Since the discovery of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, in late 2019, the virus has spread worldwide and has been declared by the WHO as a pandemic. The coronavirus has forced shutdowns of schools and many workplaces due to the highly transmissible nature of the virus. Although there is much we do not know about it, research has shown that the novel coronavirus can remain viable on surfaces for days. So what do you do if someone in your home or workplace may have had COVID-19? How do you perform coronavirus cleaning?
You can perform in-house cleaning and disinfection or hire an outside cleaning contractor. Either way, we recommend hiring Indoor Science to develop a site-specific cleaning protocol and to perform cleanliness verification after the clean-up has occurred.
For in-house cleaning staff at schools, offices, public buildings, healthcare facilities
Training. Indoor Science can help train your staff on the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) needed and how to properly put it on and take it off. We will train your staff about the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting– and ensure that the work is performed in compliance with federal regulations regarding the health and safety of workers.
Protocols. Indoor Science can help you develop a cleaning and disinfection protocol if you would like to perform these tasks in-house. Hiring outside cleaning contractors can be expensive and your in-house staff, once trained, will be able to meet cleanliness standards. Our protocols are site-specific and take into account the cleaning and disinfecting chemicals you have in stock. Indoor Science does not have any conflicts of interest and therefore can develop a written plan that has your best interest in mind.
Cleanliness Verification. To verify that your in-house staff is meeting cleanliness standards, Indoor Science provides post-cleaning assessments. Knowing that a 3rd party tested and verified the space will put occupants at ease, who may otherwise be concerned about the quality of the in-house cleaning. Although there are no commercially-available laboratory tests for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), Indoor Science can use two different surrogate tests to evaluate the quality of the cleaning.
Outside Cleaning Contractors
For restoration contractors and commercial cleaning companies
If you are an outside contractor being hired to clean and disinfect, know that Indoor Science can provide you with valuable consulting services. We do not perform any cleaning or contracting services ourselves, but we can help you do your job more safely. Our industrial hygienists can oversee your work crew as they put on (don) and take off (doff) personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure they do not cross-contaminate themselves. Workers will be encouraged knowing that their employer has hired an outside industrial hygienist to go through a 23-point checklist for donning and doffing PPE.
Additionally, Indoor Science can develop a full site-specific protocol for cleaning and applying a disinfectant. Let us, the industrial hygiene consultants, develop the protocol and have you, the restoration/cleaning contractor carry out the implementation. Our protocol will ensure the right chemicals are selected and applied in the correct manner.
Furthermore, our cleanliness verification testing can help ensure that the project has been completed successfully and that cleaning standards have been met. If someone at a later time comes into the building and infects others with COVID-19, you will have documentation from an independent Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) that the disease was not due to deficiencies in your work.
Indoor Science is keeping track of contractors in the Chicagoland area that are performing cleaning and disinfecting related to COVID-19 so we can share these names with building owners that call. We do not accept referral fees or kick-backs from any companies, and being added to the list is free. If you are a contractor and would like to be added to a list, please contact us.
It is our aim to provide you with science-based, expert-level consulting to ensure that your property has been properly cleaned and is ready for reoccupancy. To discuss your project with us, please give us a call at 312-920-9393 or send us a message through our Contact page.
We are prepared to work in any type of indoor environment: schools, offices, homes, factories, medical facilities, and more– so call us today if you have any questions.