Hard surface disinfection crucial in public areas
05 May 2020
Hard surface hygiene is critical in reducing the risks of future Coronavirus contamination in facilities and public spaces, according to Graham Hunneman, director of Warrington based Christeyns Food Hygiene.
Hunneman has warned that in the coming months, as the nation goes back to work and a return towards life as normal, there will be a long battle to face - and that will be keeping public areas as hygienically clean as possible.
He explained: “For many industry sectors the, often overlooked, area of contact point hygiene will need to be addressed differently than it was prior to the pandemic. In order to help avoid a second wave, hygiene and cleaning routines need to be enhanced across the board.”
There are multiple touch points that we encounter during our normal day, such as door handles and buttons, escalator handrails, touch screens, vending machines, as we travel through stations, airports, shopping malls. The vital role played by cleaning staff will need to take on a more comprehensive function, to include regular, effective sanitisation on multiple hard surfaces.
Research is ongoing into COVID-19 but evidence has shown already that infectivity on hard surfaces can remain for up to several days in the right conditions. It is worth noting that, according to the WHO, the advice given is on cleaning and disinfection and not disinfection alone. The use of a product that combines the best attributes of both a detergent and a disinfectant, or sanitiser, would be the best choice.
Hunneman said: "Using products such as Mida San 311 KZ or HuwaSan TR3 from Christeyns UK enables users to both clean and disinfect the surface maximising the removal of contaminants and the safety of operatives and members of the public. Both products have demonstrated virucidal efficacy under BS EN 14476 conditions and are safe to handle and suitable for use on all common hard surfaces."
Hand hygiene is the second battle to address if we hope to win the war against contamination. Much focus has been on the use of alcohol hand-sanitiser, however if incorrectly used these products can provide a false sense of security. The recent WHO report commented on the importance of hand washing using soap and water as well as stating that: “handwashing is a greater protective barrier to infection than wearing disposable gloves.” The report goes on to comment that “Hand sanitisers can be used as an additional measure but should not replace handwashing.”
Hunneman continued: "Hand washing does need to be effective however, and it is easy to miss certain areas. Continual reminders of how to wash hands properly is also important to avoid complacency. While alcohol hand-sanitisers have a role to play in ensuring our safety during the current outbreak, when there is no other alternative, it is the practice of effective hand washing that is critical using a properly formulated product such as Hand Soap from Christeyns UK.
"Information and search results pertaining to COVID-19 will without doubt move forward and Christeyns Food Hygiene will continue to monitor developments and issue further guidance to its customers should the situation change, or new technologies become available. Our expert team are available to offer advice on the best solution to suit specific needs."