Blue Duck COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Scooters Protocol

Task: Cleaning and Disinfecting Scooters

Purpose: Providing a safe and sanitary scooter for our riders to utilize in response to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Description: Providing the safest and cleanest scooter possible is a vital part of our daily operations during the current Covid-19 pandemic that is sweeping across the world. In our efforts to minimize the risk of transmission of this illness, all of our units are cleaned a minimum of 2 times a day with the CDC recommended Bleach-Water mixture. Units that are returned to the warehouse for any reason are cleaned with the same bleach-water mixture with a pressure washer. Our operations staff that handle these scooters are also instructed to wear sterile latex gloves, a face mask, and clear safety glasses to ensure the safety of our employees.

Morning and Evening Cleaning Procedures:

  1. Before Route Operators leave the warehouse, they are equipped with multiple spray bottles with a 1/3rd cup bleach to 1 gallon of water mixture. They are also equipped with multiple rolls of paper towels to dry the unit after spraying, multiple sets of disposable latex gloves, face masks and safety glasses. Route operators will also have multiple trash bags to use to dispose of the used paper towels at the end of their route.
  2. Upon arriving at a unit that is already deployed on the street, Route Operators spray each unit down completely from top to bottom with the bleach solution.The solution is allowed to sit on the unit until all units at that location have been sprayed, giving ample time for the bleach solution to work.
  3. Once all units at that location have been sprayed down, Route Operators will dry each unit, in the same order they sprayed the scooters with bleach, with its own paper towel. This ensures that there is no chance of cross contamination.
    • Used paper towels are then disposed of in a trash bag.
  4.  Once all paper towels have been disposed of, Route Operators will then dispose of their gloves in the same trash bag and put new gloves on.This process helps to ensure that any potential viruses on the gloves are not transferred to the interior of the Route Operators vehicle or to the next group of scooters on the assigned route.
  5.  Route Operators will repeat this process for all scooters on their route until all units have been cleaned and disinfected.
  6. Once the route is completed, Route Operators will return to the warehouse and dispose of the trash bags containing the used paper towels and gloves, again wearing all safety equipment while doing so.

Cleaning of Units Returned to Warehouse Procedure:

  1. Units that are returned to the warehouse (for charging or maintenance purposes) will be dropped off in the designated cleaning area outside of the warehouse by the Route Operators.
    • Route Operators will wear disposable rubber gloves, a face mask, and safety glasses.
  2.  After the scooters have been placed in the cleaning area, Route Operators will dispose of their gloves in a trash bag and proceed to the sink to wash their hand with antibacterial soap for no less than 2 minutes.
  3. After washing their hands, Route Operators will put on a new set of gloves and set up the pressure washer in the cleaning area.
  4. Route Operators will then completely fill the pressure washers soap compartment with bleach (typically 1gallon-2gallon capacity).
  5. Each scooter will then be vigorously spray down with the bleach-water mixture from the pressure washer from top to bottom.
    • Bleach is refilled after cleaning 10 scooters to ensure that the maximum concentration of bleach is used.
  6. Once all units have been cleaned with the pressure washer, the bleach-water solution is allowed to sit on the units for no less than 2 minutes to give the bleach ample time to kill off any viruses that may be present.
  7. Once the 2 minutes have passed, each unit is dried off with its own paper towel.
    • Using one paper towel to dry each scooter instead of one to dry multiple helps prevent the risk of contamination from one scooter to the next.
  8. After the scooter is completely dry, the paper towel is then disposed of in a trash bag.
  9. After each batch of 10 units is cleaned Route Operators will dispose of their gloves in the same trash bag as the paper towels and put new gloves on.
  10. Once the clean gloves are put on, Route Operators will then place each unit in its designated area depending on what the unit needs (Charging or Maintenance).
  11. This process is repeated until all scooters returned to the warehouse have been cleaned, disinfected, and dried off.
  12. Upon completion of cleaning all scooters, Route operators will dispose of the trash bags with used towels and gloves.
  13. Once all trash has been disposed of, Route Operators will put on one last set of clean gloves and clean their safety glasses with a spray bottle containing a 1/3rd cup bleach to water solution, disposing of the paper towels and gloves once done.
  14. Once their safety glasses have been cleaned, Route Operators will go to the closest sink and wash their hands with antibacterial soap for no less than 2 minutes prior to clocking out.

COVID-19 SOP for Mixing Cleaning Solution and Backpack Sprayer Usage

Note: Each backpack sprayer holds 4 gallons of sanitizer. There are a few options for going about using this sanitizer, depending on how much is used and how large each fleet is. The solution can be broken down into mixes ranging from 1-4 gallons based on what amount is needed for your particular fleet per week.

  1. The ratio for the mPerial Detergent/Disinfectant is 2 oz. for every 1 gallon of water. This basic ratio will suffice for multiple shifts.
  2. Smaller fleets (50-100), will likely not go through 1-2 gallons a week, average fleets (100- 200) will be using up to 3 gallons, and larger fleets (200+) will be using 4 gallons of supplies per week.
  3. To fill up the backpack sprayer, remove the cover wearing gloves and a mask, and measure out 8 oz of mPerial Detergent/Disinfectant with a measuring cup and dispense into tank.
  4. After the solution has been poured into the tank, take four gallons of water, and fill up the tank to ensure the mix is properly diluted. Twist the cover back onto the top of the backpack sprayer tightly making sure that no liquid can spill out. Once it has been safely closed, shake the tank to dilute the solution and ensure that your mPerial Detergent/Disinfectant has been properly dispersed.
  5. Make sure that the lid is placed back on the mPerial Detergent/Disinfectant to prevent any spills in the warehouse. This product is odorless and colorless, it will not rub off on skin, but safety measures should still be taken to keep all employees clear of this cleaner.