Cleaning and disinfecting the workplace

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As a business owner, you have obligations under work health and safety legislation to ensure that the workplace is safe and does not put workers and visitors at risk of illness or injury. Part of meeting this obligation requires that businesses ensure appropriate cleaning of the premises is maintained.

This is more important than ever, with SA and NT businesses becoming exposure sites for COVID-19 on a daily basis. You should follow the instructions below in the event that your business becomes an exposure site, but also on a day-to-day basis to help stop the spread.

To ensure appropriate cleaning and disinfecting of the workplace is achieved, you should:

  • Clean all floors and surfaces using good quality detergent and disinfectant with warm water at least once a day. Door handles and taps and any other frequently touched surfaces should be given particular attention and cleaned often.
  • Walls, ceilings, blinds and other minimally touched surfaces can be cleaned as required.
  • When using cleaning products, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
  • If using detergent solely to clean, you will also need to disinfect.
  • When cleaning, start with the cleanest areas first, progressively moving to the dirtiest areas.
  • Avoid using dry cloths, dusters, and pressurised water as these can spread the virus and create droplets.
  • Disinfectants require time in order to kill germs and viruses. If the product does not specify how long to keep the product on surfaces and frequently touched objects, leave it for 10 minutes before drying.

If there is a case of COVID-19 in the workplace, follow any directions provided by SA Health.

Further information as to maintaining a hygienic workplace can be obtained from SafeWork Australia and the MTA.