Sanitize Surfaces

cleaning equipment

Adhering to this guidance will help 
limit the survival of the coronavirus on surfaces.

We are all going to need to pitch in and do our part to help make sure that we limit the potential spread of COVID-19 via surfaces. This means helping with the sanitization of surfaces and equipment multiple times per day. Learn more about how our campus Custodial Services team will be helping protect areas and surfaces in high-occupancy buildings

Guidance for sanitizing surfaces

Routine sanitization means cleaning upon arrival and again before leaving. You should also sanitize whenever you suspect a surface may be contaminated — whether in an office, lab or other shared space.


More information on sanitizing in:

Classrooms   Offices    Labs  Home


 

Icon of person sitting at desk and studying. Sanitizing Classrooms and Instructional Spaces

Before and after attending in-person instruction, students and instructors are required to properly disinfect any equipment or surfaces they will be using or used. This could include surfaces in labs, a rehearsal space or even an outdoor tent. Custodial staff members will also be cleaning high-occupancy, high-touch areas such as classrooms and other spaces where in-person courses will be held at least once a day (in some cases, depending on traffic and staffing levels, multiple times per day).

 

Your course syllabus should include disinfection guidelines, so follow up with your instructor if you have not received guidance. In addition to the items below, sensitive or specialized equipment may require specialized disinfection protocols. You may need to follow special instructions for the course you’re taking and for the equipment that you’ll be using. These items will commonly need to be disinfected before and after an in-person course:

  • Chair
  • Desk or table
  • Shared computer, mouse and keyboard
  • Shared equipment
  • Tools
  • Lab equipment
  • Instruments
  • Electronics

Disinfecting guidance for instructional settings

Make sure to begin the disinfecting process before you set down any personal belongings or touch anything.

  • Use the disinfectant supplies supplied in your class location. These have been vetted for your use by UC Davis Facilities Management.
  • Make sure the surface you’re disinfecting is clean before you disinfect it.
  • Follow directions on the disinfectant packaging. 
  • Wipe down the surface or equipment until it is visibly wet. You may be provided with disinfectant wipes or a disinfectant spray and paper towels.
  • Do not spray equipment directly unless you’ve been told to do so by your instructor. Most electronic equipment can be damaged if moisture gets inside of it.
  • Wait two minutes or the recommended amount of time per the product's instructions to allow the surface to remain wet before touching or wiping it down.

Disinfectant supplies 

Our custodial services team will maintain disinfectant supplies, including either disinfectant wipes or disinfectant spray and paper towels, for students and others to use before and after class.  Please use disinfectant products supplied in your class area.


vector icon for an employee at a desk Sanitizing Campus Offices

UC Davis worksite plans will include cleaning and disinfecting protocol specific to each unique worksite, lab or office. Depending on the particular worksite plan, individuals will be responsible for increasing the disinfection of their work areas and potentially participating in the responsibility of cleaning shared equipment, fixtures, common areas, high-touch surfaces and more. 

Watch a 1-minute video about the three basic rules for disinfecting surfaces.

What to sanitize: Offices and cubicles

Office and cubicle occupants are responsible for increasing the disinfection of their own worksites in addition to shared areas: break rooms, conference rooms, office fixtures and more. Your worksite plan will detail the spaces where increased disinfection is required and may include multiple cleanings of the following areas and/or specific surfaces:

  • Individual workplace surfaces (partial list)
    • desktops
    • keyboards
    • computer mice
    • phones
    • monitors
    • light switches
    • doorknobs
    • file drawer handles
    • laptops
  • High-traffic / common areas (partial list)
    • break rooms
    • conference rooms
    • stairwells
    • kitchens
    • handrails
    • vending machines
    • elevator controls
    • restrooms
  • Shared equipment (partial list)
    Where office equipment must be shared, increase disinfection between shifts or uses, whichever is more frequent
    • phones
    • fax machines
    • refrigerators
    • kitchen appliances
    • water coolers
    • copiers
    • surfaces in reception areas
    • shared work stations
  • Other (partial list)
    • doorknobs
    • toilets handles
    • bathroom surfaces
    • faucet handles
    • ice scoops

Disinfectant supplies for campus offices

Our Supply Chain staff is constantly sourcing new products, so inventory will vary greatly. In order to make your purchase decisions easier and at no cost to your units, they have developed a "Centrally Funded PPE" tile on AggieBuy dashboard where you can find limited quantities of sanitization supplies.

Employees in offices must not mix ingredients to make their own disinfectant solution. Office employees must rely on ready-made, commercially available products.

  • Learn more about the two-step process for ordering supplies at no cost to your units. 
  • ONLY ORDER commercially made, ready-to-use products made with EPA-listed disinfectants like those available via AggieBuy.
  • DO NOT order the ingredients to mix your own disinfectant solutions for office use. (These supplies are only for labs.)
  • DO NOT mix disinfectants or combine their use when sanitizing surfaces. 

 


vector icon of a flask Sanitizing Campus Labs

What to sanitize: Labs and research areas

Academic, student and staff personnel are responsible for increasing the disinfection of their lab research areas: break rooms, conference rooms, office fixtures and more.

Watch a 1-minute video about the three basic rules for disinfecting surfaces.

Your worksite plan will detail the spaces where increased disinfection is required and may include the following areas and/or specific surfaces:

Partial list:

  • common areas and shared equipment (See more above.)
  • required PPE
  • lab surfaces
  • reusable PPE (e.g., safety glasses, face shield)
  • lab phones
  • keyboards
  • tables
  • lab benches
  • storage containers
  • faucet handles
  • door handles
  • light switches
  • surface of lab equipment (e.g., lab fridges, centrifuges, incubators)

Disinfecting guidance for campus labs

Use an EPA-listed disinfectant effective against the coronavirus that is compatible with your work surfaces. See guidance on making disinfectant solutions (only for use in campus labs)

Refer to disinfectant's product-specific Safety Data Sheets for safely handling and storing disinfectants including:

Disinfectant supplies for labs

Because disinfectant supplies are currently not meeting demand, our Supply Chain staff is constantly sourcing new products. As a result, their inventory will vary greatly. In order to make your purchase decisions easier and at no cost to your units, they have developed a "Centrally Funded PPE" tile on AggieBuy dashboard where you can find limited quantities of sanitization supplies. Learn more about the two-step process for ordering supplies at no cost to your units. 

  • DO NOT mix disinfectants or combine their use when sanitizing surfaces. 
  • DO use gloves and eye protection when sanitizing surfaces.

 


vector icon of a house Sanitizing at Home

Routine sanitizing of surfaces can reduce your risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), use this thorough guidance for cleaning and disinfecting homes and public spaces during the pandemic, including a disinfection decision making tool with planning guidance and a flowchart.

Watch a 1-minute video about the three basic rules for disinfecting surfaces.

The CDC offers these critical safety reminders when disinfecting a surface:

  • Always read and follow the directions on the label to ensure safe and effective use.
  • Wear skin protection and consider eye protection for potential splash hazards
  • Ensure adequate ventilation
  • Use no more than the amount recommended on the label
  • Use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label)
  • Avoid mixing chemical products
  • Label diluted cleaning solutions
  • Store and use chemicals out of the reach of children and pets

 

Read more about cleaning and disinfecting from the CDC.