Many of us have been working remotely for the past few weeks, practicing social distancing to limit the chance of infection by COVID-19. In the near future though, many businesses will begin testing their re-entry plans. To keep your staff safe during this time, it is important that you follow a standardized cleaning regimen. Technological equipment, particularly handheld devices, can become hot spots for bacteria as they can frequently change hands or be used by more than one person. Here’s how you can keep your technology clean without fear of damage:
- Use Diluted Alcohol. The CDC advises using a cleaning solution that is at least 70% isopropyl alcohol (30% water). Anything less powerful may not succeed in killing the bacteria. (Disclaimer: Be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendation to make sure the solution you are using will not harm your screen. For more info, check out this article.)
- Wear Gloves. Disposable latex or nitrile gloves should be worn when disinfecting surfaces.
- Power Down. Make sure you turn your machines off and disconnect them from their power source.
- Use Microfiber. Moisten, don’t soak, a microfiber with the alcohol mixture. It is important that you do not spray your machines directly. Do not use paper towels or tissues.
- Start at the top. Carefully wipe the entire machine from top to bottom, including any cables connected to your device. When cleaning display screens, wipe in one direction.
- Cleaning Glass. After disinfecting, a glass cleaner can be used on glass surfaces. The cleaner will not disinfect on its own, so use the alcohol solution first.
- Discard Gloves. When finished, throw gloves away and wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
It will be important to keep up this cleaning regimen on a regular basis as you begin the process of re-entry into the office. You want to make sure your employees stay safe and healthy. For more information and recommendations, you can visit the websites of both OSHA1 and the CDC.