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COVID-19 update: InnuScience urges ‘justified disinfection’ post-lockdown

Published 28th July, 2020 by Neil Nixon

COVID-19 update: InnuScience urges ‘justified disinfection’ post-lockdown

InnuScience is urging the cleaning and FM sectors to adopt high levels of hygiene with an emphasis on effective cleaning using high performing detergents rather than an over-reliance of disinfectants that do not clean and risk negative impact for the environment.

The biotech company is advocating a cleaning regime called ‘justified disinfection’ which encourages disinfecting only where and when it is useful.

Steve Teasdale, co-founder and vice president of scientific affairs at InnuScience, said: “Justified disinfection is the principle that effective cleaning with high quality detergents across all non-critical touch surfaces is as effective, if not more so, than the widespread systematic or abusive use of disinfectants. There is also a need to continue to look after our environment. This has been at our heart since we began.”

InnuScience warns that regular and widespread use of disinfectants does not provide a clean surface as disinfectants do not clean per se, promoting the development of bacteria, and recommends they should only be used on critical ‘high frequency’ touch surfaces such as door handles, taps, toilet flush handles, keyboards, lift switches, and handrails as these are surfaces that are most likely to cause transmission of bugs. It suggests effective regular cleaning is most appropriate for all non-critical surfaces such as floors, urinals, ceilings, and most walls as these are areas that are not typically touched and do not represent a real biological risk to health. Scientific reporting demonstrates that the coronavirus is effectively rendered inactive and non-infective when detergents are used.

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