Whether you own a business, are responsible for managing an office, or simply just want to stay safe from COVID-19 when you return to work, it’s important to be current on the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s guidelines for COVID-19 disinfection. These guidelines will help you prepare your workspace for when employees return to work so they can stay as safe as possible.
The CDC guidelines for disinfecting workspaces and offices are based on the knowledge that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be killed with specific products that have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These products have been compiled in a list on the CDC website, so verify that any cleaning products you use are on this list to ensure your office is disinfected.
The three tenets of the CDC’s framework for cleaning and disinfecting are:
- Cleaning surfaces and objects with soap and water reduces the amount of virus that remains on the surfaces and objects
- Frequent disinfection of surfaces and objects with an EPA-approved cleaning product reduces the risk of exposure
- If an EPA-approved disinfectant is not approved, you can mix your own using bleach OR alcohol
If you decide to make your own disinfectant, be sure to follow the correct proportions of ingredients recommended by the CDC or EPA so that the solution is safe. Additionally, do not mix bleach and other cleaners together because this could easily create toxic fumes that can be dangerous or even deadly. A solution made with bleach will be effective for disinfecting for up to 24 hours. Wear skin and eye protection when creating a disinfectant solution.
CDC’s Recommended Steps for Safe and Effective Disinfectant Use
To make the process of disinfecting easier, the CDC has put together a six-step process to allow office owners or managers to safely and effectively disinfect their spaces in preparation for employees’ return to work.
- Verify that your product is EPA-approved to kill the virus that causes COVD-19
- Read the directions to ensure the product is safe for the surface you want to clean
- Pre-clean the surface with soap and water
- Leave the cleaning product on the surface for the length of time specified on the packaging
- Use a pair of gloves dedicated to COVID-19 cleaning, or dispose after each use, and wash your hands
- Store the product safely away from children
Cleaning Crew Guidelines
If you manage an office that uses a separate crew to clean your workspace, they should have the appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) to reduce their risk of contracting the virus. Ensure that they have been instructed on the disinfection process and that they know how to handle chemicals and cleaning products correctly. If you purchase products on behalf of your cleaning crew, they should all be instructed on the appropriate way to apply the cleaners.
Keeping your staff safe is a top priority during the pandemic, and the CDC has provided a framework to help you make this happen. However, if you don’t have time to worry about whether you’re meeting the CDC guidelines, you may want to hire a disinfection service that will take care of everything for you. Contact Aqueous Solutions today to see how we can help you disinfect your office the right way.