Cleaning and Disinfecting for the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

ISSA and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, continue to monitor and provide updated information about the outbreak.

This information is current as of March 30, 2020

ISSA Canada is Here For You - A Message to Canadian Members


We're Here to Help

ISSA Canada, a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is here to help cleaning industry professionals understand how to properly clean and safely disinfect for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Read the latest update from ISSA on the COVID-19 outbreak and access business resources here.

Get Trained to Prevent and Respond to the Coronavirus

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ISSA expert trainers will travel to your facility to teach your immediate training needs or to provide custom on-site solutions for challenges such as:

  • Establishing cleaning and disinfection protocols for the coronavirus
  • Workloading a facility in a staffing crisis
  • Purchasing the proper tools during supply chain disruption

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Precautionary Measures

You can help prevent yourself from getting or spreading the coronavirus – and other respiratory illnesses – by following these steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use 70 per cent alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water not available.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Cleaning Industry Tip Sheets

In order to help the cleaning industry better prepare for and prevent the spread of COVID-19, The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) has designed a series of downloadable tip sheets:


Helpful Links


Latest Coronavirus News from ISSA

ISSA Media Interviews on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Patty Olinger, GBAC executive director, recently participated in nationwide radio interviews in which she discussed the coronavirus crisis. Tune into the full interview or key highlights.

EPA Releases List of Disinfectants to Use Against COVID-19

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2 , the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

“Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “There is no higher priority for the Trump Administration than protecting the health and safety of Americans. EPA is providing this important information in a public and transparent manner or disinfectant products to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Products appearing on EPA’s list registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2. It also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. Consumers using these disinfectants on an enveloped emerging virus should follow the directions for use on the product’s master label, paying close attention to the contact time for the product on the treated surface (i.e., how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface).

To view the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products, visit


EPA’s Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance was developed and finalized in 2016 to allow for a rapid response in the event of an emerging viral pathogen outbreak. It was triggered for the first time ever for SARS-CoV-2 on January 29, 2020. The guidance outlines a voluntary, pre-approval process for making emerging viral pathogens claims. In the event of an outbreak, companies with pre-approved products can make off-label claims (for example in technical literature, non-label-related web-sites, and social media) for use against the outbreak virus.