If your workplace has a specific infection or sanitation control procedure, please ask your supervisor or infection control officer for more information. This OSH Answers document covers cleaning disinfection and other sanitation activities in retail, offices, schools, and similar workplaces, but does not cover work environments with specialized sanitation needs, such as health care, food processing, etc.
What are some general sanitary advices to remember?
Do as instructed by your employer; check product labels and safety data sheets (SDSs) (if available) to familiarize yourself with the potential hazards and safe work practices for all cleaning and disinfecting products you use; participate in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training when working with hazardous products; keep all facilities free from trash, debris, filth, and potentially infectious materials; and
What are some cleaning suggestions for bodily fluids like blood?
When cleaning and decontaminating blood and body fluid contaminated areas: DO Wear gloves and use disposable towels or other means of cleaning (e.g., brooms or shovels) that will stop direct contact between you and the blood or body fluids. Decontaminate the area with an approved disinfecting agent or a 1:100 solu-
What are some cleaning and disinfection hints for preventing the spread of viruses like the coronavirus in the workplace?
Create a checklist of all surfaces that need to be cleaned, especially touch points (such as door knobs, handles, kettles, coffee makers, water faucets, or other shared items (such as touch screens, photocopiers, telephones, etc.). Make sure that any person required to clean and disinfect has received the appropriate training as well as any required personal protective equipment.
What are the fundamental rules for hand washing?
When possible, turn off the taps or faucets with a paper towel (so you do not re-contaminate your hands).Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) when soap and water are not available.Wash hands frequently, especially after each exposure. Wet, soap, and lather for at least 20 seconds. Lather all fingers, thumbs, between fingers, wrists, backs of hands, and lower arms. Wash and scrub under the nails.
What details concerning biohazardous trash should you be aware of?
DO Ask your supervisor for training to handle biological wastes that may be contaminated with """"germs"""" or other pathogens that carry diseases, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS, which are all spread through contact with body fluids. You may occasionally come into contact with discarded hypodermic needles, syringes, condoms, objects, materials, or fluids that may be contaminated with blood or body fluids.
Where can I find additional details on infection prevention?
Additional details can be found in other OSH Answer publications, such as: Handwashing techniques to lower the risk of common diseases; Routine Practices for workplaces where workers are exposed to viruses, blood, and certain other bodily fluids."""