Covid-19 Cleaning Protocols

Cleaning & Disinfection

COVID-19 Facilities Management Cleaning Protocols

Facilities Management provides custodial services to all Colorado State University facilities including breakrooms, conference rooms, elevators, entries and lobbies, lounges, mail and copy rooms, offices, restrooms, stairwells, landings, labs (limited services), and classrooms. Services include trash and recycle removal, vacuuming, mopping, restroom cleaning and disinfection, cleaning of horizontal and vertical surfaces and disinfecting frequently touched areas.

Below are the current protocols for custodial staff during COVID-19:

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Cleaning Protocols

· All custodial cleaning protocols follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and protocols, including using EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 and personal protective equipment.

· All custodial staff have been trained in CDC approved protocols and provided appropriate equipment.

· Custodial staff will practice physical distancing, wear facial coverings, and follow proper prevention hygiene, such as washing hands frequently and using alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

· Staff are cleaning and disinfecting all frequently touched surfaces in public areas daily including, tables, chairs, doors, handrails, light switches, countertops, toilets, sinks, etc. Facilities Management will not clean keyboards, touchscreens or any electronic equipment. Users and instructors will be responsible for cleaning those surfaces before and after use.

· Custodial staff are cleaning all horizontal and vertical surfaces daily in elevators, classrooms, conference rooms, entrances and lobbies, restrooms and lounges. Facilities Management staff will only clean exterior surfaces of appliances, including microwaves, refrigerators, toaster ovens, etc. Departments are responsible for interior appliance cleaning.

· Per CDC guidelines, staff will not spray disinfectant on sidewalks or other outdoor areas because this not been proven to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the public so it is not an efficient use of resources.

· If a room has been determined to have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the room will not be accessed by custodial staff for 24 hours. After that period of time, the room will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected per CDC and public health guidelines.


Accessing Disinfecting Supplies

· Approved disinfectant and wipes will be available for use by students and employees in all offices and classrooms.


Addressing Illness and Exposure

· All employees, including student workers, who are reporting to university grounds or who are working in the field (such as on a research project) are expected and required to screen for COVID-19 symptoms each day and report them on the Daily Symptom Tracker. Employees also should report a positive test or if they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 through this system.

· Students, faculty and staff will be required to monitor their temperatures for fever and, if they have a fever, they should not come to a campus.

· The university’s trained public health experts will actively work with health departments to track and trace illnesses and exposures. This includes being alerted by public health officials when someone who is ill has had contact with others who live, learn, teach or work on a CSU campus. These officials will rapidly track the ill person’s activities and contact with others, and provide education about self-isolation, quarantining and preventative measures.


Changes to Custodial Priorities

· Cleaning and disinfection of all frequently touched surfaces in public areas including tables, chairs, doors, handrails, etc. has increased from as needed or monthly to daily.

· Sweeping and mopping of stairwells has decreased from weekly to monthly.

· Private office occupants are now required to remove their own desk-side trash and recycle and dispose of it in a centrally located collection bin per floor.

· Vacuuming in classrooms has decreased from daily to weekly.

· Vacuuming in private offices has decreased from weekly to monthly.


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