During an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current outbreak of COVID-19, cleaning and sanitizing will be paramount to offering a safe environment for conducting business.
- Clean and sanitize surfaces frequently.
- Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
- Institute a visible, non-stop wipe-down regimen of common touch areas. These areas include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc. TIP: Create a schedule with specific times and intervals, and assign these duties so expectations are clear. Repetition is the key to success.
- Surfaces and objects in public places, such as shopping baskets and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use. Cleaning and disinfection may be required based on the level of use.
- Thorough cleaning of ALL shared surfaces throughout the facility at least once every 24 hours. This includes common spaces like bathrooms, conference rooms, lunchrooms, break rooms, etc. TIP: Make it the first thing or the last thing completed every day.
- Ensure hand sanitizer and cleaning products are widely accessible throughout workplaces (at cash wrap, reception desk, in all personal offices – where people linger)
- The WA Department of Labor & Industries can provide confidential, technical, no-fee assistance as you reopen your business. Visit their website for more information.
- Visit the CDC website for additional guidance.
- EPA’s list of Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
- Download the US Chamber of Commerce’s, Tips for Preventing the Spread of the Coronavirus at Work From the CDC