Managing the second wave: The importance of laundry hygiene in the fight against COVID-19

Though the first wave of the pandemic was entirely unprecedented and to some extent unpredictable, leading scientists made one thing clear very early on.

With all evidence pointing to the virus’ ability to survive on inanimate surfaces as well as being transmitted from person to person, (Journal Of Hospital Infection) the importance of high quality hand and surface hygiene was strongly emphasised.

The laundry industry, where transmission is possible both from textile use and from hand to surface contamination, is an area where protection simply cannot be overlooked.

With the second wave of COVID19 either rapidly approaching or already hitting countries across the world, the importance of hygiene in the laundry must once again be emphasised in order to minimise impact.

How to ensure safety in the laundry?

As the second wave of the pandemic hits, it’s more important than ever to follow a measured and comprehensive hygiene procedure. Ecolab’s PROTEX360° Laundry Protection Program provides five pillars on which to base your plant’s operations during the second wave of pandemics.

Five Pillars of PROTEX360° Laundry Protection Program. Source: Ecolab

Washing solutions

The most important component of PROTEX360° Laundry Protection Program is arguably the washing solutions. With the range of Ecolab’s D+ solutions, specifically developed to cover the full spectrum of disinfection, commercial laundries can be certain that cleaning needs of their customers are being addressed. Each of these solutions has been tested for virucidal efficacy according to EN 14476.

For further support in crafting a comprehensive hygiene approach at the plant PROTEX360° Program also incorporates a Hygiene Plan. This includes a full outline of guidelines and procedures that ensure the safe use of the hand and surface sanitizers needed to protect the different areas of operations in a laundry. Hand hygiene is one of a key parts of this, for example, because it ensures that there is no secondary contamination to textiles after washing.

Focusing on staff safety

A holistic hygiene approach will, of course, also focus on keeping staff safe. As well as ensuring that staff take time off if they are potentially infected outside of work, hand hygiene stations are vital to prevent transmission within the workplace. Ecolab’s touch-free Dermados Station ensures maximum hand hygiene in even a busy workplace by bypassing the need to press buttons or levers.

Guidance from The Centres For Disease Control and Prevention describes the importance of frequent hand washing, particularly after coming into contact with shared surfaces (CDC). Ecolab’s Skinman Soft Protect FF hand sanitiser is perfect for this necessary frequent cleaning. Not only is it fully virucidal, but it is specially formulated to protect the hands where other sanitizers may damage the skin after frequent use.

Standalone unit with touch free operation for safe application of hand disinfectants in highly frequented areas. Source: Ecolab

 

Fully virucidal liquid hand disinfectant with vitamin E, Glycerin & Panthenal. Source: Ecolab

Though the first wave of the pandemic was entirely unprecedented and to some extent unpredictable, leading scientists made one thing clear very early on.

With all evidence pointing to the virus’ ability to survive on inanimate surfaces as well as being transmitted from person to person, (Journal Of Hospital Infection) the importance of high quality hand and surface hygiene was strongly emphasised.

The laundry industry, where transmission is possible both from textile use and from hand to surface contamination, is an area where protection simply cannot be overlooked.

With the second wave of COVID19 either rapidly approaching or already hitting countries across the world, the importance of hygiene in the laundry must once again be emphasised in order to minimise impact.

How to ensure safety in the laundry?

As the second wave of the pandemic hits, it’s more important than ever to follow a measured and comprehensive hygiene procedure. Ecolab’s PROTEX360° Laundry Protection Program provides five pillars on which to base your plant’s operations during the second wave of pandemics.

Five Pillars of PROTEX360° Laundry Protection Program. Source: Ecolab

Washing solutions

The most important component of PROTEX360° Laundry Protection Program is arguably the washing solutions. With the range of Ecolab’s D+ solutions, specifically developed to cover the full spectrum of disinfection, commercial laundries can be certain that cleaning needs of their customers are being addressed. Each of these solutions has been tested for virucidal efficacy according to EN 14476.

For further support in crafting a comprehensive hygiene approach at the plant PROTEX360° Program also incorporates a Hygiene Plan. This includes a full outline of guidelines and procedures that ensure the safe use of the hand and surface sanitizers needed to protect the different areas of operations in a laundry. Hand hygiene is one of a key parts of this, for example, because it ensures that there is no secondary contamination to textiles after washing.

Focusing on staff safety

A holistic hygiene approach will, of course, also focus on keeping staff safe. As well as ensuring that staff take time off if they are potentially infected outside of work, hand hygiene stations are vital to prevent transmission within the workplace. Ecolab’s touch-free Dermados Station ensures maximum hand hygiene in even a busy workplace by bypassing the need to press buttons or levers.

Guidance from The Centres For Disease Control and Prevention describes the importance of frequent hand washing, particularly after coming into contact with shared surfaces (CDC). Ecolab’s Skinman Soft Protect FF hand sanitiser is perfect for this necessary frequent cleaning. Not only is it fully virucidal, but it is specially formulated to protect the hands where other sanitizers may damage the skin after frequent use.

Standalone unit with touch free operation for safe application of hand disinfectants in highly frequented areas. Source: Ecolab

 

Fully virucidal liquid hand disinfectant with vitamin E, Glycerin & Panthenal. Source: Ecolab

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