CDC and OSHA Give Guidance on How to Protect Your Workplace During the Pandemic

Whether the business is shut down, using reduced staff, or overwhelmed with work, all businesses are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus. With parts of the country beginning to open back up, many businesses are starting to wonder when their time will come to open up their doors, and what they need to do to make their facilities safe for their employees and customers. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Organization) offer advice on how to prepare the workplace for occupation.

elbow hello between two peopleMuch of the task of protecting a facility from the spread of COVID-19 are the people occupying the space taking the necessary steps to keep from spreading germs and bacteria.

Pre-screening employees, monitoring symptoms, wearing necessary PPE (personal protective equipment) like masks, and practicing social distancing all play huge roles in this. All of these precautions, though vital, can be meaningless if the facility itself isn’t protected with the same care. Both CDC and OSHA strongly recommend disinfecting all facilities, both commercial and residential, regularly to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus. TOMI SteraMist™, the technology utilized by American Craftsman Restoration, can be the most effective disinfection treatment on the market capable of producing a 6-log kill (meaning 99.9999% of all viruses, bacteria, and spores killed.)

Are household chemicals enough to kill COVID-19 Corona Virus or do we need more?

The most common chemicals such as Lysol, Clorox, and isopropyl alcohol, though helpful, can only produce a 3-log kill (99.9% of viruses and bacteria killed). That number may seem great but think of how many thousands of germs covered in viruses are released when someone infected with COVID-19 coughs. At that rate, there are still significant amounts of the virus left behind. On top of that, most of these chemicals have a required dwell time to work, meaning they need to be left on a surface for a minimum amount of time to be successful. Most people don’t know this even though it is on the back label, and simply spray and wipe away, leaving the product no time to disinfect properly. Another issue is that some of the items we rely on most can’t be soaked in chemicals for cleaning. Our phones, computers, and other day-to-day electronics are the most touched items, yet often get overlooked in cleaning to avoid damaging them.

TOMI SteraMist™ is a technology that creates a hydrogen peroxide fog capable of producing a 6-log kill (99.9999% of viruses and bacteria killed). This means eliminating more of the virus than anything else on the market is capable of handling. This treatment leaves behind only water and oxygen as a byproduct, meaning no harmful chemicals left behind and no further cleaning required. The technology can be used directly on all electronics and other surfaces safely. Originally created to combat bio-warfare when Anthrax began showing up in mail-in government buildings in the 2000’s, SteraMist™ is designed to safely handle things like COVID-19 Corona Virus.

American Craftsman Restoration has been serving the Santa Clarita and Los Angeles communities for over 35 years during disasters like fires, floods, earthquakes, biohazard cleanups and disinfection. They invested heavily in the SteraMist™ technology six years ago and in that time have gained experience in applying it in all types of facilities. American Craftsman’s technicians are on call 24/7 and depending on demand can often arrive within two hours of the call.

For more information on the CDC, OSHA, and TOMI SteraMist™ please click the links below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-workers/implementing-safety-practices.html

www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

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