|Definitions: Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sanitizing
In the ICSD, we utilize the following definitions from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.
Standard Operating Procedures - Sanitizing of District Facilities
The following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for sanitizing district facilities and protocols to effectuate compliance have been developed and implemented: training of staff has occurred; expectations have been delivered to appropriate staff (with each custodial staff attesting thereto by signature to the June 15, 2020 memorandum titled, “Standard Operating Procedures - Sanitizing of District Facilities”); systems of accountability (logs, inspections, etc.) have been developed; and fidelity will be closely monitored and re-training will be liberally administered to effectuate full compliance with these SOPs.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, these SOPs are now the “normal course” of custodial operations and all custodial staff have been trained and understand that these SOPs are to be carefully and thoroughly followed.
Safety Protocols to Protect Custodial Staff
Areas to be sanitized: The following items/areas will be sanitized at least once every twenty-four (24) hours when a building is in normal operation. Custodial staff will respond to requests for more frequent sanitizing as needed. Sanitizing will be the primary mode of operations and will take precedence over duties related to aesthetics only. The following list is not exhaustive:
- Follow all protocols related to personal protective equipment (PPE) as they relate both to the products being used and mitigating the risk of exposure to COVID-19 virus.
- Read, understand, and follow all directions found in the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for each product utilized.
- If you do not understand the information found in the SDS for any product, contact the Director of Facilities prior to using the product.
- Use products in accordance with directions found on the product labels.
- Report accidents, injuries, and exposures to your supervisor as soon as possible.
Equipment and Supplies
- High Utilization Touch Areas: Door handles, railings, filing cabinet handles; appliance handles (refrigerators, microwaves, etc), light switches; paper towel dispensers; soap dispensers; all sink faucets (bathrooms, classrooms, kitchens); water dispensers (towers and fountains); locker dials and handles; fitness equipment; chairs, lavatories
- Flat Working Surfaces: Desk tops, table tops, staff desk tops, counter tops
- SDS for all products used
- Gloves (required)
- Masks (required as directed by COVID-19 protocols)
- Aprons (as requested)
- Eye protection (shields/goggles), as requested
- Oxivir, QT3 or non-acid restroom disinfectant/cleaner
- General cleaners
- Spic and Span, 64, or SM-1
- Green back sponges
- Spray bottles, buckets, paper towels, razor blade scrapers
- C3 cleaning companions(bathrooms/locker rooms)
Audit Control: It is vital to maintain fidelity to these cleaning and sanitizing procedures. As part of the process to ensure fidelity, custodial staff will maintain an accurate and up-to-date log with the date, time and areas that were sanitized. Appropriate supervisor(s) will review logs daily.
- Step 1: Thoroughly clean any of the surfaces with a general cleaner to remove any visible soiled areas. Use a greenback sponge and wipe the surface dry. Removing the dirt will allow the disinfectant to be effective by directly contacting the surface.
- Step 2: Disinfect the cleaned surface by using a spray bottle of disinfectant. Apply the disinfectant to wet the surface thoroughly. Allow the disinfectant to remain wet for 10 minutes, then dry the surface with a paper towel. A C3 machine can be used to apply the disinfectant in bathrooms and locker rooms.
Supervision: Supervisors will immediately notify their direct supervisor of any “non-compliance” to these protocols and appropriate resolutions will occur, consistent with collective bargaining agreements.