How Your Business Can Help Stop The Spread Of COVID-19

A preprint published by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, Princeton and the University of California suggests that COVID-19 can survive for up to 24 hours on cardboard, and three days on plastic and stainless steel.

With the coronavirus pandemic declared a national state of disaster in South Africa, it’s imperative for businesses to follow President Ramaphosa’s appeal to curb contamination through isolation efforts (when possible) and rigorous adherence to hygiene and cleaning standards.

Positively, many countries have shown that it is possible to curb the rate of contamination. For businesses, it’s crucial that professional cleaning complies with international standards. This means having the right chemicals and a well-trained, properly briefed and protected staff. Preparedness is key. All businesses need to be vigilant, from companies with washrooms and food processing facilities to those in hospitality or running hospitals.

How to keep your business safe and curb contamination:

To control cleaning standards, you need the right expertise, policies, top-quality products and a well-trained team. Execution is critical. Here are our suggestions for curbing COVID-19 contamination and protecting your team:

  1.   Cement your safety standards:
    Create a cleaning-specific document. This should outline your cleaning protocols and form the basis of staff training.  Have a cleaning checklist that specifies the commonly touched surfaces that need special attention, like door handles and countertops.  Additionally, specify the right products to use.
  2.   Get the right products:
    It’s vital to use high-quality products that will kill the virus. Ecowize is the market leader in high performance, high compliance cleaning solutions. We offer world-class disinfectants that conform to European standards (EN1276) and have achieved a log-5 reduction (number of colony-forming-units is 100 000 times smaller after product use). Right now, there is the very real possibility of a shortage of chemicals, due to unprecedented demand. We are committed to doing everything we can to protect our customers’ brands. We’re pulling out all the stops to keep servicing your businesses. We will continue to be absolutely transparent regarding the availability of our chemicals and our COVID-19 protocols. 
  3.   Implement your protocols:
    It’s vital to make it standard practice that team members follow the outlined procedures – like cleaning surfaces consistently, not just when they look dirty. Many cases have shown the virus is often contracted by someone touching their face after touching a contaminated surface, so handwashing and disinfecting are crucial. As a business in the food safety, cleaning and hygiene business, we already have strong protocols in place. We have appointed a specialised coronavirus task force team to reinforce these as part of our priority to ensure the wellness of our staff. We are also committed to helping advise our clients on how to implement best-practice cleaning protocols in their businesses. 

We can partner with you on the journey and help you adjust your policies to be even more intentional when it comes to cleaning. Setting a high standard of cleanliness across the country is one of the ways to make our public spaces more contamination resistant. Right now, we all need to join forces to play our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on how Ecowize can assist you, please call 087 803 0222 or +27 21 551 1852. Alternatively, please fill in this form and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

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