HUD Multifamily/CDC May 4 Webinar on Cleaning and Disinfecting

Regulation | May 04, 2020 | by Linda Couch

On Monday, May 4, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing and the CDC hosted a webinar on cleaning and disinfecting to protect individuals residing in HUD-assisted multifamily properties.

On Monday, May 4, HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing and the CDC jointly hosted a webinar on cleaning and disinfecting to protect individuals residing in HUD-assisted multifamily properties.

On the webinar, a representative from HUD’s Multifamily Housing in conjunction with representatives from the CDC and Washington State Department of Health, delivered presentations on their interim guidance on facility cleaning when a person with coronavirus infection is present or suspected.

The webinar highlighted CDC recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of facilities where persons possibly infected, or those with confirmed COVID‐19 reside, or may be in self‐isolation. The webinar is aimed at limiting the survival of the virus in the environment. These guidelines are focused on common areas in multifamily housing settings and are meant for the property managers and maintenance staff who service buildings where the COVID‐19 disease may be present.

To limit the spread of the virus, the webinar recommended using the following two strategies:

  • Distancing - continuing to keep people six feet apart, and to utilize face coverings where appropriate; personel on the webinar also encouraged visitors in mutlifamily housing to wear masks
  • Disinfecting - not just cleaning (removing germs), but disinfecting (killing germs) using both efficient and effective disinfection protocols. Efficient disinfections mean addressing frequently-touched surfaces, like doorknobs and light switches, more often, as opposed to disinfecting everything, including floors and walls, less frequently. Effective disinfection means following product labels for application times, dilution proportions, and handling safety.

The webinar included several handouts; for more information on cleaning and disinfection, visit the CDC webpage on cleaning protocols for reopening. The webinar organizers will be making a recording available shortly.