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Cleaning and Disinfection Copy

Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is a critical component of the returntowork guidelines and your plan. In this lesson, you will find recommendations on best practices on effective cleaning, definitions of terminology, and how to conduct assessments on cleaning and disinfection practices at your workplace. 

In this lesson’s video, Pamela will share her insights and pro tips that you can include in your plan. She will respond to commonly asked questions on identifying the right ingredients for effective disinfectant products and steps to ensure proper disinfection.

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Key takeaways:

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 can be killed if you use the right products. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has compiled a list of disinfectant products that can be used against COVID-19, including ready-to-use sprays, concentrates, and wipes.
  • Identify hightouch areas like door knobs, elevator buttons, desktops, computers, and mouses, and make sure these areas are regularly disinfected all day long. 
  • FDAapproved materials are safe to come in contact with your skin or body. Typical items for COVID-19 are hand sanitizers and alcohol wipes. 
  • Products on the EPA’s N list are approved chemicals to kill COVID-19. You can check to see if your current products are listed and evaluate them.
  • Once you pick your chemicals, like Lysol, or Clorox, you must read the instructions to find the correct “kill time.” 
  • You can find the list of the products on the EPA website.


Course Workbook: Complete the cleaning and disinfecting assessments on pages 21 and 22. 

Review: COVID-19 Prevention Plan Template, pages 13, 23, 24, and 25 on cleaning and disinfecting protocols and edit as it fits your organization.


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