Illinois & Chicago Guideline Update
Monday, November 16, 2020, an advisory to stay at home is in effect for Chicago and Cook County as the coronavirus cases continue to rise at an alarming rate. What does this advisory mean? People are asked to stay at home as much as possible for the next 30 days, only leaving their house for essential needs. People are also asked to not have gatherings at their home with anyone outside of their household, including Thanksgiving, and to avoid travel. A limit of 10 people is imposed on meetings and social events regardless if you are outside or inside.
Starting Friday, November 20, 2020, Tier 3 is being implemented for the entire state of Illinois to abide by. You can find more information about those guidelines here: https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-mitigation-plan
Unfortunately, for the near future it looks like COVID will not disappear. Doing our part by social distancing and limiting activities is in our best interest but will be hard for the upcoming holidays that you want to spend with family and friends. If we don’t see a change, more restrictions can be put in place affecting not only small businesses but also bigger corporations.
Plan of Action
So you might wonder, how is a cleaning company like Rozalado doing their part by helping these businesses stay clean and operating efficiently? Rozalado has an extensive plan of action in place to ensure that each client is confident knowing they are keeping their employees and customers safe.
Rozalado is reinforcing protocols to make sure all of the cleaning staff is trained on the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Specific disinfectants have been identified that are CDC/EPA approved to be effective in killing the Human Coronavirus and many other bacteria, viruses and fungi. Employees are targeting high touch points which are surfaces that are commonly touched to stop the spread of germs.
New Way Rozalado Works
As we go through the Rozalado on-site processes for facility “processing”, you will learn that controlling and/or killing viruses such as COVID-19, we are not solely “disinfecting” facilities. Disinfecting is a part of the overall cleaning process. Our company and services are brought on-site to work in conjunction with facility members to reduce the number of infections throughout their space. Processing is the term used to describe a service that includes cleaning and disinfecting an item or area using EPA approved and registered disinfectant. For Rozalado infection reduction services, all areas are assumed to range from low to high risk therefore we don proper PPE such as: N95/Surgical Mask and Nitrile Gloves.
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
PPE is equipment worn on our employees to minimize exposure to viruses like COVID-19. Rozalado provides all PPE such as gowns, gloves, masks, and goggles. This provides physical barriers that prevent the hands, skin, clothing, eyes, nose, and mouth from coming in contact with infectious agents. PPE is used to reduce transmission of communicable diseases when other measures such as engineering controls and work practices cannot completely eliminate exposure.
There are various methods Rozalado uses to get the job done. The methods used are depending how many square feet the building is.
HOSPITAL-GRADE MISTING SYSTEM
This system is designed to provide a higher efficacy by improving spray coverage. It delivers disinfectant into hard to reach corners and crevices.
BACKPACK PUMP & SPRAY BOTTLE
This service is recommended in offices, production areas, and medium to high density areas so the chemical is mist sprayed evenly with more square footage being covered. A spray bottle is used when smaller and sensitive areas need cleaning.
The process of spraying an electrostatically charged mist onto surfaces and objects. It uses a specialized solution that is combined with air and atomized by an electrode inside the sprayer.
3 Step Process
- Cleaning – Removing soil, dirt, and dust that is visible or not visible from all surfaces and HTPs. The technician uses either a spray bottle or a handheld electric/pump sprayer with an EPA List N approved neutral cleaner with a ph level 7 (preferred). We spray and wipe during this method. No dwell time.
- Disinfecting – This process kills microscopic organisms (germs, viruses, fungi) on surfaces. Disinfection is achieved by using EPA-approved chemicals that kill the organisms and prevent them from spreading. The technician can use a backpack or handheld battery or pump sprayer as the applicator. We spray and allow for the chemical to dwell for the allocated time based on the label.
- Rinse Clean– Once the disinfectant has remained on the surface for its recommended dwell time, then we spray with rinse water and wipe clean with a damp cloth rag or paper towel. 1, 2, 3 step process will be performed on a routine basis throughout the shift.
Virucide Disinfection Service
A virucide disinfection system is the biggest coronavirus cleaning service that Rozalado offers. This service utilizes electrostatic sprayers, foggers, and EPA approved disinfectants. It prevents the spread of viruses including the COVID-19.This system involves the use of misting that provides a higher efficacy by improving coverage more efficiently and effectively than spray wipe methods and wipes. It delivers disinfection into hard to reach corners and crevices in every facility that wipe methods can’t reach. This process includes a minimal amount of time for a reasonable cost to get the job done. We recommended monthly, if not weekly, virucide disinfection to ensure you are deactivating and destroying the viruses consistently. It also depends on how much foot traffic you have in your office, restaurant, bar, salon, warehouse, etc.
Rozalado also combats the virus by doing decontamination services to prevent the virus or after a location has been confirmed COVID-19 positive. Preventative goes beyond regular janitorial cleaning. After a case has been confirmed, proper PPE is used so the cleaning staff is as safe as possible. Rozalado provides a full decontamination of the entire facility to disinfect every surface top to bottom. This includes the application of EPA list N and CDC approved disinfectants using sprayers including electrostatic sprayers. Every surface and all high touch points throughout the building will be disinfected.