The partnership will involve various collaborations, according to Clorox; a guide for employers—co-developed by experts at Clorox and Cleveland Clinic—is the initial joint effort.
This free online guide, "Six Building Blocks of a Robust Cleaning and Disinfection Program," is intended to help employers train personnel, select effective products, and develop robust cleaning and disinfection processes to create and maintain safer environments. Future areas of collaboration may include research and development as well as educational initiatives for businesses and industries, all in the interest of promoting public health.
"This unique collaboration -- bringing to bear Cleveland Clinic's world-renowned clinical expertise and innovation with our leadership in cleaning and disinfection -- will allow us to serve wide-ranging public health needs as we all continue to navigate COVID-19," said Clorox Chair and CEO Benno Dorer. "Importantly, we will collaborate to find solutions, using the best scientific knowledge available, that will meet unforeseen infection control needs."
"Cleveland Clinic is committed to health, safety and infection prevention. Our dedication has only become stronger amid COVID-19, as we have established processes proven to keep people safe. We believe it is our responsibility to share our expertise with the broader communities and businesses we serve,” added Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, M.D.:
The two organizations are already involved in a collaboration with United Airlines to inform and guide new cleaning and safety protocols (the United CleanPlus program). Clorox is working closely with United to enhance the airline's cleaning program, redefine disinfection procedures and equip customers with amenities at select locations that help support a healthier and safer environment throughout their travel journey, while experts at Cleveland Clinic are providing guidance on the airline's policies and procedures.
Cleveland Clinic offers resources and advisory support to help organizations safely resume operations during COVID-19. These resources include an employer website, COVID-19: Creating a Safe Workplace, which features a series of return to work guides developed for various industries. Cleveland Clinic also hosts a webinar series on topics ranging from infection prevention to employee resiliency.