Office Disinfection to fight Coronavirus

Is your workplace sanitized?

The recent COVID 19 coronavirus pandemic has changed everything. With lockdowns gradually being lifted, we’re looking at a very different world. The way we live, travel, and work has been altered and we need to adapt to these changing standards.

All we want is to stay healthy. Going to work and earning a living should not put your life in danger.
Unfortunately, the risk of human transmission through surface contact in an office is significantly high in the case of COVID 19 which is why office disinfection is even more important in today’s times. The Centre for Diseases Control (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces having high human contact, at least once a day. The most effective and commonly used disinfectants that prevent the spread of coronavirus are sodium hypochlorite and hypochlorous solutions. Continue reading to find out more about why we must disinfect offices and more importantly, how to ensure a sanitized workplace.

Why disinfect an office?

It is common knowledge that viruses grow and multiply inside their host, but did you also know that certain viruses can remain active outside our bodies? A study found that the coronavirus can remain in the air for 3 hours and live on surfaces for 24 hours or up to a few days depending on the type of surface. An office is a high-traffic area with many people coming in contact with each other as well as sharing workspaces. If a healthy person touches a surface previously touched by someone who is infected with coronavirus, then the healthy person is at risk to get infected by the virus. Sanitizing and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces in the office can eliminate the virus and reduce the danger of infection. Merely wearing a mask and washing your hands with soap will not be effective if your workspace is not sanitized. It is therefore essential to disinfect your office using effective cleaners like sodium hypochlorite or hypochlorous solution.

What to clean in an office?

Office disinfection starts with Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that are touched often. It is recommended to make a checklist of such items and surfaces and to routinely sanitize them.

Here’s our list of some frequently touched objects and surfaces that may be hotspots for infection transmission:

  • Elevator buttons
  • Computer keyboards and mouse
  • Chairs
  • Doors knobs/handles
  • Table surfaces
  • Staircase railing
  • Light Switches
  • Fridge handle
  • Electric water kettle
  • Microwave buttons
  • Office stationery items such as staplers, pens, etc.
  • Reusable utensils like cups, glasses, plates, and cutlery
  • Water fountain or water filter machine

We recommend adding more items on your checklist and dividing responsibility amongst staff members responsible for cleaning so that frequently touched objects on your office premises are cleaned diligently and as often as possible. A checklist such as this will help disinfect your workplace and make it a part of your everyday office routine. Remember, every surface in the office that is likely to have human contact needs to be disinfected to reduce the chance of infection. To get you started, here is a free printable pdf format of the Office Disinfection Checklist. And you can also download the free editable word format of it from here. Do not forget to customize the items according to your needs.

Which disinfectant to use?

Sodium Hypochlorite and Hypochlorous solutions are the best and are highly recommended disinfectants by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centre for Disease Control USA (CDC). They are extremely effective in destroying all types of viruses, pathogens, bacteria, and other disease-carrying microorganisms. These disinfectants are non-toxic in nature and they don’t have irritants and therefore are safe to use by humans. These are also environmentally friendly, unlike cleaners that use many different chemicals. In fact, even our white blood cells produce hypochlorous acid to fight against infection. These disinfectants are easy to use and don’t require any special handling. You can either buy sodium hypochlorite from the market or you can produce your own using our sodium hypochlorite generator systems. We have designed and developed disinfectant generation and spraying systems that produce the sodium hypochlorite required to sanitize any and all surfaces. You don’t need to worry about buying and stocking disinfectants. Nor do you need to worry about the sudden rise in price because of the high demand for such products. All you need is salt, water, and electricity. You can create your own endless supply of disinfectants. Pristine Water disinfectant maintains its strength even after several weeks unlike sodium hypochlorite bought from the market which degrades with time, heat, and agitation. This makes the disinfectant made by Pristine Water far more reliable and consistent. 

READ OUR BLOG: Why this sudden interest in HOCl/ Electrolyzed water?

Hand wiping office desk with disinfection solution

How to clean the office?

During office disinfection, one should wear disposable gloves and a mask. Spray the disinfectant and wipe it down with a clean cloth. All high contact surfaces should especially be sanitized. All office spaces such as the conference room should be disinfected in the early morning or before being occupied and after the meeting. It is necessary to disinfect all the reusable cleaning tools as well before and after use. Disposable cleaning tools must be safely discarded. Additionally, hand sanitizer stations should be installed on office premises (especially at the entry gate) or portable hand sanitizer bottles must be kept at various spaces in the office.

As we all know, no vaccine has yet been created for this coronavirus. Thus, regular and thorough office disinfecting is the only way to reduce the risk of coronavirus along with following other guidelines like social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequent handwashing. It is essential to ensure a healthy and sanitized workspace so that everyone can work with peace of mind. Creating a proper schedule for disinfecting office and routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces with sodium
hypochlorite is the best way to fight this disease. One must make sure that disinfectant is always at hand and one has to encourage everyone to frequently wash hands and wear a mask to protect oneself and others in the office.

 

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