After living under the shroud of the Covid-19 pandemic for close to a year now, we cannot deny the impact that it has made on our way of life. Not only has it affected the way that we live our daily lives, but everyone must do their part to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and other viruses that are easily spread in public spaces. We are encouraged, as citizens, to wear masks, socially distance ourselves, wash our hands, and avoid going out if we are feeling symptomatic.
Even when we all do our part, there is no guarantee that we won’t come into contact with viruses and other germs and become ill. For this reason, there must be proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols taken in public places to ensure that employees and customers are protected in these spaces, and the effort in keeping the public safe is a responsibility not to be taken lightly.
If you are operating a high-traffic facility or business where people come and go and frequently come into contact with your workers and staff, then it is especially prudent that you are diligent with the most effective sanitization and disinfection strategy available, but how do you know you’re doing it correctly? What does the process of sanitization entail, and isn’t it the same thing as disinfection?
Aren’t Sanitization and Disinfection Pretty Much the Same Thing?
The short answer is a resounding no, sanitation and disinfection refer to two different processes and serve entirely different purposes. Although, people may often interchange these two terms and use them to mean the same thing, it is important to understand the differences between the two.
Sanitization: Sanitizing is the process of cleaning to remove germs present on surfaces and in spaces resulting in a reduction of the number of germs present to a targeted safe level as prescribed by public health officials. Simply wiping surfaces with a cleaning agent is helpful but not completely effective at eliminating germs, bacteria, pathogens, and viruses.
Disinfection: The process of disinfecting uses chemicals, such as antimicrobials, to kill the germs present on surfaces to reduce the risk of spreading infection, but it does not, necessarily, clean dirty surfaces or remove the germs present. With disinfecting, there is still the need for proper cleaning protocol to be in place.
What Protocol Is Right for Your Situation?
Your business relies on people, both staff and consumers, and keeping them protected within your place of business is not only ideal but also your responsibility. Without either your employees or the consumer, things come to a grinding halt. It is crucial to place sanitization and disinfection of your facilities at the top of your priority list.
Depending upon the nature of your business, DIS.IN.FX and our team of professionally trained experts can tailor suit a best-practices solution for your needs.
Schools and Childcare Facilities
There is no doubt of the importance of reopening educational institutions and childcare facilities and keeping them open, but how best to keep teachers, staff, and students safe while at work and school is the question.
The first line of defense is awareness of the importance of how employees and students can take measures to keep themselves and others safe by imploring them to stay home when they are sick, wearing masks over noses and mouths, and washing hands properly and often. This can be a tricky business when dealing with children, who often act without thinking and touch everything!
Teachers and staff are being asked to do extra cleaning and sanitizing throughout the school day to minimize the risk of germs in the classroom, but further measures to keep students and staff healthy and to keep schools open are necessary. This is why having a professionally implemented sanitization and disinfection protocol in place is crucial.
Gyms and Locker Rooms
Combining heat, sweat, and shared athletic equipment creates prime conditions for germs, bacteria, and viruses to fester, and this can make for a sticky situation when tackling the most effective methods to properly sanitize and disinfect gyms and locker rooms. Many measures can be taken, such as having cleaning agents and supplies on hand for athletes to use between equipment uses, requiring the wearing of masks, and socially distancing, when possible; but the very nature of the sports and fitness industry requires physical contact, so it is essential to consult professionals who are specifically trained to employ the best offense against the spread of infection.
How DIS.IN.FX Can Help
Every industry and every business faces unique challenges in preventing the spread of germs and potential viral infections. It is crucial to turn to experts who are reputable and experienced at tailor suiting the proper sanitization and disinfection protocols to offer the best defense against illness and infection. At DIS.IN.FX, we offer testing system services to analyze your current housekeeping sanitation procedures that will aid in identifying the most effective approach to keeping employees and consumers safely utilizing the services in your particular business or industry.
There are plenty of newbies to the field of disinfecting services, but it would serve you best to choose a company with a long-standing reputation of experience and excellence like the professionals at DIS.IN.FX. Contact DIS.IN.FX today to learn how we can help protect your business by determining the best disinfection protocol for your needs.