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COVID-19 update - disinfection or decontamination

Published 19th March, 2020 by Neil Nixon

COVID-19 update - disinfection or decontamination

A number of readers have asked what building owners/operators should do if they have NOT had an outbreak, but who want to reduce the risk of spread of the disease. BICSc offers the following advice:

  • Maintain BICSc cleaning standards within your organisation.
  • Consider increasing the frequency of cleans, particularly of sanitary ware and heavy touchpoint areas.
  • Ensure colour-coding is followed without exception.

For additional clarity here are the differences between disinfection and decontamination:

The process of cleaning something using chemicals that kill bacteria and other organisms that cause disease: thorough cleaning and disinfection of all surfaces is essential.

The action of removing dangerous substances from something: thorough decontamination of the site will be required. Good personal hygiene and environmental decontamination are essential to keep the disease from spreading to humans.

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