To all friends and clients,
As we move toward a phased-in reopening of our economy and business life, we are pleased to share the following information with you. The CDC and EPA just released their official suggestions on cleaning/disinfecting for buildings that have re-opened.
In summary, the CDC/EPA is telling everyone to 1) make a plan, 2) use disinfectants that are on the EPA-approved list to kill COVID-19 (or make your own version w/ bleach if unavailable), 3) use the correct PPE, 4) clean high touch point surfaces w/ soap & water prior to disinfecting, and 5) disinfect high touch points daily. Outdoor areas, or areas that are unoccupied for more than 7 days, do not need disinfecting. Also, porous materials do not need daily disinfecting. The Night Shift is ready to assist you in getting your facility clean, disinfected, and ready for your employees. Here a few useful government links.
Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools and Homes
This jointly developed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. This plan is part of the larger United States Government plan and focuses on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and can also be applied to your home.
View and download the full guidance and infographic below.
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Decision Tool (PDF)
- Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools and Homes (PDF)
Also, although there is a strong push for the extra assurances that cleaning might provide, there is debate over the effectiveness of methods such as fogging. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released the following statement:
“EPA does not recommend use of fumigation or wide-area spraying to control COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you clean contaminated surfaces with liquid products, such as those provided on List N, to prevent the spread of disease. Fumigation and wide-area spraying are not appropriate tools for cleaning contaminated surfaces.”
The Night Shift has been addressing the disinfection process with a “hands on” approach. We have the approved chemicals and wipes to accomplish the desired results. View alternative processes here.
The statement doesn’t explain the reasons why wide-area spraying is not appropriate, which continues to add confusion for cleaning/janitorial professionals. Instead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers general cleaning and disinfecting recommendations using only products listed on the EPA List N, which are registered for use against SARS-CoV-2.
The Night Shift has been very active in staying on top of the cleaning and disinfecting needs of our clients. We are proud our team and appreciate all their hard work and dedication. In fact, we have even been featured in the news recently…Read Article Here!
Thank you for your confidence in The Night Shift. Contact us at your convenience to discuss any services that you need to provide your employees with a clean, safe, healthy environment. Also, please feel free to share this email with other business associates and friends who may appreciate the information.
David Maione, President
Tony McCartney, Vice President-Operations