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Chemical Industry Rallies Behind COVID Crisis

Following Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the COVID virus state of emergency and the subsequent 21-day lockdown, service providers have rallied to support the efforts of the country by providing essential services and products to assist in fighting what is now an international pandemic of mammoth proportions that has resulted in lockdowns the world over.

Essential service providers like the chemical industry have been working around the clock to keep stocks up of SANS-approved sanitisers, cleaning agents and chemicals, along with stringent quality assurances and preventative measures being put in place from an operational point of view, and to assist those on the ground and out in the field, mainly in the food and beverage, hospitality, medical and retail sectors.  

The hospitality sector, in particular, has been left reeling.  Hotels and restaurants have had to close their doors in support of the President’s decisive measures “to save millions of South Africans from infection and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.”  However, hotels are on standby to open their doors at a moment’s notice to accommodate those infected with the virus for quarantine purposes and/or who need to be treated on-site by medical professionals. 

Dr Rowen van Eeden, Business Development Manager, Laundry and Hospitality at Orlichem says, “As an extra precaution we have ensured that our laundry customers’ washing processes are in line with SANS10146, the national standard for laundry – this is particularly important for hospitals and medical facilities.”  In addition, clients (and the public) have been advised of the benefits of using En1276-compliant sanitizers, cleaning and laundry products to minimize risks to themselves, clients, staff and those in close proximity to them.    

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Businesses, now more than ever, have a responsibility to their staff, clients, patrons and stakeholders to operate as partners in a safe and healthy environment, to take ethical and social precautions across the board, to facilitate remote assistance wherever possible, to educate and render regular support, advice and updates.  

For example, did you know that Coronaviruses tend to be susceptible to destruction at higher wash temperatures, and that used in conjunction with a disinfectant, are destroyed – this is called thermo-chemical disinfection.  

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Dr van Eden adds, “While no one can predict the path of this virus, we are continuously monitoring developments, implementing best practice guidelines and doing all we can to reduce the risk of potential contamination and spread of the disease.  We as a Nation have to take this virus seriously and abide by the protocols and precautions as prescribed by the President – if not, it will come out in the wash anyway and all will be held accountable for their actions, or non-action.”

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