PNW COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols

June 26, 2020

A lion statue on PNW's Westville campus

Cleaning and disinfecting will be an important aspect of reducing exposure risks associated with COVID-19.  While the university incrementally reopens, all campus community members will be asked to take part in minimizing risk of exposure and preventing the spread by cleaning and disinfecting the various areas of campus.

It is important to understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning with detergents or soap and water removes dirt and germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects by using chemicals, and further lowers the risk of infection.

Enhanced Cleaning Efforts

The Building Services team has and will continue to increase cleaning and disinfecting efforts in high-traffic areas such as bathrooms, corridors, elevators, dining facilities, doorknobs, light switches, handrails and various other surfaces in public areas.

Prior to the start of the fall semester, Building Services will implement a new Restroom Alert real-time management system to assist with maintaining clean, well-stocked and fully functionally restrooms. Each restroom will have a sign encouraging the campus community to report problems by sending a simple SMS text message.

When a customer text is received, our staff is immediately alerted via a separate SMS text message. A timer is started, and periodic reminders are sent to the staff until the issue is resolved.

Cleaning and Sanitization Overview

SpaceScopeWho is responsible?Frequency
BathroomsAll surfaces and fixturesBuilding Services StaffAll bathrooms twice a day; high-traffic bathrooms three times throughout the day.

Full cleaning and disinfecting at night five times a week
Public spaceElevators, stairways, hand rails, door knobs, light switches, corridors, open lounge furniture surfaces, etc.Building Services StaffAll areas twice a day; high-traffic areas three times throughout the day.

Full cleaning and disinfecting at night five times a week
ClassroomsDesks, tables, chairs, white boards, light switches, doorknobs, lecternBuilding Services Staff
(Faculty and Students should disinfect prior to use)
Full cleaning and disinfecting at night five times a week.
Dining AreasAll dining surfaces including chairs, tables, dispensers, etc.Building Services/ ChartwellsChartwells will clean the facility frequently throughout the day.

Building Services will fully clean and disinfect at night five times a week.
Conference RoomsTable, chair, other surfaces, doorknobs, light switches, etc.Building Services/ Each UserBuilding Services will clean and disinfect once per week.

All staff/ faculty members will clean frequently throughout the day
OfficesDesk, chairs, keyboard, phone, doorknobs, light switches, other frequently touched objectsEach user/ Building ServicesAll staff/ faculty members will clean frequently throughout the day.

Building Services will clean and disinfect offices once per week.
Break RoomsTables, chairs, counters, refrigerator handle, microwave, coffee pot, etc.Each userAll staff/ faculty members will clean frequently throughout the day.

Building Services will clean and disinfect break rooms once per week.
University-Owned vehiclesDoor handles, steering wheel and other high-touch areasEach userAfter each use

 

Classrooms will be cleaned at night five times a week by the Building Services Team. Throughout the day and evening the Building Services Team will also disinfect doorknobs and monitor trash receptacles.

Each classroom will be provided with essential cleaning supplies: disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and general directions for disinfecting.  Each student and faculty member utilizing the classroom is encouraged to disinfect their work area (desk/ table/ chair) prior to use.

Students and faculty should not supply their own personal disinfectant supplies for these spaces.  If additional supplies are needed, please contact the procurement office. They will provide approved disinfectants to ensure the health and safety of all campus community members.

All employees are encouraged to keep a clear desk to enable thorough cleaning of work surfaces. Employees should regularly wipe down their personal work areas and frequently touched objects.

Offices will be cleaned once per week by the Building Services team. A schedule will be provided noting which day of the week each office suite will be cleaned. All trash receptacles will be emptied by the Building Services team once per week as well.

Faculty and staff should not supply their own personal disinfectant supplies for these spaces. If additional supplies are needed, please contact the procurement office for the approved disinfectants that will be utilized to ensure the health and safety of all campus community members.

Additional Resources

CDC Guidelines for Cleaning and Sanitizing

EPA Approved list for ECO neutral disinfectant and Benefect Botanical Decon 30