CLEANING + DISINFECTION

How to keep your facilities clean and protect yourself and others against viruses?
To properly clean and safely disinfect for viruses (SARS-XXXCoV-2), facility managers and staff must understand how to properly identify and use the right products
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Seal Aproval Use

Disinfecting/antimicrobial products that have been registered for use against specific types of viruses by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Measurements

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EPA activated the “Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticides,” allowing legal “off-label” use of disinfectants against a novel virus. 

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Check the Source

If you aren’t sure your disinfectant can combat coronavirus, refer to the manufacturer’s website or EPA’s “List N” of approved disinfectants.

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Around the Globe

Every country has their own requirement for disinfectant claims for SARS-CoV-2. Always review the requirements and approvals in your country.

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Spray and Stay

10 seconds – 10 minutes: Disinfectant dwell times range anywhere from 10 seconds to 10 minutes. Read the instructions on the back of the bottle to achieve virus kill claims.

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Clean First, The n D

Clean first - Before disinfecting, use an all-purpose cleaner to effectively remove dust, debris, and other contaminants on a surface.Disinfect second – Apply an EPA-registered disinfectant to the surface and keep the surface wet for the required dwell time.

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One and Done

1 is the number of surfaces you should clean with a single side of a towel or disinfecting wipe. Once finished, use a clean side of the towel or a new towel or disposable wipe.

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Scrub, Rinse, Repeat

20 seconds – The amount of time you should spend washing your hands with soap and water before, during, and after cleaning.60% - Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water is unavailable.