Buckeye Radon is committed to the safety of your family and our own employees. During this pandemic, it is critical that we all observe safety protocols that minimize the risk of disease transmission.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spreading worldwide and poses a serious public health threat. It has affected both healthy individuals and people already battling illness, including those with chronic medical conditions. The results of contracting COVID-19 have ranged from a temporary flu-like illness from which people have recovered, to life-threatening conditions and death. It can can be spread through person-to-person contact, through droplets in the air, and from touching surfaces where contamination has been deposited (the virus can live up to three days on non-porous surfaces).
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person:
- between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet); and
- through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can pose an infection risk depending on the following methods of transmission and the virus’s lifespan:
- aerosol (transmitted through the air): 3 hours;
- copper surfaces: 4 hours;
- cardboard surfaces: 24 hours; and
- plastic and stainless-steel surfaces: 72 hours.
However, these timelines and methods may vary based on ambient temperature and relative humidity. More studies still need to be conducted.
Radon testing is an essential service
Radon testers provide an essential service because they ensure people’s health and safety in the home by inspecting for hazards. This means that we must take extra precautions, not only for our own health and safety, but also for everyone we encounter during the course of business.
What are the Buckeye Radon safety procedures?
- Wear a mask at all times that covers nose and mouth.
- Wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching surfaces.
- Stay at least six feet away from all other people during inspections.
- Request clients to wear a face covering if they remain in the building for the inspection.
- Ask clients and occupants to leave the house for the radon test set-up and pack-up periods. Radon. test set-up generally requires 20 minutes, and pack-up requires about 10 minutes. Radon testing devices are placed in the lowest occupy-able area of the home, usually the basement.
- Execute and transmit all inspection-related documents electronically.
- Use live video chat or FaceTime for follow up questions instead of meeting in-person.
Equipment cleaning procedure
Clean and disinfect frequently used items and surfaces daily, including:
- Office surfaces, including doorknobs, desk drawer and cabinet handles, office equipment, desktop computer, and desk phone
- Personal electronic devices, including cell phone, laptop, tablet, and cameras
- Work vehicle
- Inspection tools and equipment
If we all follow the above procedures, we can successfully reduce the spread of COVID-19.