ANTIVIRAL SANITISATION CLEANING

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THE RISK OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFECTION DEPENDS ON MANY FACTORS, INCLUDING:

  • type of surface contaminated
  • the amount of virus shed from the individual
  • the time the individual spent in the setting
  • the time since the individual was last in the setting

COVID-19 spreads from person to person through small droplets, aerosols and through direct contact. Surfaces and belongings can also be contaminated with COVID-19 when people with the infection cough or sneeze or touch them. The risk of spread is greatest when people are close to each other, especially in poorly ventilated indoor spaces and when people spend a lot of time together in the same room.
The infection risk from a COVID-19 contaminated environment decreases over time. It is not yet clear at what point there is no risk from the virus, however, studies suggest that, in non-healthcare settings, the risk of residual infectious virus is likely to be significantly reduced after 48 hours. In situations where someone has symptoms of COVID-19, is advised storing personal waste for 72 hours as an additional precaution.

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THE RISK OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFECTION DEPENDS ON MANY FACTORS, INCLUDING:

CLEANING AND DISINFECTION
Regular cleaning plays a vital role in limiting the transmission of COVID-19.
Reducing clutter and removing difficult to clean items can make cleaning easier. Increase the frequency of cleaning, using standard cleaning products such as detergents and bleach or contact a PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE, paying attention to all surfaces but especially ones that are touched frequently, such as door handles, light switches, work surfaces, remote controls and electronic devices.
As a minimum, frequently touched surfaces should be wiped down twice a day, and one of these should be at the beginning of the end of the working day. Cleaning should be more frequent depending on the number of people using the space, whether they are entering and exiting the setting and access to handwashing and hand-sanitising facilities. Cleaning of frequently touched surfaces is particularly important in bathrooms and communal kitchens. Kitchens and communal areas
It is very unlikely that COVID-19 is transmitted through food. However, as a matter of good hygiene practice, we should wash our hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. All crockery and eating utensils should not be shared. Frequently clean touched surfaces.
Bathrooms
Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly. Ensure suitable hand washing facilities are available including running water, liquid soap and paper towels or hand driers. Where cloth towels are used, these should be for individual use and laundered in accordance with washing instructions.
CLEANING AFTER AN INDIVIDUAL WITH SYMPTOMS OF, OR CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)

The minimum PPE to be worn for cleaning an area after a person with symptoms of COVID-19, or confirmed COVID-19, has left the setting, is disposable gloves and an apron. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after all PPE has been removed. If a risk assessment of the setting indicates that a higher level of the virus may be present (for example, where someone unwell has spent the night such as in a hotel room or boarding school dormitory) then additional PPE to protect the cleaner’s eyes, mouth and nose may be necessary. The local Public Health England (PHE) Health Protection Team can advise on this.

  • Cleaning and disinfection

All surfaces that the symptomatic person has come into contact with should be cleaned and disinfected, including all potentially contaminated and frequently touched areas such as bathrooms, door handles, telephones, grab rails in corridors and stairwells. Avoid mixing cleaning products together as this can create toxic fumes. Avoid creating splashes and spray when cleaning. Any clothes and mop heads used must be disposed of and should be put into waste bags.

  • What to do with the Waste from someone with COVID-19 symptoms?

Personal waste from individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 and waste from cleaning of areas where they have been (including PPE, disposable cloths and used tissues):

1. Should be put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full

2. The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied

3. This should be put in a suitable and secure place and marked for storage until the individual’s test results are known


This waste should be stored safely and kept away from children. It should not be placed in communal waste areas until negative test results are known, or the waste has been stored for at least 72 hours.
If the individual tests negative, this can be disposed of immediately with the normal waste. If COVID-19 is confirmed this waste should be stored for at least 72 hours before disposal with normal waste. If during an emergency you need to remove the waste before 72 hours, it must be treated as Category B infectious waste. You must:

  • keep it separate from your other waste
  • arrange for collection by a specialist contractor as hazardous waste

There will be a charge for this service. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
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