Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Retailers urged to tackle the indoor air crisis

Poor indoor air quality is responsible for 3.8 million premature deaths globally, with cross-contamination of airborne viruses and diseases 19 times more likely indoors than out.

The Covid-19 Delta strain – largely characterised by aerosol transmission – has only accelerated this crisis.

Rentokil Initial has announced it will bring Radic8’s VIRUSKILLER air purifier to Australia and New Zealand. The air purifier is said to be the only product in the market to kill 99.9999% of bacteria in a single pass – sending clean, fresh air back into the room in real-time.

Air quality crisis

Rentokil Initial National Technical and Innovation Manager, John Keogh, says despite acknowledgement by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that SARS-CoV-2 is an airborne virus, most Australian businesses have no formal air hygiene practices in place or guidelines to follow.

“We are facing the worst indoor air quality crisis in history,” he says.

“It has never been clearer that businesses need to take action to protect their customers, employees, and bottom-line against the well-documented risks of poor indoor air quality.”

Indoor expectations

Research commissioned by Rentokil Initial shows 4 in 5 Australians believe businesses have a responsibility to protect customers against health and hygiene risks. It also found with two thirds of Australians are more likely to visit an indoor venue that has air hygiene protocols in place.

Furthermore, over three quarters of Australians believe that protecting against Covid-19 airborne transmission risks is crucial in the return to normal, as Australia grapples with the most infectious strain of Covid-19 to date.


VIRUSKILLER is proven to kill 99.9999% of Coronavirus in the air (when independently tested against Coronavirus DF2, a surrogate for Coronavirus, on a single air pass).

VIRUSKILLER is available to businesses and consumers in the Australian and New Zealand market now.

Rentokil Initial recommends a 360 degree hygiene approach by businesses to reduce the risk of transmission of potentially harmful pathogens and viruses – including a hand, surface and air hygiene protocol.

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