Disinfecting premises during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Health & Safety Executive releases long-awaited guidance…

Although we begin 2021 with the reassurance of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine approvals and distribution already underway, continuing to control the spread of the virus will remain a high priority for all.

But it is critical that businesses, schools, shops and all premises where people congregate, fully understand their infection control options. And the very serious risks of choosing hazardous disinfection methods… HSE guidance regarding human disinfection tunnels states:

“Do not spray people with disinfectants (in a tunnel, cabinet, or chamber) under any circumstances. Spraying a person could be harmful and does not reduce the spread of the virus. This is because transmission is usually through droplets or contact.”

“Do not spray people with disinfectants (in a tunnel, cabinet, or chamber) under any circumstances. Spraying a person could be harmful and does not reduce the spread of the virus. This is because transmission is usually through droplets or contact.”

To view the HSE’s guidance in full visit: www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/disinfecting-premises-during-coronavirus-outbreak.htm

This advice is further supported by the World Health Organisation:

“Spraying of individuals with disinfectants (such as in a tunnel, cabinet, or chamber) is not recommended under any circumstances. This practice could be physically and psychologically harmful and would not reduce an infected persons ability to spread the virus through droplets or contact. Even is someone who is infected with COVID-19 goes through a disinfection tunnel or chamber, as soon as they start speaking, or coughing or sneezing they can still spread the virus.”

For the full article published by the World Health Organisation, please visit: www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-cleaning-and-disinfecting-surfaces-in-non-health-care-settings

 

Published 5 January 2021
Written by Abby Elliott, Director, Sanondaf Hampshire South
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