around 150 square meters on a single tank – approximately the same area as a large detached house. 
  • Time and cost-saving – Paying for office cleaners is costly and only partially effective. Because of their superior coverage, electrostatic sprayers offer a better solution. They reduce the likelihood of missing a spot and let you clean on-demand without having to wait for the next cleaning shift. You can also disinfect surfaces around the clock at a time of your choosing, cutting the risk of surface transmission.

How To Use Electrostatic Sprayers

Using electrostatic sprayers is straightforward. You don’t need to be a professional. Here’s what to do:

  • Step 1 – Fill the spray tank with an eco-friendly cleaner at the correct concentration. 

  • Step 2 – Connect the filled tank to the sprayer, ensuring that you engage all clips and fastenings.

  • Step 3 – Ensure that the electrostatic power switch is in the “on” position and that the battery is charged.

  • Step 4 – All IPI electrostatic sprayers come with a nozzle with three spray settings (40, 80, 110 microns) for different spray droplet sizes. Adjust the spray nozzle to your desired setting.

  • Step 5 – Put on personal protective equipment, (this is to protect the operator from the environment in which they are disinfecting. The Techcare disinfectant is harmless to humans and animals) including a dust mist mask, eye protection and gloves. Remove any uncovered food or drinks from the area. 
  • Step 6 – Begin spraying the target area from top to bottom, moving the sprayer backwards and forwards in an “S” pattern. Continually move the sprayer to avoid drips or runs. Continue this pattern until you have covered all the surfaces you wish to disinfect. 

Take-Home Message

Protecting customers, staff and visitors from the wrath of Covid 19 and other deadly pathogens is now a business continuity priority. Company owners and managers need to make use of all tools available to them to defend their stakeholders against disease. 

As we saw above, electrostatic sprayers, combined with eco-friendly cleaning fluids, provide the best of all worlds. Not only are they an excellent disinfection product, but they can also save you time and money. Use them today and start fighting back against this deadly virus. 

Contact Infection Prevention Ireland on 085 2856880 or visit the website at https://infectionprevention.ie 

If you want to purchase an electrostatic sprayer, you can buy online here. The sprayers are in high demand worldwide so back orders are currently being taken.

Infection Prevention Ireland also provides a very efficient and affordable  disinfecting and sanitising service using their Eco – friendly water based hospital grade disinfection solution applied with their  electrostatic spraying equipment. You can book an appointment by calling 085 2856880, due to the enormous demand for this service a minimum call out charge will apply.

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