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Decontaminating to curb contamination

As a company committed to applying best practices and following the latest protocols, we have established a special Covid-19 decontamination taskforce. Our agile team is trained to decontaminate any business, across all sectors, to align with world-standard protocols. With many businesses going back to work in accordance with lockdown level 4, and, with an abundance of headlines highlighting high rates of Covid-19 outbreaks in factories, shops, hospitals, plants and more, we believe this is a crucial service to help keep South Africans safe.

  1. Why you should decontaminate your business

Our SHEQ (Safety, Health Environmental and Quality) manager, Mark Sterling, says that a decontamination protocol is one of the best ways to reassure your team, customers and other stakeholders that your environment is safe. Additionally, it should be mandatory should your business experience a positive Covid-19 case.

  1. How decontamination works

Covid-19 is transmitted by droplet spread, which can contaminate surfaces. This is why it is imperative that surfaces are decontaminated – especially after a positive infection incident. A decontamination protocol is different in its fastidiousness and rigour. It involves all surfaces, production lines, workstations, walls, floors and ceilings being decontaminated with specialised chemicals, after which an area is air dried.

  • The team is specially trained and attired in the necessary PPE for its protection. All PPE is immediately placed in a biohazard bag to be disposed of as Health Care Risk Waste.
  • There are wet and dry procedures, each with their own stringent protocols depending on the facility.
  • Additionally, there’s a fogging sanitation option, using an approved, specialized sanitizer which is required to stand for eight hours before the area can again be accessed.
  1. What products are used? 

Ecowize uses our own products – like our Eco-Hand HS70, Eco-San QC50, Eco-San AF8 and  Eco-San SH12  with different chemicals aimed at specific functions, for example, a high-alcohol solution is used for hard surface sanitizing of small areas and sensitive equipment, while bleach is used on hard surfaces like walls and floors. Products include our:

  • Eco-Hand HS70 (Alcohol based hand sanitizer containing >70% Isopropanol)
  • Eco-San SH12 (Sodium Hypochlorite)
  • Eco-San AF8 Peracetic acid sanitizer (containing Hydrogen peroxide)
  • Eco-San QC50 & Eco-San QC80
  1. How often should it take place? 

Ideally, you want to properly decontaminate a workplace before your team goes back to work, then at a frequency established by the risk assessment. A decontamination protocol should be standard practice after any Covid-19 positive incident.

  1. What should happen afterwards? 

After a decontamination protocol, there should be a risk analysis to determine high touch points (most touched surfaces) so these are focused on in a daily (at minimum) cleaning regimen.

  1. Is it a silver bullet? 

No, in cleaning and sanitation, there is no silver bullet, but it does make a huge difference. It must be accompanied by strict hygiene protocols including, hand washing, training, PPE, social distancing and other measures.

Ecowize is your partner in every step of this journey. Our decontamination taskforce can help you reassure your stakeholders of the safety of your business. Additionally, we offer many of the essentials your operation needs to help secure the safety of your team.

For more information on Ecowize’s services, contact us.

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