Sanitization and Disinfection
THE CORONAVIRUS PROBLEM
“There are two main routes of transmission of the COVID-19 virus: respiratory and contact.
Respiratory droplets are generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Any person who is in close contact with someone who has respiratory symptoms (sneezing, coughing) is at risk of being exposed to potentially infective respiratory droplets.
Droplets may also land on surfaces where the virus could remain viable; thus, the immediate environment of an infected individual can serve as a source of transmission (contact transmission)”1.
1. WHO: Water, sanitation, hygiene, and waste management for the COVID-19 virus Interim guidance - 19 March 2020 https://www.who.int/publications-detail/water-sanitation-hygiene-and-waste-management-for-covid-19
To kill the virus in spaces it is not sufficient to simply rely on cleaning with water and detergent; rather, it is necessary to resort to SANITIZATION and DISINFECTION activities2.
2. ECDC: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/Infection -prevention-control-for-the-care-of-patients-with-2019-nCoV-healthcare-settings_update-31-March-2020.pdf
What does SANITIZATION and DISINFECTION mean?
SANITIZATION and DISINFECTION are carried out after cleaning, with specific disinfectant detergents, which minimise the load of microorganisms, including potential pathogens, in closed areas. Disinfection has an efficacy of 99.999% (kill coefficient exerted with regard to Log 5 infective pressure)3
3. Microbiology for the Healthcare Professional - Di Karin C. VanMeter, Robert J. Hubert, William G. VanMeter
THE TIME FACTOR (Decimal Reduction Time or D-value)
The longer the contact time of the disinfectant product and thus its action on surfaces, the higher the chance of killing any pathogens present, including coronavirus.
The time necessary to kill the virus is that indicated by the individual producer of the chemical used4.
4. Determination of decimal reduction time (D value) of chemical agents used in hospitals for disinfection purposes Priscila Gava Mazzola, Thereza Christina Vessoni Penna, and Alzira M da S Martins
In the absence of specific chemicals, the following is recommended: “the use of common hospital disinfectants such as sodium hypochlorite (0.1%-0.5%), ethanol (62%-71%) or hydrogen peroxide (0.5%), for an appropriate contact time”5.
5. According to the order issued by the Ministry of Health: 005443-22/02/2020-DGPRE-DGPRE-P - Cleaning in healthcare environments. ECDC: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/Infection
WHAT TO DO?
It is important to highlight one key concept: SANITIZATION and DISINFECTION must become activities that are carried out on a REGULAR BASIS.
Failing to sanitize and disinfect regularly increases the risk of bacterial and viral infection that if left untreated can lead to the proliferation of bacteria and viruses.
In order to ensure that areas are healthy and clean, it is therefore essential to implement appropriate preventive measures, by means of frequent cleaning and disinfection interventions.
SANITIZATION and DISINFECTION must be performed daily, and even several times a day, in accordance with the degree of risk in the specific environment.
- Kill up to 99.999% of pathogens6
- Reduce infection rates
- Stop cross-contamination
THE IMPACT: THE COST FACTOR
Today the systems commonly used for SANITIZATION and DISINFECTION activities are typically manual and require long operation times and a lot of manpower, with high costs and uncertain quality.
WHAT FIMAP OFFERS:
MECHANIZATION OF FLOOR SANITIZATION AND DISINFECTION ACTIVITIES
Fimap has created a complete line of PROFESSIONAL SANITIZING MACHINES AND ACCESSORIES that enables the mechanization of SANITIZATION AND DISINFECTION activities in spaces of small, medium and large dimensions.
Compared to manual systems, MECHANIZATION enables these activities to be carried out more rapidly and more than once a day WITH SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC SAVINGS AND AN INCREASE IN THE QUALITY OF THE ENTIRE ACTIVITY.
The use of a machine enables interventions to be carried out in a systematic, controlled and regular manner in accordance with the requirements dictated by the environment, on the basis of the level of risk.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
In addition to floors, this enables the sanitization and disinfection of vertical surfaces (e.g. walls and windows) and furnishings.
It is a technique with a high sanitizing and disinfecting power, which is designed to reduce the presence of viruses and bacteria and increase safety in environments where the risk of the development of pathologies, including those that are contagious, is potentially high.
THE ADVANTAGES OF MECHANIZATION
SAVING SANITIZING PRODUCT
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