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Virus and Infection Control

Dealing with Norovirus & Influenza

We have all been recently informed of the increasing risk of the possible Norovirus & Influenza pandemic affecting us all. There has never been a more important time to sit up and take action.

Whilst it is crucial for us to maintain good personal hygiene (covering our nose and mouth when sneezing and washing our hands), additional protection measures MUST be taken to ensure that influenza does not spread through contaminated objects and surfaces. Here at A&K Cleaning Services we use the No.1 antimicrobial solution as used in NHS infection control trials through Smart Solutions for Healthcare Acquired Infection Control. This is a simple, single answer, and is the ideal choice for all your requirements to reduce transmissions from human to human and kill the virus on surfaces.

STRONG – Independently tested against the virus amongst many others. Kills 99.9999% of bacterial infections (including MRSA, E,Coli, C Difficile, Horovirus and H1N1 strains etc.) and has a Log Kill of 6 (compared to bleach which has a log kill of 3).

QUALITY PRODUCT – Outperforms the current industry best antimicrobial. Outperforms the current NHS gold standard - sodium hypochlorite.

SAFE – Safe for humans, works on a nanoscopic scale similar to the virus. Non-toxic and non-corrosive. Re-entry times into treated areas are less than 60 minutes.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT – Has no significant impact on the environment.

SURFACES – 4 biocides and a polymer backbone which offers ongoing residual efficacy (works for weeks/months after application).

WET or DRY – The unique hydrophobic properties allow the solution to work on wet or dry surfaces.

HANDS – Tested to EN1500 with 30min to16 hours control. Outperforms leading alcohol and triclosan brands.

AIR – Can be fogged (ULV Fogger) offering complete fabric of the room decontamination if required.

 

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WHAT EXACTLY WE ARE DEALING WITH?

A Norovirus or Flu (influenza) pandemic has the potential to severely affect UK Business, employees and their families, and requires specific planning over and above that made for disasters. It is generally recommended the planning focuses on:

  • Raising employee’s awareness of the threat of a pandemic and testing staff preparedness.
  • Maintaining health surveillance and hygiene measures.
  • Producing action plans that are specific to each of the businesses’ locations, taking into account local healthcare provision and regulatory systems governing drug licensing and stockpiling.
  • Enhancing protection for high risk and vulnerable employees.

Pandemic influenza (flu) is a type of influenza that occurs every few decades and which spreads rapidly to affect most countries and regions around the world. Unlike the “ordinary” flu that occurs ever winter in the UK, pandemic flu can occur at any time of the year. Pandemic flu is much more serious than “ordinary” flu. As much as a quarter of the population may be affected – possibly more. Pandemic flu is likely to cause the same symptoms as ordinary flu but the symptoms may be more severe because nobody will have any immunity or protection against the particular virus. Swine influenza or “Swine Flu” is a contagious disease caused by mutation in influenza A viruses.


INFECTION CONTROL

During a pandemic the business should seek to reduce the overall and specific risks to members of staff by taking appropriate infection control actions (e.g. strengthening guidance on hand washing unnecessary contact such as hand shaking and isolation of any member of staff with symptoms such as coughing).

In summary, staff should:

  • Avoid close contact.
  • Staying at home when sick or sickening.
  • Covering completely with disposable tissues mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing, sanitizing hands afterwards.
  • Cleaning hands regularly.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth.

Additional protection measures must be taken to ensure that influenza does not spread through contaminated objects and surfaces, such as handles, railings and counters. Surfaces touched by hands such as phones, table tops, toilet areas etc. should be cleaned at least daily.

A clean office and building makes for a safer and healthier working environment, and this has proven to help minimise staff absence. We continue to strive for cleaning excellence and to deliver the best possible service.

For further details contact Alex or Karen on
01875 812088, 07891 401191 or alex@tranent.com
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