The Coronavirus - Reducing risks in your workplace

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Mar, 2020

The Coronavirus - Reducing risks in your workplace


How long can the Coronavirus live on a surface?
The journal of Applied Environmental Microbiology estimates that the Coronavirus can live up to 9 days on surfaces.

How does one contract Coronavirus?

Human Coronavirus is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

-  the air by coughing and sneezing
-  close personal contact, such as touching or
-  shaking hands
-  rarely, fecal contamination
-  touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

What can be done to reduce exposure risks in my facility?

A1: Internationally, health departments recommend deep cleaning and disinfection of the facility, along with a plan for ongoing cleaning and disinfection of high touch services. Jani-King can add a cleaning and disinfection program to your current cleaning schedule. Contact your local regional Jani-King office for details.

A2: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand sanitiser. Jani-King can assist you in purchasing the correct hand sanitiser for your facility.

A3: Avoid sharing cups, plates, utensils, magazines etc.

How will Jani-King respond to your request for cleaning and disinfecting of your facility?

A1: If a known or suspected case of Coronavirus has occurred in your facility, a standard cleaning and disinfection procedure will be used (e.g.l, using cleaners and water to pre-clean surfaces prior to applying an EPA-registered disinfectant to frequently touched surfaces or objects for appropriate contact times as indicated on the product’s label).

Jani-King franchise owners and their staff will follow OSHA guidelines for proper PPE use such as masks, eye protection, gloves, and shoe covers. All cleaning materials will be disposable to reduce issues of cross-transmission.

A2: If the facility has no known or suspected cases of Coronavirus, Jani-King will still use disposable products and correct PPE that will be disposed of in the normal waste stream.

Cleaning and disinfecting are two different procedures that should be used together to remove and kill germs. It is important to clean and remove visible soils before disinfecting. If a surface is not cleaned, germs can hide under soils and reduce the efficacy of the disinfectant.