10 February 2020 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (ISSA) has issued a guidance note to trained professionals to advise them on how to handle the Wuhan Coronavirus.
ISSA recommends seven main steps to use when preparing to clean, sanitise and disinfect any space.
1. Incident site risk assessment: assess what equipment is needed and what cleaning and disinfection solutions to use.
2. Pre-bio test: Perform this test to determine the initial state of cleanliness.
3. Pre-disinfect: Where there may be a lot of contamination, a pre-disinfection is recommended because this " knocks down the viral or bacterial contamination prior to entering the site".
4. Load reduction: Items may need to be removed altogether because of bio contamination.
5. Forensic cleaning: Typically done with a dry towel and repeated with a detergent cleaning solution.
6. Post site assessment / Post-bio test: Cleaners should determine ahead of time how they will carry out the cleaning, sanitisation and disinfection process.
7. Final disinfection: Sprayers could be used to carry this final stage out.
Paul Thrupp, chair of the British Cleaning Council, said: "There's a lot of alarm and concern among the British public at the moment about the Coronavirus, and confirmation of the first cases in the UK could naturally intensify that."
Thrupp added: "The best way of controlling it is the same as how you would deal with the flu, and patients should follow the catch it, bin it and kill it advice - use tissues if you sneeze, dispose of them properly and make sure you wash your hands regularly."