Giving Compass' Take:

• As Singapore plans to re-open, businesses are finding creative ways to uphold high-quality environmental sanitation efforts in the workplace. 

• How can international donors encourage sanitation practices during COVID-19 and beyond? 

• Learn more about what you can do during COVID-19 to make an impact with this toolkit.  

Infection prevention remains at the forefront of everyone’s minds as Singapore starts to ease restrictions of the circuit breaker, the local name given to the lockdown to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. With a heightened awareness of health and safety in the city-state, businesses are considering ways to improve environmental sanitation standards beyond the pandemic.

As Sars-CoV-2 can survive on plastic and stainless steel for two to three days, the two tiers of environmental sanitation—disinfection and protection—are equally important, said Charn Bakhda, managing director of Singapore-based environmental solutions provider Big Red.

For a thorough disinfection of spaces against deadly viruses, bacteria and mould, Big Red’s solution is an aerosolised fog disinfectant named BR Strike, with an efficacy of “6 log kill”, or a 99.9999 per cent reduction of pathogens.

BR Strike uses binary ionization technology that only relies on one active ingredient that is effective against coronaviruses—low percentage hydrogen peroxide. The disinfectant has a rapid application and turnaround time, is non-corrosive, and is safe for electronic equipment.

As Singapore heads towards a new post-Covid normal later this year, facilities managers will take on a greater responsibility to upkeep the cleanliness and hygiene of their premises. Frequent cleaning, disinfecting and increased accountability are part of the amendment of the Environmental Public Health Act by NEA to introduce mandatory baseline cleaning standards.

Read the full article about environmental sanitation standards at Eco-Business.