Touchpoint Disinfection: What You Need To Know

Did you know that a single doorknob can infect half of an office in only 2-3 hours?

Have you heard that 30% of employees have witnessed their co-workers leave the restroom without washing their hands?  Disinfecting can help reduce the spread of infection.

Essentially, there are five things you need to know about proper disinfection, particularly during a viral outbreak.

1 – TOUCHPOINTS

This is where you want to focus your efforts.  Touchpoints can vary based on your location but in general, think of door knobs, keypads, railings, turn styles, elevator buttons, garbage cans, drinking fountains, keyboards, restrooms including door locks, faucet handles, soap dispensers, tabletops….to list a few!

2 – UTILIZE AN EPA REGISTERED DISINFECTANT

Utilize an EPA registered disinfectant, and during a COVID outbreak an EPA List N disinfectant or a disinfectant tested against and approved for effectiveness in eliminating SARS-CoV-2.  If a product is EPA registered, the number will be listed on the label.  List N was developed by the EPA to aid the public in selecting disinfectants, that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.  To ensure a product is on List N, search the registration number in List N at epa.gov.

3 – FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON THE PRODUCTS’ LABEL

Look for instructions to include which types of surfaces the product can be used on.  It may call for precleaning from obvious dirt and grime.  The label will tell you the appropriate contact time for the disinfectant to be effective at killing viruses.  When it comes to EPA registered disinfectants, the label is the law.  Additionally, the efficacy of the product is based on following the manufacturers’ recommendations.

4 – APPLYING THE DISINFECTANT CAN BE AS SIMPLE OR SOPHISTICATED AS YOU LIKE

The size and location of the job should determine how the product is applied.  For anything from homes to small offices, disinfectant wipes or a trigger spray bottle and a microfiber cloth work well.  As you progress into larger areas and more frequent disinfection, larger volume spray equipment may save time and add efficiency.  Ventilation should be considered into the equipment decision as well.  Options for spray equipment range from a simple compression sprayer up to foaming applicators and airless spray equipment.

5 – REPEAT

During times of high illness among the occupants of a facility or community, disinfection frequency should increase.  This is even more applicable when discussing touch points, particularly during a pandemic!

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