Ensuring A Safe Environment During COVID19 CrisisWith so many hotel rooms now left empty, hoteliers have taken the generous step of offering space to patients to alleviate the growing pressure on hospitals. But with that step has come a responsibility to keep patients, carers and staff safe. The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) has been quick to provide information on protecting guests and staff during the COVID19 crisis. These include protocols and protection measures, with one of the key measures being the need to disinfect and sanitize thoroughly and regularly. Travel companies have instigated major changes to their cleaning procedures, not least airlines, who are using a fogging process to spray disinfectant quickly through the plane interior. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has provided detailed information (shared by the HAC) on how to prepare any workplace for COVID19. Hard surfaces and commonly used objects must be disinfected, because contamination on surfaces touched by employees, guests and passengers is one of the ways COVID-19 is spread. In fact, research has discovered the coronavirus can survive on a hard surface like plastic for up to 72 hours, and on cardboard for 24 hours. The challenge then is to ensure the chosen disinfectant delivers the highest efficacy rate possible.
Key Considerations Choosing A Disinfectant
Effectiveness Against COVID19
It is important your chosen disinfectant is recognised by Health Canada as a product ‘likely to be effective’ against COVID19. This is ascertained if a product is known to deal with harder-to-kill viruses or to deal with other covid strains. Velocity Chemicals’ own VELOSAN has been officially authorized as a ‘likely to be effective’ disinfectant.
Quaternary Ammonium Option
Many disinfectants use Hydrogen Peroxide but this is not always ideal. Quaternary ammonium compounds (quats) are more stable. Quats are highly effective as a fungicidal, bactericidal, and virucidal cleaner and in being catalytic, are not destroyed in the process. So, you don’t need to rinse after application.
It is important the disinfectant works quickly, as well as thoroughly. Therefore, a disinfectant with a short surface contact time (CT) is a key consideration. VELOSAN requires a CT of just 10 minutes, thus saving time.
Industrial bleaches, often with a 12% bleach solution, can damage surfaces because of their corrosiveness. There is also the risk of toxic Chlorine fumes when used in enclosed areas. Ammonia compound disinfectants are less noxious and corrosive, therefore safer by comparison.
With costs always a concern, highly concentrated disinfectants offer a more cost-efficient option. When using VELOSAN, we recommend a dilution rate of between 64mls and 100mls per 900mls of water for maximum effectiveness.