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Award Winnning Team Sanitair Newman

The Newman Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Excellence Awards 2020 Under the Stars was held last night at Fortescue Golf Club in Newman.

Highlighting and celebrating the achievements and success of small and medium businesses in Newman. Presenters from BHP and the Newman Chamber of Commerce & Industry engaged audiences with speeches and words of encouragement, congratulating all the outstanding local businesses, employers, apprentices, trainees and other individuals who had demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to business in the community.

Daniel & Lee Hutcheson at Sanitair Newman won NCCI Business Excellence Award 2020 – Small Enterprise of the Year.

We offer our congratulations!

This award is now added to their 2019 Certificates of Nomination in Customer Service and Small Enterprise of the Year 2019.

A huge ‘Thank you’ to the local Sanitair Newman customers and businesses who nominated Sanitair Newman in the 2020 NCCI awards and for your continued support.

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Healthy Hotel Surfers Paradise

Another big thank you goes out to MARRAKESH APARTMENTS located in Surfers Paradise for engaging Sanitair to clean and sanitise the air conditioners, so that their customers can breathe Clean Fresh Air❄

Let’s holiday in QLD this year and support local business…🏖

So if you are looking for luxury, convenience and location, Marrakesh Apartments has it all. Their 4-star Moroccan inspired boutique apartments are situated between Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, in the heart of the Gold Coast.
The beach and Broadbeach Boulevard are a leisurely 5-minute stroll from our front door as are a selection of cafes, shops, restaurants and the Internationally renowned Broadbeach Bowls Club.
They offer a choice of self-contained 1- and 2-bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens, laundries, open-plan living and private balconies. All apartments are air-conditioned and feature 40″ Smart TVs and Complimentary unlimited WiFi.

Their guests consistently praise their onsite facilities. They love the heated outdoor pool, heated indoor pool, gym, sauna, poolside barbecue area and rooftop barbecue and entertainment area that showcases stunning 360-degree views towards the ocean and Gold Coast hinterland. Poolside on our ground floor, you will find Rudy’s Real Foods Organic cafe/restaurant who offer delicious meals, snacks and drinks.

The friendly staff are available seven days a week to provide tour booking advice, shopping recommendations and to share their knowledge of local attractions.
Just outside the door you’ll find the GLink Tram and it’s just a short walk to the beach.
A short drive to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Star Gold Coast Casino and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, and 35-minutes from the Coolangatta Airport.

Rest assured when staying at Marrakesh Apartments in Surfer Paradise.. Their air conditioners have all been cleaned and sanitised by our Sanitair Qld South East HVAC Hygienists in March 2020.
For more accommodation providers in your region that are a part of the ‘Healthy Hotels’ group and provide clean and sanitised air conditioners call 1800 130 168.

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Sanitair® is COVID Safe!

We’re pleased to announce that all of our Sanitair® sites are now registered as COVID Safe businesses.

The COVID Safe program, formally recognises businesses that are playing their part to keep the community safe from coronavirus.

As part of our commitment to protecting the health of our customers and staff, we have prepared a detailed COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines our protocols for:

  • hygiene and safety
  • physical distancing
  • recording contact details of staff and customers
  • staff wellbeing.

Registering our locations as COVID Safe businesses means we are also obligated to:

  • keep a copy of our COVID-19 Safety Plan at each site
  • ensure workers understand their responsibilities
  • train new workers to act in a socially responsible way
  • keep customer details secure and only use them for contact tracing.

Although the COVID Safe Business program is specific to NSW, Sanitair Australia has implemented the same COVID-19 response protocol in each of our 70+ sites throughout Australia.

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WHO – Emerging evidence virus spreads through the air

 

WHO has issued new advice after it can’t rule out airborne spread of COVID.

WHO acknowledges the possibility that outbreaks in restaurants, choirs and fitness centres around the world were the result of some aerosol transmission.

Guy Marks, an epidemiologist and respiratory physician at the University of New South Wales says, Given the likelihood of transmission at home, we need to think about the air exchange in the rooms where we spend most of our time.  Remember, the average adult takes between 12 to 20 breaths per minute, so it doesn’t take long to real get a kind of “aerosol cloud” going.

“If people in a room and it’s all sealed, the air won’t change, it just sits there so anything you emit from breathing, coughing, whatever, just stays in the air,” Professor Marks says.

Air conditioning can be a good way to mechanically ventilate a space if you can’t open windows or doors.  But there is one condition — it should not be used on the recirculate setting.  “Otherwise there’s the potential that those aerosols will just keep being dispersed through the air-conditioner over and over,” Professor Marks said.

