Washington Evening Journal
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Washington, IA 52353
FAIRFIELD - The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center recently received a gift that will allow it to easily disinfect the facility before and after gatherings.
The Greater Jefferson County Foundation and the nonprofit Supporters of the FACC (formerly known as Friends of FACC) gave the arts center funds to purchase an eMist disinfectant sprayer. This means FACC employees will be able to disinfect the chairs, tables and other surfaces, rather than having to rely on an outside contractor to perform this service.
The performing arts and events center had opened for small to mid-size gatherings in late fall of 2020 after partnering with local agency, Casler Cleaning, to provide sanitation services in the building.
'While we have appreciated our partnership with Casler, owning our own sanitation equipment allows us to continue to minimize costs while still maintaining safe conditions for our staff and guests,” said Lindsay Bauer, executive director of FACC.
Due to the high demand of the disinfecting units, used by health providers, airlines, and other public facilities, the waiting list to receive an eMist disinfectant sprayer was months long. The sprayer is designed to apply statically charged mini-droplets of sanitizer in a comprehensive, efficient treatment that fully covers even hard to reach areas, like the under- and backsides of surfaces. This technology, combined with effective ventilation systems, provides powerful, proven, safe sanitation coverage to minimize and even eliminate cross-contamination of dangerous pathogens.
In addition to requiring masks and implementing new capacity limits to accommodate social distancing, the new eMist system is being used throughout the building before and after meetings and gatherings to ensure a clean and safe environment for staff and visitors to the facility. Facilities manager Norma VanCamp received training on the safest and most effective practices for using the new equipment and is now able to oversee regular sanitation procedures.
Suzan Kessel, secretary of the Supporters of FACC, noted that the organization is glad to have helped acquire the disinfectant equipment for the center.
'And it wouldn't have been possible without this grant from [Greater Jefferson County Foundation],” she said. 'The foundation continues to serve the needs of our community, and we thank them in this especially difficult year.”