Our occupational hygienist and other experts answer your questions about cleaning and sanitizing your workplace.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
Ensure a proper infection control cleaning protocol is implemented to clean and sterilize the potentially contaminated work area(s). Follow these directions from the Centre for Disease Control.
Take care to sanitize frequently used areas and objects such as doorknobs, handles, telephones, cellphones, computer keyboards and mice, refrigerator doors, countertops and desks, coffee machines, and water dispensers.
Disinfect your PPE regularly.
If using gloves to protect yourself, be sure to remove them carefully, taking care not to contaminate your hands when removing them.
After cleaning, wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, and do not forget to wash and scrub under your nails. If using a hand sanitizer, ensure that it contains more than 60% alcohol.
And always avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Get information on the acceptable types of disinfectants, and carry out a risk assessment to set cleaning standards for your facility in terms of frequency and areas. For reference, refer to Health Canada