Subscribing to a Vector Disinfecting Service in Singapore

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This guide will contain a list of benefits of subscribing to a vector disinfecting service and the hallmarks of a professional disinfecting service to look out for should you wish to subscribe to one in Singapore. 

With the arrival of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, to Singapore’s shores, there has been a corresponding increase in the demand for vector disinfecting services by schools, companies and owners of private residences in Singapore. It is not difficult to understand why the local demand for such services has been on the rise given the shocking scientific reports of Covid-19 living on surfaces such as plastic, glass and metal for up to a lengthy nine days. From DBS’ evacuation of all its 300 employees from its head office to Victoria Junior College’s thorough disinfection of the school compound after one of its teachers contracted Covid-19, it appears that staying safe may be better than sorry during this highly uncertain period. 

 

What is Vector Disinfection? 

A worker carrying out fumigation to disinfect the grilles of a metal gates outside a premise.

Vector disinfection, as its name suggests, is a thorough, 360 degrees type of disinfection that is able to eliminate the majority of germs through either chemical methods or physical methods (e.g. heat). Fumigation is, by far, the most common way of delivering the gaseous disinfectant in enclosed spaces, followed by steaming. Regardless of which method the disinfection is carried out via, the process needs to be performed by a trained professional for safety reasons.  

 

How Does Vector Disinfection Differ From Area Cleaning? 

Unlike area cleaning which is usually accomplished with soap or water and is merely a physical removal of dirt and grime from surfaces, disinfection makes use of concentrated chemicals or heat to kill off a high percentage of germs residing on surfaces, rendering them incapable of reproducing. Another significant difference between the two is that while area cleaning is oftentimes restricted to reachable areas, the gaseous chemical used in vector disinfection can penetrate into even the most isolated nook and cranny within your home. 

 

Why Subscribe to a Vector Disinfecting Service? 

Here is a list of reasons for you to subscribe to a vector disinfecting service: 

  1. Recognising that vector disinfection is the new cost for business management during this period
  2. Serves as a confidence jab for workers to come to work
  3. Safeguard employees’ occupational health
  4. Strengthen employees’ confidence in you
  5. Heighten employees’ productivity

 

Recognising that Vector Disinfection is the New Cost for Business Management During This Period

Just like a pantry or mandatory housekeeping services, vector disinfection should be the new cost for business management during this period considering how it should be the norm for companies to implement precautionary measures to safeguard workers’ health before the coronavirus crisis subsides. 

 

Serves as a Confidence Jab for Workers to Come to Work

Workers are more likely to feel safer coming to work knowing that they will not be at risk of contracting pneumonia, especially if your workplace houses many workers who can be possible carriers for the deadly coronavirus. 

 

Safeguard Employees’ Occupational Health

Regular disinfection can help to safeguard your employees’ occupational health during this period by eliminating all the harmful microorganisms and bacteria lying around on the surfaces in your office, including the coronavirus. 

 

Strengthen Employees’ Confidence in You

Your employees will likely appreciate the fact that you care deeply about their health by subscribing to a regular disinfecting service during this period, which will elevate the level of trust your employees place in you. 

 

Heighten Employees’ Productivity

Work-from-home or telecommuting arrangements can be scrapped with the implementation of disinfecting services at your office, ensuring maximum work productivity over the duration lasting for the outbreak. 

 

Hallmarks of a Professional Disinfecting Service

Here are some aspects of a professional disinfecting service, such as BUTLER’s vector disinfecting service, that you should definitely look out for: 

  • Professional workers with personal protective equipments (PPEs)
  • Minimise downtime to company operations
  • Performs a thorough level of disinfection including wiping and sanitising of all surfaces by manual labor before fogging service
  • Uses 100% biodegradable disinfectants that eliminate 99.999% of all germs and bacteria on contact and are non-harmful, skin and pet friendly

 

Professional Workers With Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs)

A professionally-trained worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)

Workers should be wearing personal protective equipment (PPEs), such as surgical masks, hand gloves and safety goggles, during the conducting of fumigation. Workers should also be professionally trained to ensure that they are able to carry out the fogging reliably. 

 

Minimise Downtime to Company Operations

To minimise disruption to your company’s operations, you should be looking out for an efficient disinfecting service that can get the job done fast and well. For example, BUTLER ensures that all its disinfecting services are completed within 3 hours by complementing the size of the office area with the corresponding number of workers needed. 

