Protect Your Building Against Infectious Diseases

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Protect your building against infectious diseases

Living and work conditions can play a critical role in the spread of infectious disease – Spanish Flu, measles outbreaks in schools, SARS, Coronavirus, etc.  If the condition of buildings can make things worse, then proper procedures help protect your building, making things a lot safer for occupants – students, teachers, employees, customers, etc.

We are constantly learning about the new Coronavirus, but there is evidence that such viruses can spread via airborne droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  More broadly, emerging Coronaviruses can also be spread through small particles in the air – droplet nuclei, through contact with infected surfaces – as well as fomite transmission and through a fecal-oral route.

Good ventilation is key to a healthy building

Even with this uncertainty, proper maintenance and cleaning of commercial businesses and buildings can help fight the spread of infectious disease.  Based on research, it has been found that when ventilation and filtration rates increased above industry minimums, and when air purifiers are used to supplement the building systems, there is a 50% reduction in the relative risk of transmission.  Other studies show that higher outdoor air ventilation rates and better filtration can reduce risk from influenza, rhinovirus, tuberculosis and SARS.

Good news!  It is easy to improve ventilation and filtration in most buildings.  For those with mechanical systems, it is important to make sure the system is on whenever the building is occupied, rather than just 8 am to 5 pm, and then increase the rates of fresh air being brought in.  For buildings without central systems – schools, etc., opening windows plays a role in flushing out stale indoor air. Controlling airflow between rooms helps to prevent cross-contamination.

Regular surface disinfection also helps protect against infectious disease

Another important mechanism for protecting your building against infectious disease is routine surface cleaning.  One study found SARS Coronavirus RNA on 30% of hospital surfaces, including patient rooms, handrails and computers.  Regular disinfecting of high-touch surfaces makes a difference, especially in areas where disease can be present.

It is important to put our buildings to work for us to help fight against infectious diseases – Coronavirus, Influenza, etc.  But even the healthiest buildings need support from the right commercial service providers.

System4 Facility Services is an industry leader in commercial cleaning, disinfecting and repair and maintenance services.  We specialize in creating customized cleaning solutions to fit the unique needs of your facility.  We are your one-point-of-contact for all facility services needs, including HVAC repair and maintenance.  Our vast network of experienced, vetted service providers is well-prepared to meet and exceed your expectations.

System4 Cleaning and Disinfection Services include:

  • Hospital grade, EPA approved cleaning and disinfecting products
  • Fully trained technicians
  • We adhere to all CDC guidelines including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • High frequency touch point areas and surfaces that are disinfected include:
    • Door handles and push plates
    • Faucets & dispensers
    • Phones and keyboards
    • Light Switches
    • Elevators
    • Handrails
  • Additional protection available, including:
    • Electrostatic Disinfection Service which will effectively and efficiently clean and protect hard to reach areas and surfaces.
    • Microshield 360 Antimicrobial, which provides an effective disinfection, plus a long lasting antimicrobial coating.

Disinfection Services Are Available in:  Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Emeryville, Alameda, Hayward, Fremont, San Leandro, Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, and many other San Francisco East Bay Locations.

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