We are here to help you and your employees, customers, and family members stay safe and unexposed from COVID-19 and other infectious pathogens. As a business owner, you are expected to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all of your customers and employees. Our service was designed for this sole purpose. Here are some important COVID-19 guidelines to review as an employer before looking into the FAQ. They are categorized into different types of facilities. These are here for your convenience. This does not constitute the provision of legal advice or services. Our employees are trained and certified for all settings and an individualized treatment plan can be developed specific to your business and its needs.
Question: Can a UVGI system be installed by an employee?
Answer: The CDC HIGHLY recommends UVGI fixtures be installed by experienced professionals in the UVGI industry who are familiar with ASHRAE and NIOSH UVGI protocols. Fixtures must be placed in the correct location so that they are not only fixed in the prime position to disinfect, but they are also in a safe place out of human exposure zone.
Question: How do we know that UVGI installation is safe and effective?
Answer: Our technicians measure UVC irradiation for the upper air portion and the eye level portions of the room. We abide by the ASHRAE and NIOSH guidelines on the effective and safe UVC levels permitted in a building. We also provide our customers with an optional maintenance service in which we clean and test the bulbs every month, and change the bulbs every year.
Question: How do we know that UVC Sanitizing Solutions service treats COVID-19 in our business facility?
Answer: On every decontamination job our technicians utilize special UV-C Testing Strips (see our services and pricing page for a picture) that are placed in various places throughout the facility. These strips start off as a bright yellow color and change to a green or dark green color when exposed to germicidal UV-C light. The darker the green, the higher the exposure intensity. MRSA, COVID-19, and other pathogens require their own amounts of UV-C energy exposure in order to be destroyed or inactivated. By using our special color coded keys and comparing the UV-C Testing Strips we can accurately verify that the entire area has been exposed to enough UV-C light to treat ALL pathogens, including COVID-19. Surprisingly, Coronavirus is one of the easier pathogens to treat requiring a smaller dose of UV-C than a lot of other viruses and bacteria.
Question: What needs to be done if we have a confirmed case of either an employee, customer, or visitor who tested positive for COVID-19 and was present in the facility or building?
Answer: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the first thing to do is make sure the person is removed from the facility and their exit path is cleared and contained, all while wearing a mask and covering their face as much as possible. The next step would be to close-off and isolate the area in which the person was located. This is when you can immediately contact us for a UV-C complete air and surface treatment of the entire facility. This is what we are trained to do and we will be sure to treat the area completely for COVID-19 and other pathogens.
Also see: General Duty Clause, 29 USC 654, section 5(a)(1) requires that employers protect their employees from recognized hazards. It is an employer's responsibility to maintain a reasonably safe environment for their employees and invitees. Visit the OSHA website for a more detailed list of guidelines at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
Question: Can the owner of a business perform the decontamination for a COVID-19 case?
Answer: There are no clear regulations that can prevent having one of the employers try and clean and disinfect an area. However, it is highly recommended to have a specialized decontamination company like UVC Sanitizing Solutions, LLC send trained professionals out to perform the sanitizing and cleaning. Be sure to follow and meet the requirements to comply with the OSHA and EPA regulations.