 

Performs a Thorough Level of Disinfection including Wiping and Sanitising of All Surfaces by Manual Labor Before Fogging Service

An employee performing thorough wipe-down of surfaces

For the disinfectant to be truly effective, it needs to be able to reach every nook and cranny within your within your premise. This is why we recommend BUTLER’s vector disinfecting service, whose 360 degrees all-round fogging effectively sanitises every corner and surface of your premise. Unlike some other companies in the industry, BUTLER also performs a manual wipe-down of your entire premise before fumigation is carried out for maximum efficacy.

 

Uses 100% Biodegradable Disinfectants that Eliminate 99.999% of All Germs and Bacteria on Contact and are Non-Harmful, Skin and Pet-Friendly

A bottle of medical-grade disinfectant certified to be kid and pet-friendly

The disinfecting company should ideally be placing your health and that of your loved ones as its utmost priority, for instance, through the use of alcohol-free disinfectants that have been certified to be safe for kids, furniture and food establishments. Did you know that BUTLER also uses environmentally-friendly disinfectants that are 100% biodegradable so as not to leave any harmful chemical residues behind?

 

Need a virus disinfection service?

 

Vector disinfection is a good practice that can help you to take preventive measures to limit the spread of Covid-19, and also to safeguard your health as well as that of your employees. This is an educational article written by BUTLER for businesses and owners of private residences in Singapore.  

Should you have any enquiry or wish to have us implement the above for your office or home to gain a much-needed peace of mind during this period? Contact us and we will get in touch with you shortly.

 

About BUTLER

 

BUTLER is a hospitality and property management service company that strives to free up time and provide greater convenience to individuals and businesses through a complete range of property and lifestyle services.

At BUTLER, we are driven to serve with excellence in everything we do.

 

Implementing a BCP for Businesses in Singapore

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This guide will contain recommended actions that managers can use to implement a business continuity plan for their office and business operations.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) has elevate the DORSCON level in Singapore from Yellow to Orange, we have seen and experienced a shortage of masks and panic this weekend (7,8 February) in local supermarkets whereby the anxiety and fear of the general public and our workers on the fear of coronavirus becoming a pandemic. As such fear spreads in our local community and workforce, as business managers we can help recommend and implement a business continuity plan (BCP), that works for the business and for the workers.

 

What is a Business Continuity Plan?

A BCP is a plan and guideline that a business can adopt to ensure the continuity of business during a pandemic or other environmental or economic situations.

 

Is it difficult and how do I implement a Business Continuity Plan for my company?

Implementing a BCP can be as simple as a few bullet points that act as a guideline for all staff, usually sent out as a notice to staff.

 

Will implementing a Business Continuity Plan be costly for my company?

Yes and No, A BCP can be a non-costly, and effective measure to adopt best practices at no additional cost to the company. A company can also spend additional money for additional preventive measures to safeguard its staff and it varies company to company on the level of BCP it adopts.

 

The list of recommendations for BCP.

  • Split Working Arrangements (Team A, Team B)
  • Limiting Field Activities
  • Limited Multi-Location Activities
  • Limited Gatherings, Coheisions, and Events
  • Work-from-home
  • Provision of Hand Sanitizers
  • Provision of Masks
  • Provision of Hand Wash
  • Avoid handshake
  • Mandatory wearing of mask at workplace
  • Lunch @ office
  • Minimize communication during Lunch
  • Wear a mask during working hours
  • Step up on housekeeping standards
  • Temperature Checks
  • Provision of healthy fruits and vitamin c for pantry.
  • Subscribe to a regular disinfecting service

 

Split Working Arrangements 

To minimise the likelihood of cross-infection, companies can consider setting up different teams (e.g. Team A and Team B) that can be deployed at different locations or can operate on different work schedules. For instance, Team A may be deployed to work-from-home for the first week while Team B may be requested to still come to the office. The two teams will then swap locations for the following week on a rotational basis. 

Limiting Field Activities

Field activities should be discouraged wherever possible to minimise employees’ exposure to the copious number of germs present in the outdoors and the outside air. 

Limiting Multi-Location Activities

Companies should also consider restricting multi-location activities (e.g. meeting clients at various venues) to minimise shuttling from one location to another, especially via public transport. Company operations should also be confined to a centralised work location to cut back on unnecessary travel between workplaces, while employees should be discouraged from making redundant personal trips during coming to work in the morning or leaving for home after work. 

