On May 13, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published the guide, “GD 4-2020 COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance for Electrical Equipment,” to help people in the electrical industry safely disinfect electrical equipment.
NEMA represents almost 325 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers serving the building systems, building infrastructure, lighting systems, industrial products and systems, utility products and systems, transportation systems and medical imaging markets.
“Managing the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus requires proper cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, so members of the NEMA have developed specific guidance to answer common questions for how to maintain cleanliness while preserving the functionality and integrity of electrical equipment,” NEMA said in a press release.
“Disinfectant solutions and solvents can harm electrical equipment and components, causing severe damage that can result in outages and potential physical injuries,” said Steve Sacco, vice president of safety and environment for Schneider Electric. “When cleaning and disinfecting electrical equipment and components, we recommend following the manufacturer’s instructions.”
Sacco added in the press release that customers with specific questions should contact the manufacturer for guidance. “While performing routine maintenance or operating the equipment, we recommend taking all possible steps to avoid contamination by following CDC recommendations on thorough hand washing and the use of personal protective equipment, including face coverings,” Sacco said.
“The first consideration is worker safety, so following documented safety procedures is essential,” said Kevin J. Cosgriff, NEMA president and CEO. “In most cases, the original manufacturer is the best source of authoritative information regarding products made by them.”
Cosgriff also encouraged interested parties to visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International website for additional information.
The NEMA website also has additional information related to COVID-19.