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Keeping The Workplace Safe
Keeping the Workplace Safe
Encourage your employees to...
- Practice Good Hygiene
- Stop shaking hands – use other noncontact methods of greetin
- Clean hands with sanitizer or wash their hands frequently
- Avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
- Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
- Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
- Be Careful with Meetings and Travel
- Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
- When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
- Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
- Assess the risks of business travel
- Handle Food Carefully
- Limit sharing food with others
- Strengthen health screenings for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
- Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene
- Stay Home if...
- They are feeling sick
- They have a sick family member in their home
The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration
Common Biohazard Scenarios
Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO of South Brevard Professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.
SERVPRO of South Brevard Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO of South Brevard Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.
SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of South Brevard Professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.
24 Hour Emergency Service
Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why SERVPRO of South Brevard Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.
We Are Cleanup and Biohazard Experts
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19. COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.
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Illness from COVID-19 is wide ranging, from mild to severe symptoms and death. According to the CDC, symptom may appear two days to two weeks after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
It is important to consult your medical provider if you develop any severe or concerning symptoms.
Expert Level Cleaning Services
SERVPRO of South Brevard professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
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The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Commonsense precautions to help control spread of the flu virus
Flu season is here, and it’s often marked by the offers of free flu shots in neighborhood pharmacies and stores across the country. SERVPRO cleaning pros—experts in cleaning and sanitizing building materials, surfaces, and contents after fire, water, or natural disasters—remind home and business owners how important it is to step-up routine cleaning efforts during this time of year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the flu virus can remain viable on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Cleaning surfaces and objects that are frequently touched minimizes the likelihood of contacting the flu virus when you touch an infected surface.
According to the CDC, nearly 15 percent of the U.S. population suffered from the flu in 2018. More than 950,000 people were hospitalized and almost 80,000 people died from flu complications, making 2018 the most severe flu season since 2009.
“As an emergency response company, we understand the hidden danger of contaminated surfaces in a workplace or home,” said Rick Isaacson, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, LLC. “This time of year, the flu virus can be a ‘hidden danger’ at home, at work, and in the community. It is a serious illness, and we want everyone to take it seriously.”
The CDC recommends the following to help protect yourself or your loved ones from contracting the flu.
- Get vaccinated. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important protection against this serious virus.
- Thoroughly wash your hands (20 seconds or more with soap and water) or sanitize them frequently throughout the day, even if you are not infected, to help protect yourself and others.
- Beware of frequently touched surfaces, like handrails and doorknobs. Keep them clean at home using a bleach and water solution and clean your hands as soon as possible if you must touch them in public.
If you or a family member comes down with the flu despite these precautions, keep in mind the flu spreads primarily through droplets from a sick person when they cough, sneeze, or talk. With that in mind, the CDC offers the following guidelines to help control the spread of the disease:
- Stay home and keep your distance. Infected droplets from a sick person’s nose or mouth can travel up to six feet and land in the noses and mouths of people nearby, exposing them to the illness.
- Wait until you are fever free – without medications – for at least 24 hours before returning to school, work, or normal activities.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue and clean your hands with soap or a sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol.
There is no such thing as a foolproof flu protection plan, says Isaacson, but frequent hand-washing and conscientious cleaning practices at home, work, and in the community are precautions everyone can practice to help keep them and their loved ones healthy. For more flu statistics and tips on how to help prevent the spread of the flu virus, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu.
Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration
Biohazards such as raw sewage, blood or dead animals can be hard to deal with considering they pose risks such as spreading infections. Some situations involving biohazards may also be stressful especially if a loved one was hurt or a crime involved. Technicians from SERVPRO of South Brevard are skilled in bio-recovery from crime and trauma scenes. We also invest in the necessary PPE, Personal Protective Equipment including respirators, splash goggles, rubber gloves and boots, so we remove the wastes fast without exposure to the dangerous elements.
We understand the need for thorough cleaning in any area affected by biohazards to remove traces of the material, prevent staining and remove any odors present. Our IICRC certified crewmembers help deliver the results you desire using different approaches. We use various professional cleaning agents to break down the biohazards material facilitating removal. We also have equipment such as power washers or surface scrubbers to remove the elements through mechanical action. We follow local waste disposal codes and observe EPA and OSHA protocols when disposing materials or water from a biohazard site.
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The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.
We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:
- Sewage backups
- Crime scene residues
- Suicide/death accidents
- Homicide cleanups
- Blood cleanup
- Accident cleanup
- Hoarding scenes
- Animal waste/remains
- Chemical spills
- Tear gas cleanup
- Meth lab cleanup
The Health Hazards of Water Damage in Port Malabar
A Broken Sewage Line Means Blackwater
Unhealthy Water Damaged Home in Port Malabar Gets Restored by SERVPRO
After a natural disaster or pipe leak, water damage in your Port Malabar home can compromise the sanitation, safety, and structural integrity of your home. The longer the water damage goes unaddressed, the more problems it can present to your residential property. Thus what began as a category 1 loss can quickly evolve into Category 2 and even 3. Once this happens, your personal goods and furnishings could become unsalvageable. For these reasons, securing effective, immediate assistance is critically important in the 24 hours that follows the onset of water damage. Learn more about water damage and why hiring a professional water damage restoration service company like SERVPRO is important.
Categories Of Water Damage
One of the most important factors to consider when your property is impacted by water damage is the water's category. The three categories include:
Category 1: includes water intrusion through leaks, pipe breaks or rain water. Category 1 water is clean and poses no serious health hazards. The problem is that pooling, or standing water, can start to wick up and become absorbed into fabric and wood furniture. It may also damage electrical systems and household appliances and electronics.
Category 2: is grey water. This type of water contains a substantive degree of biological, physical, and chemical contamination. The water quality can result from factors such as a broken dishwasher drain (soap and food debris), leaky aquarium or a different source of water not directly linked to your drinking water supply line. This type of water can pose health hazards to humans and pets exposed to it.
Category 3: is black water. This type of water is dangerous because it contains pathogenic agents. This blackwater will contain bacteria, possible fertilizer seepage and many other sources of contamination. A very common source is a broken sewage line. Keep in mind that grey water (category 2) can degrade into Category 3 without prompt water extraction.
The Importance Of Getting Professional Help
In the event that your structural contents and materials have been contaminated by black or gray water, you will be in need of professional restoration assistance. Water damage remediation specialists possess the equipment, experience, and expertise necessary to properly clean, dry, and repair your property so that it is safe and sanitary to reenter and use. Hiring SERVPRO will also help mitigate expensive repair fees resulting from water damage.
Our professionals are IICRC-certified and possess advanced knowledge regarding the drying process. We will provide you with a preloss list and value of contents document, an assistance of burden of proof for claims which all translates into peace of mind for you. Additionally, we offer 24-hour emergency services for your water damage emergency in Palm Shores.
Locally Owned and Operated
We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of South Brevard is close by and ready to respond to your water and flood damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Port Malabar community and we also serve Satellite Beach and Sebastian. to Call us. (321) 777-5131