These five best practices—intended for facility, property and housekeeping managers—are based on the latest scientific understanding of the COVID-19 virus and build on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency. They also reflect Green Seal’s expertise in setting science-based standards for cleaning products, principles, and practices that deliver uncompromising performance while reducing use of hazardous chemicals and promoting safer and healthier indoor air.
Green Seal’s Guidelines explain how to:
- Create a cleaning and disinfecting plan.
- Ensure that cleaning personnel are properly trained.
- Maintain sustainability and healthy indoor air.
- Communicate the cleaning and disinfecting plan.
- Provide safer working conditions.
Green Seal-certified cleaning services are verified to meet strict third-party standards for safe and effective cleaning and disinfecting, including rigorous requirements for training and operations. The Guidelines provide these best-in-class cleaning services additional guidance for pandemic-specific practices.
“Effectively cleaning workplaces during the pandemic demands rigorous planning, training, and procedures – there are no shortcuts,” said Green Seal CEO Doug Gatlin. “Blanketing a building in hazardous chemicals won’t necessarily prevent the spread of COVID-19, but it will create significant health risks for those inside. These five best practices for safer COVID-19 cleaning and disinfection are a handbook for workplaces that are committed to comprehensively protecting the health of their building occupants during the pandemic.”