They’re tiny, they’re tough, and getting rid of them is rough.
According to the CDC, up to 80% percent of all infections are spread through our environment by hand contact with contaminated surfaces, as well as through direct human contact.
Illnesses result in thousands to millions of dollars in lost productivity due to employee absenteeism. In fact, according to a National Health Interview Survey, influenza alone is responsible for 200 million days of diminished productivity and 75 million days of work absence. The numbers aren’t yet in for 2020, but Covid-19 will likely dramatically increase those losses.
What's the solution?
Hiding in Plain Sight
You may be surprised at all the spots germs hide in the workplace. Telephones, elevator buttons, keyboards, water fountains, and bathrooms are the top 5 popular gathering places for germs and bacteria the CDC reports. Wineries with tasting rooms create an ideal environment on counters, tables, display cases and other surface areas. They are literally “germ magnets” because of all the human contact on the surfaces.
The CDC advises that health-focused cleaning is proven to reduce health risks through the use of disinfectants to kill harmful organisms. Studies have shown that employing an effective surface disinfecting and cleaning protocol can reduce absenteeism, and help reduce the risk of illness and improve the quality of work life for all building occupants.
Note: Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting are not synonyms, and should not be used interchangeably when developing a disinfecting safety strategy.
✔ Does: remove visible soil, debris, microorganisms and organic substances from surfaces.
✘ Does not: eliminate germs but may reduce their numbers.
✔ Does: reduce bacteria to levels deemed safe by public health safety standards, decreasing the risk of infection.
✘ Does not: it may not kill all viruses.
✔ Does: eliminate pathogens and disease causing microorganisms.
✘ Does not: eliminate bacterial spores.
What’s Your Disinfecting Safety Strategy?
Protecting your employees and the public should be part of everyone’s safety strategy. At the same time, you don’t want to be using chemicals and disinfecting equipment that puts your staff at risk during the application process. Unfortunately, most chemical disinfectants come with significant warnings about safety usage protocols, that frequently required PPE.
Choosing a CDC-approved and EPA-registered disinfectant, such as Vital Oxide from Hotsy Pacific which is food-grade safe and eliminates the need for PPE, can dramatically reduce risk. And remember to always use the right sprayer equipment to optimize disinfectant application for your facility.
Developing and maintaining a smart disinfecting protocol will give you more peace-of-mind that you’re maintaining Covid-19 cleaning protocols and employee health and safety.
About Hotsy Pacific-NorthBay Equipment
Proud to support and be a member of Northern California wine growers associations for over 30 years, and with a Center in Santa Rosa, market leader NorthBay Equipment works with hundreds of wineries throughout Northern California. Offering free Strategic Disinfecting & Sanitizing consultations, the company specializes in custom solutions tailored to client needs, as well as cleaning and sanitation equipment sales, rentals, service and repair. They have been recognized as the “go to” company for smart, cost-effective solutions designed to improve productivity, reduce labor costs, and deliver the necessary results, they serve hundreds of wineries, breweries, food manufacturers, ag businesses and more.