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Disinfecting Products

Increased use of disinfection products as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic led the State of Massachusetts and the University of Massachusetts Lowell to undertake a review of available information concerning more sustainable products that are effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, to support buyers in selecting the safest effective products.

They identified disinfectant products that may be safely used in schools, specifically products that: 1) do not contain toxic ingredients; 2) do not create safety hazards when stored in large volumes; 3) have shorter dwell times; and 4) do not require PPE or other specialized safety equipment. For information about safer disinfectants that are effective against SARS-CoV-2, and safer for workers and building occupants, see the TURI list of safer disinfecting products.

Note: It is important to use disinfectants only when necessary. 

Proposed procurement goals and metrics: 
Case studies: 
  • Portland, OR’s Healthy Purchasing Initiative requests “chemical ingredient hazard disclosure of goods and materials purchased by the City including but not limited to: cleaning supplies, office supplies, building products and materials, infrastructure materials.” RPN