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"We had a firsthand understanding of dealing with the pandemic
been considered an essential business. The company's R&D team has
while it was still in China with our China-based food safety specialists,"
continued its critical work in the lab to develop the next generation of
he said. "And as a result, we were well prepared to support our
virucidal disinfectants.
multinational clients based on some of those learnings."
And just as Sterilex advises its clients to disinfect high-touch objects
CFS will soon be releasing a Preventative Plan Continuum for
and areas, the company created its own "return to work" framework and
COVID-19, which will allow companies to self-assess their preparations,
protocols to implement in its office to prepare for a full return to the office.
Mirdamadi said.
Changes at Sterilex in recent years have made the company's COVIDThe company also produced a short
19 experience easier to endure, Forner said.
video that has become very popular, he
"We've invested in teleworking capabilities
added. Its goal is to remind viewers of the
- about half of our staff worked from home
recommended COVID-19 hygiene practices.
prior to the pandemic, making the transition
The video was created without words to
to a mass work-from-home model go
make it usable for a global audience, and it's
smoothly."
designed to be shown on a loop on monitors
in a cafeteria, breakroom or other space
Remote assessments
accessible to a company's employees.
Like most companies, CFS is still learning
CFS has also begun reviewing several
what the "new normal" will be, Mirdamadi
different technologies to potentially support
said. Whatever it is, CFS will continue to play
ongoing remote support, but it's also
a vital role in helping food manufacturers
reviewing the recommendations of the WHO
and their supply chain partners provide safe
and CDC to see how they can be applied to
and clean working environments.
the food industry.
"Long term, the expertise we bring will
While CFS has postponed all trainings
always be necessary, and we will adapt as
conducted at its campuses, the company has
we learn ourselves based on the risk and
developed a series of trainings and hosted
Keep a stock solution
recommendations from our public health
Q&A sessions with its partners to help cover
in small containers on
experts," he said. "In the interim, we have
some of that gap, Mirdamadi said.
hand for quick, easy
also started conducting some of our food
"Because of our unique position in the
applications
safety assessments remotely, which will
industry, we have been able to serve as a
prepare facilities better for the actual visit."
conduit for communicating best practices
CFS is protecting its own team and
and strategies that are being used," he said.
minimizing the risk of the spread of the virus
"We've been working and supporting the
by halting all travel with the exception of
major trade associations which have been
travel that is required to support and protect
working in conjunction and providing
Make a video on best
the food supply, Mirdamadi said.
feedback to the FDA and CDC."
practices to be shown
"Unless our onsite support is needed to
on a loop in employee
prevent the potential closure of a facility, we
Best practices
gathering areas
are supporting our clients and the industries
To help its clients adapt to the "new normal,"
remotely."
Sterilex has been working hard to advise
Other changes at Sterilex in recent years
companies on effective sanitation and
have included more than doubling the
disinfection applications so they can get
company's office space and building out four
back into production and stay open.
new product labs.
Sterilex has been advising clients to
Increase the frequency
Looking ahead, Forner said Sterilex will
increase frequency of total facility sanitation
of treatments
continue to adopt new technologies and
treatments in Zone 3 and expand their use
make other changes to find ways to help its
of EPA registered virucidal disinfectants in
customers once the pandemic has passed.
Zone 4 (offices, break rooms, locker rooms,
"We are an innovative company that
etc.). Additionally, Forner said, companies
prioritizes investing in R&D and new
should be disinfecting high-touch objects
technologies and is committed to developing
such as doors, drawer pulls, desks, light
Maintain focus
forward thinking solutions for microbial
switches, hard hats, shared tools, breakroom
on high-touch objects
control," he said. "In a post-COVID world,
surfaces, restroom fixtures and other objects.
we hope to expand our product portfolio
As a disinfectant manufacturer, Sterilex has
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