On 29 January 2020, Public Health England confirmed the first case in the UK of Covid-19 at the StayCity Hotel in York.
The following week York firm Bio Decon were called in to conduct a deep clean.
From being a business designed to tackle infections, a year on Bio Decon has evolved to become a response force to help ensure businesses can stay up and running and staff members are protected in a Covid-secure environment.
Bio Decon’s service offering means they can enter a building or alternatively a public space and disinfect all areas of a building quickly, with the confidence that the Covid-19 virus has been eradicated.
The disinfectant technology used allows a person to return to that space in an hour, meaning a business has minimal disruption and can reassure its staff, with evidence, that the space is Covid-secure.
Since responding to the first case in York, Haxby-based Bio Decon has:
• Travelled over 100,000+ miles across England, Scotland and Wales
• The mobile teams and vehicle fleet has quadrupled in size
• Decontaminated over 250,000m2.
Director of Bio Decon Andy McMillan said: “With our experience in dealing with infections we quickly realised that we needed to adapt to ensure we were equipped to support businesses in fighting the Covid-19 virus.
“Following our response to the first case in the UK our technicians have been working 24/7 offering both planned and reactive emergency decontamination and validation service.
“For many businesses it isn’t possible to have staff work from home, therefore throughout the various lockdowns and restrictions imposed our services have enabled many sectors to remain operating in a Covid-secure environment.”