Sanitation and Infection Control for Cleaning Staff

Even general cleaning and sanitation activities in schools and other workplaces
need special attention, though far from those at health care environments.

Some general tips to remember about sanitation are:

It is important that all facilities are free from garbage, debris, filth, and
potentially infectious materials.


  • Follow procedures and safe work practices recommended by your employer.

  • Check product labels and MSDSs to know the potential hazards and safe work practices for all cleaning and disinfecting products you use.

  • Wear personal protective equipment and clothing recommended by your supervisor.

  • Use cleaning products appropriate to your workplace and according to the supplier's recommendation to ensure proper cleaning.

  • Always clean and wash surfaces/areas thoroughly before disinfecting them.

  • Use germicides or diluted bleaches (e.g. sodium hypochlorite) to disinfect areas as required.

  • Wash hands regularly and thoroughly with warm water and soap, after removing gloves. Always wash before you eat, drink or smoke; or after you have used the toilet.

  • Report to your supervisor all spills, accidents, incidents, etc.


  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke while using bleaches, cleaning agents, disinfecting agents, or other chemical products.

  • Do not leave open containers of bleaches, chemical products, disinfecting agents, paints and solvents in the washrooms or other areas used by other staff, students, visitors or other members of the public.

Further Information - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety