*The information presented in this article references various government bodies including the TGA, WHO, Department of Health & Human Services Victoria and Safe Work Australia.
The coronavirus threat is still a serious and ongoing threat to our society. The disease is highly infectious, and in the workplace, this threat is very real. If your workplace has a suspected coronavirus contamination or you would like to have your workplace professionally deep cleaned, then keep reading the article below to understand what is involved in a COVID-19 deep clean.
How does COVID-19 spread in the workplace?
The main way COVID-19 spreads from person to person is through contact with respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The droplets may fall directly onto the person’s eyes, nose or mouth if they are in close contact with the infected person. Airborne transmission of COVID-19 can also occur, with the greatest risk in indoor, crowded and inadequately ventilated spaces. A person may also be infected if they touch a surface contaminated with the COVID-19 virus and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands. Research shows that the COVID-19 virus can survive on some surfaces for prolonged periods of time.
A key way you can protect workers and others from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is by implementing appropriate cleaning and disinfecting measures for your workplace. When and how often your workplace should be cleaned and disinfected will depend on the outcome of your risk assessment, including the likelihood of contaminated material being present.
Key elements of a deep clean
Here at One Planet Cleaning, we understand the importance of properly sanitising all surfaces, touch points, floors, any equipment, and furniture. Needless to say, this is a rigorous process that calls for expertise, proper tools, and a commitment to be as thorough as possible.
A combination of cleaning and disinfection is most effective in removing the COVID-19 virus from your workplace. Based on information from the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, a COVID-19 deep clean must follow the 7 key elements outlined below. Here at One Planet Cleaning, all our staff are rigorously trained in using the relevant equipment, products and systems we have in place to adhere to these 7 elements.
Ensure all cleaning staff have been trained to safely use the cleaning and disinfecting products, equipment, personal protect equipment that will be used.
Clean surfaces with a detergent before using a disinfectant. OPFS use commercial grade disinfectant that states on the label it is viricidal or a listed TGA product with specific COVID-19 claims.
Fogging should not be used for COVID-19 deep cleans as it is NOT recommended by DHHS.
All cleaning products we use for a COVID-19 deep clean are TGA approved commercial grade disinfectants that are effective in removing the coronavirus.
Workplace risk assessment
Identify all of the areas in the workplace that the suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case has been during their infectious period. Close off the work area in part or fully as required.
All COVID-19 deep clean are supervised by senior trained management.
Don & Doff PPE safely (Putting on and taking off)
As the coronavirus is not a visible entity, identifying specific areas of possible contamination is not possible. It must be assumed that the virus may have been spread throughout the entire facility and all accessible areas will need to be thoroughly deep sanitise cleaned.
Areas/items to be cleaned will include and not limited all touchpoints, windows/glass, soft/flooring, furniture, bathroom and kitchen facilities.
Removal of personal items clutter
If your property has been identified as a possible/positive exposure site, no staff are to re-enter the workplace until COVID-19 deep sanitise clean has been completed. All personal items will be collected by our protected operators and left in an appropriate area. Waste disposal to occur via clinical waste stream.
What is the difference between cleaning and sanitising?
One Planet Cleaning employs a 2 steps process when completing a COVID-19 deep sanitise cleans.
First step, Cleaning: is to remove all dirt and grime from surfaces using a detergent and water solution.
Second step, Sanitising: is to complete the sanitising process using TGA approved commercial grade disinfectants.
Cleaning means to physically remove all dirt and grime from surfaces using a detergent and water solution. A detergent is a surfactant that is designed to break up oil and grease with the use of water.
Sanitising means using chemicals to kill germs (bacteria and viruses), on surfaces.
It’s important to clean before disinfecting because dirt and grime can reduce the ability of disinfectants to kill germs.
The following disinfectants are suitable for use on hard surfaces (that is, surfaces where any spilt liquid pools, and does not soak in): alcohol in a concentration of at least 70%, chlorine bleach in a concentration of 1000 parts per million, oxygen bleach, or wipes and sprays that contain quaternary ammonium compounds.
These chemicals will be labelled as ‘disinfectant’ on the packaging and must be diluted or used following the instructions on the packaging to be effective.
What do we provide you with:
In addition to having peace of mind that we have completed your clean following the Government advice, you will also receive:
- One Planet Facility Services Certification of Infection Control Cleaning
- Before & after photos if required
If you have any questions regarding a COVID-19 Deep Sanitise clean or would like to schedule a deep clean, please give One Planet Cleaning a call today on 1300 175 263.