Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, most routines that occur in clinical and science labs have been affected, with daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols of science tables and laboratory furniture at the very top of the list. There are millions of documented cases of COVID-19 worldwide, which means that ensuring your laboratory equipment is kept clean and disinfected is a big priority to prevent the further spread of the virus. In this blog, we’ll offer some tips on how to go about the disinfection protocol for your laboratory, lab equipment, and lab personnel from COVID-19.
Cleaning the Laboratory before Disinfection
Make sure to practice regular cleaning of all high-contact surfaces. This includes any tables, light switches, doorknobs, countertops, phones, keyboards, desks, and more. Make sure you are wearing disposable gloves while cleaning and disinfecting all lab equipment and furniture. Clean surfaces off with soap and water, then follow up with some disinfectant. Soap and water could reduce the number of germs, impurities, dirt, and more on surfaces, while disinfectant kills all leftover bacteria. More frequent cleaning and disinfection might be required depending on how often your laboratory is used.
Disinfect all spots where a person was present, like high-contact surfaces and any high-contact surfaces, and all laboratory surfaces where visitors have touched. Due to the chemicals and other toxic substances used in labs, disinfection should occur right away after any spill and after each work shift. The CDC recommends using a ten percent bleach solution as the standards for disinfecting, and other disinfectant products might be used for your lab. While a few lab equipment manufacturers recommend certain cleaners while cleaning and disinfecting their equipment, make sure that these products are useful for the substances and equipment you end up using.
Safety Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting Lab Equipment
Make sure to wear disposable gloves while disinfecting and cleaning. These should be discarded after each use, and your hands should be cleaned with warm water and soap for about 20 seconds after the gloves are removed. If soap isn’t readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Wear eye protection while cleaning, and store chemical compounds in easy-to-read closed and labeled containers and pipettes. Make sure to store them in a way that prevents the possibility of the container tipping or spilling. Make sure always to follow your manufacturer’s guidelines for the effective and safe use of cleaning and disinfection products. If you’re unable to reach your lab equipment manufacturer, consider using some alcohol-based products, as they might lower the risk of harm to the laboratory equipment.
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