COVID-19: Guidelines on Disinfection of Housing Societies & Offices

COVID-19: Guidelines on Disinfection of Common Area in Society & Office Complex

As the lockdown will open & the movement of people will start in Residential Societies, Office complex & educational institutes, Disinfection of common area, closed spaces & open area will be very important. Though the virus survives on environmental surfaces for a varied period of time, it gets easily inactivated by chemical disinfectants. In view of the above, the following guidelines can be very helpful. This is for guidance about the cleaning /decontamination of the Indoor & common area. 

Disinfection of Indoor areas

Indoor areas including Club, Staff office, Library, TV Toom, Guard Room, Shops & EM Room. It should be cleaned every evening after office hours or early in the morning before the rooms are occupied. If the contact surface is visibly dirty, it should be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection.  Prior to cleaning, the housekeeping staff should wear disposable rubber boots, gloves (heavy duty), and a triple-layer mask.

  • Start cleaning from cleaner areas and proceed towards dirtier areas. 
  • All indoor areas such as entrance lobbies, corridors, and staircases, escalators, elevators, security guard booths, office rooms, meeting rooms should be mopped with a disinfectant with 1-2% sodium hypochlorite or phenolic disinfectants.
  • High contact surfaces such elevator buttons, handrails/handles and call buttons, escalator handrails, public counters, equipment like telephone, printers/scanners, and other office machines should be cleaned twice daily by mopping with a linen/absorbable cloth soaked in 1-2% sodium hypochlorite
  • For metallic surfaces like door handles, security locks, keys etc. 70% alcohol can be used to wipe down surfaces where the use of bleach is not suitable.
  • Hand Sanitizing Bottles in Club, Office, Security gate & EM Room
  • Carefully clean the equipment used in cleaning at the end of the cleaning process. 
  • In addition, all employees should consider cleaning the work area in front of them with a disinfecting wipe prior to use and sit one seat further away from others & wear the mask.

Disinfection of Outdoor areas

Outdoor areas have less risk than indoor areas due to air currents and exposure to sunlight. These include Open Areas, Play Area,  Gates, Benches, parking areas, Kids Bus Stops, Play area swings, benches, etc. Cleaning and disinfection efforts should be targeted to frequently touched/contaminated surfaces & done once or twice every day.

Disinfection of Club Toilets & Bath

For Club toilets & Baths Housekeeping staff must use separate set of cleaning equipment for toilets (mops, nylon scrubber) and a separate set for sink and commode). They should always wear disposable protective gloves while cleaning a toilet.

Important points about Disinfection Procedure.

  • Always use freshly prepared 1-2% sodium hypochlorite or any other disinfectants found to be effective against coronavirus may be used as per manufacturer’s instructions)
  • 70% Alcohol can be used to wipe down surfaces where the use of bleach is not suitable, e.g. metal. (Chloroxylenol (4.5-5.5%)/ Benzalkonium Chloride or any other disinfectants found to be effective against coronavirus may be used as per manufacturer’s instructions)
  • Do not use disinfectants spray-on potentially highly contaminated areas (such as toilet bowl or surrounding surfaces) as it may create splashes which can further spread the virus.
  • To prevent cross-contamination, discard cleaning material made of cloth (mop and wiping cloth) inappropriate bags after cleaning and disinfecting. Wear a new pair of gloves and fasten the bag.
  • Disinfect all cleaning equipment after use and before using in other areas
  • Disinfect buckets by soaking in bleach solution or rinse in hot water

Source: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/

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