Coronavirus: Farnek installs sanitisation gateway to disinfect staff

Facilities management company first in UAE to use ‘Fog Gate’ with approved germ-free, non-toxic and environmentally friendly disinfectant

UAE-based facilities management (FM) specialist, Farnek, has installed a sanitisation gateway which will disinfect all staff upon leaving and returning to their accommodation centres.

According to a statement by the company, the disinfectant system works via what it terms a “Fog Gate”, or disinfection tunnel, which sprays staff with a highly efficient, non-toxic, pH-neutral and durable disinfectant. The mist is completely harmless and dries in seconds, after employees pass through. The gateway is regularly sterilised and cleaned by a team of highly trained specialists from Farnek.

“These sanitisation gateways are highly effective, extremely efficient and very practical. It literally takes seconds to walk through and the disinfectant dries almost immediately, ensuring that our teams will be protected from the virus and will not inadvertently spread the virus should they become exposed,” said Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek.

Farnek said it will implement a Dubai Municipality-approved environmentally friendly and non-toxic disinfectant solution, which kills over 99.99% of all bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores. If successful, the pilot scheme, the first to be employed in a commercial capacity, will be rolled out across all of the company’s staff accommodation in the UAE.

A similar sanitisation system has already been installed at Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station to protect essential workers using the bus transport system. It is also expected to be rolled out at other transport hubs around the country.

Kelvin Varghese, director, Farnek and Hitches & Glitches, responsible for the implementation of the new sanitisation system and the rollout across Farnek’s entire accommodation portfolio, said: “During these unprecedented times, the safety and well-being of our customers, as well as employees, is of paramount importance to us and, as such, all necessary sanitising and precautionary measures are being undertaken to make sure we contain the spread of the coronavirus.”

Farnek has been approved by Dubai Municipality to clean and disinfect hotels, malls, offices, public buildings and residences. The company said it currently has over 8,000 employees supporting business in all emirates by offering a range of disinfection and sterilisation services using technologically advanced cleaning products, which through a physical bond, create durable and self-sanitising surfaces and long-lasting protection.

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