There are few people who welcome the chilly temperatures and short, dark days of winter – but this year more than most has given everyone cause to dread the onset of the season.
While germs enjoy cool temperatures that prolong their survival, dropping mercury drives people indoors, where these invisible enemies can spread more easily from host to host. At this time of year we always see higher incidences of flu and other respiratory illnesses, and predictions that the SARS-Cov-2 virus will also make the most of winter look set to come true.
Tough days lie ahead for all of us, with good hygiene and social distancing our only firm lines of defence against a spreading virus. So how does your current hygiene system stack up?
Organisations of all sizes and types have spent much of 2020 searching for the perfect fit in terms of surface sanitisation. Any building or environment where people work, rest or play needs to have a strategy in place for disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched or subjected to aerosol contamination.
A significant challenge
The biggest challenge has been for high risk environments, such as clinical settings, transport and logistics, and venues with high visitor turnover such as gyms, retail and hospitality. In these environments, where surfaces are touched so many times, by so many people, a simple and fast method of sanitising is essential.
Sanitising surfaces presents some key challenges. The first is the length of time it takes to effectively disinfect large areas manually. The second is the efficacy of these methods, which very much depends on the technique and thoroughness of the individual doing the cleaning – and even then, is unlikely to remove or neutralise all viral particles, which are sub-microscopic and prone to lurk in cracks and crevices that manual cleaning just can’t reach. When using a product that has to be mixed with water before use, there’s even more margin for human error.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that organisations operating in high risk settings have sought a faster and more effective way to sanitise their equipment and interiors, in the form of fogging. But while fogging is an effective way to disinfect a space, it isn’t without drawbacks.
Fogging systems require electrical power, either by connecting to the mains or recharging the fogging gun at intervals. Mains-powered systems, with their trailing leads, make it awkward to sanitise spaces such as train carriages and aircraft cabins, and can present a trip hazard. Rechargeable guns mean these systems’ sanitising capacity is limited by battery life and can result in the user having to wait for the system to recharge before they can finish the job. Most fogging systems also use fluids that have to be mixed with water before use, which is messy, time consuming and potentially inaccurate.
Another key drawback of fogging systems is the droplet size they produce, which typically comes in around 7-10 microns. These lightweight droplets remain in suspension for up to six hours after fogging has completed, which means people cannot return to that environment until the time has elapsed. Furthermore, fogging systems are loud – for example, it’s not practical for work to continue in one area of an office while another part is being fogged. Both factors add up to long periods of disruption.
Safe, convenient sanitisation
In creating Ramsol, we believe we’ve come up with a solution to all of these drawbacks. Ramsol is an innovative surface sanitiser supplied pre-mixed in 500ml spray cans or 22 litre, pressurised containers delivering up to 1000m2 of coverage.
Requiring no power supply, Ramsol is the only truly portable sanitiser system on the market. Its alcohol-free formulation is completely non-flammable which makes the system safe to use in any environment, including the aviation and manufacturing industries. Ramsol has been tested compliant with BS EN 1276, BS EN 1650 and BS EN 14476, which confirms its bactericidal and virucidal properties, as well as certifying the product safe for use in food preparation areas.
Ramsol delivers a fine spray mist with a droplet size of 20 microns, which crucially means the spray doesn’t remain in suspension for long periods – it dries in 3-8 minutes without streaking or staining, and spaces are safe to re-enter in 5-10 minutes with no risk to your personnel or customers.
Ramsol’s unique delivery system makes it ideal for a vast range of environments. Our Ramsol 500ml aerosol cans are designed to fit in a standard vehicle cup holder so they’re ideal for delivery drivers, emergency first responders and more. The Ramsol 22-litre canister comes equipped with a convenient spray wand and optional wheeled Ramsol canister trolley, so it’s perfect for sanitising inside vehicles, including ambulances, public transport and hire fleets, as well as a wide array of public-facing environments such as gyms, hotels, restaurants, offices, warehouses and much more. This winter is going to be tough – but with the right systems in place you can keep people safer and minimise the impact of coronavirus on your business or organisation. To find out more about how Ramsol can help, or to view efficacy certificates, email email@example.com