A toilet cleaning schedule will help you keep your office toilets clean, sanitary, and safe to use. Learn how to stay safe with toilet cleaning and disinfection.
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Access to clean toilets and handwashing facilities is one of the basic health and safety requirements for any office. A regular toilet cleaning schedule can help you maintain toilets in a sanitary condition. This is important during normal times and even more so during a global pandemic.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide all employees with sanitary and immediately available toilet facilities. OSHA restroom requirements also say that each toilet must be provided with the following:
A hand-sanitizing station isn’t enough, handwashing facilities must be provided.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sanitation guidelines recommend that toilets should be cleaned daily – at a minimum. If someone in your office is sick or you're in an area at high risk for COVID-19 transmission, you should do more. A toilet cleaning schedule can help you assign employees to do their part and ensure that standards are maintained.
Your toilet cleaning checklist should include cleaning and disinfection tasks. Cleaning means removing dirt and contaminants from a surface. It is usually done with soap and water. Disinfection means killing any germs that might remain on the surface after cleaning. The World Health Organization lists the following as common disinfectants that will kill the COVID-19 virus:
Simply spray the solution until the surface is wet and let it sit for ten minutes. Other disinfecting solutions have been approved for sanitization purposes as well. Here are just a few:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides a complete list of disinfectants that have been approved for use against Covid-19. You can search the list by a variety of parameters, such as contact time, surface type, etc.
Clean and sanitary restroom facilities are vital to employee comfort and productivity. With the pandemic, we all need to make the extra effort to ensure that our workplaces are safe and healthy. Toilets should be cleaned and disinfected every day. High-touch surfaces (which will be covered in more detail later on) should be cleaned more often. The floors should be swept, mopped, and disinfected daily.
If someone in your office gets sick, further precautions are necessary. Your toilet cleaning checklist should reflect these heightened requirements. For instance, it's a good idea to seal off the areas they've used, including the toilet, for 24 hours. Then you can have someone go in and thoroughly clean and disinfect the area. They should wear the proper personal protection equipment. They should also open the windows or turn on exhaust fans to ventilate the area. Many disinfectants are toxic to breathe for any length of time.
A disinfectant's job is to kill germs. Because of this, these strong chemicals can be dangerous to humans and pets as well. In fact, mixing bleach with other cleaning solutions can create a deadly gas or even cause explosions. So it’s important to be safe. Besides setting up a toilet cleaning schedule, you should educate your employees on the proper use of disinfectants:
When they’ve finished cleaning, the person should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds.
A good toilet cleaning checklist should contain checkboxes for all the assigned tasks on your toilet cleaning schedule. It should also indicate the time these tasks were completed and who did them. Your toilet check sheet could list the following tasks:
There should also be a space on the toilet cleaning schedule for the supervisor to check that the tasks have been done.
You might want to specifically list all high-touch surfaces on your toilet cleaning checklist so that people don't forget. These should be cleaned and sanitized several times a day, depending on how many people use the restrooms. The high-touch toilet check sheet might look something like this:
Creating and tracking toilet cleaning schedules can be tedious for responsible employees. Analog cleaning schedules hanging in toilets in workplaces and public spaces can easily get lost. This leads to gaps in cleaning records and can result in quality deficiencies. In addition, responsible parties must always first collect the documents or go on-site to check that all cleanings have been done.
Maintaining the toilet cleaning schedule is essential to providing sanitary and ready-to-use toilets for workers and guests. Lumiform's mobile app, with its digital checklists for reliable logging, streamlines the tracking of continuous cleaning processes. The digital solution makes it easy to perform any type of quality control on-site via tablet or smartphone. Afterward, the restroom cleaning schedule can be viewed by any responsible employee via the dashboard.
Profit from further advantages of a digital solution for a toilet cleaning schedule: