How to protect your customers and colleagues from Coronavirus 2019-nCoV
The World is watching with increasing concern as a new strain of Coronavirus 2019-nCoV spreads from Wuhan City in China. Cases of 2019-nCoV have also been confirmed in the United States, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, France, Nepal, Canada and South Korea.
Good hygiene practises are essential in public spaces to ensure public safety, particularly using products with proven efficacy against enveloped viruses like Coronavirus. Simple antibacterial surface sprays are unlikely to be effective. Surface sanitisers with specific antiviral efficacy should be used for frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, telephones, vending machines and elevator buttons.
Staff and visitors in public spaces should be encouraged to use an effective antiviral hand sanitiser. As the public becomes more aware of the virus being spread globally, it is expected that we will see an increase in usage rates of hand washing and hand sanitising facilities. It is essential that careful monitoring of these facilities takes place to ensure stocks are not exhausted and facilities left empty, encouraging a lack of hand hygiene compliance.
Whilst the World Health Organisation (WHO) advises the public to use an alcohol-based hand rub, cheap antibacterial hand gels may not be effective against viruses. Health & Safety Managers should check that any hand sanitiser used in their facility has proven efficacy against enveloped viruses to a recognised standard, to make sure that staff and visitors are well protected.
The prevention of further transmission and infection is the responsibility of all parties and should be taken seriously by the management, staff and visitors of public facilities. Compliance should be actively encouraged and monitored on a regular basis …………………
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