Speaker 1: Hello, Budd Group team. This safety training topic’s going to be a little bit different. This month, we’re going to be talking about the essential job functions that our folks are doing day in and day out and how to perform them well, efficiently, and how to do them safely.
For the first one, I have our subject matter expert here, Tan, who is going to show us how to safely and effectively clean a toilet stall. Tan, first question for you. What do we need to get this job done?
Tan: Well, first, you will need to have your safety goggles on, which I have on, you will need to have gloves. You want to have on all of your PPE.
Speaker 1: That’s right. PPE.
Speaker 1: Good first step. All right, what’s next?
Tan: Next, you want to have your toilet brush, which I have here.
Speaker 1: Perfect.
Tan: The second step, which would be a disinfectant.
Speaker 1: Okay. Can we use anything or does that have to be a disinfectant?
Tan: It has to be a disinfectant that is in your SDS book.
Speaker 1: Okay, very good. If I’m not wrong, I think it’s important we use a couple of different types of disinfectants here. It’s really important to know which disinfectant you’re using and to make sure that you know what the dwell time is. Otherwise, you may not be killing things that you’re supposed to be killing if you don’t leave it on there long enough.
Speaker 1: Very good. All right. Anything else?
Tan: Next, you would need your rag cloth, which we use restrooms.
Speaker 1: A red one. Does the color matter?
Tan: Yes, the color matters. Here at the Budd Group, we have five different types of cleaning cloths and using the right ones is super important. The red cloth is for sanitary appliances like toilets, urinals, and bathroom stalls. The yellow cloth is for general cleaning like sinks, hand dryers, and countertops. The green cloth is for cleaning and food prep areas and break rooms. The blue cloth is for glass surfaces like mirrors and windows. We also use a smooth light blue cloth for polishing. If we don’t keep these cloths separate and use them correctly, we could be spreading bathroom germs all over the place, even a surface someone could be eating on.
Speaker 1: All right, so we’ve got the tools we need, we know what we need to do the job, so I guess it’s time to get into it.
Speaker 1: But I got to be honest, now that we’ve actually made it to the stall, it really does not look that dirty. Are you sure we need to waste our time cleaning it?
Tan: Yes. Cut the light and I will show you why.
Speaker 1: All right.
Tan: As you can see, we have a lot more work to be done.
Speaker 1: Yeah. It looks like the bowl is clean, but the area around the toilet is still quite dirty.
Tan: Still needs to be sanitized, yes.
Speaker 1: All right, so if we still need to clean it, I guess the next thing is why don’t you show me how to do it? Walk us through it. What do we need to do?
Tan: Okay. First thing you need to do is have your disinfectant cleaner-
Speaker 1: Okay.
Tan: … which would be your Virex.
Speaker 1: All right.
Tan: In order for this to disinfect any bathroom areas, you’re going to have to spray the complete toilet, urinals, handles, and everything, and you it to be on dwell time for 10 minutes.
Speaker 1: Okay, 10 minutes. It’s got to be on there for 10 minutes in order to kill all the germs that it’s supposed to kill.
Tan: Yes. That’s correct.
Speaker 1: All right, and I noticed when you did it, you really soaked it. I guess it’s important to make sure that that thing is visibly wet when you’re spraying it down.
Tan: Yes, it’s correct. Because if you don’t have all your surfaces and your high contact surfaces sanitized, it will not work and it will not disinfect the areas. Your bathroom will not be clean if you do not have the dwell time-
Speaker 1: All right, I guess let’s spray down some other areas and wait on that for 10 minutes out.
Tan: All right, here we go. We’re going to spray down your walls. You can do your toilet holders, your handles, your stalls. You can spray down your stall doors. All these areas that I’m spraying are high contact areas. We mean that everyone touches all of these areas.
Speaker 1: All right.
Tan: You want to make sure you get everything in order to properly disinfect and clean your restroom.
Speaker 1: All right, let’s wait.
All right, so we’ve waited our 10 minutes. What’s next?
Tan: What’s next is you would come over to your toilet bowl with your toilet brush and you want to make sure you’re going around in circles. You want to hit all the areas. You want to clean the toilet on the inside first with your toilet bowl. You do not want to take your toilet bowl brush on the outside of your toilet because it will spread germs. After you put your toilet bowl brush up, you will get your red cloth and then I would wipe down all the areas from top to bottom all the way to the sides that I sprayed down with the Virex cleaner. You get your handles around the sides, the front, in the back until your area’s done. Wipe down all your other areas to make sure that you clean your complete toilet.
Speaker 1: All right, so you have wiped down the toilet and kind of the area around it. Is that it? Are we done?
Tan: No, we’re not done yet. We need to clean all the other high contacts areas in the bathroom. We need to disinfect them as well with the Virex.
Speaker 1: All right. What some of those?
Tan: Some of the surfaces that we do want to make sure we disinfect are the toilet seat, under the toilet bowl, the flush valve, the sanitary box, the stall handle, the stalls around the toilet, the faucet handle, the door handle, and any other places someone might touch after using the restroom.
Speaker 1: Well, Tan, it’s clear that you’re a pro, so thank you so much for taking the time to do this.
Tan: You’re very welcome.
Speaker 1: Budd Group team, we have a nice 10-step document that’s going to show you exactly how to do everything that Tan talked about in 10 steps and make sure that you’re cleaning the bathroom safely and effectively. If you need that sheet, you should be able to get ahold of it from your managers. All right, onto the next task.
Bathroom cleaning safety tips. First, make sure you have your appropriate PPE, including gloves and safety goggles. Next, gather all of your materials, including your toilet brush, a disinfectant, and the red colored cleaning microfiber cloth. Then spray all of the high contact areas with the disinfectant spray. Be sure to leave at dwell time of at least 10 minutes. After the disinfectant has soaked, use the toilet brush to clean in the bowl. Make sure you don’t use the brush outside of the toilet. Then use the red cloth to wipe down the rest of the high contact areas that were sprayed.
If you have questions, refer to the 10-step cleaning manual that your manager has.
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