Cleaning Practices During COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

What does Bee Clean, our custodial contractor clean and what is the responsibility of VIU employees?

Bee Clean cares for the overall general cleaning of campus buildings, including all common spaces such as entranceways, hallways, classrooms and washrooms. This would include a once-daily deep cleaning in the evening and twice daily touch-point cleaning. Touch point cleaning includes light switches, elevator buttons, door handles, etc. Most general cleaning is done five days a week with office spaces cleaned twice a week and includes vacuuming, touch points and garbage removal. VIU employees are responsible for the cleaning of office desk spaces, computer equipment, etc.

 

What disinfectants should individuals and departments be using that are effective against COVID-19?

The current disinfectant that BeeClean uses at VIU is Avmor Basix Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner (DIN#02369281). Avmor's Basix Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner is a no-rinse concentrated quaternary disinfectant formulated to effectively kill a broad range of micro-organisms. Use wherever superior hygiene is required, including: schools, hospitals, nursing homes, offices, restrooms, food service establishments and food processing plants.

 

What is BeeClean’s standard cleaning practice at VIU during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Since March 11, 2020, BeeClean has added additional staff (day porters) to assist in twice a day touch point cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces in areas currently occupied. Occupied spaces are also thoroughly cleaned five times a week in the evenings.

 

What areas on campus are receiving increased sanitization services?

Occupied common areas are the primary concern, especially high-traffic touch points that are cleaned twice daily, including door handles, light switches, etc. If a suspected case of COVID-19 is reported, BeeClean can perform additional touch point cleaning upon request. Upon requesting the service to be performed, we can develop an emergency work order to perform disinfecting of all touch points in the facility. If the situation arises that these types of cleans become re-occurring, BeeClean could deploy new technology called an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer. This applies a light mist with little to no dry time to all touch surfaces.

 

Where can departments get cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE)?

Cleaning supplies such as sanitizing wipes are available to order. Personal protective equipment including disposable gloves (small and medium size still available) and non-medical face masks are also available. Small quantities of these supplies are being offered to help accommodate individual office spaces. Please complete a work order, including details such as quantity and cost centre. For larger quantities, please contact VIU's Procurement and Contract Services for more information.

Small quantities defined:

  • 1 - Box of masks (50/box)
  • 5 - Boxes of Sanitizing Wipes (50 wipes/box)
  • 2 - 500ml Hand Sanitizer with Pump
  • 2 - Boxes of Gloves (small, medium, large, x-large) (50 pairs/box)

 

Should our bus drivers be wiping down a VIU fleet vehicle after use in addition to removing garbage and other items? What protective gear (gloves, etc.) should they be using? What product should they be using? Will facilities be supplying the supplies for this?

The bus drivers are required to clean the bus before and after each use. This includes wiping down all high-touch surfaces, removing garbage, and cleaning spills and floors. Protective gear would include gloves. Disinfectant cleaners such as Avmor Basix Disinfectant cleaner should be used on surfaces that are frequently touched by individuals using the bus and will be provided by facilities.



What protocols are in place for washroom use?

Washrooms are being treated the same as all common spaces on campus. 2 meter physical distancing decals are installed to remind staff and students to be aware of physical distancing protocols that are in place within that space.

If you enter the washroom and proper distancing cannot be maintained the best course of action is to leave the space and wait for people to leave before you re-enter. This simplistic but effective approach was created by Facilities Services with the assistance and approval of Health and Safety and WorkSafeBC and is used throughout the campus in numerous commonly used areas such as break rooms, photo-copier rooms and offices.

Updated: October 2020