Following the success of the vaccination programme roll out across the country, we’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Yet uncertainty is rife amongst the education sector who are responsible for the section of our community that have not been vaccinated. We have all been warned that the Coronavirus is with us for the foreseeable future and likely to remain an issue for Schools, Colleges and Universities through the Autumn and Winter months. In addition to this the usual winter bugs will also be ever present.
So how can educational facilities ensure that they are providing clean, hygienic, and safe environments when their students and staff return in September?
Nviro have been ahead of the game throughout the pandemic as they already employed so many of the technologies, methodologies and products needed to keep their educational partners safe through this unprecedented time. As a professional cleaning service, they are continually looking for the next step and are convinced that the 3 areas each establishment needs to focus on are personal hygiene, air quality and protected surfaces.
The pandemic has reminded us that the best way to protect ourselves is through prevention, a key part of this is practising good personal hygiene.
Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Use a hand sanitiser before and after touching common surfaces like door handles, handrails, and shared kitchen facilities
Follow physical distancing guidelines where possible
Uee a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand
Throughout the pandemic schools had to resort to turning up the heating and opening all the windows and doors to ensure ventilation. The obvious concern with this was the impact on the environment, with heat conservation literally out the window and school’s budgets being pushed to the limit and beyond. But the impact on the educational attainment of our children and young people has been overlooked by those outside of the sector. Children learning in coats and gloves were a familiar sight, but this is not an environment conducive to learning and we all want to do what we can to ensure we mitigate the detrimental affect the need for ventilation has on education this coming autumn.
Through air filtration and purification, you can achieve significantly improved air quality and save significant money on heating bills. It has been proven that improved air quality not only reduces the risk of air-borne viruses and bacteria but also improves the environment to induce higher concentration levels and less drowsiness. Air filtration is often a cost neutral solution as it is offset against the savings in energy bills.
Cross-infection viruses and bacteria, including COVID-19, are known to be higher in enclosed spaces with multiple occupancy and inadequate external ventilation. Viral particles, usually contained within tiny liquid droplets, are expelled by infected people every breath. Where the droplets are sufficiently small, air currents have a greater effect upon them than gravity, and they can remain suspended in the air almost indefinitely, posing an infection risk to others in the same space. Ensuring adequate protection is complicated by the fact that infected persons are typically most infectious before symptoms arise.
Reducing the risk of airborne transmission requires the dilution of viral particles that are in the air and can be achieved through Air Filtration by installing air purifiers to remove airborne contaminants like bacteria from the air, or through Air sterilisation which uses Ultraviolet technologies to kill airborne pathogens and harmful viruses and bacteria.
Bio Shield Technology
Antimicrobial coatings are increasingly being deployed across the educational sector to protect all building users. Using electrostatic technology to spray and wrap the chemical over and around surfaces and touchpoints, the bio shield layer forms a lasting protective coating on all targeted surfaces, which prevents viruses and bacteria from attaching, breeding, or surviving on the surface. This layer remains on surfaces for a whole month or more, continuing to destroy the pathogens upon contact, whilst also allowing cleaning to continue with no degradation to the effectiveness of the protective layer. Antimicrobial bio shields are suitable for a wide range of surfaces. The product’s strong bond to the surface ensures a lasting hold and neutralises a range of bacteria and viruses as well as fungi, algae, mould, yeast, and spores. In effect, bio shields provide an inhospitable surface for pathogens to live or grow on.
COVID-19 has undoubtedly been a challenge for us all, with the adverse effect on education through lost days being well publicised. As a nation we are more aware than ever of the importance of reducing the impact of viruses in our Schools, Colleges, and Universities, be those seasonal illnesses or an outbreak.
The cleaning industry has worked in partnership with the Education Sector in maximising attendance rates and minimising budgets that are stretched through the need to finance cover teaching. This work has been underpinned by a range of hygiene reporting methodologies to evidence the effectiveness of the above, providing reassurance to building users and stakeholders that they are in an environment that is clean, hygienic, and safe.
Our team are available to provide advice and support at this time. Should you have any questions or feel we can help please contact us.
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