Covid-19 Cleaning - CDC Recommended Cleaning Services for Business, Office, Retail, Medical
1. Altruism vs Risk Management - The Need for a Covid-19 Response Plan Before An Exposure Occurs - We Offer Free Help With Preparing Your Plan - Call Now!
We are living in scary times. Before Sars-Cov-2, we thought things like plagues or contagious airborne diseases that wiped out hundreds of thousands and even millions of people were something you read about in history books. But, Covid-19 is here and it looks like, sadly, it may be here to stay – at least for a long while.
As a business owner or manager, whether you run a store, restaurant, church, medical facility or any other type of business, keeping your employees and patrons or safe, isn’t just something altruistic you want to do, it is vital from a risk management perspective, as well. While some legislation to protect businesess is in the works in Arizona, it has not yet been passed as of the time of publishing this page. The fear of a lawsuit from an employee or patron accusing the business of being responsible for their covid-19 cornavirus infection is a very real one. Even if current legislation passes, it still doesn’t prevent a lawsuit from happening, it just merely raises the bar slightly on whether or not the business is liable. Right now, in Arizona, the current legislation up for discussion is to limit liability to when gross negligence has occured.
As Howard Fischer from Capitol Media reported in an article published at Tucson.com, “…the measure spells out that simply proving negligence by a business owner is not enough. They would have to show that there was gross negligence. That generally requires someone to convince a jury not only that the business failed to take action to preclude the spread of the disease, but did so with reckless disregard of the consequences." He explains further, “This proposal also says that when the claim involves COVID-19, the standard for proof would become “clear and convincing evidence." As Fischer states, it is a higher burned of proof than “preponderance of the evidence," but it is not as strict as what is typically known criminally as “beyond a reasonable doubt."
While this may let us business owners and risk management execs sleep just a little more, it certainly won’t let us sleep like a baby, and only case history will prove how this pans out, as 1000s of cases are brought before the courts. Should you get sued, they will turn over every rock to see if you followed every recommendation of every reputable source; did you stay closed when you could have or open too soon; did you require masks, sanitizer, social distancing; did you provide necessary ppe for your employees and patrons; did you sanitize effectively and reasonably; did you educated your staff and the public of their risk; what else could you or should you have done?
Are you getting anxious just reading this yet?
2. Why We are Uniquely Qualified to Help You with your Covid-19 Post-Exposure Cleaning
How can we help you? – Cleaning With Confidence is a division of IRS, Inc., which also happens to own IRSMedStaff.com (a medical staffing service providing respiratory therapists and other medical professionals to hospitals and medical facilities since 1986), and CareWithConfidence.com (a provider of non-medical daily living assistance; and caregiver and cna staffing to facilities). We have been uniquely aware of and complying with disease prevention techniques for over three decades. So, what are we doing to help other businesses stay safe and minimize risk? Read below to see the types of cleaning we do to help you.
3. Types of Covid-19 Commercial Cleaning Services Offered (based on exposure level)
We follow all CDC cleaning and disinfection recommendations. Each type of Covid-19 Commercial Cleaning is uniquely based on potential risk and actual exposure levels.
A. Business / Facility Cleaning - No Known Covid-19 Exposure
- We remove most of any potential virus first by cleaning dirty non-porous surfaces with soap and water before disinfecting.
- We kill potential virus particles by disinfecting surfaces and high touch areas, where we use products that meet EPA criteria for use against SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and are appropriate for the surface we are disinfecting.
- We treat non-washable porous surfaces, such as upholstered office chairs and restaurant booths with EPA approved soft surface disinfectants.
- We always wear gloves and masks at a minimum, and eye protection, gowns and other ppe which are appropriate for the chemicals being used when we clean and disinfect your facility.
B. Post Reported Exposure Covid-19 Commercial Cleaning - (where no overnight housing is provided in the facility)
Post Reported Exposure Cleaning – (where no overnight housing is provided in the facility)
- At a school, daycare center, office, or other facility that does not house people overnight:
- We will guide or assist you to close off areas visited by the ill persons.
- We will guide or assist you to open outside doors and windows; and/or use hepa air scrubbers (we can provide these) to increase air circulation, ventilation and dilution in the area.
- We will wait 24 hours or as long as practical before beginning the cleaning and disinfection application process.
- Cleaning staff shall clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment (like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, ATM/pos machines, etc) used by the ill or suspected ill persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.
C. Post Reported Exposure Cleaning - (where overnight housing IS provided by facility we are cleaning)
C1. Post Reported Exposure Cleaning - (where overnight housing IS provided by facility we are cleaning and Covid-19 Patient or Resident is no longer on property)
Post Reported Exposure Cleaning – (where overnight housing IS provided by facility we are cleaning)
- At a facility that does house people overnight (but, where the covid positive person is no longer in the facility):
- We guide you to follow Interim Guidance for US Institutions of Higher Education on working with state and local health officials to isolate ill persons and provide temporary housing as needed.
- We guide or assist you to close off areas visited by the ill persons.
- We guide or assist you to open any available outside doors and windows and use ventilating fans (we can provide) to increase air circulation in the area.
- Wait 24 hours or as long as practical before having us begin cleaning and disinfection.
C2. Post Reported Exposure Cleaning - (where overnight housing IS provided by facility we are cleaning and Covid-19 Patient or Resident is Still In Residence)
- At a facility that does house people overnight, and the Covid positive person is in isolation on premises:
- We can clean and disinfect areas of non-isolation.
- We can help guide you to proper CDC recommended cleaning of isolation areas.
- We cannot clean the isolation areas at this time unless it has been more that 24-hours since a covid positive or suspected covid positive person has been in the isolation room.
- In areas where ill persons are being housed in isolation, we recommend you follow Interim Guidance for Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection for U.S. Households with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019. This includes focusing on cleaning and disinfecting common areas where staff/others providing services may come into contact with ill persons but reducing cleaning and disinfection of bedrooms/bathrooms used by ill persons to as-needed.
- In areas where ill persons have visited or used, we can continue to offer routine cleaning and disinfection as in this guidance.
Electrostatic Disinfection - We offer an added layer of protection for you, your employees and your patrons
Electrostatic Disinfection – an added layer of protection for you, your employees and your patrons
- We are excited to be one of the few commercial cleaning companies who are able to offer Electrostatic Disinfection!
- This is provided after the above cleaning methods of using soap and water or other approved solution prior to the disinfecting step.
- This does not replace the need to properly clean before disinfecting, as the two steps used together are vital in reducing the change of live virus exposure.
- Electrostatic disinfecting effectively coats items – even on their backside, as it positively charges the disinfectant which is attracted to any negative particles, even those not in direct line of spray
- It works much like a rubber balloon which sticks to hair when rubbed.
- The CDC is not recommending Electrostatic Spraying at this time due to
- No widespread availability of ES Machines
- Chance that the public can get a false sense of security and either try to skip the step of cleaning prior to application, or won’t take other best practice precautions such as frequent handwashing, social distancing, wearing masks, etc. if they feel items are sprayed electrostatically
- Cleaners can get a false sense of security and clean poorly believing that the ES will effectively eliminate the need for thorough cleaning
- While the CDC is not recommending Electrostatic Spraying at this time; interestingly, the military is, as well as most renowned and highly regarded institutions of higher learning such as universities and medical schools, such as Yale University and others.
- Can be sprayed safely in restaurants – can even be sprayed directly on food!* (different dilution rates – see material safety data sheets for the disinfectant we use)
Add one more level of protection beyond your standard facility cleaning to ensure more complete application of disinfection!!! Call us today to find out more information about how we can be your partner in lowering risk of transmission of Covid-19!
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