The UGA Preventative Measures Advisory Board has produced guidelines specifically about ensuring proper hygiene for microscopes, which may be followed for any instrument that includes eye-pieces. After making sure the instrument is turned off, PMAB recommends applying disinfecting solution (at least 70% isopropyl or ethyl alcohol only) to lens paper—do NOT apply directly to the instrument—and wiping down its components, paying particular attention to common touch points such as eye-pieces, focus knobs or stage controllers.
Frequently Asked Questions about Facilities and Cleaning
There is not sufficient time between classes for FMD staff to disinfect every classroom effectively between classes. However, all classrooms will be thoroughly disinfected daily.
In addition, disposable disinfectant wipes are being placed at central locations in campus buildings so that commonly used hard surfaces and objects (e.g., desktops, classroom chairs, study tables, doorknobs, etc.) can be wiped down before use. These wipe stations offer an opportunity for immediate cleaning/disinfection between custodial routine cleaning of campus spaces, including classrooms, as a student or faculty member can obtain a wipe as they enter and wipe down their immediate touch surfaces.
The stations will typically be positioned outside the classrooms so that they can be readily available to students and faculty. In addition, they will be routinely checked and refilled to maintain availability.
The active ingredient in these wipes, which is approved by the CDC and EPA, provides campus stakeholders a mild form of chemical disinfection that is comparable to Clorox and Lysol household disinfecting wipes (but without chlorine bleach) and is effective against a broad spectrum of viruses and bacteria. More information about these stations and the disinfectant is available on the FMD website.
Departments are responsible for determining if a traffic flow plan is appropriate for the common areas of their building(s). For buildings used by more than one department, the departments should coordinate on this decision and any plans determined to be necessary. Building occupants have the best knowledge of building usage patterns and are in the best position to develop and implement workable measures that encourage social distancing throughout the day. While there are no printed best practice guidelines currently available to share with department heads for developing and implementing traffic flow plans in their buildings, the Preventative Measures Advisory Board (PMAB) is available for consultation as the decision-making and planning processes move forward. The PMAB is available for consultation by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the PMAB Help Desk through this link PMAB Help Desk Request.