Cleaning and Disinfecting for the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)
We're Here to Help Updated April 13, 2022
ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is here to help cleaning industry professionals understand how to properly clean and safely disinfect for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
Cleaning staff are essential workers during the pandemic. Use the resources on this page to educate and empower your teams as they work to keep facilities, clients and communities safer and healthier.
Together with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, we offer education, training, and business resources to help you manage the COVID-19 outbreak. If you need to reopen your business or facility with confidence following the pandemic, learn more about the GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation, a program with the right protocols and best practices for biohazard response. The GBAC STAR™ Service Accreditation program delivers third-party validation of the cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention procedures of contractors and other outsourced cleaning service providers. The GBAC STAR™ Destination program enables organizations like municipalities and tourism bureaus to demonstrate their destination’s dedication to building healthier, safer, and more confident communities through widespread adoption of GBAC STAR accreditations. And GBAC STAR™ Registered Technology & Registered Programs allow manufacturers and other companies to have their cleaning, infectious disease prevention, or similar type technology or program designated as GBAC STAR Registered, providing added assurance for facility managers and service providers who are dedicated to cleaning for health.
GBAC Academy is the new online learning portal for cleaning professionals who want to prepare for, respond to, and recover from biological threats in the workplace. Our expert-led training resources will help you implement infection- and contamination-control measures for infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19 and other biohazard situations.
Online Training Courses
GBAC Online Fundamentals Course 2.0
US$150 for ISSA members, $300 for non-members
Prepare, Respond, Recover | A GBAC Webinar on The 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Recording available to ISSA members only
Onsite Training and Consulting
ISSA expert trainers will travel to your facility to teach to your immediate training needs or to provide custom onsite solutions for challenges like:
- Establishing cleaning and disinfection protocols for the coronavirus
- Workloading a facility in a staffing crisis
- Purchasing the proper tools during supply chain disruption.
ACTION ALERT! Tell Congress to Pass the Health Workplace Tax Credit
Contact your congressional delegation to request their support for the Healthy Workplace Tax Credit as part of the next federal stimulus bill. The bipartisan tax credit would help businesses cover the cost of cleaning, disinfecting, and air filtration solutions; personal protective equipment (PPE); as well as employee training and certification.
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- Enhanced Unemployment Benefits: What You Need to Know
- COVID-19 Emergency Workplace Standards
- Summary of State-by-State Liability Protections
- Success of ISSA’s Advocacy Efforts
- Federal Coronavirus Legislative Response Summary
- Coronavirus Government Response Updates
- Register for the 2022 Clean Advocacy Summit, March 27- April 2, 2022
Additional Resources for Coronavirus Cleaning
You can help prevent yourself from getting and spreading the coronavirus–and other respiratory illnesses–by following these steps:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. (Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives) Use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
- Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.