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Ithaca Campus Building Care Cleaning Procedure

Appendix 2D – Building care cleaning procedure for COVID-19, Ithaca campus

Category 1: Standard cleaning procedures

Category 1 procedures do not apply to COVID-19 restart on the Cornell campus.

Category 2: Elevated disinfection protocol

This protocol is activated for occupied facilities, and spaces where individuals in the space are at low to medium risk of viral spread in areas without ongoing community transmission. These facilities and spaces require periodic, frequent, and/or close contact (e.g. within six feet) of people (faculty, staff, students or visitors) who may be infected with SARS-CoV-2, but who are not known or suspected COVID-19 patients.

Minimum Personal Protective Equipment: Nitrile gloves, safety glasses or goggles. Masks will be worn if required by university policy.

Tools and Equipment: Red microfiber cloths and green microfiber cloths.

Chemicals: Cleaning shall be done using an EPA N List approved disinfectant following appropriate dwell time. All surfaces being cleaned must remain wet for full dwell time. Dwell times of frequently used chemicals are:

Chemicals
Chemicals Dwell Times
Alpha-HP 67 10 minutes
Oxivir 1 Wipes 1 minute
Oxivir 1 RTU 1 minute
Spartan TB-Cide 2 minutes

Procedure: Increase disinfection of high touch point areas in all buildings to twice per day. Ensure that identified frequently used restrooms are cleaned and properly stocked with paper and soap supplies, as well as checking sanitizer stations to ensure they are sufficiently stocked. Minimize non-essential services, such as trash and recycling collection, to weekly.

  1. Gather appropriate PPE, tools, equipment, and chemicals.
  2. Apply multi-surface cleaner to a clean green microfiber cloth and apply the saturated cloth to the surfaces to be cleaned.
  3. Apply multi-surface disinfectant to a clean green microfiber cloth and apply the disinfectant to the hard surface ensuring that the surface remains wet with disinfectant for the prescribed time listed on the disinfectant bottle.
    • Disinfection effort should focus on common areas and high touch point surfaces of occupied facilities and spaces (door handles, dispenser buttons and knobs, elevator buttons, electronics in shared conference rooms, surfaces in atriums)

  4. For disinfecting restroom fixtures such as the outside of toilets and urinals, the disinfectant MUST be applied to a red microfiber cloth and then applied to the surfaces of the toilet or urinal ensuring that the surfaces remain wet with disinfectant for the prescribed time listed on the disinfectant bottle .

  5. For disinfecting high touch point surfaces, either use a disinfecting wipe or a green microfiber cloth that disinfectant has been applied to.

  6. When assignments have been completed, return the chemicals and supplies to the custodial closet.

After completing your schedule, remove the nitrile gloves, ensuring that your hands do not come in contact with the exterior of the gloves, and dispose of the gloves in an appropriate trash receptacle.

Follow up immediately by washing your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Category 3: Deep Cleaning Protocol

This protocol is activated upon notification from the university Incident Management Team (IMT) to Cornell building care that a case of COVID- 19 has been confirmed for a Cornell employee, student, or contractor who performs work in a Cornell-owned or leased facility or space.

Deep cleaning guidelines and protocols shall be followed for all affected areas as determined by EHS and building care director and/or associate director.

If the individual who tested positive has not been in a Cornell facility or space within the last 4 days, no cleaning will be required. That is, if more than 96 hours have elapsed since the positive person was last in their facility, office, or other affected area, then building care will not implement additional cleaning processes as described below for affected area as the virus does not remain infectious beyond 96 hours.

  • Where affected areas can be isolated:

    • They must be isolated for 4 days prior to cleaning. Examples of isolating affected areas include: Closing and locking door to individual's office, closing and locking public restroom (where possible), etc.

  • Where affected areas cannot be isolated for 4 days prior to cleaning:

    • High touch, hard surface, and electronic equipment in the affected person’s workspace (cubicle, office, and suite) must be cleaned. These surfaces and equipment include, but are not limited to:

      • Keyboard

      • Mouse

      • Computer, monitor, laptop, speakers, and other accessories

      • Desktop, drawer fronts and handles, tabletops

      • Filing cabinet door fronts and handles, telephone

      • Chair arms

      • Copiers and printers

      • Whiteboard trays

      • Any remote-control devices

Chemicals: Cleaning shall be done using an EPA N List approved disinfectant following appropriate dwell time. All surfaces being cleaned must remain wet for full dwell time. Dwell times of frequently used chemicals are:

Chemicals
Chemicals Dwell Times
Alpha-HP 67 10 minutes
Oxivir 1 Wipes 1 minute
Oxivir 1 RTU 1 minute
Spartan TB-Cide 2 minutes

Microfiber maintenance: Microfiber cloths that are used in the deep cleaning procedures shall be bagged up and identified by building name.

  • Place dirty microfiber cloths in a plastic bag

  • Label the bag using a black indelible marker with building information

  • Seal the bag

Manager or lead shall take microfiber cloths to Humphreys building care office (B09) for hot water washing and return to building.