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Fleet Services and Vehicle Disinfection During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Friday, April 10, 2020
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Fleet Services and Vehicle Disinfection During the COVID-19 Pandemic

It is no secret COVID-19 is changing the way individuals behave and how businesses operate. Sold out personal protective equipment, takeout-only restaurants and occupancy limitations in stores are just a few indicators of this. Situations like these need to be handled with extreme caution, care and cleanliness. No matter how different our new-normal has become, public transportation is still running in many cities and shipping providers are delivering more essential items than ever before.  

 

Fleets of vehicles are necessary to many businesses’ success. Funeral homes, first responders, municipalities, public transportation and ride-share services are still operating and are constantly exposed to potential areas of contamination.

 

WHAT AREAS OF A VEHICLE SHOULD BE DISINFECTED?

As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world, it is important to disinfect high-touch areas to slow the spread of disease. Hard vehicle surfaces, including door handles (inside and out), seat belts, cup holders, door locks, window buttons, gear shifts, truck tailgates and mirrors should be routinely disinfected throughout the day to keep the spread of COVID-19 to a minimum. We should also remember that the driver will also touch other more obvious hard surfaces such as steering wheel, turn signals, center consoles and the radio. All soft, porous surfaces, like upholstery fabrics and leather, should be routinely disinfected as well.

 

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT TRANSPORTING CREWS?

Breaking the chain of transmission is essential to slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. Social distancing should be practiced even while transporting passengers or having more than one crew member in the vehicle. We recommend that if there are two passengers in a vehicle, that one passenger sit in the back seat. Additionally, some companies recommend limiting the number of passengers in a single vehicle while traveling to a jobsite.

Most importantly, good personal hygiene is needed by every member of the transporting crew. This includes sanitizing hands before entering and upon exiting the vehicle. Coughing or sneezing in the crux of the elbow will also limit the amount of particles being spread. Providing the transporting team with hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and ready-to-use disinfectants, like Triple Quick™, gives each crew member an opportunity to protect themselves.

 

WHAT IS THE BEST PRACTICE FOR DAILY DISINFECTION OF VEHICLES?

State recommends that vehicles get disinfected throughout the course of the day. In fact, disinfecting the high-touch areas like the steering wheel, gear shifter, radio and turn single after each stop will provide maximum protection for transportation crews. At the end of each shift a full vehicle disinfection should occur. This includes all the areas that can be exposed inside and outside of the vehicle.

 

WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD I USE TO DISINFECT?

State Industrial Products offers a wide variety of disinfectants, including ready-to-use and dilutable formulations to save you time and money. Our broad-spectrum, liquid disinfectants have been approved by the EPA to be effective against the Novel Coronavirus SARS COV-2, the cause of COVID-19 (List N).

View all approved products.

 

WHY SHOULD I DISINFECT?

Your business is important, but keeping the guests and staff who utilize your services safe is a primary concern. Help stop the spread of COVID-19 by utilizing exhaustive vehicle care procedures combined with State Industrial Product’s disinfectants.

 

For more information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, please refer to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 

Browse State’s selection of disinfectants here.