Cleaning Takes on New Meaning

Whether you’re an employee or employer, you’ll want to adopt stricter standards for how and when you clean at work. Employers must educate workers responsible for cleaning, laundry and trash pick-up on proper protection and recognizing the symptoms of COVID-19. Employees should wipe down their work stations using alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol at the beginning and end of each shift.

Some more guidance from the CDC:

  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water to reduce germs, then use disinfectant to kill remaining germs.
  • Use an EPA-registered household disinfectant and follow the directions on the label. Many of us use disinfectants improperly.
  • Routinely clean high-touch surfaces and objects, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
  • If you have multiple customers handling surfaces and objects—such as shopping carts and point-of-sale keypads—these should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.

For electronics, such as tablets, touchscreens, keyboards, remote controls and ATMs:

  • Consider putting wipeable covers on electronics.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • If there’s no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry surface thoroughly.

For clothing, towels, linens and other items:

  • Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
  • If possible, wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from a person who is sick.
  • Do not shake dirty laundry.
  • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces.
  • Remove gloves and wash hands right away.

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