Sanitation and safety have always played a critical role in the lives of emergency responders and public safety professionals. The use of disinfecting products in emergency vehicles and public safety facilities promotes a trustworthy environment when properly used.
Understanding how to avoid the uncertainties associated with the misuse of cleaning products is more important than ever. Eliminate confusion on and off the job with these tips from GOJO®.
DO select an effective product with low toxicity.
If an effective and worry-free clean is the most important thing to you, choose an effective product with low toxicity. A product label provides a wealth of information to help you find the right product for your specific use. Ask yourself these questions:
- Does it kill the bacteria and viruses I’m concerned about, and if so, how quickly?
- Does the product have any concerning signal phrases? (For example, “highly toxic.”)
- Will this product be compatible with the surfaces I want to clean and disinfect?
DO visit the EPA’s website.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates surface disinfectants to ensure they are effective and safe for use by consumers. In today’s environment, it’s important to use a disinfectant that is effective against coronavirus.
- The EPA categorizes products from I (highly toxic) to IV (very low toxicity.) If possible, select products rated as category IV to reduce your risk of harm.
- Refer to EPA’s List N for EPA-approved disinfectant products appropriate for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
DO read the product label.
Product labels will highlight what viruses/bacteria the product kills – and the required contact time to kill them, what surfaces the product can be used on, and dilution instructions (if needed). There is a big difference between how long the surface needs to remain wet for (30 seconds versus 10 minutes) to kill a virus. Contact information for the manufacturer will appear on a label in case the user has any questions.
DO only use it for its intended use.
Not all products are designed for use on food contact surfaces. Hard surface products, such as cleaners and sanitizers, are intended for non-porous surfaces only. Never use cleaning and sanitation products on the skin or directly on food. To avoid accidental exposure, take care if using the product around other people.
DO use personal protective equipment, if required.
Always refer to the product label to understand what PPE is required during use. If you're cleaning at home, this may mean whether you need to wash your hands after use or not, or whether frequent skin contact can result in an allergic reaction. Opt for a glove or eye shield (if required) and long-sleeved garments, such as lab coats worn with closed-toe shoes, if needed.
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DON’T mix sanitation products.
Under no circumstances should multiple products be mixed. Not only will this negatively impact performance, but it's dangerous and could result in serious injury or even death.
DON’T store cleaning and sanitation products in an unsafe manner.
Always store cleaning and sanitation products out of the reach of children. Never store products on the floor and do not store them higher than eye level. Storing products on top shelves is a dangerous practice and increases the risk of a chemical spill. Always store products in their original packaging and never reuse empty containers to store other products or chemicals.
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