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Device Sanitizing Guidelines for Mobile Computers, Tablets, Scanners and Printers

Proper Cleaning & Disinfection Protects Your Workers and Your Devices

It is always important to have device cleaning protocols in place, but with the current COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more essential.

Inovity and our technology partners, along with the CDC, recommend you enact a device sanitizing policy using individual OEM guidelines for your specific devices.  Why?

There is No “One Size Fits All” Method for Proper Device Cleaning

Cleaning protocols for hardware vary by manufacturer and device type, including methods and acceptable cleaning agents to use.  Some standard chemicals can damage the housings or connectors of both industrial AND healthcare-specific devices.

Device Sanitizing Links

For specific instructions, follow your device manufacturers’ guidelines at the links below.  Each will provide step-by-step instructions and confirm which cleaning agents are safe to use, including the purity or formulation levels for each ingredient.  They will also indicate which cleaning agents should never be used and offer precautions and best practices for handling the device during cleaning processes.

Please follow all manufacturers’ recommended guidance before sanitizing your devices. You can always contact Inovity’s support team if you have questions.

What About Healthcare Devices?

Some healthcare-specific devices can be cleaned with solutions containing bleach or other chemicals that can damage non-healthcare devices.  Follow your manufacturers’ guidelines at the links above for your specific device.

Should You Use Healthcare Devices in Non-Healthcare Environments?

Many are wondering if antimicrobial barcode scanners are beneficial in preventing the spread of contagions from user to user, and if they should be used in other industries, such as manufacturing or warehousing/distribution.  Read the important Q&A discussion on this topic from Zebra’s scanner experts.

Some have heard that healthcare scanners offer more protection against the spread of pathogens and that some even have special antimicrobial additives in their plastic components that can kill any microorganisms that might make their way onto the devices, or at least stop their growth.

Although healthcare scanners do offer more protection against the spread of pathogens, it is vital to understand that while antimicrobial additives can prevent the growth of microbes on the surface of the scanner itself, that does not mean that the scanner is automatically “clean” all the time.

Manufacturers or retailers should not create a false sense of security among their workforce about the cleanliness of scanners.  In addition, non-healthcare industries should select the best scanner for their specific application.  In many cases, general-purpose or industrial scanners have longer scan range than healthcare scanners, along with multi-shift battery life.  Conversely, healthcare scanners can scan higher-density barcodes often found on medication, which is not necessary in manufacturing or warehouse environments.

Read more from Zebra in order to make informed decisions for your organization, and be sure to enact a cleaning and sanitizing protocol for all of your scanning, mobile computing and printing devices.

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