A Worker May Be Sick or Exposed to COVID-19 What cleaning and disinfection procedures are required?

You must implement effective procedures to regularly clean and disinfect commonly touched objects and surfaces. You should ensure there is adequate time and supplies to support cleaning and disinfection practices. These cleaning and disinfecting procedures must include:

  • Identifying and regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, equipment, tools, handrails, handles, controls, bathroom surfaces and steering wheels.
  • Informing employees and authorized employee representatives of cleaning and disinfection protocols, including the planned frequency and scope of regular cleaning and disinfection.
  • Prohibiting the sharing of personal protective equipment and to the extent feasible, items that employees come in regular physical contact with such as phones, headsets, desks, keyboards, writing materials, instruments and tools.
    • When it is not feasible to prevent sharing, sharing should be minimized and shared items and equipment should be disinfected between uses by different people.
    • Sharing of vehicles should be minimized to the extent feasible, and high touch points (steering wheel, door handles, seatbelt buckles, armrests, shifter, etc.) must be disinfected between users.
  • Cleaning and disinfection of areas, material, and equipment used by a COVID-19 case during the high-risk exposure period.

To protect employees from COVID-19 hazards you must evaluate handwashing facilities, determine the need for additional facilities, encourage and allow time for employee handwashing, and provide employees with an effective hand sanitizer. You should encourage employees to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds each time. Provide or allow the use of hand sanitizers with methyl alcohol.

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January 2021