But while air conditioners are good for ventilation, they introduce another problem: direct air flow. If multiple people are sitting under an air-conditioner and one has COVID-19, the direct flow of air from the unit can create a loop of infected aerosols over everyone.


The three families were sitting within the blue cloud of aerosols.(Supplied: MedRxiv)

This diagram shows the mini weather-system created by an air-conditioner at a restaurant in China where a COVID-19 outbreak was recorded.The three families were sitting within the blue cloud of aerosols.(Supplied: MedRxiv).  Research yet to be peer-reviewed, concluded a “recirculation envelope” formed over three families’ tables, which were in the direct line of one air conditioning unit.  Ten members of those families later tested positive to COVID-19, but no-one else in the restaurant (who sat under different air conditioning units) was infected.

“It wasn’t caused by the air conditioner, it was just the fact it was a very directional flow,” Professor Morawska says.

Deciphering the direction and rebounding of air from a unit is hard, even for experts, so the best idea is just don’t sit in the direct path of a unit. “First thing when you enter a restaurant, look at where the air conditioner is and which way will the air go and which tables will be most affected,” Professor Morawska says.  Also keep in mind, fans don’t help with ventilation as while they move air around, they don’t remove it.

“In these events, short-range aerosol transmission, particularly in specific indoor locations, such as crowded and inadequately ventilated spaces over a prolonged period of time with infected persons cannot be ruled out,” the statement said.

On June 24th, the air cooling system used in a German slaughterhouse helped spread the coronavirus among hundreds of workers, a hygiene expert said on Wednesday, a day after the mass outbreak triggered renewed lockdowns in the area.

More than 1,500 out of 7,000 employees have tested positive so far at the Tonnies meat processing plant in the western district of Guetersloh in the country’s single biggest COVID-19 cluster to date.  Professor Martin Exner, a hygiene expert at the University of Bonn tasked by Guetersloh district to study the outbreak, told a press conference that the plant’s air filtration system had contributed to the spread of virus-laden aerosol droplets.

The ventilation system is aimed at keeping temperatures at a cool 6-10 degrees Celsius but continually recycles the same untreated air into the room, said Exner.

“This has so far been an overlooked risk factor” in the pandemic, he told reporters, warning that the finding would have “big consequences” for other slaughterhouses as well.

He stressed that the cooling system was just “one factor” to explain the rapid spread of the virus in the slaughterhouse, and that wearing face masks and keeping a safe distance were key to controlling the transmission.

 

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-07-11/the-who-says-airborne-spread-of-covid-19-possible-what-now/12443268
https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/transmission-of-sars-cov-2-implications-for-infection-prevention-precautions
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-06/aerosol-transmission-of-covid-19/12425852
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.16.20067728v1
https://en.mercopress.com/2020/06/25/air-cooling-system-in-german-abattoir-helped-spread-coronavirus-among-hundreds-of-workers

 

 

 

 

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HVAC Hygiene during COVID-19

HVAC Hygiene During COVID-19

Article AIRAH – Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating.

AIRAH has highlighted the importance of maintaining HVAC and other building services – even if premises are temporarily unoccupied.

Across Australia, offices and other commercial buildings have emptied out as organisations shut down or staff work from home due to the COVID-19 prevention measures. But even when premises are empty, HVAC systems and other building services may continue to run.

AIRAH has called for building owners and facilities managers to be aware of potential issues.

“Modern buildings are not designed to be shut down for extended periods,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH.

“Some building owners may consider doing this to reduce energy costs. But what we are saying is that it won’t be possible without the advice and help of technical experts and professional service providers.”

According to AIRAH, building systems can present serious risks if not correctly maintained.

“Cooling towers and condenser water systems are an obvious example, where stagnation poses significant community health risks,” says Gleeson. “The last thing we want to see is a wave of Legionella outbreaks when everyone goes back to work.

“In terms of HVAC systems, people aren’t the only source of contaminants in buildings. Owners may need to ensure a minimum ‘background’ amount of ventilation is maintained to limit health and amenity risks upon return to work.”

Gleeson notes that as well as preventing health and safety issues, regular maintenance is legally required.

“If you just shut down an office and come back in four to six weeks, you will find that essential safety and maintenance measures are not up to date, your statutory maintenance regime is not up to date and therefore not in compliance – and the building should not be occupied,” he says.

“If we want to get our society and economy up and running again as quickly as possible after COVID-19, it is absolutely essential that we maintain our workplaces now.”

AIRAH – Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating – Article 08.04.2020
https://www.airah.org.au/AIRAH/Navigation/AboutAIRAH/PressReleases/2020/2020_Press_Releases/UNOCCUPIED_BUILDINGS_MUST_STILL_BE_MAINTAINED_SAYS_AIRAH.aspx

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