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COVID-19 update: BICSc provides guidance on coronavirus outbreak

Published 18th March, 2020 by Neil Nixon

COVID-19 update: BICSc provides guidance on coronavirus outbreak

During these uncertain and difficult times, BICSc has provided an update on what it is doing to support individuals and organisations.

As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, everyone will face an extremely challenging time and our industry, in particular, must play its part in helping to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease. People are looking for answers, as there has been a common theme to the questions BICSc is being asked. Here are some answers to the most common questions:

What do we need to do to deep clean?
After a confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) to ensure a deep clean, all substrates, fixtures, fittings, furniture (including soft), and other items in the area are disinfected (to protect the operative), then cleaned and finally re-disinfected.
A deep clean will involve 8 elements:

  • Using the correct PPE, including following correct gowning and de-robing procedures for this equipment.
  • Isolation of the area to be deep cleaned.
  • Disinfection with the approved/correct disinfectant, paying special attention to touchpoints and high-risk areas as indicated by your risk assessment.
  • Thorough clean of the area in line with BICSc standards.
  • Clinical disinfection of the whole area.
  • Disinfection of machinery and equipment, if any are deployed.
  • Correct disposal of contaminated materials and PPE.
  • Shower/clean of cleaning operative(s) after completion of the task.

What can we use to kill the virus?
We have not seen any scientific evidence for any product that is proven to kill the current strain of COVID-19, (if anyone knows different, and can provide the scientific evidence on a product that will kill this particular strain, please do let us know). In a time of such uncertainty, we should be standing together to share knowledge.
Current Public Health England advice is as follows: a chlorine-based disinfectant should be used, in the form of a solution at a minimum strength of 1000ppm.
Please always follow manufacturer’s safety data sheet and complete your COSHH risk assessment.

Do you have a course on cleaning up after the Coronavirus?
The Cleaning Professional’s Skills Suite offers a course called SU2 (Bio-Hazard Decontamination Cleaning). This course covers the removal of substances from surfaces, which may be excessive and contain higher risks to the operative. However, this standard course does not include CLINICAL DISINFECTION, which would be a requirement, as explained in our deep clean definition for this outbreak. BICSc will be offering SU2 with an enhancement that covers the DISINFECTION process required.

BICSC is now in the process of scheduling a number of 2-day SU2 (enhanced) courses which will cover the following as required for the deep clean:

  • Licence to Practice
  • BU2 Damp mopping
  • BU9 Auto scrubber drying
  • AU5 Washing surfaces
  • SU2 Bio-hazard decontamination cleaning
  • In addition, the technical advice for disinfection around the outbreak will be covered

For further details on BICSc courses to assist you through, please email or call:; 01604 678 712.

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