Keeping a workspace clean is still crucial- even when lockdown ends and legal restrictions are lifted, a confirmed case of COVID-19 at work still needs to be treated seriously. While regular contract cleaning and touch-point cleaning can help to prevent the spread of the virus, there are certain steps you need to take if a case has been confirmed at your premises.
We have outlined what you should do should this happen, from hiring anti-COVID fogging services to the paperwork you need to keep everything in check. Follow these steps to help prevent further spread of the virus.
The best thing we can all do is prevent a case from happening at all by keeping things clean and following government guidelines.
You should be always implementing the following at a minimum:
- Face covering should be worn at all times except for those who are medically exempt
- Social distancing – at least 2m.
- Hand sanitising stations should be spread throughout the building, especially at entry points.
- Implementing Track & Trace – ensure all those who enter your building are scanning your QR code.
- Regular surface cleaning with extra attention on regularly touched areas such as door handles and light switches.
- An important part of your cleaning process to always remember that not every cleaning product kills the COVID-19 virus. Only products tested to EN14476 are proven to effectively kill the virus, so check the label carefully.
Similarly, any hand sanitiser purchased must be at least 70% alcohol in order to kill coronavirus.
Step 02: Action
When a case has been confirmed, you need to act fast. The longer you leave it, the more likely the virus will spread to others. Follow these steps as soon as possible:
- Remove the confirmed case from the building if they are still there. If possible they should use their own transport.
- Anyone who has been in close contact with the confirmed case must go home and self-isolate immediately.
- Contact a professional fogging service. These can be in high demand so booking as soon as possible is advised.
- Prepare the area for treatment- this doesn’t include much; just removing open food and drink containers and clearing any areas that may have access blocked. You do not need to move electrical equipment.
- If you believe the confirmed case has come from occupational exposure, you must report the incident to RIDDOR.
What Is Fogging?
Fogging consists of electrostatically charged particles sprayed as a mist throughout your building. These particles reach and adhere to every surface, no matter how hard to reach, and kill COVID-19.
It is the fastest and most effective way to treat a building. In 1 hour, 3,500 sq feet can be treated and staff and clients can safely return to the premises in just a few hours.
Fogging Provider Checklist
There are many fogging providers out there at the moment, but not all of them provide the standard you need when treating COVID-19 cases. Always check the following with any fogging provider:
- Are the chemicals they’re using a proven ‘COVID killer’?
- Are their foggers designed specifically for anti-COVID fogging?
- What training have the staff undertaken to complete fogging treatment, including their own safety training?
- What documentation will you be provided with once the fogging has been completed? All good suppliers should provide you with a risk assessment, method statement and a completion certificate.
Fogging continues to work for 30 days after treatment has been completed. This is achieved by the charged particles creating an anti-microbial shield on everything they touch, protecting these areas from COVID-19 for a month. For the best protection, we advise having your premises fogged once a month, regardless of a confirmed case.