fectants on its website.
14 If a product is
registered with the EPA and described as
a sanitizer or disinfectant, it can be used
in a foodservice setting as stated on the
label. Check the label to determine the
contact time, whether it needs to be
rinsed off, and any other precautions to
take when handling.
Note: Universal procedural steps are
currently not available for cleaning up
a foodservice establishment during an
outbreak, making it difficult for the 70
percent of foodservice operations that
are independently owned and operated.
As a result, there could be multiple interpretations of how to clean up during
an outbreak, potentially leading to the
ineffective removal of pathogens from
Once an outbreak has been identified, the facility must heighten environmental disinfection protocols. As it
might take several days for confirmation
from the local regulatory authority,
protocols should be put into action immediately after a suspected outbreak has
been identified. While many cleanup
protocols specify increasing cleaning
and disinfecting during an outbreak,
there is no universal standard for the
number of times a facility should be
cleaned per day during an outbreak.
CDC does recommend increasing
cleaning areas to twice a day and high-touch surfaces to three times daily. One
must consider the highest traffic times
in bathrooms and other areas to determine how often to clean each area. The
frequency of bathroom and toilet cleaning, especially high-touch surfaces, must
also be increased. Lastly, it is important
to remember that textile items can also
become contaminated and so must be
Cleaning with a detergent alone is
not sufficient to remove pathogens, so
surfaces must be disinfected, not just
sanitized, following cleaning (Table 1).
Sodium hypochlorite (chlorine bleach)
has been widely recommended to dis-
infect human norovirus from surfaces
and its efficacy has been well docu-
15–17 Chlorine bleach solution
should be applied to hard, nonporous,
environmental surfaces at a concentra-
tion of 1,000– 5,000 ppm. As chlorine
bleach may affect fabrics and other sur-
faces, spot-test an area before applying
to any visible surface. If chlorine bleach
is not used in the facility, or for surfaces
that could corrode or be damaged by
bleach, 80 other commercial products
have been approved by EPA to be ef-
fective against norovirus. These chemi-
cals can be dangerous if not properly
prepared and applied. Follow all safety
instructions and mix at the manufactur-
ers’ recommended concentrations. A list
of EPA-approved products is available at
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Body Fluid Spill Kits
Let’s face it, accidents happen. Workplace accidents involving vomit, blood, or
other body fluids should be taken seriously. Response plans should protect first
responders and reduce outbreak risks.
The PURELL® Body Fluid Spill Kit is designed to help organizations safely
and effectively respond to unplanned body fluid events. These market-leading,
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Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogen Standard.
The quality of its components put this kit in a class by itself:
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and include images so that teams can see and read what to do. These written
and graphical procedures are printed on fluid-resistant cardstock so they don’t
get soiled during the clean-up process.
Foodservice Surface Sanitizer and Advanced Hand Sanitizer Single Use:
We include an 8-oz. single-use bottle of PURELL® Foodservice Sanitizer in each
kit. Surface sprays boast 30-second kill times for a host of pathogens (including
Norovirus) yet require no rinse on food contact surfaces. They have also earned
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s lowest toxicity rating. A powerful
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from a safe distance.
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fluid-resistant cardboard cleanup tools designed to protect first responders.
These generously sized tools hold up well, while solidified body fluids are
removed from workplace surfaces. Long handles keep team members’ hands
at a safe distance from the mess.
Personal Protection (PPE) Kit: A separately wrapped PPE kit is placed
within each spill kit so that team members can retrieve protective equipment
quickly. The components provide head-to-toe protection, including OSHA
gowns with full sleeves and thumb loops, waterproof shoe covers, latex-free
gloves, and face masks with eye shields.
Hospital-Grade Absorbent with Deodorizer: Up to 3 L of body fluids
are absorbed and solidified quickly with a proprietary absorbent blend. The
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dry after cleanup.
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