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Why Indian firms must sanitise premises regularly after reopening

With the government easing restrictions and millions of companies reopen their operations in India with safety in mind, experts on Sunday stressed the enterprises, both big and small, must properly sanitize their premises before letting the staff enter and also maintain regular cleaning of offices to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

Several reports have shown where offices were forced to shut after reopening as corona cases were found in their buildings or independent floors, as they did not either follow proper health safety protocols or missed on maintaining “corona hygiene” at their premises.

According to Dr. Harshal R Salve, Associate Professor at All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, sanitization practices, use of masks, and maintaining physical distance is critical in the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 at the workplace.

“As people spend most of their time at the workplace, all these interventions are necessary to halt the pandemic in the country,” Salve said.

Speaking to IANS, sanitization expert Akash Saxena, Director at Top shield Group, said that with the outbreak of coronavirus and recent stage escalating to community spreading in various parts of our country, sanitization is the need of the hour to reduce the potential risk of the harmful virus.

“At Topshield, all premium disinfectants used are odorless. The use of high-quality Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectants allow no room for stains to be left on fabrics, furnishing, or important official documents,” he told IANS.

Sharing sanitizing tips to stop Covid-19 spread at the workplace, experts suggested that while sanitizing surfaces or hands, special caution and care should be taken as at times, sanitizers may get into the eyes.

According to Ikeda Lal, a senior ophthalmologist from Delhi Eye Centre and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, if sanitizer falls into your eyes accidentally, first and foremost, do not panic and stay calm.

“Resist the urge to rub your eyes. Wash your hands with soap and water to get rid of any excess sanitizer before touching your eyes and thoroughly wash your eyes with clean water,” she said, adding that consult an ophthalmologist immediately if irritation persists.

Anil Hota, CEO of SAR Cellulabs Pvt Ltd, a Gurugram based company, which offers a variety of services ranging from automatic thermal scanners for employees and installing sanitizer chambers, said that sanitizing the entire office before reopening is very important.

“We have an amalgamation of product offerings which deals right from tracking temperatures of individuals along with attendance to sanitization of individuals attire and the environment with COVID specific constituents,” Hota said.

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