COVID-19 Checklist: Cleaning and Hygiene Inspection
Methods & Processes
Are relevant Covid-19 updates posted on the staff bulletin boards? Or have they been provided via internal communications?
Have supervisors been adequately trained on the effects of Covid-19?
Have employees received accurate information on how to prevent the spread of the infection?
Are employees aware of the symptoms of Covid-19?
Symptoms of Covid-19:The main symptoms to watch for are1. Coughing2. A high temperature (38°C/100.4°F or higher)3. Shortness of breath
Cleaning and Disinfection of Surfaces
Have the cleaning measures been reviewed to ensure that high-risk contact areas and points of contact are regularly disinfected?
It should be ensured that public areas such as counters, door handles, grips and light switches are regularly disinfected.
Have the official guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces been followed?
Diluted household bleach, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and the most common household disinfectants with EPA approval should be used for disinfection.
Diluted household bleaching solutions can be used on hard, non-porous surfaces. Ensure good ventilation.A bleaching solution can be prepared by mixing:5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or4 teaspoons of bleach per litre of water
Have the official guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting soft (porous) surfaces been followed?
For soft (porous) surfaces such as carpets, rugs and curtains, remove visible dirt, if any, and clean with suitable cleaning agents specified for use on these surfaces.Use products certified by the EPA.
Have such items been cleaned in accordance with government guidelines?
If the items can be washed, they should be washed with the hottest water setting appropriate for the items and then dried completely according to the manufacturer's instructions.Do not shake soiled laundry; this will minimise the possibility of airborne virus spread.Laundry baskets or other trolleys for transporting laundry should be cleaned and disinfected according to the above instructions for hard or soft surfaces.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Hand hygiene
Do employees follow the recommended protocol for washing hands?
These five steps should be followed each time.1. Moisten hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.2. Lather hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Rub the back of the hands, between the fingers and under the nails.3. Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds. Is a timer required? Simply hum the "Happy Birthday" song twice from beginning to end.4. Rinse hands well under clean running water.5. Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry.
Do employees wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including waste disposal?
Gloves and gowns should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the environment. It is essential to clean hands after taking off the gloves.Cleaning personnel should immediately report injuries to the PPE (e.g. cracks in the gloves) or possible exposure to their supervisor.
Do employees follow standard preventative measures at work, including hand cleaning and avoiding contact with eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands?
Do all employees have easy access to hand disinfectants?
Does the hand disinfectant contain at least 60% alcohol?
An alcohol-based hand disinfectant with an alcohol content of 60-95% should be used. However, if the hands are visibly dirty, they should always be washed with soap and water.
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