Updated: Oct 13, 2020
Before the COVID-19 crisis broke out, the hygiene and cleaning sector had been working for a long time on the implementation of routines that allow us to keep safe our customers' workplaces, in addition to being clean, disinfected. Our experience in the hygiene and cleaning sector was essential for the development of programs that included the disinfection of main rooms, such as kitchens or bathrooms, and also those that seem less so at first, such as receptions, classrooms, waiting rooms, and all the furniture that is in them.
In addition, in recent years, the sector has advanced a lot in terms of environmental hygiene with the development of technology that allows the air to be filtered, to the point of eliminating not only polluting particles, dust, or allergens but also bacteria. It has been a way to respond to the data that reveal that indoor air is usually up to five times more polluted than outside.
Without forgetting the most important thing, which is the deaths it is causing, the COVID-19 crisis is a blow not only to the health system but to the economy as a whole. And if there is something that we are all clear by now, it is that the society that we will be when the pandemic ends will not be the same. It is, therefore, the moment to remember that from everything we must learn to prevent similar situations in the future and that from this crisis we must come out strengthened.
Our sector is still working on the front line together with health personnel, state security forces, transporters, and the agri-food industry. We have focused our activity on disinfection work, since it is now what is most needed, helping to maintain in the best possible conditions in all our customers' premises.
Five lessons learned
These are five of the lessons that we should remember when the crisis passes because they will help us protect ourselves:
Handwashing. A routine that we have been talking about as essential to avoid the transmission of diseases. Following the steps established by the WHO and which requires special attention when working with minors, the elderly, or the sick.
Sanitizing gel. In a global society in which the movement of people is massive and on a daily basis, it is a simple and inexpensive way to prevent infections. Install vending machines in public transport, shopping centers, offices, airports, hospitals, schools, stadiums, conference centers, etc. they should be common and not an exception.
Disinfectant products for daily cleaning of floors and furniture. They are normally always used in kitchens and bathrooms because they consider places where the risk of contagion of diseases is greater, but they should be used in all workplaces, educational, leisure, and generally, anywhere where people are concentrated. There is a new generation of products that are also biodegradable and do not produce allergies, so they are less harmful to the personnel who use them.
Mandatory EPP. The use of gloves, masks, suitable footwear, or protective glasses causes discomfort. In normal situations, some professionals avoid its use to make their work more comfortable. The Prevention departments offer training and always remember the need to use them to prevent allergies, occupational diseases, or even more serious injuries. Training, sensitization, and awareness are tools that we will have to continue to use because as we have seen in this crisis, PPEs are essential to protect our health.
In conclusion, sometimes the simplest things are the most effective and that is why we forget them. We take them for granted and don't make enough effort to remember them. We still do not know the exact dimension of the consequences that the COVID-19 crisis has had. What we do know is that the most effective weapon to protect yourself from this invisible enemy is hygiene.
Norkru provides sanitization and disinfection services on all the Metro Vancouver Area.
We are fully committed to work with businesses towards improving the overall hygiene of their facilities and ensuring they are providing a safe experience.
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