For the UK hospitality sector, hygiene used to be mainly about the kitchen. It goes without saying that our hotels, restaurants and bars have always maintained the highest cleanliness standards in the public areas of their venues, but in terms of disinfection, preventing the spread of potentially harmful bacteria and contaminants in food preparation areas was always the primary focus.
Fast forward to 2020, and this industry is among the hardest hit by SARS-CoV-2. The sheer number of people working and interacting in these environments, as well as the nature and the closeness of the contacts that occur within them, have placed our hospitality sector in the eye of the storm.
From a hygiene perspective, these businesses already had stringent targets to meet, undergoing regular inspections to ensure their storage and handling of food, as well as personal and surface hygiene, was all conducted to the highest standards. Now, these businesses also have to concern themselves with a virus that can invisibly contaminate surfaces throughout their entire premises, posing a risk to patrons, staff and their very livelihoods.
Tackling SARS-Cov-2 in a hospitality setting presents some unique challenges. Think about your typical restaurant, for example: it’s an environment that varies wildly from the stainless steel, ultra-sanitised environs of the kitchen and the softly-upholstered, moodily lit dining area, to the decadent yet highly functional public conveniences. All of these spaces are specifically designed encourage engagement and interaction – the very behaviours SARS-CoV-2 relies on for its continued survival. Considering the number of people who come into these spaces to dine, to chat, or to work, it’s clear that frequent, effective surface hygiene is absolutely essential, and that disinfectants used in this arena must be both people-friendly and food safe.
What are the key considerations for disinfecting hospitality environments?
Any business that packs, cooks or prepares food on the premises is required by their local authority to comply with certain guidelines on hygiene, one of which is the use of a surface disinfectant approved to the BS EN 1276 standard. But these products are only effective against bacteria, which means a different product is needed for sanitising other areas that pose a Covid risk.
Bleach- and alcohol-based products work well to kill viruses away from food prep areas, but can cause damage to soft furnishings, wallpaper and other internal finishes. Bleach also has an unpleasant odour which many hospitality businesses find undesirable, especially in customer-facing areas. Alcohol also presents challenges in terms of both storage and application, because of its highly flammable nature.
Fogging systems can be suitable for both food prep and general environments, and are safe for use on a variety of surfaces, but they too have some key drawbacks that make them tricky for hospitality businesses, primarily due to the elimination period. After fogging an environment, the disinfectant remains in suspension in the air for a long period, sometimes up to six hours – and during this time the space cannot be re-occupied. Fogging last thing at night is a possibility, but it’s certainly not practical for restaurants that open for multiple sittings each day, with a requirement to sanitise surfaces in between.
Ramsol for hospitality
With its food-safe formulation and unique delivery system, Ramsol is a one-stop surface disinfection solution for hospitality businesses. Our formula complies with key standards including BS EN 1276, has no unpleasant odour, and is safe to use on any surface. Thanks to its 20-micron mist density, Ramsol droplets get into all those hard to reach areas, but also fall out of suspension in just ten minutes which means spaces can be reoccupied quickly, without compromising on hygiene.
Here are the benefits of Ramsol Sanitiser at a glance:
• Fast, effective disinfection
• Food safe
• Compatible with soft surfaces
• 22-litre canister offers up to 1000m2 coverage
• 100% portable
• No power supply required, no need to recharge
• Non-flammable system
• Pleasant scent
• Dries in 5-8 minutes
• Reoccupy spaces in 10 minutes
• Ramsol complies with BS EN 1276, BS EN 14476, BS EN 13697 and BS EN 1650
With the festive season fast approaching, it’s a key time for the hospitality sector to try to maximise profits while keeping their customers and members of staff safe. This requirement is likely to continue well into 2021.