Cleaning and disinfection after a case

Last Updated: 25 Nov 2021 4:23pm

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. A person can get COVID-19 by breathing in these droplets or, less commonly, by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.

Following a confirmed case of COVID-19, thorough cleaning and disinfection of contaminated areas is needed as per your COVID-19 Safety Plan, to remove the virus from surfaces.

There is no automatic need to close an entire facility/setting while cleaning and disinfection is underway, particularly if the confirmed case only visited parts of the facility/setting.

Suspension of normal operations will depend on factors such as the size of the facility, nature of the work, number of people and potential areas of contamination.

Public Health and WorkSafe Tasmania will provide advice about cleaning and disinfection following a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Cleaning and disinfection for non-health care settings follows the same principles as routine cleaning and disinfection, except:

  • cleaning staff should wear disposable gloves, a long-sleeved gown and a surgical mask plus eye protection or a face shield while cleaning and disinfecting
  • cleaners should be trained in putting on and removing personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • areas may need to be prepared to ensure proper cleaning and disinfection (eg removing personal effects)
  • soft or porous surfaces may need attention (eg steam-cleaning or laundering of fabrics).

Resources

COVID-19 Information for workplaces – cleaning - Safe Work Australia

Information about routine environmental cleaning and disinfection in the community - Australian Government Department of Health

COVID-19 Environmental cleaning and disinfection principles for health and residential care facilities - Australian Government Department of Health