How to Clean and Disinfect Your Facility for COVID-19
Coronavirus is a strain of virus that can cause the victim to demonstrate symptoms of respiratory illness. Just like common flu, it is spread through person-to-person contact. If you operate a facility, you should follow the standard procedure to clean and disinfect your facility to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading. The following are 3 tips on cleaning and disinfecting your facility for COVID-19.
1. Clean and Disinfect All Surfaces
The easiest way to clean your facility is to use soap and water to wipe all the surfaces. According to researchers, coronavirus can only live for 24 hours on cardboard surfaces. However, it can last for up to 2 – 3 days on plastic and stainless steel. That means it is all the more important to clean high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, tabletops, countertops, sinks, and handles.
You can apply surface appropriate disinfectant after the surface is cleaned with soap and water. You can use a disinfecting wipe or spray for convenience. For the most effective result, you should instruct the cleaning staff to follow the instruction on the label. Diluted household bleach solutions and alcohol solutions that contain at least 70% of alcohol can also be used. For electronics, you simply put the wipeable cover on them; every time you wipe it with soap, you will only be wiping the cover.
2. Cleaning Areas Visited by Sick People
All areas that are used by the sick person should be cleaned. If necessary, you can also close off the areas used by the sick person. While the area is closed off, you should open the doors and windows to allow the air to circulate. The cleaning staff should always wear the right size of PPE gown before cleaning. Before putting on the glove, make sure the worker has already washed their hands with hand sanitizer. The cleaning work is to put on at least a facemask or face shield for full-face coverage. The cleaners are encouraged to wash hands often whenever necessary with hand sanitizer, for example, after coughing, and after using the toilet.
3. Employee Training
It is the responsibility of employers to provide training on the appropriate cleaning protocol to reduce exposure. In the training, the instructor should teach the cleaning worker how to identify people with COVID-19 symptoms, how sick individuals are to be isolated, and how to report individuals identified with the infectious disease. The employer is to provide the training during the scheduled work times. In addition, the employer should train workers on when what, and how to use PPE. They should be thought how to dispose of, and inspect for damage on PPE. They are also to be instructed on all the applicable standards including eye and face, hand, and respiratory protection standards.