COVID-19 Deep Cleaning in Melbourne

If there has been a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 present at your workplace or business, you must carry out a deep clean of the site to reduce the risk of further infections and keep your staff safe. At ACS Commercial Cleaning Melbourne, we sensitively and carefully provide compliant COVID-19 cleans and thorough deep cleans for many commercial customers among most commercial cleaning companies

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If one of your employees, who have been present in the workplace, returns a positive COVID-19 test, you must take action. You are required to report the case to the Department of Health and close the site until we can carry out deep cleaning.

Our team is trained in the requirements of COVID-19 deep cleaning and decontamination. Each member of our team has completed an approved WHS training course to conduct a hygienic clean. We are committed to carrying out the highest standard of commercial cleaning at your premises so that you can reassure customers and staff that it is safe to return.

What are the laws about COVID-19 deep cleaning?

If your business or workplace has had a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 on your site, you must carry out deep cleaning to ensure the site is safe for use and visitation. This once-off clean and disinfection of your businesses is a requirement for any exposure site. It is also necessary in settings where mandatory outbreak measures have been put into place. 

In most cases, you will need to close your business or office to allow deep cleaning to occur. In bigger buildings, it may be possible to have some sections remain open while cleaners are on site.

When should deep cleaning occur?

In some cases, your employee will be the ones to alert you to the fact they have been in the workplace during a time they were potentially infectious with COVID-19. In other cases, the Health Department will notify you that a positive case has occurred on site. In either situation, you are required to ensure that a complete deep clean is carried out.

Which businesses need to carry out COVID-19 deep cleaning?

These cleaning requirements apply to all businesses which are used by the public and customers, including shop fronts and areas secured from the public, such as offices. This requirement also covers:

  • Schools
  • Universities
  • Childcare Centres
  • Aged Care Facilities
  • Recreation and entertainment venues
  • Accommodation sites
  • Factories
  • Health services 
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Where should deep cleaning occur?

Deep cleaning needs to occur in any rooms identified as part of an initial risk assessment. Special attention must be paid to frequently touched surfaces in the central business or office area, along with shared surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms. 

Examples of frequently touched surfaces include:

  • Light switches
  • Door handles
  • Lift buttons
  • Countertops
  • EFTPOS machines
  • Sign-in touch screens and stations
  • Tap handles
  • Soap dispensers
  • Handles
  • Buttons on appliances

Our cleaners are familiar with the surfaces considered to be high risk and classified as frequently touched and will know which must be disinfected.

Who can perform COVID-19 deep cleaning?

Deep cleaning at a confirmed COVID-19 workplace or business must be completed by cleaners who have been trained in the particular requirements. You may use in-house cleaning staff if they have been fully trained and understand the needs. Another option is to hire a contracted cleaning service. 

Using an external service is a brilliant idea because COVID-19 deep cleaning specialists are efficient and meet the required hygiene standards. Having some extra support from external cleaners to come in to supplement your cleaning practices will not impact your existing staff regarding their roles, workload, or roster. 

What is involved in COVID-19 deep cleaning?

Guidelines and rules detail how to carry out deep cleaning to decontaminate an area with a COVID-19 exposure. Cleaners must be equipped with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). 

An assessment of the area needs to be undertaken to determine which surfaces and rooms must be cleaned. Alternatively, you may provide a list of all identified areas and surfaces to be included in the deep clean. An agreement will then be made about exactly what will be cleaned. High-touch surfaces and shared equipment must be amongst the materials cleaned and disinfected. 

Our cleaners will move and relocate any items that could prevent surfaced from being adequately cleaned and disinfected and will then clean all identified surfaces with both an approved detergent and disinfectant. The disinfectant used must be one that can kill viruses.

To comply with guidelines, we will also leave you with a record of all cleaning products, the names of cleaners undertaking the job, and the supervising cleaner.

Waste and laundry management for COVID-19 deep cleaning

There are also special requirements for how to dispose of cleaning materials used in a deep clean. All waste from the cleaning site is considered clinical waste and must be placed in biohazard bags and sent to landfill. 

The wipes, paper towels and gloves used are also considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of accordingly. If reusable cloths have been used, they must be laundered to a particular standard by a commercial laundry. Staff uniforms must also be removed before leaving the site and cleaned effectively. 

 

What is a Virus and how does it differ from a Bacteria?

Put simply, Bacteria are living, self-contained organisms, who reproduce on their own, while a virus requires a host to live in and through which is spreads (reproduces).

Covid_19 has been identified as an airborne virus. In other words, it travels through the air, landing on surfaces, until another potential host picks it up by touching a contaminated surface.  Covid_19 has been shown to have a varying life on difference surfaces also. In other words, it can sit on cardboard, metal or wood, etc., and live for varying lengths of time. If another potential host touches a contaminated surface, and then, for example, wipes their nose or shake someone’s hand, the virus has now spread to several new hosts. And because it has a surface life that varies, the virus can remain on a surface for some time, before infecting a new host, who in turn, further spreads the virus.

And this is why Melbourne is in full Stage4 Lockdown. However, lockdown alone will not eliminate the potential surface contamination; only a professional Deep Clean of your premises can do that.

So, what should you be doing NOW?

Thorough and efficient cleaning for commercial and residential spaces are the utmost importance now. That’s why you need a professional cleaning company ACS Commercial Cleaning Melbourne. And for medical practices, where public fear of Covid_19 contamination is real, there needs not only be regular active Covid Deep Cleaning performed, your patient’s need to know when, who and how those Deep Cleans are happening – and that those performing them are fully accredited.

Below is a statement from the State Government on Covid Safe Practices.

“If you are a high-risk industry (construction, warehousing and distribution, supermarket and medical distribution centres) your COVIDSafe Plan must be complemented by a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan if you operate in metropolitan Melbourne.

If you are an abattoir or meat processing (including seafood and poultry), you must complete a High Risk COVIDSafe Plan regardless of where you operate in Victoria.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support and the Industry Coordination Centre

The Business Victoria website and hotline provide information on restrictions and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Call Business Victoria on 13 22 15.”

To assist all businesses in preparing and committing to an effective Covid Safe plan, we have included two state government links.

These links will help each business owner, or company director know their obligations during this very demanding period, including ensuring those claiming to be Covid_19 Deep Clean Accredited, are – as it is also the Businesses responsibility to check their cleaner is a professional cleaner.

Frightening fact: Covid_19 has the ability to cling to the body before entering our air passages. In other words, you could potentially touch a desk, or phone, or kettle contaminated with Covid_19, the virus could then cling to your hand, and you could, unknowingly rub your face and before you know it, you have been infected.

How much does COVID-19 deep cleaning cost?

Costs for a deep clean will vary, dependent on the scale of the job and the number of rooms and services that require deep cleaning. Our service includes a full risk assessment, which allows us to assess the site, determine any high-risk environments, the costs of materials, cleaning products, and other PPE that will be used and disposed of after the deep clean has occurred.

Acs Cleaning Melbourne for complete COVID-19 deep cleaning

We have the appropriate capacity, skills, and experience to ensure your COVID-19 deep clean is conducted thoroughly and effectively and complies with Department of Health Cleaning Guidelines. Choosing the wrong cleaning company for COVID-19 deep clean services can be detrimental to your business, involve unnecessary costs, or, even worse, create a risk of cross-infection or further infections for your staff.

Because we know that the closure of your business costs your business money, we respond quickly and prioritise COVID-19 cleaning requests. We will take care of the cleaning, meaning you can safely welcome your staff and customers back onsite as soon as possible.

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