Are Your Disinfecting Procedures Ready for the “New Normal”?
By Claudia Newcorn
Relative to its population size, California has been successful in flattening the Covid-19 curve. A product of stay-at-home mandates and responsible business actions, the State is in a much better position to prepare for possible surges and recurrence of the virus during the rest of this year.
However, Covid-19 remains a critical issue for the foreseeable future. Going forward, businesses play a critical part in Covid-19 mitigation – in particular beverage and food companies where close contact is the norm in manufacturing and production environment. And wineries have the added challenge of tasting rooms where people from around the world gather.
The fact is that all wineries will be expected to implement sanitizing and disinfecting procedures in all areas of their business to protect the safety of their employees, customers and the public, and comply with industry guidelines and protocols.
Safety Protocols are Essential
According the State’s Covid-19 website, all businesses have a social responsibility to implement disinfecting, sanitizing and safety protocols to protect employees, customers and the public.
As wineries reopen, they are expected to:
Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
Implement individual control measures and screenings
Implement disinfecting protocols
Implement physical distancing guidelines
Not All Disinfecting is Created Equal
Yet Covid-19 Safety is so much more than masks. We all know about the importance of social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands. But that’s just the first step. As you re-open for business, whether you’re talking stores, break rooms, offices, restrooms, manufacturing facilities, or public gathering areas, you’re going to be faced with the need for implementing regular cleaning and disinfecting procedures throughout your facilities to reduce the risk of Covid-19 being present.
Your customers will demand it. Your employees will expect it. And, if that isn’t enough, companies with Covid-19 hotspots – a surge in employee illnesses – may face further shutdowns. Fact: this “new normal” is going to be here for a long while. Smart companies and organizations are already developing disinfecting plans not just for now but for the future, and securing contracts for EPA-registered disinfectants and application equipment, as well as PPE.
So, ask yourself: Do you have a disinfecting strategy ready? Are you sure that the one you’re using is compliant? Do you really have the protocols, equipment and supplies in place that you need?
Michael Coleman, Sales & Marketing Manager at Hotsy Pacific explains that “Wineries need to be prepared to reduce the risk. The CDC recommends the use of an EPA-registered disinfectant as part of your Covid-19 sanitizing protocols. We recommend Vital Oxide, which is registered with the EPA as a disinfectant, sanitizer and cleaner, and kills 99.999% of bacteria. There is no need to mix it, and it is safe for use around both humans and animals. This food-grade formula can be used as a disinfectant, or be diluted further and used as a sanitizer, and is easy to apply to a variety of surfaces.”
Hotsy Pacific has been working closely with wineries to help them develop tailored disinfecting and sanitizing strategies for not only the short but long-term. “We help wineries and other manufacturers to evaluate their current disinfecting and sanitizing practices, and identify weak areas and opportunities for improvement to dramatically reduce the risk of Covid-19 exposure and plan for possible resurgence in the Fall. We know the best protocols and resources available and can help to develop a cost-effective practical procedure that will reduce risk and improve safety. We believe it’s our responsibility to help.”
The State provides detailed re-opening guidelines and checklists at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/#top for the beverage, food and manufacturing industries (scroll down to find Manufacturing).
About Hotsy Pacific
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 Hotsy Pacific 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 (www.HotsyPacific.net).