Limiting Gatherings, Cohesions and Events

As one’s chances of contracting the virus are heightened in crowded places, companies should seek to postpone or cancel unnecessary gatherings or social events that anticipate a moderately large crowd of more than twenty persons. 

Work-From-Home

Wherever possible, companies should also encourage employees to telecommute and work-from home to reduce their chances of inadvertently coming into contact with infected persons. Real-time communication e-platforms such as Skype and Google Hangouts may be used as a substitute for face-to-face meetings. 

Provision of Hand Sanitisers

As the coronavirus can jump from one surface to another via accidental contact with the contagious mucus or phlegm from an infected individual, companies should emphasise to employees the importance of maintaining good personal hygiene. To promote the good habit of washing hands, companies can place hand sanitisers at various locations within the office – the hand sanitisers must have at least 60% alcohol for them to be effective – for employees’ use. 

Provision of Masks

In line with the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) general advisory on the coronavirus, companies can consider issuing surgical masks to employees who are feeling unwell or employees who display respiratory symptoms such as cough and runny nose. This will help to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which has been proven to proliferate via respiratory droplets in the air. 

Provision of Hand Wash

Hand wash is also another viable alternative to hand sanitisers should companies not be able to purchase sufficient hand sanitisers. Soap and water reduce the amount of all types of germs on one’s hands, so frequent hand washing should keep them clean. Besides providing hand wash, companies should also advise employees on how to utilise the hand wash effectively – for hand wash to be effective, one must use enough hand wash to cover one’s hands. One should then rub it over one’s hands for 20 seconds, and leave it to dry naturally instead of wiping them dry. 

Avoid Handshakes

It may be a good idea to avoid handshakes for the time being as skin-to-skin contact has been identified to be a possible avenue for a healthy person to obtain the virus from an infected person. Companies should consider encouraging alternative social gestures such as smiles or polite nods. 

Mandatory Wearing of Masks at Workplaces

For businesses whose employees need to interact with customers frequently, companies can consider making it mandatory for these front-line employees (e.g. security guards or customer service staff) to don surgical masks to reduce their chances of contracting the virus. Wearing masks will also help to minimise the likelihood of cross-infection at the workplace given that employees are likely to spend the bulk of their time in the office. 

Lunch@Office

During this trying period, it may be wise to avoid eating out at food courts or hawker centres during lunchtime to minimise one’s exposure to crowded areas. Encouraging employees to buy take-outs and have their lunch in the office may be a more sensible option. 

Minimise Communication During Lunch

It has always been regarded as poor etiquette to talk with one’s mouth full during lunch and the coronavirus may have given employees another reason not to do so, considering how talking may easily result in the exhalation of bodily fluids such as saliva. 

Step up on Housekeeping Standards

Since it is possible for the coronavirus to live on surfaces such as plastic, glass, and metal for up to nine days, companies should encourage employees to practise simple housekeeping for their own personal areas e.g. work cubicles. Housekeeping supplies such as cloths and cleaning solutions may be specially purchased for staff usage.  

Temperature Checks

As it is common for infected persons to exhibit feverish symptoms, companies are highly encouraged to ask employees to bring oral thermometers from home and carry out regular temperature screening exercises for staff. Should a company’s operations require interaction with members of the public, a good practice would also be to take the temperatures of visitors or customers to workplaces, coupled with log access to facilitate contact tracing if the need arises.

Provision of Healthy Fruits and Redoxon Tablets for Pantry

The provision of healthy fruits rich in Vitamin C (e.g. oranges, apples or fruit-infused drinks) and redoxon tablets for workplace pantries is an effective way of keeping the coronavirus at bay by helping to boost the immune systems of employees, thereby lowering their risk of getting infected. 

Subscribe to a Regular Disinfecting Service

Companies may consider subscribing to a regular professional disinfecting service to provide a peace of mind for workers. During this period, the disinfecting company should drop by the office on a regular basis and perform a thorough disinfection of all workplace furniture and equipment.

 

Summary

 

BCP is a good practice that can help you take preventive measures to limit the spread of the virus, and also to safeguard your workplace from viruses including the coronavirus. This is an educational article written by BUTLER for businesses in Singapore.  

Should you have any enquiry or wish to have us implement the above for your office to gain a much-needed peace of mind during this period? Drop us an email and we will get in touch with you shortly.

 

About BUTLER

 

BUTLER is a hospitality and property management service company that strives to free up time and provide greater convenience to individuals and businesses through a complete range of property and lifestyle services.

At BUTLER, we are driven to serve with excellence in everything we do.