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An inspection of disinfection points in shops and sales area will commence next week

The Health Board will start inspecting disinfection points in cooperation with the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority. The inspections will involve checking whether there is disinfectant available at the disinfection points, as well as the composition and labelling of those disinfectants.

‘The purpose of this inspection of disinfection points is to prevent the third wave of COVID-19 and to curb the spread of the virus,’ explained Üllar Lanno, director-general of the Health Board. ‘COVID-19 spreads mainly from one person to another as a droplet infection during the course of speaking, coughing, or sneezing. The best methods for preventing the spread of the virus include observing applicable rules for hand hygiene, social distancing, and mask-wearing in crowded indoor premises, and avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth with soiled hands,’ he said.

According to Lanno, it is important to implement any and all preventive measures possible from the epidemiological perspective in order to be able to keep society open for business. ‘It is important for us to ensure that there are the proper and necessary means available in shopping centres for this purpose,’ he explained.

In July, the Health Board asked for the assistance of the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority in inspecting disinfection points. Pursuant to an order which was issued by the government, disinfectants must be made available in sales areas, catering establishments, and shopping centres. Such substances must at least be made available at the entry and exit points to and from the premises. Disinfectants may be provided in the original packaging or by using a refillable disinfectant dispenser or similar container.

In order to allow users to make their own informed choice about using those products which are being provided at disinfection points (in order to avoid contact with allergens, for example), information about the disinfectant being used must be provided to the consumer at the disinfection point. The Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority will be inspecting the availability and compliance of the disinfectants at more than one hundred sites which come into contact with a high number of people.

Further information about labelling disinfection points is available at the following address: 
www.terviseamet.ee/sites/default/files/KTO/Biotsiidid/desinfektsioonipunktide_margistamise_juhend.pdf (PDF) (in Estonian).

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