Workplace Safety Guidelines: COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection Practices Post-Mandatory Isolation
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This document from Safe Work Australia discusses the transition away from mandatory COVID-19 isolation (as of October 14, 2022) and emphasizes the continuing responsibility of employers to minimize the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace. The document includes a comprehensive list of questions related to cleaning and disinfection in the workplace context.
Cleaning and sanitizing methods are outlined in a clear and step-by-step manner, with a particular focus on dishwasher use, bleach usage, and manual cleaning and sanitizing of utensils and food-contact surfaces.
The primary transmission method of COVID-19 is through respiratory droplets, but the virus can also survive on surfaces for an extended time. Regular cleaning and disinfection can protect workers from exposure. The workplaces must be cleaned daily, and the use of a combined detergent and disinfectant is recommended for a 2-in-1 clean and disinfection process.
Cleaning refers to removing germs, dirt, and grime using a detergent and water solution. In contrast, disinfecting involves using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. The document mentions that disinfectants need to be used according to their instructions for effectiveness. Workers should be provided with appropriate cleaning and disinfecting products and personal protective equipment (PPE). Any used single-use PPE and disposable cleaning materials should be disposed of properly.