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Cleaning and Disinfecting a Facility, Considerations for Employers

On Apr 17, 2020

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidance on every day steps to clean and disinfect a facility and steps to take when someone is sick. Although several recommendations are geared towards households, they do provide considerations employers can follow and implement.

View the entire printer friendly guide provided by the CDC HERE.

Additional Considerations for Employers Provided by the CDC

  • Educate workers performing cleaning, laundry, and trash pick-up to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Provide instructions on what to do if they develop symptoms within 14 days after their last possible exposure to the virus.
  • Develop policies for worker protection and provide training to all cleaning staff on site prior to providing cleaning tasks.
    • Training should include when to use personal protective equipment (PPE), what PPE is necessary, how to properly don (put on), use, and doff (take off) PPE, and how to properly dispose of PPE.
  • Ensure workers are trained on the hazards of the cleaning chemicals used in the workplace in accordance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200external icon).
  • Comply with OSHA’s standards on Bloodborne Pathogens (29 CFR 1910.1030external icon), including proper disposal of regulated waste, and PPE (29 CFR 1910.132external icon).


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