How a COVID-19 Outbreak Could Affect Workplaces Woodard’s crews are applying Disinfection Services in thousands of commercial buildings throughout St. Louis. These locations include medical facilities, commercial buildings, schools, hotels, fire stations, and more! The Operational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) states “similar to influenza viruses, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has the potential to cause extensive outbreaks.” They contuine to explain that “under conditions associated with widespread person-to-person spread, multiple areas of the United States and other countries may see impacts at the same time.” It’s clear that prevention of dangerous pathogens (like COVID-19) is a top priority across St. Louis. At Woodard, we implement a revolutionary pathogen prevention system that kills the toughest, most threatening pathogens within seconds. This cost-effective solution comprises EPA-designated safe ingredients that are non-toxic, fast-acting, allergen-free and safe for people and pets. Due to its patented spray technology, Disinfection Services® even works on handles, knobs and keyboards, ensuring that every surface gets treated. To help combat the spread of the coronavirus and other emerging viral pathogens, Woodard can apply Disinfection Services® in your facility, which has shown to be effective against emerging viral pathogens similar to SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Save money by: Minimizing maintenance sanitizing to a simple wipe down. Protecting from airborne molecules, ultimately enabling faster room conversion. Keeping employees healthier to minimize sick days and improve efficiency. Hiring a reputable company that has experience in the field for years. How our system works: As part of your cleaning service or as an a-la-carte service, your fully-trained Woodard technicians will apply the solution with an electrostatic mister to protect all surfaces. The positively-charged particles from these solutions surround and adhere to all treated surfaces, ensuring maximum protection from pathogens. Disinfection Services® is a proven safe and cost-effective method for pathogen prevention for facilities that demand highly sanitary conditions. In fact, technicians apply the solution efficiently — at approximately 5,000 square feet per hour — making it a wise investment in your facility’s safety. Under the scope Proven the following common kill times: Emerging Viral Pathogens*: 4 minutes Staphylococcus aureus: 4 minutes Salmonella enterica: 4 minutes Norovirus: 4 minutes Canine Parvovirus: 10 minutes Escherichia Coli 0157:H7: 10 minutes Feline Calicivirus: 10 minutes Hepatitis A (Hepadnavirus): 10 minutes Influenza (H1N1): 10 minutes Staphylococcus Aureus MRSA & GRSA: 10 minutes *List N includes products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Why our system outperforms other pathogen prevention solutions Other commonly used disinfectants can cause harm without killing pathogens as effectively. Chlorine kills antimicrobials but is less effective against spore-forming organisms and has no residual protection. It can cause ocular irritation or burns to the gastrointestinal tract and can corrode metal. It has a very short shelf life and is often misused. Bleach reduces microbes, but not necessarily to levels considered safe by public health codes or regulations. It can effectively sanitize, but not disinfect. Alcohol provides the highest bactericidal effect when a 70%-80% aqueous solution is used in ideal temperatures. It is ineffective on spores and many viruses evaporate quickly and have no residual effects. Hydrogen Peroxide disinfects but is no longer recommended for antiseptic use, as recent studies have shown it to be toxic to growing cells as well as bacteria. It also has a short shelf life with no residual protection. Phenol disinfects but is corrosive to the skin, can be toxic to sensitive people and has no residual effects. UV Light helps disinfect but is carcinogenic.