Teachers College Facilities and Operations Department has developed and implemented procedures following the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on how to help stop the spread of COVID-19. According to the CDC and the EPA, cleaning is the necessary first step of any disinfection process. Cleaning removes organic matter, salts, and visible soils, all of which interfere with microbial inactivation. The goal is to focus heavily on “touch points” while maintaining regular cleaning and sanitation protocols.
High-touch surfaces are areas characterized as surfaces and objects which are regularly touched by multiple people on a daily basis.
These areas include but are not limited to:
The primary chemicals used to mitigate the presence of COVID-19 and other viruses at Teachers College are:
At the beginning of each shift, each member will first ensure that they have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to carry out their objectives.
The Facilities and Operations Department has modified cleaning schedules since the outbreak of the coronavirus, to increase the cleaning and sanitation frequency of high-touch areas mentioned above. Following the cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas, facilities employees will then disinfect remaining areas, which are cleaned once daily.
In the discovery that a person(s) has tested positive for COVID-19, the following procedure to sanitize and disinfect the room will be conducted:
Preparation for cleaning and disinfecting infected area:
Steps for cleaning and disinfecting infected area:
The goal of the Facilities and Operations Department is to keep everyone in the TC community safe, including our facilities by focusing on the cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces while also maintaining the regular cleaning schedule. As new measures and guidelines from the CDC and the EPA on how to reduce the risk of infection of COVID-19 are released, we will adjust our methods to ensure that we are providing the safest environment possible.