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Desk Cleaning Etiquette

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Desk Cleaning Etiquette

Each individual has a part to play in stopping the spread of infection.  For those returning to their desks or workstations, we have provided some strategies for you to follow to keep yourself and everyone else safe.  

Own Desk/Workstation

  • Following your business cleaning policy, clean and disinfect your workstation before starting work with *disinfectant or disinfectant wipes*, including:
    • your work phone
    • cell phone
    • keyboard
    • mouse
    • Desk surface and edges
    • all frequently touched high flow traffic areas (e.g. door handles, filing cabinet handles, back of chair and light switches).
  • Keep desk clear of items as much as possible to aid cleaning and disinfecting
  • Ensure minimum 1 metre distancing, and avoid desks facing each other. Use solid barriers/screens between desks if needed.

Hot desks

  • Avoid use if possible. Work from home or provide your own laptop, mouse and keyboard at work to reduce the risk further.
  • Ensure a minimum 1 m distancing, avoid desks facing each other. Use solid barriers/screens between desks if needed
  • User to clean and disinfect workstation thoroughly after use
  • Have laminated workstation cleaning and disinfecting procedure stuck to wall/desk
  • Have laminated “workstation cleaned” sign to be placed on keyboard or screen after cleaning

General principles for all desks

  • It is important to wash and dry hands before eating or handling food, after using the toilet, after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose.
  • Please do not eat at your desk, the potential for cross-contamination is high as germs from the washroom are spread by contaminated hands and transferred to desks, office equipment and food.
  • Have a stock of disinfectant wipes or hand sanitiser and regularly use through the day
  • Remove all your personal items and cups/glasses when leaving the desk for the day.
  • Avoid printing items as paper provides opportunity for transmission
  • Clean and disinfect your workstation before finishing work, following the same procedure as the start of the day.

* Please see our Fact sheet in our News section on recommended disinfectants 

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