The following is the step-by-step process for the cleaning / disinfection of areas either suspected to be contaminated or confirmed to be contaminated with the COVID-19 virus. These steps will outline the required materials and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for this process at each step.
Notification / Evacuation – Once your company has confirmed the presence (or suspected presence) of COVID-19, the most important thing to do is notify all applicable personnel. Depending on the circumstances, the location may need to be evacuated. It is important to note that no ACP Facility Services, Inc. personnel may enter the area to disinfect until the area(s) have been completely vacant for a minimum of 24 hours.
Initial Setup / Coordination – Once a minimum of 24 hours of vacancy has been achieved, the ACP personnel will assess the level of coverage the cleaning / disinfection will require. The responding team (in collaboration with the EHS Department) will need to define and assess how many cleaners will be required, the square footage of the areas to be disinfected, and the chemicals/materials which will be needed to clean / disinfect the area.
Cleaning / Disinfection Process – After the initial setup and coordination has taken place, the cleaners will be able to enter the afflicted areas. For this task the cleaners (at a minimum) will be required to wear the following PPE:
- Nitrile Gloves (disposable)
- Safety Goggles (not glasses)
- Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Kits (if human blood, certain bodily fluids, or other potentially infectious materials exist)
They will be entering the afflicted area(s) with the pre-approved cleaning / disinfecting agent(s) (will vary depending on availability). Only the CDC’s / EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products will be used during this process. Manually applied cleaning / disinfection occurs through the use of primary chemical containers, pumps, and Ready-To-Use (RTU) dispensers.
The cleaning / disinfection process itself will be performed as follows:
- Cleaner will apply approved cleaning / disinfection product onto cleaning rag (will vary in color depending on location of cleaning / disinfection (i.e. restrooms, cafeterias, offices, etc.).
- Cleaner will wipe down all applicable surfaces (with emphasis placed on key touch points throughout the area(s) – i.e. doorknobs / door handles, handrails, desk counters, water faucets, etc.).
- Disinfecting wipes are recommended to keep all surfaces sanitized and prevent the spread of germs.
- Cleaner will follow all post-cleaning / decontamination procedures, as outlined below.
Post- Cleaning / Disinfection & De-Gowning – After the afflicted areas have been disinfected, the Post-Cleaning /Disinfection process must be initiated, which primarily includes de-gowning and disposal of potentially contaminated PPE and materials. All materials/gear must be disposed of or disinfected, prior to cleaners exiting the affected areas. When de-gowning the cleaners must:
- Remove safety goggles first, for either disposal or decontamination.
- Dispose of all product application rags/materials (if applicable) used during the disinfection of surfaces.
- Remove gloves by turning them inside out into each other and disposing along with any product application rags/materials.
- Non-biohazard related discarded items are to be discarded in a plastic bag, to be tied-off after all applicable materials have been placed within.
**Important Note – If a BBP Kit was used in the process, all accompanying materials must be discarded separately in the red “Biohazard” bags provided within the kit. The “Biohazard” bags are to be discarded separately from the other bags which were not used for the disposal of Bloodborne Pathogens, in accordance with proper location policies and procedures for disposal. **