See 5n for recommendations requiring cleaning and disinfecting blood-contaminated surfaces. Category II. 23, 47, 48, 51, 214, 378, 379, 382, 416, 1012 h. Detergent and water are adequate for cleaning surfaces in nonpatient-care areas (e.g., administrative offices). Category II. 23 i. Do not use high-level disinfectants/liquid chemical sterilants for disinfection of non-critical surfaces. Category IB. 23, 69, 318 j. Wet-dust horizontal surfaces regularly (e.g., daily, three times per week) using clean cloths moistened with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant (or detergent). Prepare the disinfectant (or detergent) as recommended by the manufacturer. Category II. 68, 378, 380, 402, 403, 1008 k. Disinfect noncritical surfaces with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant according to the label’s safety precautions and use directions. Most EPA-registered hospital disinfectants have a label contact time of 10 minutes. However, many scientific studies have demonstrated the efficacy of hospital disinfectants against pathogens with a contact time of at least 1 minute.
By law, the user must follow all applicable label instructions on EPA-registered products. If the user selects exposure conditions that differ from those on the EPA-registered product label, the user assumes liability for any injuries resulting from off-label use and is potentially subject to enforcement action under FIFRA. Category II, IC. 17, 47, 48, 50, 51, 53-57, 59, 60, 62-64, 355, 378, 382 l. Do not use disinfectants to clean infant bassinets and incubators while these items are occupied. If disinfectants (e.g., phenolics) are used for the terminal cleaning of infant bassinets and incubators, thoroughly rinse the surfaces of these items with water and dry them before these items are reused. Category IB. 17, 739, 740 m.