The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) has issued its official Guidance document for the cleaning and decontamination of hard surfaces in non-healthcare environments from SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

COVID-19 Decontamination Guidance

Developed by CIRI’s Science Advisory Committee members, “Guidance for Decontamination of the Built Environment: Cleaning, Disinfection, Worker Protection, and Post Cleaning and Remediation Assessment,” provides an overview of what’s known about COVID-19, including its biology, epidemiology, pathology and current modes of transmission. Using this framework, the authors use peer-reviewed research to outline recommendations around health-based cleaning and disinfection practices.

In the absence of a governing standard to direct cleaning protocols, the CIRI Guidance was designed to provide cleaning professionals with easily identifiable best practices for cleaning and disinfection during the pandemic.

Steps for Worksite COVID-19 Decontamination

Within the guidance, cleaning and restoration professionals will find best practices and resources around the following areas of their custodial or remediation operation:

  • Worker Protection
  • Decontamination
  • Cleaning
  • Disinfection
  • Post-Cleaning Assessments and Measurement

Of specific note, the Guidance advises against the use of fogging or misting machines as an effective means of disinfection. Researchers cite a 2013 letter written by Steven Bradbury, PhD, Director of the U.S. EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs. The letter highlights issues with the efficacy of the application method.

With so many claims being made around certain cleaning products and practices, it’s more important than ever that we start with sound, documented science as a basis for our cleaning programs. From gyms to hotels, schools to retail shops, people want to know that it’s safe to visit indoor spaces as communities begin to reopen. Using science to divise cleaning protocols will help ensure this.

Illinois Environmental Contractors Association Resources

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If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our associates to find an answer to your situation. With more than 40 Illinois-licensed companies represented by IECA members, we believe that collective action through association is the most effective way to deal with the changing demands of doing business.

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