General Recommendations To Follow After A COVID-19 Breakout In Your Workplace
In the earlier months of 2020, COVID-19 became a widespread pandemic that affected countries around the planet. Considered highly contagious, the virus generated a lot of fear for everyone, and ongoing efforts have been taken to keep the virus from spreading. If an individual within your workplace has been diagnosed with this contagious virus, it is best to seek out professionals to perform a deep clean of the building. Here is a look at a few general recommendations that should be followed for deep cleaning after a COVID-19 event in your place of business.
All hand-contact surfaces must be sanitized and disinfected.
Hand-contact surfaces are one of the most noteworthy ways that many viruses can spread from one person to another. If a person that has contracted a virus has sputum or mucosal droplets on their hands and touches a hard surface, the virus may get passed to the next person that touches the surface. Most workplace buildings are filled with an array of hand-contact surfaces, such as:
- Computer keyboards, mice, and laptops
- Door handles throughout the building and in the bathroom
- Faucet handles in bathrooms, breakrooms, and elsewhere in the building
- File cabinet drawers and storage cabinet handles
- Handheld equipment, such as hand tools or hand scanners
All forms of hard surfaces should be cleaned during a COVID-19 deep-cleaning procedure. A proper disinfectant should be used and special care must be taken to ensure all hand-contact surfaces are properly treated.
All soft surfaces must be either laundered or disinfected.
Soft surfaces and fabrics within the building must be removed and laundered or properly disinfected with agents that have been approved for use on porous materials. Curtains, bedding, and other fabrics can be removed for laundering, and the laundering process will eradicate any viral contaminants. However, many workplaces have a lot of soft surfaces that cannot be laundered, such as carpet on the floors, padded cushions on chairs, and upholstery on certain furniture pieces. These areas have to be directly treated with disinfecting agents.
All cleaning done must involve the use of proper PPE.
PPE, or personal protective equipment, helps to protect the individual who is doing the cleaning from accidentally touching or aspirating the live virus. Professionals who perform COVID-19 deep cleaning for commercial buildings will come fully dressed in PPE. You should not be surprised if they are wearing protective gowns, hoods, and shoe coverings much like what a medical professional would wear before surgery. Safety goggles and face masks are also important.