Facilities Department Excels in Sanitizing Buildings

Cleaning staffAlachua County Facilities Management Director Charlie Jackson recently published an article on the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) website highlighting the County Facilities Department’s extensive efforts to keep County public buildings sanitized and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full article here.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the Facilities Department has installed a new enhanced cleaning and training regimen for County staff, providing special training to employees while also stocking new cleaning and disinfecting supplies and equipment with an emphasis on targeting COVID-19 and other infectious viruses. The steps have been designed with the goal of protecting the health and safety of both the public and County employees.

Here are some highlights from the article:

According to Alachua County Facilities Management Director Charlie Jackson, the County “moved quickly to provide essential workers with the necessary training to sanitize, disinfect, and sterilize public buildings. We launched this campaign as an effort to break the COVID-19 chain. The Facilities Department needed to get employees trained in this area so they would know how to properly clean during this pandemic period, while also returning home safe.”

The new training has included reaching out to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) for assistance.  Employees have been enrolled in the Kimberly-Clark Scholarship Program which provides COVID-19 training to organizations, and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Fundamentals Online Course: Cleaning & Disinfection Principles.

“By receiving this training, our county employees demonstrated they have been properly trained to GBAC standards and have the planning, knowledge, and processes needed to respond to a biohazard crisis”, Jackson said.

County Facilities next steps include installing counter shields in offices, continuing to deliver hand sanitizing products to each County department, and installing refillable stand-up hand sanitizers in high traffic areas throughout Alachua County buildings.

For more information, contact Charlie Jackson at 352-374-5229 or crjackson@alachuacounty.us.

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