COVID Disinfection Guidelines for Researchers

Disinfection Procedures/Guidelines for Researchers

Regular decontamination of all highly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, shared tools, car door handles, etc is recommended.  When using an EPA-registered disinfectant, follow the label directions for safe, effective use. Make sure to follow the contact time, which is the amount of time the surface should be visibly wet

Currently wipes may be obtained by Essential Researchers by reaching out to EHS and Facilities . Some researchers may choose to generate their own decontaminant. All decontaminants must meet the CDC criteria for COVID-19.   The Enviornmental Health and Safety Office  has prepared  a summary of the  common disinfectants available to members of the University and the respective contact times.

Please Note: If generating your own bleach solutions, these solutions must be made fresh daily.


EPA ID Number
Contact Time
Oxivir™ HC Wipes 70627-80 1 minute
Ethanol Solution (70%) Multiple products 5 minutes
Sodium hypochlorite (Bleach), freshly prepared 10 % solution/ 5000 ppm Multiple products Between 1 and 10 minutes depending on the brand and product.  Most Clorox is 10 minutes.
Virex™ II / 256 70627-24 10 minutes
Clorox Multi Surface Cleaner + Bleach 5813-105 1 minute
Lysol® Disinfectant Spray 777-99 2 minutes
Lysol® Brand All Purpose Cleaner 777-66 2 minutes
Lysol Brand Clean & Fresh Multi-surface Cleaner 777-89 3 minutes
Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Wipes 67619-12 3 minutes
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes 5813-79 4 minutes
Clorox Healthcare® VersaSure® Wipes 67619-37 5 minutes
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes 777-114

10 minutes

Legacy Everwipe 1839-190 10 minutes

List N includes EPA registered disinfectants approved for Sars-CoV-2 virus.  EPA does not endorse any product.   List N is updated frequently and may be accessed here: