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Germs & Viruses in the Workplace

15 Sep 2020 4:34 PM | Jonathan Dove

Germs and Viruses are in the workplace.  Sounds like something that is fairly common knowledge, but how seriously do you take the idea of routinely cleaning and disinfecting your facility to protect the people who use your school, business, or government building from these germs and viruses?  Germs & Viruses are all around us, and if the current pandemic has taught us anything it's that we need to understand that routine cleaning and disinfecting with a product that has a strong efficacy is an important part of our day to day planning for our facilities.  It's critical as an educator, small business owner, or government facility manager that you have access to the tools necessary to keep the microorganism population in your buildings down in order to protect the students, customers, staff and general public who use them.

The efficacy of a disinfection product tells you how effective it is at killing bacteria.  For example, a product with an efficacy of 99.99% is what we call a Log4 kill and it means that if you had 1 million microorganisms in a room, the disinfectant would kill all but 100.  When you use the disinfectant you need to apply it to the surface you need to treat, after it has been cleaned, and allow it to sit on the surface for the recommended contact time (dwell time) on the label in order to allow the disinfectant to do its job.  Air drying the disinfectant is the best way to ensure you are able to achieve the highest log kill possible.   The entire facility should be disinfected whenever possible, but high contact areas, such as door knobs, light switches, etc. are important to focus on in the fight against spreading disease.

Following the 2-step disinfection process of cleaning and disinfecting will give you the best chance of protecting the people in your facility from the spread of disease from Germs and Viruses.

At Prospray we are committed to delivering professional disinfecting services to our local small businesses, educational facilities, medical facilities, and government buildings in our service area of North DFW.  We aim to serve these groups to enable them to effectively meet the CDC Reopening America Guidance which asks these groups to use an EPA-approved disinfectant as a second step beyond their routine cleaning as we get our public spaces, businesses and schools re-opened.  We believe that our efforts to step into this space and provide this service to our local community will drive safety among our neighbors and mitigate the spread of disease.  You can find us in the IJCSA Directory here:


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