Washing Your Hands is Important, but So is Cleaning the Devices that Your Hands Touch All Day Long

    Thorough disinfection of mobile computers, tablets, barcode printers, barcode scanners and other devices is critical to infection control in workplaces and public spaces. There is a right and wrong way to do it.

    With the continuously evolving situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus, there are a lot of questions about how Zebra products should be cleaned in order to best protect the front-line workers using them in hospitals, warehouses, stores, routes, and more. These inquiries span across the entire portfolio of mobile computers, scanners and printers that we offer … and come from every industry we service today.

    Cleaning devices that are going to be used by multiple workers across shifts is a key requirement that needs to be considered in providing clear guidance on how you can most effectively clean and disinfect these devices.

    The most important thing to consider when looking to deploy a cleaning protocol for your Zebra products is that our guidance on how to clean a device, and what to clean with, is different for each device … there is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

    Detailed guidelines on how to specifically disinfect each Zebra scanner, printer and mobile computer model can be found using this tool.

    Here you will find step-by-step instructions on how to thoroughly disinfect the casing, buttons, screen (if applicable) and more. You’ll also be able to confirm which cleaning agents are safe to use, including the purity or formulation levels for each ingredient, as well as the cleaning agents that should never be used. Precautions and best practices for handling the device during cleaning processes will also be detailed, so please read the provided guidance before cleaning your devices. You can always contact BCCD’s SupportLine if you have questions.

    Zebra Technologies also has a whitepaper “Best Practices for Infection Prevention” which was written by Darrel Hicks, a nationally recognized expert in infection control. While this paper was written for the healthcare industry, the recommendations here provide a solid foundation for companies in all industries when taking additional precautions to protect the health of staff and customers.

    BCC Distribution and Zebra recommends that you enact a device cleaning policy for your company as soon as possible using original equipment manufacturer (OEM) guidelines. This will help to ensure that employees are properly disinfecting mobile devices, scanners, printers and more on a routine basis. It will also help to re-assure your employees that you are doing everything you can to prevent shared technology tools from becoming a potential source of virus transmission.

    Clean hands + clean devices = good start to an effective infection control strategy.

    Zebra’s Disinfect Devices Flyer

    Disinfect your Zebra devices to control infection and help prevent spread of viruses. Disinfect and clean often with specific instructions and approved cleaning agents.

    Click here for Zebra’s Disinfect Devices flyer.

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