There are a variety of ways to combat the spread of COVID-19, from frequently cleaning high-touch surfaces to sending home employees who are sick and more. There is a lot of information available to location owners during this time, but we have compiled some of suggested establishment cleaning tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help assist your location during this time.
Basic Tips for Cleaning Your Establishment
Wear disposable gloves for all tasks in the cleaning and sanitizing process, including handling trash. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products being used and whether there is a risk of splash. Gloves (and gowns, when necessary) should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area.
Clean surfaces using soap and water and practice routine cleaning of high touch surfaces including tables, doorknobs, sinks, etc.
Disinfecting Your Location
Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant. It is recommended use of EPA-registered household disinfectant. Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
Many products recommend:
- Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label)
- Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
Clean and Sanitize the Gaming Area
Ensure you are thoroughly cleaning the VGTs and Redemption Devices including armrest surfaces, button panels, cabinet surfaces. It is recommended to use a bleach-free disinfecting wipe to clean and sanitize the VGT. Bleach can hurt the surfaces of the VGT. When cleaning the machines, avoid abrasive cloths and towels, and keep liquids, aerosol sprays and bleaches away.
Diminishing the Risk
Make sure everyone in your establishment is doing their part to help reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Instruct your employees to follow proper hygiene and wash their hands often and keep workplace areas clean and disinfected. These general guidelines are critical to abide by, both in and outside of the establishment.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Always wash immediately after removing gloves and after contact with a sick person.
- Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
During this uncertain time, empower employees by developing policies for worker protection and provide cleaning training to all staff prior to proving cleaning tasks. Make sure that your employees are aware of the symptoms of COVID-19, and provide instruction about what to do if they develop symptoms.
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