Cleaning and disinfecting properly?

Date: Apr 4, 2021

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Plan for success:

Determine, your, your employees and customer protocol when entering the business facilities.

Make sure your supplies are always up to date for approved PPE etc.

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Implementing Protocols etc.

The first step is to clean, clean visibly dirty surfaces with soap and water, sanitize and disinfect.

Understand contact and dwell times for the disinfectants you choose.

Use only COVID certified disinfectants, but read about what disinfectants are safe in our blog.

Always follow directions on all product labels.

Keep cleaning supplies out of washrooms and locked up so no kids can get to them.

Never mix chemicals you could create thermal heat and even an explosion if they are not compatible.

Revaluate revise and change protocols as needed.

Make sure your employees read MSDS, SDS and safety procedures for all cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants.

Make sure proper PPE is worn while using all cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants.

Maintain frequent hand washing, wearing of masks and social distancing.

Maintain safety: Bullet Points.

  • Wear gloves and consider glasses or goggles for potential splash hazards to the eyes
  • Ensure adequate ventilation (for example, open windows)
  • Use only the amount recommended on the label
  • Use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label)
  • Label diluted cleaning solutions
  • Store and use chemicals out of the reach of children and pets
  • Do not mix products or chemicals
  • Do not eat, drink, breathe, or inject cleaning and disinfection products into your body or apply them directly to your skin as they can cause serious harm
  • Do not wipe or bathe pets with any cleaning and disinfection products.

Electronic equipment:

Consider having wipeable covers on all electronics, this makes cleaning and disinfecting easier.

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Consider an electrostatic sprayer for the electronic area click here

Follow manufacturers instruction and recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting electronics.

For clothing, towels, linens and other items that go in the laundry:

  • To minimize the possibility of dispersing the virus through the air, do not shake dirty laundry.
  • Wear disposable gloves, masks and safety glasses when handling dirty laundry especially from a person who is sick.
  • Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
  • Dirty laundry from a person who is sick should not be washed with other people’s items for safety.
  • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to the guidance above for surfaces.
  • Wash hands after handling dirty laundry.
  • Disinfect washer, dryer handles, taps, everything with an electrostatic sprayer.

If someone was sick:

  • Wear appropriate PPE. Sometimes it might be necessary to get a professional service for everyone’s safety.
  • Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
  • Open outside doors and windows and use fans or other air control items to increase air circulation in the area. Wait 24 hours before you clean or disinfect. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible.
  • Clean, sanitize and disinfect the immediate workspace used by the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19, such as the surfaces in their office or cubicle. Open desk draws and makes sure to use an electrostatic sprayer to disinfect inside them. If common areas such as bathrooms or shared items have already been routinely cleaned and disinfected, there is no need for additional action.
  • Use a vacuum equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter and bags, if available, dispose of the bags immediately and disinfect the vacuum with an electrostatic sprayer.
  • Do not vacuum a room or space that has people in it. The vacuum creates dust and the air will get contaminated. Wait until the room or space is empty to vacuum, such as at night, for common spaces, or during the day for private rooms.

Wear disposable gloves to clean, sanitize and disinfect. For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floors or rugs, clean the surface with detergents or cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces, according to the textile’s label. After cleaning, disinfect with an appropriate disinfectant. Soft and porous materials, like carpet, are generally not as easy to disinfect as hard and non-porous surfaces. EPA and Health Canada have listed a limited number of products approved for disinfection for use on soft and porous materials on List N. Follow the disinfectant manufacturer’s safety instructions (such as wearing gloves and ensuring adequate ventilation), read our blog on types of disinfectants before you buy and use higher concentration level, application method and contact time. Allow sufficient drying time if the vacuum is not intended for wet surfaces, and again disinfect the vacuum.

While vacuuming, temporarily turn off in-room, window-mounted, or on-wall recirculation HVAC to avoid contamination of the HVAC units and transfer into other areas.

Do not deactivate central HVAC systems. These systems tend to provide better filtration capabilities and introduce outdoor air into the areas that they serve.

  • One area has been appropriately disinfected, it can be opened for use.

If more than 7 -14 days since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection are still advised as a precaution. Continue routine cleaning and disinfection. This includes everyday practices that businesses and communities normally use to maintain a healthy environment.

Cleaning and disinfecting outdoor areas:

  • Outdoor areas are generally routinely cleaned. We believe using an Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) is beneficial. Customer perception of safety and your disinfection process is also going to improve with this a good protocol.
  • However spraying disinfectants in outdoor areas, such as sidewalks, roads, and groundcover, is not an efficient use of supplies and is not proven to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
  • High touch surfaces made of plastic or metal, such as grab bars, play structures, and railings should have a touch disinfection system installed and cleaned routinely, use only water and a dedicated colour-coded microfibre cloth, no harsh chemicals.
  • The targeted use of disinfectants can be done effectively, efficiently, and safely on outdoor hard surfaces and objects frequently touched by multiple people; make sure disinfectant has thoroughly dried before allowing children to play.
  • Cleaning and disinfection of wooden surfaces (wood play structures, benches, tables) or groundcovers (mulch, sand) is not recommended, as the material is difficult to clean. You could use an electrostatic sprayer if you are nervous about the environment. However, do not allow children to play until the surface is completely dry.
  • Certain outdoor areas and facilities, such as bars and restaurants may have additional local laws and requirements to follow.

When cleaning:

Regular cleaning staff can clean and disinfect community spaces.

Ensure they are trained on the appropriate use of cleaning and disinfection chemicals.

Wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash.

Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products being used and whether there is a risk of a splash.

Gloves and gowns should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Wash your hands immediately after removing gloves and after contact with a person who is sick.

Follow normal preventive actions while at work and home, including washing hands often for at least 20 seconds and avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. It is especially important to wash hands:

      • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • Before and after touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
      • After using the restroom.
      • Before and after entering or leaving a public place.
      • Before and after touching your mask.
      • After changing a diaper.
      • Before eating or preparing food.
      • After touching animals or pets.
      • After caring for an ill person.

Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, a safe hand sanitizer may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Always read and follow the directions on the label to ensure safe and effective use.

Keep hand sanitizers away from fire or flame

For children under six years of age, hand sanitizer should be used with adult supervision

Always store hand sanitizer out of reach of children and pets

Additional considerations for employers:

Educate workers performing cleaning, laundry, and trash pick-up to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19.

Develop policies for worker protection and provide training to all cleaning staff on-site prior to providing cleaning tasks. We offer our customers free training for all their employees online.

Training should include when to use PPE, what PPE is necessary, how to properly don (put on), use, and doff (take off) PPE, and how to properly dispose of PPE.

Ensure workers are trained on the hazards of the cleaning chemicals used in the workplace in accordance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard and CCOHS in Canada

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Thank you for considering us. Stay safe and stay healthy.

Zak

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