Schools Reacting to Ebola Should Take Steps to Protect Cleaning Staffs

    View Authors October 2014

    Recent news that a woman with Ebola traveled to Ohio has led many Ohio schools to close out of an abundance of caution to clean entire buildings, classrooms or school buses. Although these steps promote the health and safety of students and staff, it is important for schools to have protocols in place to specifically protect the employees tasked with doing the cleaning.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees workplace safety issues across the country. Although schools are not bound by OSHA regulations, it is good practice to follow the agency’s procedures and be able to assure employees and the government that all cleaning was done in accordance with OSHA guidance.