Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection

Part of the Safe Practice: The New Normal Course Bundle

30-minute online ECPD course for Dental Professionals

PLEASE NOTE: Our COVID-19 courses are regularly being updated. Latest update: 28 April 2021. 

There are extremely robust infection control and cleaning procedures for dealing with BBVs but much less robust procedures for air-borne viruses and respiratory viruses that are spread through contact with contaminated surfaces.

Additions to standard infection control and environmental cleaning procedures are therefore considered necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic and possibly beyond.

The aim of this course is to provide up to date guidance on environmental cleaning and disinfection of dental practices in the context of COVID-19.

This course is intended for all members of the practice team, and also for cleaners and external cleaning contractors to ensure that environmental cleaning and disinfection is carried out in a safe and effective manner during the outbreak of COVID-19.

The aim of this course is to provide up to date guidance on the environmental cleaning and disinfection of dental practices in the context of COVID-19.

You will learn:

  • Correct procedures for cleaning and disinfecting general and clinical areas.
  • Correct equipment for cleaning and disinfection.
  • Correct Personal Protective Equipment procedures for cleaning.
  • Cleaning and fallow times.
  • How to clean correctly after the last patient of the day.


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    Course Curriculum

    • Introduction – Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
      30 minutes
    • COVID-19 Updates
      5 minutes
    • Reducing transmission
      5 minutes
    • The practice environment
      5 minutes
    • General and clinical cleaning
      5 minutes
    • Transfer of microorganisms
      5 minutes
    • Risks of transmission
      5 minutes
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for cleaning
      5 minutes
    • Cleaning equipment
      5 minutes
    • Making environmental cleaning easier and more effective
      5 minutes
    • The clinical environment
      5 minutes
    • Well-organised surgeries
      5 minutes
    • Detergent for cleaning
      5 minutes
    • What does fallow time mean?
      5 minutes
    • Calculating fallow time
      5 minutes
    • Fallow time – low risk AGE
      5 minutes
    • Fallow time – high risk AGE
      5 minutes
    • Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP UK)
      5 minutes
    • Floor mopping after low-risk AGEs
      5 minutes
    • Floor mopping after high-risk AGEs
      5 minutes
    • Cleaning the surgery after the last patient of the day
      5 minutes
    • Dental Operating Microscope
      5 minutes
    • Training
      5 minutes
    • Summary – Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
      5 minutes
    • Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
      10 questions

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    Up-to-date information

    Our course material is both current and relevant; verified by leaders in the dental industry.

    Various media

    We use a combination of text, imagery, videos and presentations to help you get the most out of this course.

    Course downloads

    This course features documents for you to download and use in your dental practice.

    Post-course feedback

    Upon completion of the course you are required to complete a short feedback survey.

    Frequently asked Questions

    When does the course start and finish?

    The course begins when you are ready. Although the course duration is 30 minutes, you can work at your own pace, and your progress is saved automatically.

    How long do I have access to the course?

    After registering for the course, you have 365 days to access the course.

    Does the course have a test?

    Yes. There is a short assessment at the end of the course. You must achieve 80% or more to pass the course. If you do not pass, you have the opportunity to review the content and re-take the assessment when you are ready.

    Does the course offer a certificate upon completion?

    Yes. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a personalised certificate. This is saved to your personal dashboard. You can download and print this certificate when you require it. In addition, you are also credited with a digital badge that will feature in your personal dashboard.

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