Pandemic -

Management

Industrial hygiene, pandemic prevention, occupational safety

"Experiences are of greatest value when we have them before we have to have them"

The COVID-19 pandemic is leaving its mark at the intersection of hygiene, preparedness and emergency planning. KWZ supports customers in taking a pragmatic and thorough look at these aspects; in the process, operating costs and risks can also be sustainably reduced.
KWZ's experience is based on many years of consulting, the involvement of experts, the cooperation of customer planning staffs, relevant literature and standards. KWZ's operating concepts reflect best practice and comply with IS0 9001 (quality), 14001 (environment), 50001 (energy), ISO 45001 (occupational safety) and ISO 26000 (social responsibility).

What is particularly important in times of pandemic with regard to hygiene?
As a human being: There are the general hygiene rules that have been somewhat forgotten in the last generation, e.g. hand washing. It's amazing how many people had to change their habits in this regard within a few months. Or staying home when you're sick. Scheduling video conferences is arguably beneficial even without the coronavirus: it saves CO2, and travel time can be invested in preparation and follow-up. Contrary to the zeitgeist, everyone should understand that it's up to each individual. Contagions can be avoided by strict spatial separation: "social distancing" also applies at smokers' meeting places and in front of coffee machines. And then you should resist the barbecue party, where everyone feels safe with a 2-metre distance, only to pick up the same barbecue fork, toilet door handle and bottle opener . . .

As a company: Draw up and implement a hygiene concept with consistently followed procedures; train, sensitise and monitor those carrying out the work. Create structural conditions that are adapted to hygiene. Only targeted disinfection of clean and dry surfaces. Actively inform employees. Regular information and appreciation are important: by e-mail, video conference or even YouTube interview. Supervisors should not entrench themselves in the home office, but show up at the "front". Whether it is done correctly and understood must be ensured on site and, if necessary, also enforced.

What should we learn from the COVID 19 pandemic?
Similar to the hygiene concept (see SVG recommendation "Hygiene of recreational and sports facilities"), a pandemic concept should be drawn up which defines the scenario and the measures to be taken in response. Then come material preparedness, "grandmotherly emergency supplies" and staff training. It is also important to favor reliable and thus with advantage domestic producers, who in turn should be committed to "raw material reserves" in the system. Clearly defining customer relationships, now for such a higher-level case, can shorten response times and reduce uncertainty. However, as each crisis is unique, the essentials are: maintaining reliable personal relationships and taking an active leadership role.

(From an interview with Severin Gallo, CEO of gammaRenax, and Sandro Stolz, Head of Consulting and Sales KWZ, in the SVG Journal: Hygiene in the wake of the pandemic

 

Customers

Valued customers

The Covid 19 situation concerns us all. It is a challenge to order balanced measures, i.e. measures that are not too low, but also not excessive. We are committed to maintaining our services in line with the current regulatory measures.

With consistent pandemic precautions, gammaRenax is well prepared to implement tailor-made solutions for the protection of all clients and employees in accordance with the situation assessments of the federal government and the cantons and in coordination with our clients.

We are pleased to provide you with the following information for download:

01.07.2020 Covid19 - How we protect ourselves

09.06.2020 Peroxide cold nebulisation
Up to now, we have offered our customers surface disinfection using DesiClean-5%. This is still recommended. However, in order to achieve a complete disinfection of all surfaces (i.e. not only furniture but also other objects, walls, ceilings, etc.) and the room air, we have evaluated an additional method and have already used it in the main building of a customer: On 14'000m2 surfaces everything was disinfected within one day!

16.03.2020 Current Announcement / CEO Talk A01.3

09.03.2020 / Pandemic Preparedness A.011

Employees

Dear employees of the KWZ family

The latest pandemic information has been distributed. Please read them carefully. Help each other to ensure that they are implemented well and for the protection of all. The personal protective equipment and the surface disinfectant have been decentralised to the sites and distributed in accordance with the instructions of the Federal Office of Public Health.
We would like to thank all our employees for their continued commitment to complying with all regulations and ensuring hygiene for our customers. Our own safety always comes first!
Stay healthy and please pay attention to the latest federal and cantonal regulations, which can be downloaded here:

03.05.2021 Current notice - Holiday season - Travel season 

Effective May 3, 2021: 
New countries and regions with quarantine obligation for entry into Switzerland
 

20.04.2021 Current notice - Holiday season - Travel season 

Valid from 19 April 2021: 
New countries and regions with quarantine obligation for entry into Switzerland
 

07.12.2020 Current notice - Holiday season - Travel season 

Valid from 14 December 2020: 
New countries and regions with quarantine obligation for entry into Switzerland
 

29.10.2020 Current notice - Holiday season - Travel season

Valid from 29 October 2020:
4 countries and 3 regions with quarantine obligation for entry into Switzerland

19.10.20 Current announcement / CEO Talk
Dear gammaRenax'ersAs you know, the number of cases has increased and the measures are constantly being tightened. - Unfortunately. 
In order to feel safe at work, we have imposed a general mask requirement at work. The materials are distributed (if not, please contact your regional manager).

