OSHA issues COVID-19 prevention guidelines for cleaning staff
Washington — A new guidance document from OSHA is intended to help cleaning staff reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19.
Beyond the standard recommendations of wearing a face covering, staying home when feeling ill, washing hands frequently and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance, OSHA says cleaning staff should:
- Use Environmental Protection Agency-approved disinfectants or cleaning chemicals.
- Wear disposable gloves to clean, sanitize and disinfect common surfaces.
- Wipe equipment before and after use.
- Use the warmest water level that is safe and dry laundry completely.
- Avoid dry sweeping, if feasible, and the use of high-pressure streams of water.
- Wash their clothes as soon as they get home, if possible.
OSHA also encourages workers to report any safety and health concerns to their supervisor.