How Disinfecting Services Prevent Coronavirus Transmission in the Workplace

Dr. Syed Farhan Ali Tirmizi, MBBS, MSc – Epidemiologist

How Disinfecting Services Prevent Coronavirus Transmission in the Workplace Guidelines

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If anyone who has entered the building gets infected or exposed with patients positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we will be needing help from disinfecting services to conduct intensive cleaning in the workplace.

What Disinfecting Services Do

  • Disinfecting services manually disinfect each and every corner of the building.

  • They comprise professional cleaners who are fully equipped with:

    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    • High-Quality Disinfectants

  • They can access high-risk and contaminated areas.

What Disinfecting Services Use

Disinfecting Spray

  • Kills germs and bacteria

  • Eligible for use against coronavirus

  • Ideal for use on:

    • Tables

    • Door Knobs

    • Light Switches

    • Sinks

    • Faucets

    • Toilet Seats

    • Gym Equipment

Disinfecting Wipes

  • Kill viruses, bacteria, and germs, including cold and flu germs

    • Eligible for use against coronavirus

Other Helpful Reminders

  • Implement policies to protect on-site cleaners.

  • Most disinfecting services also offer the following to guarantee employees and external people that the workplace is clean and free from coronavirus:

    • Inspections

    • Supplementary environmental surface sampling to assess the:

      • Cleanliness of the workplace

      • Scope and persistence of coronavirus on surfaces in the workplace

    • On-site and laboratory testing for surface swab samples

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Written By

Dr. Syed Farhan Ali Tirmizi, MBBS, MSc

Epidemiologist

Communicable Disease Control (CDC), Alberta Health Services

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