19.10.20 Current announcement / CEO Talk

Thank you for being conscientious and stay well!

12.10.2020 Current notice - Holiday season - Travel season

Valid from Monday 12 October 2020:
7 new countries and 7 new regions with quarantine obligation for entry into Switzerland

23.07.2020 Current notice - Holiday season - Travel season
15 new countries with quarantine obligation for entry into Switzerland

09.07.2020 Current communication

01.07.2020 Covid19 - How we protect ourselves

20.03.2020 Current Announcement / CEO Talk A01.3

16.03.2020 Current Announcement / CEO Talk A01.3

28.02.2020 Rules of conduct for employees in the event of a pandemic

28.02.2020 Behaviour in the event of a pandemic

Etiquette the disinfection bottle

in hospital

Cleaning of isolation rooms at Covid-19

The Cleaning Standard Covid-19 network has developed and produced a training series. It is the result of collaboration between the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and gammaRenax AG, Hirslanden AG, Diversey AG and other organisations from the healthcare and commercial cleaning sectors.
The film explains what is involved in cleaning the isolation rooms of Covid-19 patients. The principles of protective measures, cleaning techniques and cleaning procedures are explained; in addition, the procedures for entry and exit, maintenance and exit cleaning are explained. 

Part 1: Introduction to the topic

How do I clean an isolation room for Covid-19 patients? Learn the principles of protective measures, cleaning techniques and procedures in the German-language introductory video. 

Do you understand everything? Take the test and then watch the next video in the series: "The infiltration".

Part 2: The infiltration

Before cleaning an isolation room, you need to properly put on protective gear to protect yourself from the coronavirus. Learn what to put on in what order in the video

Do you understand everything? Take the test and then watch the next video in the series: "Maintenance cleaning workflow".

Part 3: Maintenance cleaning workflow

LLearn how to proceed with a maintenance cleaning for isolation rooms and what is important.

Do you understand everything? Take the test and then watch the next video in the series: "Exit cleaning workflow".

Part 4: Outlet cleaning sequence

Here you will learn how to proceed with an exit cleaning for isolation rooms and what to look out for.

Do you understand everything? Take the test and then watch the next video in the series: "The ejection".

Part 5: The ejection

After cleaning an isolation room, you need to take off the protective equipment correctly, so you do not catch the coronavirus. Learn what to take off and where in what order in the video.

Do you understand everything? Take the test and then watch the "complete film cleaning isolation room at Covid-19".

 

Cleaning of isolation rooms at Covid-19 - Full movie

Do you understand everything? Take the test and then watch the film "Introduction to the subject":

About the network cleaning standard Covid-19

The Network Cleaning Standard Covid-19 has developed and produced the training series:
Idea: Prof. Dr. Susanne Hofer, Institute for Facility Management (IFM), ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Project Management: Irina Pericin Häfliger, Institute for Facility Management (IFM), ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Co-Creation: Allpura, Association of Swiss Cleaning Companies; Severin Gallo, CEO, gammaRenax AG; Roger Graf, Member of the Board of Allpura and CEO Graf Facility Services GmbH; Thomas Hofmann, Lecturer, IFM; Oliver Jud, Head of Corporate Development, gammaRenax AG; Peter Kunz, Divisional Manager for Training and Coaching, Gareba GmbH; Dr. Thomas Leiblein, Senior Specialist Infection Prevention, Hirslanden AG; Markus Rüfenacht, Divisional Manager for Cleaning Concepts/Calculation and Tenders, Gareba GmbH; Doris Scheiwiller, Course Instructor, Diversey Training Centre; André Sidler, Head of Marketing and Services, Deputy Director of the Hospital, Seeklinik AG. Hospital Director, Seeklinik Brunnen; Franz J. Sperisen, Head of Hotel Services, See-Spital; Max von Däniken, Head of Infrastructural Management, GZO Wetzikon; as well as other stakeholders from the healthcare and cleaning sectors.

Film and CutFornito Valentino, Media Creator, FM Academy c/o gammaRenax AG Facility Services

in the residents room home

Covid-19: Cleaning of residents' rooms in a home

The Institute for Facility Management (IFM), together with stakeholders from the healthcare and cleaning industries, has created a standard for cleaning rooms in long-term institutions where the resident is affected by a Covid 19 infection.

The cleaning standard is intended to serve cleaning managers in old people's homes, nursing homes or institutions for people with disabilities and institutions for children and adolescents as an orientation aid and concretely applicable training material for health protection during the Covid 19 pandemic. This is because long-term institutions are often particularly hard hit by the coronavirus. Many nursing home residents must remain in isolation or quarantine as a result of suspected or confirmed Covid 19 infection. There are often fewer resources available for infection prevention than in a hospital. The document is illustrated with pictograms and is available free of charge.

Content:

  • Basic requirements for successful insulation cleaning
  • General instructions for insulation cleaning with Covid-19 with measures for the protection of the cleaning staff (maintenance and final cleaning)
  • Routine maintenance cleaning for insulation
  • Supplementary measures for final cleaning after removal of the insulation
  • Alternatives to manual wipe disinfection for final cleaning