Sanitize Surfaces

cleaning equipment

Adhering to this guidance will help 
limit the survival of COVID-19 on surfaces.

Part of the development of your worksite plan must include the creation of a cleaning and disinfecting protocol specific to your unique worksite. 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. 

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 on surfaces. This means helping with multiple daily sanitization of areas traditionally covered by Custodial Services such as restrooms, lobbies, hallways, etc. as well as coordinating with Custodial Services who will be transitioning to provide multiple daily cleanings in high-occupancy, high-touch buildings and classrooms. 

Learn more about Custodial Services' COVID-19 protocols on the Facilities Management website. 

 

Instructions for Office Occupants  Instructions for Lab Occupants


Office Occupants

Disinfectant supplies

Supplies of ready-made wipes have not kept pace with demand. If those are not available, our Supply Chain staff is working to provide additional options for office staff to use for keeping their worksites clean. Again, office staff should rely on ready-made, commercially available products, never mix their own disinfectant solutions and never combine disinfectants when cleaning. 

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.

Guidance

When to sanitize

The CDC recommends practicing routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. This may mean cleaning upon arrival to your worksite or before leaving the office and whenever you suspect a surface may be contaminated. 

What to sanitize 

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

Lab Occupants

Purchasing supplies

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.


What to sanitize

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

Use an EPA-listed disinfectant effective against COVID-19 that is compatible with your work surfaces. See guidance on making disinfectant solutions

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

When to sanitize

Increase disinfection of surfaces and equipment when you first arrive at the lab, before leaving and whenever you suspect a surface may be contaminated.