O’Hare International Airport, Navy Pier, Willis Tower; some of Chicago’s biggest sites are essentially empty these days. CBS 2 Morning Insider Lauren Victory takes us inside one industry that hopes to safely get the masses back into the massive buildings in the Windy City.
Jose Quintana jokes he’s not the famous Cubs pitcher. He’s gearing up for a different game in Chicago: germ killer. The electrostatic sprayer has become a popular pandemic sight, but the tool is nothing new for Quintana’s giant janitorial company, ABM Industries. Even before the pandemic, the sprayers were commonly used by janitorial firms.
“We used them primarily in our education business. Education is focused on disinfection more because of the flu, and MRSA, and norovirus,” said Tom Gallo, ABM senior vice president of strategy and transformation.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Blazer Express bus system will be the pilot location for new electrostatic sprayers to better disinfect vehicles.
Groome Transportation, the system’s vendor, will provide the materials and training for the new technology, a process that exceeds CDC guidance for sanitization and is similar to the technology UAB Facilities is using for public spaces across campus.
“There are many surfaces on our buses and vans, and we have been proactive in keeping them sanitized often,” said André Davis, director of UAB Transportation. “This new system will make quick work of this process and help us support UAB’s mission to be the safest campus in the nation.”
Cavanaugh tells Boston 25 her district got roughly $900,000 in CARES Act, or Coronavirus Relief, money and they have already spent over $100,000 of it on personal protection equipment (PPE) alone. Each of the district’s 4,000 students will receive their own face shields on the first day of class.
She also says her district did not skimp on sanitization and disinfection. The purchase of several electrostatic sprayers will help ensure every corner and crevice in every room in the district’s five school building get thoroughly cleaned.
John Glenn International Airport has received Global Cleanliness Accreditation. It’s one of the first airports in the world to earn the GBAC STAR facility accreditation from The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC).
The award is the cleaning industry’s gold standard of safe facilities when it comes to cleaning and disinfection in the wake of the pandemic. It provides third-party validation that facilities implement strict protocols for biorisk situations.
Denver’s Regional Transportation District is employing new tools to help protect passengers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, RTD began using electrostatic sprayers to sanitize vehicles.
Officials say the touchless, electrostatic technology reaches 360 degrees around surfaces. According to the manufacturer, the sprayers provide three times more coverage in the same amount of time compared to spray bottles, buckets and rags.
New equipment amps up protection for drivers and riders
The Cape Ann Transportation Authority has purchased new cleaning equipment to ramp up its sanitizing process as more community members hop on and off its buses.
The new cordless electrostatic sprayers, purchased by the local transportation authority for about $1,000 each, use an electric charge to efficiently and effectively disinfect each bus before it is driven.
Chase Center, home of the Golden State Warriors, is the first sports venue in Northern California to earn the GBAC STAR Facility accreditation, considered the gold standard in the cleaning industry.
Spring cleaning has never ended at Carnegie Mellon University. It has continued this summer and will extend through the fall.
For the wellbeing of staff and visitors alike, Malibu Beach Inn implemented an impressive sanitation process from Evaclean to use their innovative technology in all areas of the hotel. Their electrostatic disinfectant tool combines the power of sanitizing chemicals with electrostatic molecules to ensure that every space within Malibu Beach Inn has been effectively and regularly cleaned to the highest standard. This unique technology is used in every guest room every day as well as public areas and high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails and elevator lifts.
Face masks and disinfectants don't have to come at the expense of sustainability.
If you’re sensitive to environmental causes, it might be hard to surrender to the new extra-cautious COVID-19 hygiene protocols, much less turn a blind eye to the tsunami of single-use plastic and undertow of bacteria-zapping cleaning products being used everywhere. But when faced with the magnitude of these times, green travelers shouldn't feel that they have to go against the tide in pursuit of positive change—thankfully, many hotels have adapted to our current needs, but with an eco-friendly spirit. And it’s good to remember that even the smallest socio-economic-impact considerations can lead to much more community-friendly actions…The same is true of EvaClean from EarthSafe, which is used for disinfecting in the likes of the AKA hotel in Capitol Hill.