One potential positive to take away from the coronavirus outbreak has been the way in which coaches have prioritized sports hygiene by adopting protocol for all athletes to follow at home, in the locker room and on the field. In order to combat the spread of the virus this fall, set up a daily locker room sanitation plan.
Clean surfaces with soap and water.
Wear reusable or disposable gloves for routine cleaning and disinfection. Clean surfaces with soap and water before disinfectant to reduce the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Global Cleanliness Council is requiring the use of “hospital-grade” disinfectants in public spaces and guest rooms. Use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing between 70 and 75 percent alcohol. For a list of products that fit this description, visit www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19
Also check out the EPA’s six steps for safe and effective disinfectant use. www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/six-steps-safe-effective-disinfectant-use
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
Set up hand sanitizing stations.
One of the best ways to keep the virus out of locker rooms is preventing it from spreading. That means making hand-washing easily accessible for players. Keeping gloves at the sanitizing station is also a good preventative measure. Remind players to clean hands after blowing one’s nose, coughing, sneezing, and using the restroom. Restrict food from the locker rooms.
Source: Dr. Bruce Sherman, inventor of GymValet
Do the laundry after each practice.
Launder items in the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely. Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from a person who is sick. Do not shake dirty laundry. Clean and disinfect clothes hampers. Remove gloves and wash hands right away after handling laundry.
Source: Alliance Laundry Systems
Consider a disinfecting robot or misting service.
Consider using electrostatic sprayers and testing ultraviolet-light technology on locker room items. Robots can deliver up to 4,300 times more germicidal UV pathogen killing intensity than UV-C mercury vapor and can disinfect an entire locker room room in as little as 20 minutes. A new, promising technology in this industry is the application of EPA-approved disinfectants utilizing electrostatic application systems for proper surface disinfection. Electrostatics is a proven technology in the agricultural and automotive industries.
Source: LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots
Tips from a Clear Gear Spray Rep
Clear Gear has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces. Clear Gear Spray is perfect for a coach’s daily sanitation routine because the spray eliminates odors and kills harmful bacteria.
Clear Gear representative Margaret Mason offered these tips for a daily sanitation plan.
- Anything worn or sweated in should be disinfected after each use and allowed to dry.
- High touch areas in a facility should be disinfected daily.
- Facilities should be disinfected weekly.
Why is it so important to disinfect equipment – particularly given all that is going on in the world?
“Sweat, bodily contact between athletes, open wounds, and shared environments (weight room, door knobs, etc.) all contribute to germ proliferation. Infection control is like a spider web. It must be attacked and managed at multiple entry points to truly keep athletes safe.”