Cleaning & Disinfecting

Preventive measures are not 100% effective, but they are more effective when used comprehensively.

  • Increased cleaning of common areas on campuses
  • Shared responsibility for cleaning high-touch surfaces. Students and employees will be expected to help wipe down door handles, desktops, lab benches, etc.

Sanitizer & Disinfectant Guidelines

Hand hygiene is an important part of slowing and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

  • Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is effective and a first-choice option.
  • Where washing with soap and water for 20 seconds is not possible, the CDC recommends the use of alcohol-based hand rubs, containing greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol. 
  • You are welcome to bring your own sanitizers to campus to supplement what is being provided.
  • Do NOT use sanitizers containing methanol (wood alcohol) because methanol can be toxic when absorbed through the skin. Some examples of sanitizers containing methanol include:
    • Eskbiochem products
    • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer
    • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizers
    • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer
    • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer
    • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer

Sanitizers produced and/or provided by Pacific do not contain methanol.

Disinfecting hard surfaces regularly is an important part of slowing and preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Surfaces that are touched frequently or are touched by more than one person should be wiped with disinfectant or sanitizer regularly.
  • There are many effective disinfectants available. The CDC recommends the use of EPA registered disinfectants to prevent the spread of COVID19.
  • If you bring disinfectant to campus in to supplement what is being provided, always read and follow the instructions on the label of the cleaning product. Use no more than the amount recommended on the label.
  • You should never eat, drink, breathe or inject these products into your body or apply directly to your skin as they can cause serious harm.
  • Do not mix cleaning/disinfecting products. Bleach and ammonia are common ingredients of household cleaning products and should never be mixed. Mixing or combining cleaning products can result in fumes that cause serious harm and illness. If you have questions about your cleaning product, please contact Facilities.