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    Swine Flu?? Can IT staff Clean all keyboards at end of day???

    OMG.........


    I have just been asked if i can clean all 180 laptop keyboards and 150 pc keyboards and mice at the end of the day to disinfect them, every day. So as not to spread any possibility of swine flu.............. that is 5.5 hours if it took 1 min per keyboard, oh and i have to do my job as well...........


    I thought she was joking.............. but she is not!!!

    Any one know of a spray so i can get the teachers to do it or a company that would do it for us.

    Or even an idea of how to get out of it .............

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    Tell them to s0d 0ff. Hysteria is all it is.

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    ohhhMG. you r poor

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    And what protection are they providing you with to carry out this task?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan-d View Post
    And what protection are they providing you with to carry out this task?
    Good point!

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    Just say you did it remotely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom_ View Post
    Just say you did it remotely?
    LOL & ROFL - good one!

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    If someone in your school has got it then cleaning the keyboards ain't going to make any difference at all.

    Ben

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    Not that it will mkake any difference. The influenza virus can only survive for about 3-4 hours outside of the human body, so there won't be any virus left on the keyboards after being left overnight anyway. More effective would be cleaning the keyboards and mice between different groups of students using them.

    What I would do is bulk buy in some disinfectant wipes, and the students could be responsible for wiping their own keyboard and mouse when they have finished using the laptop - I can't see any other workable solution and it is what I will propose here should it be deamed necessary in the coming weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rama1712 View Post
    OMG.........


    I have just been asked if i can clean all 180 laptop keyboards and 150 pc keyboards and mice at the end of the day to disinfect them, every day. So as not to spread any possibility of swine flu.............. that is 5.5 hours if it took 1 min per keyboard, oh and i have to do my job as well...........


    I thought she was joking.............. but she is not!!!

    Any one know of a spray so i can get the teachers to do it or a company that would do it for us.

    Or even an idea of how to get out of it .............
    Be quicker to get the students and staff to clean their hands with Alcohol Hand Gel like they have in hospitals.

    Taking the urine if you ask me.

    Seriously, do a clean tonight, and then make sure there are gel dispensers outside all the ICT Rooms / Laptop trolley.

    Job done.

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    Q: How long does the flu virus survive on surfaces?

    A: The flu virus survives for roughly 24 hours on hard surfaces, two hours on soft surfaces.

    From Sky news. Is a keyboard a hard or soft surface? I'd say hard.

    Ben

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    Im not going to repeat what the other techie said when i told him

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    You should insist on a full bio-hazard suit before continuing your job, as keyboards are clearly such a hazard to health.

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    Ask for a risk assessment. Then ask for flu jabs, hep jabs, training, hasmat report on the cleaning materials in relation to being used on electrical equipment, Gloves, overalls, masks ect.

    if that does not work, I'm sure cleaning those keyboards would likely result in premature failure of said keyboards from liberal application of cleaning fluid

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    In addition to the above posts, say that such a task should fall to the cleaners - if they really want everything to be cleaned. They'll have all the disinfectant and cleaning products in their cupboards, and should be trained to do it. We don't have any such cleaning materials in our department, save for your standard screen-wipes to remove fingerprints/dust, and we certainly don't go around cleaning keyboards and monitors. Infact our cleaners actually do that.

    That would make the most sense to me.

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