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Vehicle sanitisation and disinfection services

Reduce the risk of viral and bacterial transmission to protect your business, staff and customers against a broad range of pathogens.

Effective vehicle disinfection services proven to reduce risk of bacteria transmission

Any business that requires the use of vehicles to deliver goods and services will need to ensure their staff and customers are protected. As businesses establish valuable social distancing and increased hygiene measures to prevent further COVID-19 outbreaks, it's important to understand that the virus can remain stable on different surfaces – from a few hours, up to three days. 

For example, vehicles touched by drivers, passengers and employees loading and unloading goods can be contaminated by touch or by air-to-surface transmissions, such as coughing or sneezing. 

Targeting high-touch surfaces and fittings

Professional cleaning of internal and external vehicle touchpoints to prevent cross-contamination of viruses, with a focus on key surfaces such as door handles, steering wheels, in-car display screens, seat belts, gear sticks and car flooring.

Internal vehicle fogging

Vehicle fogging is the quickest way to disinfect larger areas which require rapid turnaround with minimum disruption to operations. Suitable for a large range of vehicle surfaces including upholstered fittings and areas which may prove difficult to reach with conventional cleaning methods.

Specialist sanitisation and disinfection

The spraying of internal cabs using a high-level disinfectant eliminates 99.9999% of a broad range of pathogens. All technicians are trained, fully equipped and follow carefully assessed safety measures.

Suitable for all types of commercial vehicles, road-ready within an hour

Our vehicle disinfection services are suitable for many essential modes of transport, from taxi fleet cars, coach buses, and ride-sharing to local authority vehicles. Our specially trained technicians ensure minimal disruption to your business and ensure your vehicles are returned road-ready within an hour of the completed vehicle decontamination.

Emergency vehicles

Ambulances and other emergency vehicles may require specialist cleaning and disinfection if a vehicle is believed to have transported passengers with suspected/ confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Courier vehicles

The global pandemic has seen a surge in residential deliveries, increasing the risk of surface transmission when goods enter and leave vehicles, especially in high-volume situations such as distribution centres and dispatch areas.

Public transport

Buses, taxis and trains can carry large numbers of passengers in confined spaces, increasing the risk of transmission with high-touch surfaces such as handrails and fabric seats.

Importance of vehicle disinfection in the commercial sector

Vehicle disinfection plays a critical role in the commercial sector, primarily for the health and safety of passengers, drivers, and employees. Commercial vehicles can harbour bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens, making proper disinfection essential. By implementing regular and effective disinfection practices, businesses create a safer environment, minimizing the risk of infectious disease transmission. This instils confidence in customers, demonstrating a commitment to their well-being and enhancing satisfaction and trust. Compliance with regulatory requirements ensures businesses meet health and safety standards and avoids penalties. 

Additionally, proper disinfection protects employees, prevents cross-contamination, mitigates outbreaks, and maintains operational continuity. By prioritizing vehicle disinfection, businesses uphold their brand reputation, provide a healthier environment, and safeguard the health and well-being of all stakeholders involved.

Frequently Asked Questions

Best practices for commercial vehicle sanitisation and disinfection?

  1. Develop a sanitization plan: Create a comprehensive plan that outlines the frequency, procedures, and products to be used for sanitization and disinfection. Consider factors such as vehicle usage, passenger volume, and high-touch areas. Customize the plan based on your specific fleet and operational needs.
  2. High-touch surface cleaning: Focus on cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces within the vehicle, such as door handles, seat belts, armrests, seatbacks, steering wheel, dashboard, and control buttons. Pay special attention to surfaces that are frequently touched by both passengers and drivers.
  3. Use approved disinfectants: Select disinfectants that are approved by relevant health authorities for use on vehicles. Ensure they are effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper dilution, application, and contact time to achieve optimal disinfection.
  4. Proper ventilation: Ensure adequate ventilation during the sanitization process by opening doors or windows. This helps to improve air circulation and aids in drying the surfaces after cleaning.
  5. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Provide appropriate PPE, such as gloves and masks, to the personnel performing vehicle sanitization. This helps protect them from potential exposure to contaminants and ensures their safety.

By implementing these best practices, you can maintain a high standard of sanitization and disinfection for your commercial vehicles, ensuring the safety and well-being of both passengers and staff.

How to effectively sanitize and disinfect commercial vehicles?

Effectively sanitizing and disinfecting commercial vehicles requires a systematic approach. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Preparations:
    • Gather the necessary equipment, including appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and masks.
    • Ensure good ventilation by opening doors or windows during the process.
    • Remove any personal belongings, trash, or debris from the vehicle to allow for thorough cleaning.
  2. Cleaning:
    • Start by cleaning the interior surfaces of the vehicle with a mild detergent or soap and water. Pay attention to high-touch areas such as door handles, armrests, seat belts, and seatbacks.
    • Use microfiber cloths or soft brushes to scrub surfaces gently, removing dirt, dust, and organic matter.
    • Rinse the surfaces with clean water to remove any residue from the cleaning solution.
    • Thoroughly dry the surfaces to prevent the growth of bacteria and mould.
  3. Disinfection:
    • Select an appropriate disinfectant that is effective against a broad spectrum of pathogens. Look for disinfectants approved by health authorities for use on vehicles.
    • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper dilution, application, and contact time.
    • Apply the disinfectant to all high-touch surfaces, ensuring even coverage. Pay attention to areas such as door handles, steering wheel, dashboard, seat surfaces, and control buttons.
    • Allow the disinfectant to remain on the surfaces for the recommended contact time to ensure the effective killing of pathogens.
  4. Ventilation and drying:
    • After disinfection, ensure proper ventilation by opening doors or windows to allow fresh air to circulate throughout the vehicle.
    • Let the vehicle air out for a sufficient period to dissipate any residual disinfectant odours.
    • Ensure that all surfaces are completely dry before allowing passengers or drivers to enter the vehicle. Moisture can promote the growth of bacteria and mould.
  5. Ongoing maintenance:
    • Implement regular cleaning and disinfection schedules to maintain a consistently clean and safe environment.
    • Encourage good hygiene practices among drivers and passengers, such as hand hygiene and proper disposal of waste.
    • Stay updated with guidelines and recommendations from health authorities to adjust your sanitization protocols as needed.

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