Employers shall ensure that the worksite is maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. The employer shall determine and implement an appropriate written schedule for cleaning and method of decontamination based upon the location within the facility, type of surface to be cleaned, type of soil present, and tasks or procedures being performed in the area."

"...requires employers to ensure that the worksite is maintained in a clean and sanitary condition...The term 'worksite' refers not only to permanent fixed facilities...but also covers temporary, non-fixed workplaces...any other ... which have a reasonable possibility of becoming contaminated with blood or OPIM." OpCit, Summary p.78

"CDC's Guidline for Hand washing and Hospital Environmental Control...(Exs. 6-188;6-153)...Specifically, CDC states that while extraordinary attempts to disinfect or sterilize environmental surfaces such as walls and floors are rarely indicated, routine cleaning and removal of soil are recommended." Summary p.79

"OSHA recognizes that different types of surfaces and soiling exist...the employer is in the best position to evaluate...the employer must determine and implement the appropriate written schedule...(hard surface flooring versus carpeting)...(surgical operatory versus patient room)...(gross contamination versus minor spattering)...and tasks and procedures (e.g., laboratory analysis versus normal patient care)." Summary p.79

The requirement for a written schedule of cleaning and method of decontamination is twofold:

  • 1) the schedule will assist in ensuring that routine cleaning, as recommended by CDC, is performed and the method of decontamination deemed appropriate by the employer is followed; and
  • 2) the employees can utilize the schedule to determine when such cleaning should be done and what method they should use to properly accomplish the task." p.79

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