Disinfection and Sanitation of Products in Warehouses: A Necessary Action to Fight Covid19

June 12, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic really took a toll on every industry - including warehouse and supply chain management. As such, the social distancing and regular disinfection protocols are being recommended by medical experts to be part of the new normal. Since there is still no certainty as per its cure and treatment, the warehousing industry has been mandated to employ disinfection and sanitation of products in warehouses as a necessary action to fight COVID-19.

Safety Guidelines for Disinfection and Sanitation of Products in Warehouses

Since warehouses and supply chain management industry will operate on products that are transferred from person-to-person, they are obligated to disinfect and sanitised their products to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus. Below is a general safety guideline followed globally when it comes to disinfection and sanitation.

  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting. Gloves should be discarded after each use. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.
  • Wear eye protection when there is a potential for splash or splatter to the face.
  • Gowns or aprons are recommended to protect personal clothing.
  • Store chemicals in labelled, closed containers. Keep them in a secure area away danger. Store them in a manner that prevents tipping or spilling.

Surface Cleaning Guidelines

Warehouse surfaces must also be highly scrutinised. Packages and objects will be placed in these areas so a viral transmission will be possible if surfaces are neglected. Disinfection and sanitation of surfaces must be observed to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled first. If surfaces are dirty to sight or touch, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces as soon as possible in areas where a person with respiratory symptoms (e.g., coughing, sneezing) was present.
  • Use a disinfectant that passed quality assessment for use against COVID-19. Refer to the list of products pre-approved for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens, or the list of disinfectants for use against similar viral infections.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe and effective use of all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., dilution concentration, application method and contact time, required ventilation, and use of personal protective equipment). Review the COVID-19 Chemical Disinfectant Safety Information guide to potential health hazards and the recommended protective measures for common active disinfectant agents. Consult manufacturer recommendations on cleaning products appropriate for electronics. If no guidance is available, consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or spray containing at least 70% alcohol. Use of alcohol-based products may reduce risk of damage to sensitive machine components. Whenever possible, consider using wipe-able covers for electronics. Dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid pooling of liquids.

*Guidelines referenced from WHO and Washington Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S)

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