As businesses are reopening with the COVID 19 lockdown gradually ending, the rush to disinfect may be dangerous though well-intentioned. Though it is important to disinfect, particularly at the workplace, however exposure to disinfectants may have effects on health. The main symptoms are skin irritation or allergic contact eczema. Less common symptoms are irritative or allergic respiratory diseases.
Therefore, it is essential to using disinfectants safely. Below are some recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Follow all manufacturer’s instructions and do not exceed the amount recommended on the label.
- Do not use different types of disinfectants together.
- Store your disinfectants safely and securely, out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.
- Mix your disinfectants in a well-ventilated area.
- Ensure adequate ventilation
- Use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label)
- Normal routine cleaning with soap and water will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure.
- Disinfection using EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 external icon can also help reduce the risk. If EPA-approved disinfectants external icon are not available, you can use alternative disinfectants by mixing 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions.