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Jim’s Hazardous Materials Removal is now undertaking Virus Deep Cleans.

Our Hazmat Removal team have undertaken specific training to undertake Virus Cleaning and Decontamination. 

Background

The length of time that SARS-COV-2 (the cause of COVID-19) survives on inanimate surfaces will vary depending on factors such as the amount of contaminated body fluid – such as respiratory droplets – present and environmental temperature and humidity.

In general, coronaviruses are unlikely to survive for long once droplets produced by coughing or sneezing dry out, however the period for which the surfaces may be contaminated or productive to transfer is currently unconfirmed.

JHMR proposes to provide two types of services in a commercial and domestic setting.

  1. Remedial Cleaning – where there has been a person/s known to have COVID-19 present on the premises.
  2. Preventative Cleaning – where it is suspected or possible person/s that may have had COVID-19 could have been, this is more general and preventative in nature and designed to reduce risk

The aim of both services is to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in either a residential or commercial context.

Pre-Requisites

JHMR Franchisees may provide this service provided they have signed and returned an acknowledgement that:

  • They have updated Insurance including this service.
  • They have read and understood the Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Principles for COVID -19 by the Department of Health- all contractors have undertaken a certificate of completion for CX Theory- Viral Cleaning & Decontamination.
  • They have read and understood this COVID 19 Procedure
  • They have read and understood the COVID 19 OHS Procedure
  • They have read and understood the MSDS and where available the Technical Data Sheet for Meditech.
  • They have read and understood the operating instructions for the make and type of Fogger to be used (static or portable).

Various clients may also require a Working with Children Check if there may still be children under the age of 18 on or adjacent the premise.

Preventative Decontamination Procedure

The preventative decontamination procedure applies to residential or commercial settings where there has been possible or suspected contamination of a person / people that may be diagnosed with COVID-19. 

It differs from remedial cleaning by exclusion of direct cleaning of low frequency touch areas and includes only high frequency areas and fogging.  It also excludes the removal of personal items like clothing, bedding, materials etc.

  1. Refer OHS procedures, apply PPE and set up your Clean Zone for staging and decontamination.
  2. Undertake direct surface cleaning of high frequency touch areas like door handles, light switches, tabletops, handrails or anywhere else there is high frequency touching.
    1. Spray solution (diluted as directed) onto surface until completely wet
    2. Wait 10 minutes
    3. Wipe surface with clean dry lint free cloth
    4. For heavily soiled areas, a second application may be required
    5. Food preparation areas should be rinsed with fresh water and dried afterwards.
  1. Fogging must occur after premises are emptied and cleared and any air-conditioning or exhaust systems are turned off.  Ensure all external doors are closed and any internal doors or small space closures (cupboards) are open.
    1. Position and prepare static fogging equipment
    2. Prepare portable fogging equipment
    3. Know the spray rate of the equipment to be used: e.g.: 30litres/hour.
    4. Ensure a minimum dosage rate of 8ml/m3 is achieved.
    5. Application time is determined by:

                      i.      Spray rate of fogging equipment x volume of space to be covered

                      ii.      A reliable estimate is 1 minute of spray for each 60m3 of volume at a spray rate of 30litres/hour or 0.5l/minute)

    1. Once complete ensure the area remains fully closed for a minimum of 30-minutes and until all mist particles have fallen on surfaces.
    2. Re-enter after 30minutes and restart air conditioning and exhausts or open windows and doors to promote drying. 
    3. There is no need to wipe after drying.
    4. Clean fogger with water for at least one minute after use.
    5. After product is touch dry the area may be reoccupied and used as normal.

   COVID-19 Deep Clean Specific Works

  1. Site Induction to be undertaken by Site Manager / Team Leader, which should include but not limited to, sign in register, SWMS signed by staff, full brief on Scope of Works, SDS available on site, Break-out or clean room facilities for Donning & Doffing, Managed Break times, review PPE Requirements and stock & security/safety areas for emergency evacuation procedures. 
  2. Stage 1 – Detergent clean of all affected areas to act as a releasing agent for the virus. This will include all high touch points like handrails, desk tops, keyboards & computer screens, door handles & switches and accessible surfaces. If walkways are not carpeted then Hepa Vacuum and mop all floors with a detergent. Cups and dishes to be placed inside the dishwasher and turned on. Wash all cutlery items on site if a dishwasher is not available. Offices where paper and books are exposed only require a wipe over with an antimicrobial cloth. Please ensure no water damage to paperwork or books.
  3. Stage 2 – Hepa Vacuum all carpeted areas including blinds, curtains and soft porous items. 
  4. Stage 3 – Repeat the above process again but this time using the disinfectant (Meditech or similar) solution to remove the virus present from all high touch points and accessible areas.
  5. Stage 4 – On exiting the property, begin the final decontamination process by using an URL Fogger, starting at the rear of the property and working your way forward to the exit. The fogging residue will remain in the air for at least an hour after exiting the building. A protective barrier will be left behind that will ensure approximately 200 touches or 2-3 days worth of protection. A residue may be left behind on computer/TV screens as a result however there should be no damage to contents items.
  6. When using the URL fogger, please ensure that all skin is protected, sealed eye protection is worn, preferably a full face mask with appropriate filters, Tyvek suits, booties and gloves. 
  7. Fill out and refer to the DHHS Covid certificate.
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