Hygiene Monitoring for Covid-19 Prevention

The Covid-19 Hygiene Regulations raise many questions, such as the exact ways of transmission of the coronavirus. One thing is certain: transmission of Covid-19 is also possible through contaminated surfaces, especially when direct sneezing or coughing of an infected person onto surfaces occurs. Via smear infection, the virus can then reach another person’s hands through the contaminated surface and subsequently spread to the mucous membranes of the nose or eyes.

General hygiene rules reduce the risk of infection in everyday life. Regular hand washing can already reduce the risk of infection. Furthermore, surface disinfection kills viruses and reduces the risk of infection. According to various studies, there is evidence that the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 can remain infectious for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 3 days on stainless steel and plastic surfaces. Therefore, it is imperative that Covid-19 hygiene rules are followed and hygiene monitoring for Covid-19 prevention is performed regularly.

HyServe provides several methods for testing surfaces. With the ATP Test Lumitester Smart, you receive fast and reliable information about possible microbiological residues on surfaces. As part of Covid-19 hygiene concepts, you can use it to prove the effectiveness of implemented hygiene measures in your company.

Covid-19 Hygiene Plan

With simple hygiene rules, it is possible to protect yourself and others from infection with the coronavirus. These include keeping social contact to a minimum and wearing face masks in public.

Moreover, the supply of fresh air serves to dilute the concentration of possible airborne particles containing the virus, so that, in principle, it is better to stay outdoors than indoors. In order not to pick up residues from surfaces, regular disinfection of hands and surfaces is recommended.

Microbial testing methods, such as HyServe’s, are available to verify that disinfection and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces have been properly performed.
Every company must have a Covid-19 hygiene concept. In particularly sensitive areas such as hospitals, care facilities, and doctors’ surgeries, additional measures must be complied with.

  • Covid-19 Hygiene Rules and Return-to-Work
  • Protection against production interruptions or closures
  • Regular ATP tests as part of the Covid-19 hygiene concept
  • For businesses, industry, and public facilities
  • Ensures occupational health and safety requirements are met
  • Suitable for official inspections as evidence

Return-to-Work – Measures Upon Reopening

Employers must take special measures when reopening their business to ensure that the Covid-19 Hygiene Policy is accepted. The requirements are strict and are intended to ensure that customers comply with the necessary regulations and that the risk of infection is consequently kept to a minimum.

There are specific requirements for the retail sector, but many of them apply across all industries and have been developed through the cooperation of relevant associations and the statutory accident insurance and occupational health and safety administrations.

Responsibility for the formulated infection control measures lies with the employer and HyServe supports its customers in this with the Lumitester Smart and the associated A3 LuciPac tests for surface control.

HyServe’s Lumitester Smart ATP test can provide information about the true cleanliness of surfaces within 10 seconds. While the test itself does not directly detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, documented surface cleanliness assures the quality of the cleaning protocol. Furthermore, high-quality cleaning has been shown to reduce viral residues on surfaces and contribute to improved workplace safety.

The Lumitester Smart, along with A3 Test Kits, is capable of detecting ATP, ADP, and AMP. These molecules are universal components of microorganisms and organic residues that may be present on surfaces. Consequently, a daily ATP test with HyServe’s Lumitester Smart from so called high-touch surfaces can provide a reliable assessment of cleaning, without the need for additional laboratory equipment.

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Lumitester Smart + LuciPac A3 Surface from HyServe for Covid-19 Hygiene Concepts

The easy-to-use Lumitester Smart device is mobile and can be operated with just one hand. Results are available in just 10 seconds. Thanks to the patented A3 technology, the ATP Test not only detects ATP, but also ADP and AMP.

This makes it far superior to other products in terms of sensitivity. Hygiene monitoring is done in three simple steps and the results flow into the data analysis via software. Cloud storage allows data access from anywhere, anytime. All test results are visualized by diagrams and can be accessed in the app.

