Washington State University

Reducing potential for SARS CoV2 exposure, the virus causing COVID-19 requires that we emphasize cleaning and disinfection.  WSU’s custodial staff presently prioritize cleaning and disinfecting public/high use common touch areas.  In less common use locations, and particularly where surfaces require more frequent disinfection than can be afforded by available custodial resources, departments must assume responsibility for disinfection.

We ask that departments develop a disinfection plan for common touch surfaces in the areas they occupy.  This plan should include limiting access to some areas such as offices to single individuals, and limiting shared equipment to the extent feasible, thereby reducing the need for disinfection.  When equipment must be shared, disinfect before and after use.  In these areas, departments are being asked to development and execute a disinfection plan as operations begin ramping up.  When developing the disinfection plan have employees who are returning to campus for work complete the online training, Pandemics: Slowing the Spread and Disinfecting the Workplace for COVID-19.

Similarly, we are asking students to also participate in disinfecting the common spaces they use in classrooms, laboratories, and common spaces throughout campus.

To assist with these expectations WSU administration has graciously agreed to fund certain disinfectants and hand sanitizer until the end of the fall semester.  It can be difficult to determine how much disinfectant your department or area needs.  It is important with limited resources and financial concerns to be prudent in use of these items.  This guidance should be used to help determine how many container are needed for your department or area.

  • Common spaces should have hand sanitizer, Alpha HP, and electronic disinfectant (if there are common electronic devices.  Unless you have received different guidance from EH&S, assume one of each per common area.
  • Minimize number of people in an individual office, by eliminating meeting disinfection of office is unnecessary.
  • Don’t order containers just to be a backup, order your supplies as needed.  Plan your orders, University Stores will be able to accommodate your orders.
  • Return all empties to the drop off bin in your building.  (BIN LOCATIONS)
  • Classrooms and instructional labs will be maintained by Custodial Services.  This includes departmental and general use classroom spaces.
  • Example:
    • Office space with a front desk, common copier and mail room, waiting room, and individual spaces would need 1-hand sanitizer, 1-electronic disinfectant, and 1-Alpha HP.  The Alpha HP would need replaced much more frequently than the other two.

These orders are available from University Stores as a $0 item starting Monday, July 6.

Commonly Touched Surfaces

Alpha HP will initially be provided by Facilities Services, until it is made available through University Stores.  Alpha HP must remain on the surface for at least 5 minutes to disinfect.  The following procedure supports safe disinfection:

  • No Personal Protective Equipment required with diluted/user Alpha HP concentration
  • Clean dusty and dirty surfaces by wiping with soapy water, dirt and dust prevent disinfection
  • Spray (not stream) Alpha HP onto all common touched surfaces such as desk tops, door knobs, file cabinets, chairs, etc.
  • Allow Alpha HP to sit on surfaces for at least 5 minutes.  If possible, allow disinfectant to dry on its own
  • Remember to wash your hands with soap and water when you are finished

Alpha HP Technical Information

Alpha HP Safety Data Sheet

Alpha HP Label

Electronics Disinfectant

Electronic disinfectant will initially be provided by EH&S, until it is made available through University Stores.  Avoid shared use of electronic equipment such as computers, mice, and telephones whenever possible.  When electronic equipment must be shared, implement a policy of disinfecting before and after use.  The 70% alcohol electronic disinfectant must remain in contact with the surface for at least 20 seconds to disinfect.  The following procedure promotes safe disinfection while minimizing the risk of damaging electronics:

  • Wear safety glasses, avoid eye contact with disinfectant
  • If possible, turn off and unplug electronic device
  • Apply the electronic disinfectant to a paper towel, wet, but not dripping
  • Do not use aerosolized air to blow dust off electronics.
  • Wipe down all electronic surfaces with wet paper towel, ensure good contact.  Apply to all sides of keyboards and computer mice.  Throw the paper towel in the garbage.
  • Allow the surfaces to dry on their own.  Disinfectants must remain in contact with surface (wet) for 20-30 seconds.
  • While waiting wash your hands with soap and water