Ebola: Prevention and Control for the Cleaning Industry

What is Ebola?

Cleaning for Infection Prevention and ControlEbola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the severe, life-threatening disease caused by infection with an Ebola virus. Many people who contract EHF will die from it. 

Worker Protection

Workers performing cleaning tasks in areas contaminated by symptomatic individuals with EHF or environments reasonably anticipated to be contaminated with infectious body fluids are at risk of exposure. That is why it is important to follow the worker protection guidelines set forth in OSHA’s Fact Sheet on Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces for Non-Healthcare Settings.

Appropriate Disinfectants

Use a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered disinfectant that is effective against a non-enveloped virus to disinfect hard non-porous environmental surfaces. Look for products with a label which claims to be effective against non-enveloped viruses such as norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, or the poliovirus.

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