How Buildings Are Cleaned and Disinfected

June 12, 2020

In addition to routine custodial cleaning, the University has implemented an enhanced cleaning protocol and frequency to clean and disinfect common areas and commonly touched surfaces in occupied buildings. High touchpoints such as entrance handles, handrails, elevator buttons, tables, and restroom stall handles/doors are being cleaned more often using EPA-registered disinfectants. Some areas of the campus, specific to the operation, clean to the standard of their department’s or unit’s operational needs.

Custodial procedures are now enhanced by the use of an EPA-registered disinfectant product, where applicable. 

  • We are able to use the disinfectant in two ways
    • Hand-held and rolling sprayer application
    • Spray bottle application
  • Retraining staff and reiteration regarding proper disinfection and cross contamination 
    • Adequate contact and dwell times for disinfectants
    • Color-coded disposable microfiber towels
    • Disinfecting high-touch points
    • Importance of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Cleaning and disinfection procedures have been further enhanced to align to the use of this product

The addition of frequent high-touch point cleaning and disinfection has been added to daily EVS custodial tasks.

  • Some examples of high-touch points:
    • Door handles, knobs, and push plates
    • Railings, ledges, and stair rails
    • Elevator cab finishes, doors, and buttons
    • Tables/countertops
    • Sink faucets
    • Toilets and toilet flushers

Due to the focus on high-touch areas, some other cleaning tasks may be deprioritized. 

Protocol for Spaces Exposed to COVID-19

Spaces occupied by a COVID-19-positive individual: 

  • Will be closed immediately
  • EHS will conduct a risk assessment and provide appropriate guidance on cleaning