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With local transmission of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), is it safe to clean and disinfect public spaces without wearing any form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

Cleaning and disinfecting areas exposed to confirmed case(s) of the COVID-19 in non-healthcare premises

These areas are those where a confirmed case spent a considerable amount of time. Personnel responsible for cleaning and disinfection of areas frequently used by the confirmed case, need to wear PPE consisting of: disposable long-sleeved gowns, disposable gloves, eye goggles or face shields, and N95 masks. Once soiled or damaged, gloves should be removed and discarded, and a new pair used after they have washed their hands with soap and water. It is important that cleaners observe strict hand hygiene and not touch any part of their face.

After cleaning and disinfection has been completed, cleaning personnel should remove their PPE, and immediately wash their hands with soap and water. For more information, please refer to the Interim guidelines for environmental cleaning and disinfection of areas exposed to confirmed case(s) of COVID-19 in non-healthcare premises.

Cleaning and disinfecting residences that may be exposed to the COVID-19

These places are residences of persons placed under Home Quarantine Order by the Ministry of Health, or spaces which have been exposed to confirmed cases.

Personnel responsible for cleaning and disinfection should wear surgical masks and disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting their residences. Once soiled or damaged, gloves should be removed and discarded, and a new pair used after they have washed their hands with soap and water. It is important that cleaners observe strict hand hygiene and not touch any part of their face.

After cleaning and disinfection has been completed, cleaning personnel should shower and change their clothes immediately. Please refer to the Interim guidelines for environmental cleaning and disinfection in residences that may be exposed to the COVID-19.

Cleaning and disinfecting spaces with no confirmed case(s) of the COVID-19

Personnel doing routine cleaning and disinfection of spaces with no confirmed cases should use gloves when carrying out cleaning work and handling waste. Surgical masks are to be used according to safe management measures at the workplace. It is important that cleaners observe strict hand hygiene and not touch any part of their face. For more information, please refer to General Sanitation and Hygiene Advisory for owners of premises and operators.

Please refer to the table below for the appropriate type of PPE to wear for different types of cleaning and disinfection works.

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Posted on 30 Oct 2020 04:00 PM