Up and down the country, there’s one burning question on the minds of parents and professionals alike – when will the UK’s schools reopen?
The closure of primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities has been one of the most disruptive aspects of the pandemic, with educational and social effects that will continue to be felt for many years to come.
Children have missed out not just on learning, but on free school meals and also the social and mental health nourishment school provides, while parents have struggled to juggle their working lives with the demands of childcare and home schooling. Many have had exams cancelled after months, if not years, of preparation. Students have been left with massive bills for tuition fees and accommodation, without getting any of the face-to-face teaching and the carefree, independent life experiences higher education is supposed to offer.
For the wellbeing of children, young people, families and our economy, it’s vital that schools and other education establishments are reopened as soon as it is safe to do so. And when they do reopen, it’s vital that these settings are equipped to minimise infection risk, avoiding further closures until such times as the impact of the UK’s vaccination programme starts to be felt.
While some larger schools and universities may be able to avail of facilities management services, the majority have had to fend for themselves since the beginning of the pandemic, relying on existing human resources and limited guidance from education authorities in terms of the best ways to tackle surface hygiene.
The challenge in schools
Like any busy environment, a typical school provides SARS-Cov-2 with a plethora of places to lurk, from handrails and door handles to computer keyboards and cafeteria tables. It’s vital that these surfaces can be sanitised at regular intervals throughout the school day without disrupting teaching and learning activities. For this to happen, speed and safety of disinfection are paramount.
A large number of schools will undoubtedly have been relying on laborious manual cleaning to try and stay on top of the infection risk, using conventional trigger sprays and wiping down surfaces throughout the day – a mammoth task.
Some will also have invested in fogging equipment that enables them to decontaminate their interiors more thoroughly when the school day is over – but since SARS-CoV-2 can live on surfaces for hours, even days, at a time, fogging a space when students are at home does little to stop them spreading the virus when they’re in school.
Ramsol offers a sustainable, safe alternative to both these methods that can reduce the amount of time spent cleaning without compromising on hygiene, and without any disruption to the school day.
Hygiene anywhere, any time
Ramsol is a highly effective virucidal and bactericidal disinfectant applied using a pressurised system that delivers a continuous spray onto surfaces. Its alcohol-free formula is suitable for use on both hard and soft surfaces, and doesn’t need to be wiped off – simply spray and leave.
Ramsol’s spray density has been carefully engineered to 20 microns, which is light enough to give excellent surface coverage and penetrate into cracks and crevices, but heavy enough to fall out of suspension in around 10 minutes. This means that unlike fogging, Ramsol doesn’t require a long exclusion time after use, and this means that it can be safely used during school hours – for instance, to disinfect classrooms between periods, or to sanitise gym equipment after use.
Ramsol is also fully portable with no power supply required. The 22-litre canister delivers up to 1000m2 of coverage and can be mounted on a handy wheeled trolley for ease of use. There are no trailing leads to pose a trip hazard, and there’s no need to recharge the system, so it’s always ready for use.
With several key BS EN validations including BS EN 14476, BS EN 1276 and BS EN 1650, Ramsol offers proven performance that’s safe to use anywhere, including food preparation areas – a big plus for busy school kitchens.
Ramsol is also available in 500ml cans, which are ideal for staff to use on desks and chairs if they need to move between classrooms, or simply for on-the-spot hygiene wherever required. Last but not least, Ramsol is safe – it’s 100% non-flammable, and approved for use in food preparation areas, which makes it a truly versatile solution for hygiene that can be used everywhere from the canteen to the science lab. You don’t need a maths A-level to know that this adds up to faster, easier hygiene, which is exactly what schools will need when they reopen.
To find out more about Ramsol and how it could help your school or college stay on top of hygiene after lockdown, get in touch.