More and more shops, offices and people fronting facilities are opening as COVID pandemic is under control in Singapore. With such openings, there are an increase of activities, engagement and interactions. Additionally, higher volume of human traffic in retail and workspaces. This can put us at risk of cross contamination if there are no proper and adequate surface sanitisation in place. Initial shares the five essential surfaces that requires sanitisation. Furthermore, how can we protect ourselves from the transmission of diseases through bacteria and viruses.
Practice optimal hand hygiene
We used our hands for many purposes. They include touching or scratching our face, food and drink consumption, interacting with people or dealing with kids, pets, elderly and sick individuals. Multiple common touch surfaces that can harbour millions of pathogens. Therefore, practicing optimal hand hygiene is key. This avoids transmission of bacteria and viruses to our respiratory especially upon touching our nose and mouth.
Hand hygiene begins with adequate and diligent handwashing after activities. These include visiting the washroom, sneezing and coughing or food preparation. Because damp hands habour more bacteria and germs that dry hands, it is then essential to keep them dry. It is important to practise hand drying habits with hand dryer or paper towel. Finally, for the added protection especially when we face more interaction and activities with more opening, hand sanitisers are essential hand hygiene tools. They keep you safe from diseases transmission. As we are all start to embrace contactless activities, Initial Singapore has designed a series of contactless washroom hygiene solutions. Examples include automatic hand soap dispensers, touchless hand sanitisers and feminine hygiene units with sensing technology.
Eliminate pollutants and air particles
It is not just the pandemic event like the coronavirus where we face air quality threats with bacteria and viruses lingering on the air. There are all sorts of air pollutants and particles we breathe in everyday be it at a retail space, recreation area or at our work environment. From volatile organic compounds (VOC) and chemical solvent, we are come into contact, particulate matter including sulphate, nitrates, ammonia, and black carbon that emit from industrial activities and vehicles. This is not forgetting the pathogens particularly with individuals contracting respiratory conditions. Installing an air purification with quality HEPA 13 filtration with carbon filter helps to improve air quality, besides there are innovations such as the Initial Hygiene InspireAir 72 that also dispenses clean air sanitisers into the air, thus creating a healthier and safer environment.
Sanitise common touch point surfaces
Regardless where you are located or engaged in, we are thrown with all sorts of touch surfaces. It can be the door handle of an office or washroom, lift buttons, trolley hand handles, office equipment and machine and work desks that houses multiple items such as desk phone, personal computer and chairs. For pathogens linger on surfaces and depending on the type of material, time duration ranges from hours to days. Hence, sanitisation and disinfection is critical to eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses before they are transferred to our hands and body. Disinfection services require professional trained specialist to disinfect the premise in proper personal protection equipment (PPE) and using specific tools such as an ULV mister and disinfectant to perform the specialised service.
Reduce cross contamination on door handles
Can you recall the number of contact and interaction with a door handle? From the minute you enter into a building or to a unit, or transiting through multiple meeting and function rooms, from using a washroom where there are cubicle door handles as well, we increased our cross contamination risks by touching on these contaminated surfaces. While washing our hands regularly or sanitising diligent as we move around is helpful, there are additional protecting measures you can provide at the facility such as the Hygienic Touch that contains antibacterial agents such as the silver ions to eliminate 99.99% of pathogens. There is a colour changing capsule indicator to determine if there is a need to replace the door handle for optimal protection and efficacy.
Disinfect your footwear before entries
The importance of hygiene does not stop at hands by touch and inhalation through the air. It extends all the way to the steps you made with your footwear. Yes, shoes are one source of harbourage among particles, germs, dirt, grime and bacteria. In instances where we visit a poor hygiene and sanitation environment, compromised cleanliness of the floor or puddles of dirty water and drain condition, we can contaminate the indoors through our steps.
There are sanitisation solutions to increase the hygiene and safety standards of your users and visitors with the Microshield Footbath Mat where the specially designed mats can hold as much as 65 litres of disinfectant that sanitises up to 500 times daily over a three weeks period. To ensure safety and minimise slips and falls, the mats are made of Superstyrene and Phoenix Fiber base to reduce mats movements. In addition, to constantly maintain its residual effect, a hygiene specialist applies the mats with the fungicide and disinfectant regularly.
Why is disinfection and sanitisation essential?
Regular cleaning and wiping is not sufficient
Maintain good cleanliness quality is essential to eliminate chances of pest infestation that triggers because of food source availability. However, regular cleaning and wiping of floor and surfaces is not enough. This is because it only removes physical dirt and dust. It does not disinfect to eliminate bacteria and viruses. In addition, a white and clean looking environment does not mean hygienic space. Particles and pathogens are tiny microns that are naked to the eyes.
More people interaction and gathering
The business resumption of many has led to increased traffic and people interaction for both recreational and work. This means, putting ourselves at risk of cross contamination. This is because there are more contact touches and possible transmission of pathogens and fluids. Constant protection by observing good personal hygiene and equipping with adequate washroom hygiene solutions is necessary. This helps to keep the people safe. Especially at work environment, falling sick and medical leaves not only result in financial implications such as medical reimbursement but work efficiency and productivity loss.
Transmission of harmful pathogens around
There are people falling sick or an act of coughing and sneezing can put us at risk of contracting respiratory diseases or getting the flu bug we all dislike. Firstly, an individual might not practice diligent person hygiene by washing hands and sanitising them regularly. Secondly, the environment could have poor ventilation or indoor air circulation that increases pathogen transmission. Thirdly, there may be lack of hygiene and washroom facilities that aids in keeping us well sanitised. Finally, the design and condition of the washroom such as build-up moisture and grime, compromised drainage and flushing quality and wet floor promotes bacteria and viruses.
Protecting health and safety of users and guest
Regardless if the individuals are your employees or guests (or customers), it is your responsibility to keep them safe in your premise. Besides being socially responsible to their safety, a business can undergo various implications in the event a user of your premise falls sick or contracts those harmful viruses:
- Ruin brand image and reputation
- Reduction in patronage and visits
- Negative customer and social media reviews
- Business suspensions and possible closure
- Operation disruptions and inefficiency
- Financial consequences and penalties
- Lower employee morale and confidence
Enhance the hygiene standards with contactless solutions
The pandemic has shifted more processes and activities contactless through digitalisation and sensing technology. It ranges from contactless payment through mobile pay and online platforms, to pest control solutions where sensing chip can detect a pest presence and their activities. Similarly, there are a series of washroom solutions to enhance the washroom hygiene standards. Firstly, hand soap dispensers and sanitisers are available in touch-less modes or pedal-driven. This aids to avoid contact between the hands and dispenser units. This also includes desktop hand sanitisers that are touchless to allow regular and convenient dispensing of consumables.
Sanitary bins are also touchless because of its nature of use. Sanitary napkins are unhygienic waste matters that need careful waste disposal and management. Simply fold and cover your napkin, and wave at the sensor to allow the lid to lift automatically for your disposal. The lid will close after a five-second wait thus allowing a seamless and contactless disposal.
Reporting and service recommendations are also digitalised. Physical hard copies of service history and reports are now retrieved from an online portal. This reduces the contact with papers (and a way to remain environmentally friendly) which often habours tonnes of bacteria and viruses. In addition, it promotes efficient communication information retrieval.
Contact Initial Singapore your washroom hygiene specialist at (65) 6347 8138 for professional washroom solutions and services tailored for your business needs.