Disinfecting fogging has become popular and a much sought-after service during the Coronavirus pandemic. Decontamination fogging is the most effective solution for disinfecting large indoor spaces and rooms, killing bacteria, viruses, and harmful organisms.
It is an adequate response for businesses and organisations where there has been a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. By undertaking fogging, you protect the health of employees, customers, and members of the public who may enter the room.
However, disinfecting fogging is controlled by strict regulations to ensure it is safe for people and workers who use or enter the space afterward. The law must be followed in all instances, and the service must be carried out by a fully trained professional.
The Regulations Surrounding Disinfecting Fogging
The government regulations surrounding disinfecting fogging cover the equipment used to deliver the mist, which chemicals can be used, and their precise concentration. The processes and working methodologies are governed under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH).
Space should be sealed off to ensure the airborne chemicals are contained within the area they are disinfecting. Containing the active chemicals within the room ensures an adequate and effective concentration and prevents any risk of people inadvertently breathing in leaked chemicals.
For some rooms, sealing may simply mean closing or locking the doors and windows. Where windows and doors do not seal adequately, sealing tape or plastic sheeting may be used.
It is important to ensure that people other than the cleaner who is misting do not enter the space accidentally. The risk of accidental entry to the area or office can be mitigated by posting a control person at entry and exit points.
Fogging and misting in large outdoor spaces is not recommended because dispersion cannot be controlled. Outdoor fogging can be dangerous to people’s health, causing eye, skin, or respiratory irritation or damage.
Only Use A Trained Professional Cleaner
The regulations for disinfecting fogging state that a competent and professionally trained cleaner must only carry it out. Our disinfecting fogging technicians understand how to use the misting equipment, dilute the chemicals to the correct ratio to avoid overdosing, and wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). The trained cleaner also knows where and how to mist shadowed surfaces, such as those hidden underneath or behind objects.
In anticipation of disinfecting fogging, space and surfaces are cleaned using traditional techniques. Dirt that has accumulated on surfaces will reduce the effectiveness of disinfecting fogging, and hence is an essential part of our disinfection services.
Once fogging is complete, the active chemicals can remain suspended in the air for up to 45-60 minutes. Re-entry into the fumigated space must be controlled until this time has elapsed. For more details about our disinfection services and decontamination fogging, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today.