Winning the battle against Norovirus
With over 1 million people contracting the Norovirus this winter season, one can safely assume that it’s one of the most infectious viruses known to humans. The Journal of Infectious Diseases concedes that it is a near-perfect human pathogen and Professor Ian Goodfellow, an expert on the virus, calls it “the Ferrari of the virus world”. The Health Protection Agency advises to stay away from schools during Norovirus season, as this environment is particularly prone to epidemic outbreaks.
If Norovirus is the Ferrari of the virus world, then Julius Rutherfoord is the Ferrari of the commercial cleaning world. Since taking over the contract at 30 schools in the London Borough of Merton in 2009, we have completely eradicated all Norovirus outbreaks during the last 4 winter seasons. Before we took over the contract, the schools suffered from regular outbreaks every single winter.
Our successful approach lies in understanding the crucial importance of keeping frequently touched areas such as door panels, bannisters, door handles and toilet flushing mechanisms in pristine condition. Furthermore, our colour coding system, i.e. using different coloured equipment to clean toilets, classrooms and food areas, ensures that there is no cross-contamination between areas and thus the risk of epidemic outbreaks is minimized.
We also understand that to achieve 100% reliability we have to dedicate great amount of our resources to staff training to make sure that every single employee is aware of and follows the correct procedures.
As always prevention is better than cure. And that’s why we are so successful.