Building Cleaning Guidance in Response to COVID-19

March 18, 2020 | By: Gabriel Eckert, FASAE, CAE
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created extensive resources related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVD-19). The vastness of these resources can also make it challenging for real estate owners, managers, and operators to quickly find the information they need.

Some of the most common questions related to COVID-19 deal with building cleaning and disinfection. The CDC has released interim recommendations for environmental cleaning and disinfection for buildings and facilities with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases. These recommendations include how to clean and disinfect, and information on specific cleaning products, as well as additional considerations for employers.

The CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers webpage also includes guidance for employers to conduct routine environmental cleaning.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also outlines information on environmental decontamination on its COVID-19 Control and Prevention webpage.

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Georgia Foundation has also released a free one-page guide to resources for commercial real estate professionals to consider in maintaining a healthy building environment. The resources relate specifically to COVID-19 and infectious disease control in general.