We take every step to ensure a discreet and highly efficient service is provided, designed to minimise disruption to both you and your business.
Maintaining Health and Safety
The health, safety and well-being of our staff, the public and your on-site employees is paramount during our bio-fogging procedures.
- Only those wearing appropriate PPE are allowed into areas where bio-fogging is taking place.
- Outdoor work areas are sealed off using hazard tape and signs are displayed warning the public that bio-treatment is being carried out.
- No entry and warning signs are placed along corridors and at the entrance to rooms that are being treated.
We carry out a full risk assessment prior to proceeding with any bio-fogging or other type of sanitation work on your premises.
All of our staff wear the appropriate PPE while carrying out bio-fogging procedures.
Remember that we are asking our staff to enter what is potentially an infected area and it is imperative that we keep them protected at all times during the work being carried out.
- Light weight Body Coverall specifically designed for bio-fogging and anti-virus applications. The fabric is either a special pu material or a film laminate spun bond PP substrate of 90 GSM, depending on the risk involved. Both types are resistant to fluids and have elasticated cuffs, waist & ankles with front zipper and three piece hood.
- Disposable vinyl or latex hand gloves approved to EN 374-2:2003 for Microorganisms, with a minimum thickness of 2.5 to 3.0mm.
- Disposable foot-coverings/booties.
- Full or half face masks to equivocal protection of FFP2/KN5/KN95 with NIOSH approved Filtering Face-piece Respirators (FFR)
- Ergonomic and sturdy single piece clear or filtered Spectacles/Goggles with wrap – around Poly-carbonate lens approved to EN-166
- Visors and Face Shields as required
All of our staff are highly trained in the use of PPE and undergo Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) training.
Our teams are equipped with high velocity electric bio-foggers, hand held and pump action bio-sprayers, as well as UVC lights and wands that can be used during our sterilisation process.
All equipment is safety checked prior to leaving our depot, and all electrical equipment has been tested in accordance with the latest IET Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, formally known as Portable Appliance Testing (PAT).
The equipment we use will depend on the size and type of the premises being sanitised as well as the type of threat suspected.
- All equipment is sanitised immediately after use, prior to being stowed away on our vehicle.
- Bio-Suits, masks and goggles are disinfected then sterilised using UVC light treatment after each operation.
- Used disposable items such as gloves, foot-coverings/booties, used filters etc are stored in a sealed Bio-Hazard container and disposed of safely.
Biocidal Agents, Chemicals & Disinfectants Used
The biocidal agents, chemicals and disinfectants that are used during our sterilisation process will very much depend on the threat level and type of premises being sterilised. No two premises are alike, some will have a lot of hard surfaces, some will have soft furnishings, carpets and drapes, while others may have a lot of electrical equipment. That is why each job is carefully assessed before we carry out any sterilisation procedures.
PPE Standards and Certification
Bio-Suit Standards and Certification
- 1) IS 1964:2001 (Mass determination) ASTM E 96/E 96M-05(MVT), BS EN 20811:1992 (resistance to water Penetration).
- 2) ASTM F 1670/ F 1670M-08 (2014) (Synthetic Blood Penetration Test).
- 3) ASTM F 1671/ F 16701M-13 Blank and Positive Control Tests using Bacteriophage phiX174 (ATCC13706=2×10⁸ PFU/ml (Blood borne pathogens using Phi-x174 bacteriophage penetrations a test system).
British Institute of Cleaning Science Statement
The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) issued the following statement regarding the wearing of PPE and Haz-mat suits during enhanced cleaning procedures.
Haz-mat suits are a form of PPE. BICSc states that any PPE requirements should be strictly adhered to when the requirement is identified, such as when using a specific product and identified within the Safety Data Sheet or when carrying out any physical task or cleaning process that demands it.
In the current COVID-19 environment the need for the level of cleaning and enhanced cleaning should be identified as part of the building risk assessment which would be dependent on the type of environment you are operating within. Any PPE requirements will be identified as part of that risk assessment dependent on the tasks required to apply enhanced cleaning.
BICSc only use haz-mat suits when cleaning and dealing with a confirmed presence of a bio-hazard. The PPE requirement for this process is identified in the Risk Assessment/COSHH assessment/POW assessment for the Cleaning Professional Skills Suite Specialist Skill SU2 which is Bio-hazard decontamination cleaning (hard surfaces).
This level of PPE will only be used when there is a confirmed bio-hazard. The use of haz-mat suits should only be considered the norm in environments where there is a confirmed bio-hazard case. It should not be part of everyday PPE as this is not a requirement and any overuse of PPE could potentially lead to product shortages which could impact on service users where it is a requirement.
Face Mask Standards and Certification
All of our face masks are NIOSH approved and are FF2, KN5 or KN95 which are proven to have a 94/95% small particle blocking efficiency. Our FFR’s are tight fitting and create a seal around the nose and mouth with minimal side leakage. By using only NIOSH approved respirators we protect our staff from inhaling large droplets as well as 95 percent of tiny particles.
All of our staff undergo Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) training.
Eye Protection Standards and Certification
Where there is a potential hazard, eye protection is worn even if there is no immediate, presentable risk. Protective eyewear is split into four categories: safety spectacles, goggles, visors/face shields and sunglasses. All of the eye protection we use is certified to EN-166
EN 166:2001 is the European standard covering the requirements for protective eyewear. It specifies the minimum requirements for a range of performance tests. This standard contains a set of requirements referred to as ‘basic requirements’, which may be regarded as mandatory.
EN-170 is the specific requirement for Ultraviolet protection when using UVC equipment.