The wake of the COVID-19 epidemic in Pittsburgh has led many facility owners to ask about steps they can take to keep their facilities and employees safe. Disinfection services are one of the best ways of creating a safe atmosphere around your facility, but there are some important factors to consider before signing on for disinfection services.
If you are wondering what additional facility maintenance measures you should be taking as part of your Covid response plan, we put this list together of some things you should consider, whether you have remained in operation or are preparing to reopen your business to the public.
Cleaning and sanitizing is not the same as disinfecting.
To fully understand the importance of disinfection services, it’s important to note the difference between disinfecting services and similar services, such as cleaning and sanitation services. While both types of services share the overall goal of improving health, the terms do not mean the same thing.
Cleaning services remove food and other types of soil from a surface, such as a countertop or a plate. Cleaning does not kill the bacteria, viruses, or fungi that have accumulated on that surface. Likewise, sanitizing reduces the number of pathogens on clean surfaces to a safe level.
Disinfecting kills nearly 100 percent of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, on surfaces or objects - making it the safest bet for facility owners looking to maintain safe working environments.
Not all disinfectants are created equal.
The intensity of the outbreak has led to a surge of people purchasing disinfectant services. However, as the disease is still in the process of being fully understood, there are a lot of false claims circulating right now about various products and services being able to kill COVID-19 and the coronavirus that causes it.
Before you pay money for disinfecting services in your facility, make sure the product being used is on the EPA’s List-N: products that meet the rigid criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the causal agent of COVID-19.
If you’re unsure whether your service provider is using EPA-approved chemicals for their services, you can check to make sure by searching for their products using the EPA website.
The easiest way to find a product on this list is to enter the first two sets of its EPA registration number into the search bar. For example, our own proprietary WITT product, Eliminator, is an approved product on the N-List and can be found by searching by its EPA registration number starting with 10324-63.
Follow the product label instructions carefully.
Proper disinfection is not only about what product you use but also how and where you use it. Application of disinfectants throughout your facility must adhere to the product label instructions, including proper dilution ratios, application equipment and dwell times - as well as ensuring they are only being used on specific types of surfaces within specific types of facilities.
Using the product other than as intended can not only leave you with an ineffective treatment but also cause damage to certain surfaces. Because the team at Witt has the necessary training and experience in using pesticides and disinfectants, we are well versed in the nuances of product preparation, dilution, application, and efficacy.
Supplement your regular cleaning with a professional disinfection service.
Many businesses across the country have been proactive in taking measures to ensure the safety of their employees and staff during this time. However, while your staff or cleaning company may have stepped up their cleaning efforts in the wake of this pandemic, it is probably not enough.
Routine cleaning and sanitizing is a very important practice now more than ever, and will only increase in importance moving forward, but by adding professional disinfection treatments into your overall virus protection plan, you are ensuring more comprehensive protection for your employees and customers.
Choose your disinfection service company wisely.
Numerous service businesses across the country are adding disinfecting to their lines of service, including cleaning, janitorial, restoration and pest control companies. However, the services they provide will vary based on their expertise. Traditional cleaning methods such as those provided by contracted cleaning services or in-house cleaning staff often do not include disinfection, and do not kill bacteria and viruses such as COVID-19.
When selecting a professional disinfection service partner, consider their knowledge and experience in disinfection, the products and specialized equipment they utilize (including personal protective equipment), their precautionary measures taken to prevent cross-contamination, their insurance coverage, and also their service certifications and licensing.
WITT® is now offering a comprehensive disinfection service program for businesses throughout Western Pennsylvania. WITT® has the experience with using disinfectants as well as the proper protective equipment and protocols necessary for successful disinfection for facilities including restaurants, processing plants, office buildings, government facilities, daycare centers, university buildings, call centers, and many other industries. Contact us today for more information or call (412) 387-6699.