Workplaces shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.

Work Surfaces

Work surfaces shall be cleaned and decontaminated with an appropriate disinfectant immediately or as soon as feasible when:

  • A surface becomes, or may have become, contaminated;
  • There is a spill of blood or OPIM; or
  • Work procedures are completed.

Waste Receptacles

All bins, pails, cans, and similar receptacles intended for reuse which have a reasonable likelihood for becoming contaminated with blood or OPIM shall be inspected and decontaminated on a regularly scheduled basis and cleaned and decontaminated immediately or as soon as feasible upon visible contamination.


Protective coverings, such as plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or imperviouslybacked absorbent paper used to cover equipment and environmental surfaces shall be removed and replaced as soon as feasible when they become overtly contaminated, or at the end of the workday if they may have become contaminated.

Methods and Schedules

Each PI/Supervisor shall determine and implement methods and schedules for cleaning and decontamination that are appropriate for the:

  • Workplace location;
  • Types of surfaces and equipment to be cleaned;
  • Contamination present; and
  • Tasks or procedures performed in the workplace.

Resources available for determining the appropriate decontamination methods include:

The PI/Supervisor shall document the workplace cleaning schedule in the Local ECP.