Covid-19 Deep Cleaning General Guidance
While businesses across the country, and around the world, are taking measures to ensure their employees have the necessary resources to conduct business remotely, other companies are finding their business to be ramping up, particularly those who are a crucial part of keeping communities safe and healthy during this time. Cleaning companies fall squarely into this category, with many of the aforementioned now-temporarily-remote businesses calling in cleaning crews to deep clean and disinfect their homes and their office spaces while they’re vacant.
While businesses and home occupants are eager to have their spaces cleaned amid the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, it’s clear that this is a double-edged sword for cleaning companies. On the one hand, the sudden surge in demand has a positive impact on business. On the other hand, handling this magnitude of sudden interest can be difficult and even a bit overwhelming in a climate ripe with panic and prevention.
How can your cleaning business best prepare to navigate the coronavirus situation safely, quickly, and effectively?
Before you begin you need to ask yourself these important questions...
- Do you or any of your technicians currently have COVID-19?
- Have you or any of your technicians been in contact with a person within the past 14 days that has COVID-19 or is suspected to have or have had COVID-19?
- Do you have a documented COVID Safe Plan?
- Are you trained to do the work?
- Do you have documented COVID-19 Deep Cleaning policies and procedures in place?
- Do you have a documented COVID-19 Deep Cleaning risk assessment process in place?
- Are your COVID-19 Deep Cleaning JSAs and SWMSs up to date?
- Are you and your technicians trained in the selection and use of the PPE, and do you have access to adequate and appropriate supplies of PPE for the task?
- Are you and your technicians trained in the selection and use of the appropriate equipment, and do you have access to adequate and appropriate supplies of equipment for the task?
- Have you and your technicians been updated on the current policies, procedures, and protocols of your organisation, and the organisation where the work is taking place?
- Are you and your technicians thoroughly informed about any possible past or current infections or other hazards?
- Does your insurance policy specifically cover you for the work that you are performing?
Covid-19 General Guidance
- Covid-19 Deep Cleaning General Guidance on PPE
- Covid-19 Deep Cleaning General Guidance on PPE Don and Doff Sequence
- IICRC/RIA Managing and Sustaining your Organization amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
- IICRC/RIA Preliminary Report for Restoration Contractors Assisting Clients With COVID-19 Concerns
- IAQAA Draft Reference and Guidelines for Post Cleaning Validation of Structures Contaminated with SARS-CoV-2
Disinfectants and Sanitisers
Claims that a disinfectant has an effect against any virus must be expressly permitted by the TGA before being used in consumer advertising (including on the label). In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TGA has permitted SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 virus claims.