The spread of the coronavirus in the UK is now a moderate risk according to the Chief Medical Officer. Below is some advice to help people continue to use water dispensers safely and keep hydrated.
Water dispensers have shared surfaces that are used by more than one person – just like door handles, desks, and worktops. That’s why it’s important that people are alert to the risks of infection and take precautions to limit the spread of coronavirus. The UK government and the NHS are issuing specific advice on preventing the spread coronavirus and people should ensure they follow the official advice.
The level of scientific understanding of how the coronavirus spreads is still limited but as it appears to spread without direct contact through coughing and sneezing, every surface should be assessed for contamination potential. This means that preventative measures are recommended for any organisation currently responsible for in-house refill stations.
Organisations with water dispensers should review cleaning processes and ensure they are fit for purpose.
At MIW, we take our responsibilities very seriously. If specific advice is issued in relation to Covid-19 and water dispensers, we will update this guidance.