In response to the recent global attention focused on the new coronavirus from China (2019-nCoV), APEX Surface Care and its family of brands, Corporate Floors and Texas Carpet Recycling, would like to reassure our clients that the product used in our infection control services is consistent with the Environmental Protection Agency’s emerging pathogen policy. According to the EPA, the emerging pathogen policy is now in effect, which means that if a disinfectant has a kill claim against a similar virus, it is suitable for disinfection against the emerging pathogen.
For over 15 years APEX Surface Care has exclusively used Vital Oxide, an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant cleaner, mold and mildew killer, and odor eliminator to provide our clients with a solution for their disinfection needs. Vital Oxide is non-irritating to the skin, non-corrosive to most treated articles, and NSF-certified (no rinse required) for food-contact surfaces. It is listed as a category IV (the lowest approved category) pesticide with the EPA.
Vital Solutions, the maker of Vital Oxide, released the following statement: “We do not know of any domestic product that can make direct claims, as testing is not available in the US. We do fit the emerging pathogen requirements for viruses showing efficacy against envelope and non-envelope viruses, both large and small. As the 2019-nCoV is in the coronavirus genus and we currently have efficacy on Feline coronavirus, Strain WSU 79-1683, ATCC VR 989** Canine coronavirus Strain 1-71, ATCC VR-809** we feel we will be effective against this strain as well.”
How can APEX Surface Care support our team and our clients?
Our infection control process includes an electrostatic application of Vital Oxide in workspaces, both broad-based and localized, to minimize the risk of exposure to your employees. We also have implemented the following actions:
- We have begun monitoring our team’s and subcontractors’ overseas travel. Any team member or subcontractor who travels to China or any surrounding country will be required to report such travel and remain out of the office and away from client sites for 14 days after arriving in the United States.
- We have increased the frequency with which we sanitize our own offices.
- We are educating our team members on basic protective measures against the new virus as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).
- Team members who exhibit flu-like symptoms are asked to leave the office and not return without clearance from a doctor.
Below is a recap of the CDC’s publication on preventing the spread of coronavirus, which we also encourage our team members to follow.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
For more information on this policy or our infection control services, please contact Mark Cannon, vice president of operations and standards at APEX Surface Care, at [email protected] or 844-462-7391.