Placing hand sanitiser and signage in offices and common areas is a step in the right direction. But studies show it simply isn’t enough to make a real impact. Targeting “hot spots” with hand and surface hygiene (including cleaning and disinfecting), is a key step toward reducing the spread of germs. Objects touched by lots of people throughout the day − such as door knobs, elevator buttons and copiers − should be cleaned and disinfected daily in order to help break the chain of germ transmission.
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Step 1: Clean the surface of commonly touched objects — use a pre-saturated wiper, detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Step 2: Disinfect the surface — use disinfectants approved by your local regulatory authority. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and dwell time.
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