Cleaning Measures

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The following document has been developed using current guidance documents from Public Health Ontario (July 2021) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (June 2021).

Background:

  • Hand hygiene by regularly washing hands or using hand sanitizer continues to be the reliable way to prevent COVID-19 infection from surfaces.
  • Though the current scientific understanding suggests that the risk of COVID-19 transmission from touching a contaminated surface is low in most situations, cleaning and disinfection practices continue to be recommended by public health agencies.
  • Public Health guidance continues to reference cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces at least once per day and when visibly dirty.

Cleaning Recommendation:

  • Custodial Services will continue to provide cleaning service as per Level 1, 2 or 3 as outlined below.
  • Accordingly, Departments and individual users are to make their own determination regarding the frequency of cleaning items and spaces designated under Level 4, based on operational use.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be provided to departments upon request through the Physical Resources Stockroom.
  • When disinfecting, use products that have a Drug Identification Number (DIN), which confirms it is approved for use in Canada. Products available in the Physical Resources Stockroom have a DIN and are approved for use. Follow product label instructions regarding contact time (time surface remains wet) to kill germs and the required personal protective equipment. For most disinfecting wipes, minimum 1 minute contact time and disposable gloves (e.g., vinyl or nitrile) are recommended.
  • More than 800 wall mounted hand sanitizers have been placed across campus.  Physical Resources regularly maintain these units.

 Cleaning Measures and Department Responsibilities
Below is the cleaning measures and department responsibilities information contained in the table above in text only format.

Custodial Services Responsibility

Level 1: Public and campus community use and higher traffic areas.

Cleaning Frequency: 2 times or more per day on weekdays and weekends.
Examples: 
University Centre First Floor, Athletic Facilities, Mclaughlin Library, OVC Animal Hospital.

Items Cleaned and Disinfected:

  • Washrooms
  • Building Entrance, Lobbies and Corridors
  • General Seating and Lounge Areas
  • Changerooms
  • Frequently touched surfaces (light switches, door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, etc.)

Level 2: Campus community use and higher traffic areas.

Cleaning Frequency: 2 times per day on weekdays.
Examples: Rozanski Hall, 
Summerlee Science Complex Atrium, Thornborough Atrium, Pathobiology/AHL.

Items Cleaned and Disinfected:

  • Washrooms
  • Building Entrance, Lobbies and Corridors
  • General Seating and Lounge Areas
  • Changerooms
  • Frequently touched surfaces (light switches, door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, etc.)

Level 3: Campus community use, and moderate traffic areas.

Cleaning Frequency: 1 time per day on weekdays.
Examples: University Centre Upper Levels, 
Summerlee Science Complex Hallways, MacNaughton Building, Alexander Hall.

Items Cleaned and Disinfected:

  • Washrooms
  • Classrooms (in use)
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Kitchenettes (tables, counters, sinks if clear of items)
  • Door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, etc.

Department/Personal Responsibilities

Level 4: Departmental and personal use.

Frequency: As needed by users.
Examples: Office Spaces*, Workstations*, Student Club Spaces, Storage Rooms.
*Non-personal items will be cleaned by Custodial Staff at the pre-pandemic frequency. For example, office floors are vacuumed once per week.

Items Cleaned and Disinfected:

  • Small Kitchen Appliances
  • Photocopiers
  • Workstation desk, keyboard, phone, mouse etc.
  • Chairs
  • Shared office, lab equipment, tools, vehicles

Note:  Excluded from this summary are Guelph Child Care and Learning Centre, John T. Powell and residence buildings due to individual cleaning protocol in place at those locations.  Vending machines and ATMs are cleaned by vendors as per agreements, typically daily.