The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is currently sweeping across communities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and typically kills up to 90 percent of those infected. To date, there are more than 1,000 suspected deaths and a growing number of cases each day. As a leader in the cleaning and hygiene industry, it’s important for Diversey Care, a division of Sealed Air, to use its expertise to support customers and the communities in which they operate during this difficult time.
We understand the threat that outbreaks present to your customers, guests, staff, patients and visitors. That is why we’re currently taking steps to help address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and beyond. Actions we are taking that will help you minimize risk and maintain a safe environment include:
- Bringing expertise and solutions together for you and your customers:
It’s critical to work with a partner that can offer both expertise and a wide range of chemicals, tools and equipment for cleaning and disinfection. We’re committed to helping our customers implement programs to manage risk of infection in order to promote a cleaner, healthier future.
- Training employees on best practices for cleaning and disinfection:
Training is essential for ensuring compliance with infection prevention practices. Our training provides your employees with the tools they need to manage risk in the midst of an outbreak.
- Recommending actions on how to respond to an outbreak:
We’ve developed instructional materials for management and staff to increase awareness about Ebola and offer guidance about how to address it. You can find these materials here: www.diversey.com/ebolaoutbreak
Proper hand hygiene is essential because it can help prevent the spread of disease from person to person. The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene is a great resource to reference when coupled with the appropriate products.
- Providing a list of Diversey Care products that are effective against Ebola:
We offer a range of products that promote infection prevention, including Oxivir. With its broad microbial efficacy, Oxivir is ideal for rapidly decontaminating or disinfecting blood or body fluid spills and for general hard surface disinfection. Powered by Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP) technology, it is safe for employees to use, and it breaks down to water and oxygen during use, making it more environmentally sustainable.
- Providing information across our social media channels:
- Making infection prevention experts available for consultation:
Post questions to our social media pages about infection prevention. Our experts are ready to provide you with answers.
- Donating essential products to those in need:
We’re currently preparing a donation of alcohol hand disinfectant bottles for the affected countries through a public health partnership program. This will promote the importance of hand hygiene, which can reduce the spread of Ebola.
Ebola is a reminder that major outbreaks are still a reality for many developing countries. It’s our social responsibility as an industry leader to help protect our customers’ business and health. We’ll do so through education, product support and donations in order to reduce the impact of this outbreak on our planet.
For more information about Ebola, review our key materials here: www.diversey.com/ebolaoutbreak