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Disinfectant wipes, sprays, and cleaners

Note: Please note that all information provided is general, and is an aggregation of and attributed to the sources included below. Use your own judgment and regulatory guidance to make decisions around PPE usage in the workplace.

Last Updated: 9/14/20

What is the difference between a spray bottle and a liquid cleaner bottle?

A spray bottle is one that can squirt, spray or mist fluids through a handle. Liquid bottles of cleaners and disinfectants are usually large bottles that can be poured into mop containers, spray bottles, or smaller dispensing containers.

How should disinfectants be used?

As per OSHA, all surfaces and equipment should be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Protocols should be established to disinfect frequently-touched surfaces in workspaces and public-facing areas. For example, these objects should be wiped down between each customer:

  • credit card terminals,
  • pens, and
  • styluses

Additionally, worker-facing objects should be cleaned at least as often as workers change workstations – such as,

  • worker-facing touch screens,
  • keyboards, and
  • other equipment

Importantly, door push bars and handles should also be cleaned frequently.

When practical, customers may be given wipes and asked to clean equipment before or after use in order to reduce worker exposure.

What should you look for when shopping for disinfectants?

As per OSHA, all disinfectants used should either have label claims against the coronavirus or should contain cleaning chemicals from the Environmental Protection Agency-approved List N, which can be accessed here.

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All guidance compiled from these public sources as of October 2, 2020. Please confirm guidance at the links provided below.

This PPE Information is intended to be used as a general guide for businesses. The PPE needs of your particular business and employees may vary significantly and each business is responsible for making its own decisions about those needs. All users should consult the links provided herein for the latest official health information, as the PPE Planning Tool summaries may not accurately reflect the current content of those official health links or the latest updates thereto. The State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (collectively, the “State”) is not responsible for the performance or accuracy of the PPE Planning Tool. By using the PPE Planning Tool, the user does hereby release any and all claims, causes of action, and demands against the State that are derived from its use.