The Lumitester Smart requires no lab equipment and can be performed by any employee as it is quick and easy to use.
It can be used to complement the Covid-19 hygiene concept based on current requirements and scientific findings.

HyServe customers benefit permanently from a fast and extremely sensitive as well as cost-efficient problem solution for all questions concerning the Covid-19 hygiene measures and prove the consistent implementation of the requirements within the Covid-19 pandemic.

FAQ
  • 1) What is a risk assessment in the context of the coronavirus pandemic?

    In many countries around the world, health and safety regulation stipulates that the employer must assess risks when re-opening their facilities and take necessary measures for the safety and health of employees, customers and other stakeholders. The compliance with the rules and regulations is often checked by federal or regional government authorities.

  • 2) On which surfaces are coronaviruses able to survive?

    A German study suggests that SARS-CoV-2 viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 9 days. US-American studies, on the other hand, see the maximum survival time at only 72 hours. However, it seems certain that surfaces made of plastic and stainless steel can harbor a particularly high number of coronaviruses. Everyday objects such as doorknobs, handles, or production equipment are mainly made of these materials and are therefore frequently touched by people.

  • 3) How is ATP detected?

    ATP detection is performed with a specific chemical reaction that produces light, called bioluminescence. The amount of this light can be measured with a luminometer. The more relative light units (RLU) measured, the higher the number of biological residues.

  • 4) What is the risk of infection from surfaces?

    In several studies, experts come to different conclusions. The coronavirus is said to be able to survive on surfaces for up to 28 days.

  • 5) Does the Lumitester Smart also find SARS-CoV-2 viruses?

    The ATP technology does not directly find specific coronaviruses. But it has been found that there is a significant correlation between hygienic cleaning and low virus counts on surfaces. Therefore, an effective cleaning protocol that is documented by ATP measurements provides a good indication of a reduced risk of virus transmission.

Hygiene Concept
  • Covid-19 Hygiene Concepts in Hospitals

    Hospital hygiene is of particular importance, even more so during the global pandemic. Proper hygiene management can not only ensure protection against infection with SARS-CoV-2, but the measures also help to reduce nosocomial pathogens.Increased control and monitoring of the hygiene status in hospitals and clinics thus brings positive effects for patient safety. Commonly used disinfectants can destroy SARS-CoV-2 and its variants and therefore the WHO recommends, that hospitals and care facilities should disinfect surfaces in rooms up to three times a day.

  • Covid-19 Hygiene Measures in Nursing Care

    Fully and partially inpatient care facilities must draw up an individual protection and hygiene concept. This has to be adapted to the legal requirements and regulations and includes a risk assessment. In addition to stocking personal protective equipment for staff, the facilities must provide individual hygiene measures for persons in need of care.

    In addition, regular hand hygiene must be carried out and permanent surface disinfection must be demonstrated. The hygiene plan must be strictly adhered to, especially in high-risk areas, as a pathogen-free environment is essential in the care sector. Microbiological controls are mandatory and should be adjusted based on the extent and frequency of disinfection.

    This applies to routine disinfection, final disinfection, disinfection in the event of an outbreak, and disinfection when ordered by the authorities, as well as to the targeted disinfection of contaminated surfaces. Surface disinfection is an important protective measure to prevent the permanent risk of infections via contaminated surfaces. Regular microbiological ATP tests by HyServe ensure that all measures taken are effective and that patients and staff are protected in the best possible way against the transmission of pathogens through contact with surfaces.

  • Covid-19 Hygiene Concepts in Hotels and the Hospitality Industry

    After long lockdowns and travel restrictions, the hotel and hospitality industry is slowly returning to regular operation. Holistic and effective hygiene concepts have become an important safety measure to ensure seamless operations but also to make guests feel at ease.
    Furthermore, the hospitality industry is under special regulatory scrutiny and health departments inspect these areas with particular frequency. After the lockdowns, food service establishments had to demonstrate a Covid-19 hygiene concept to be allowed to reopen.

    Hotels had to draw up an operational protection and hygiene concept in compliance with current legislation and occupational health and safety regulations. This also includes training employees and monitoring compliance with the operational concept on the part of employees and guests. Sanitary rooms, in particular, must be permanently monitored following the infection control Covid-19 regulations of the individual federal states.

    Covid-19 hygiene plans must be adapted to the increased requirements and the intervals between cleaning and disinfection cycles must be shortened and documented in hygiene monitoring. Another important focus is on wipe disinfection of hand contact surfaces as well as hand hygiene.

    Surfaces are generally of great importance in the transmission of epidemiologically important germs. Disinfection procedures must therefore be checked, and the results documented. Covid-19 hygiene monitoring for the catering industry ensures that establishments are allowed to remain open, and that guests and employees are exposed to only a minimal residual risk of infection.

  • Covid-19 Prevention Through Hygiene Measures in Schools and Daycare Centers

    Serious illnesses and infections caused by germs must also be prevented in schools and daycare centers. Therefore, strict and complex regulations apply to the cleaning and disinfection of surfaces.

    The Lumitester Smart and the associated A3 Test Kits can be used to demonstrate that routine surface is performed in an effective manner.

    Hygiene measures in schools require a hygiene plan that includes personal hygiene, room hygiene, and thorough cleaning. At defined points, a test for bioactivity as part of quality control must be performed. The test with the ATP Test Lumitester Smart from HyServe is carried out for ATP+ADP+AMP, which is generally referred to as bioactivity.

    Secretions and soiling are removed mechanically from surfaces, making control of cleaning essential. All measures contribute to the implementation of the Covid-19 Hygiene Regulation and are irreplaceable in the context of hygiene monitoring.

    Covid-19 Hygiene Measures in the Medical Practice
    Patients in medical and dental practices may be asymptomatic. The requirements for the hygiene plan have been extended by the existing Covid-19 pandemic and are updated by the RKI according to the latest data.

    Every medical team is currently subject to particularly strict Covid-19 hygiene regulations, as it must be assumed that potentially infectious patients may regularly visit the medical practice.

    To protect the health of patients and staff, the recommended minimum distances should be observed, and personal protective equipment must be worn throughout patient treatment.

    In the reception area, staff and patients can be well protected from aerosols by installing sneeze and spit guards, but above all, patients should touch as few surfaces as possible. Health authorities publish recommendations for hygiene management in medical practices, which include the appropriate hygiene measures to be taken during the pandemic.

    The test results of HyServe’s Lumitester Smart in conjunction with the LuciPac A3 Surface are suitable for demonstrating an efficient Covid-19 hygiene concept. The ATP tests can be used to check door handles, handrails, reception areas, treatment rooms, elevator buttons, sanitary areas, common areas, production areas, or payment systems for microorganisms. If these can be detected on surfaces, the results serve as indicators of inadequate personal hygiene or inefficient disinfection procedures.

  • Specific Covid-19 Rules for Gyms

    Gyms must consider the rules of the general Covid-19 regulations as well as country-specific hygiene rules for dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. When it comes to cleaning and disinfection, special requirements of the Covid-19 hygiene regulations must be observed.

    In order to offer operators of gyms and fitness facilities security in monitoring the hygiene status, HyServe’s surface tests are available. In sports facilities, the changing rooms, the equipment as well as the course rooms are subject to a high frequency.

    It is therefore important to implement a cleaning concept for these rooms depending on the frequency of use. Hygienic cleanliness in sports ensures that bacteria and viruses, such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are removed from high-touch surfaces. Furthermore, body fluids, biofilms, and residues from cleaning agents or disinfectants can also provide new breeding grounds for other germs.

    HyServe’s ATP tests are uniquely sensitive and detect microbial contamination as well as organic residues. It uses the patented A3 technology, which detects ATP+ADP+AMP, simultaneously.

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