The Silver Lining: How COVID-19 transformed Australia's industry for the better.
The chemical hygiene industry in Australia has experienced a seismic shift as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With people's growing understanding of the crucial role cleanliness and hygiene play in preventing disease spread, the demand for disinfectants and cleaning products has skyrocketed. As a result, the industry has been propelled into an era of innovation and advancement, with new developments emerging to meet the soaring demand. This trend won't be slowing down even after the pandemic subsides.
Collectively, we have seen an increased emphasis on the safety and efficacy of cleaning products and disinfectants in Australia. Consumers and businesses alike are now more discerning when it comes to selecting cleaning products, preferring those that are effective against a wide range of bacteria and viruses while also being safe for people and the environment. This has led to an increased demand for "green" cleaning products and a move towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly chemical solutions.
A report by IBISWorld indicates the demand for cleaning services in Australia was expected to increase by 1.9% in 2021, driven by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. IBISWorld also highlighted a shift towards the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products in Australia. Many Australian businesses are now using sustainable cleaning products and disinfectants that are free of harmful chemicals.
Gone are the days of old-fashioned cleaning products and disinfectants, as advancing technology takes over for a more effective and all 'round safer clean. Electrostatic sprayers are dramatically increasing in popularity, making sure disinfectants are distributed evenly and effectively. UV-C technology is quickly rising to the top for its ability to disinfect surfaces without any chemicals. Say goodbye to outdated cleaning methods, and hello to fresh, new world of technology-driven hygiene.
There has also been a surge in the development of robotic cleaning technology in Australia, which allows for more efficient and effective cleaning while also reducing the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals. Robotic cleaning systems can be used in a variety of settings, including hospitals, hotels, and other hospitality environments, to disinfect surfaces and provide a higher level of cleanliness. Reducing the amount of human-to-chemical contact is at the forefront of Cleaner Future's minds regarding our ProMax and Auto-Dosing systems, both encouraging a decrease of human error and human impact through easy-to-use and automated systems. However, we are mindful that you cannot eliminate those variables entirely; leading us to a focus on increasing the education behind our products through both educational media channels, traditional safety protocols and face-to-face conversations. COVID-19 has spurred a greater focus on education and training in the chemical hygiene industry in Australia. As people become more aware of the risks associated with improper use of cleaning products and disinfectants, there has been an increased demand for training and education to ensure that products are used safely and effectively.
The Australian government has also recognised the importance of chemical hygiene education and training. Safe Work Australia, has provided guidance for workplaces on cleaning and disinfecting to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Including information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling chemicals, as well as proper dilution rates and contact times for cleaning and disinfecting. You can find this information on Safety Data Sheets and Product Data Sheets provided with any chemicals you purchase.
It's likely that the changes brought about by COVID-19 will continue to shape the chemical hygiene industry in Australia for years to come. Consumers and businesses will continue to demand safe, effective, and sustainable cleaning solutions, driving innovation in the industry. Technology will play an increasingly important role, with new developments in disinfectant technology and cleaning robotics likely to become more widespread. And as the industry continues to evolve, education and training will remain crucial in ensuring the safe and effective use of chemical hygiene products in Australia.
Although a challenging time for many, the pandemic has also spurred positive changes in the chemical hygiene industry in Australia. As the industry continues to innovate and adapt, we can look forward to a safer, more sustainable future. Cleaner Future takes pride in leading the way.
- Safe Work Australia. "Cleaning to prevent the spread of COVID-19." https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces/cleaning-prevent-spread-covid-19
- Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. "Chemical Management and Technology in the COVID-19 Era: An Assessment of Needs and Opportunities." https://www.csb.gov/chemical-management-and-technology-in-the-covid-19-era-an-assessment-of-needs-and-opportunities/
- Australian Government Department of Health. "COVID-19 Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Principles for Health and Residential Care Facilities." https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-environmental-cleaning-and-disinfection-principles-for-health-and-residential-care-facilities
- Australian Government Department of Health. "COVID-19 Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Principles for Non-Health Settings." https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-environmental-cleaning-and-disinfection-principles-for-non-health-settings
- IBISWorld. "Cleaning Services in Australia - Market Research Report." https://www.ibisworld.com/au/industry/cleaning-services/270