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  • Disinfect equipment
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Practice good hygiene

Maintain physical distancing and wear face masks for all hardware handling activities that require person-to-person interaction.

  • Avoid touching your face while transporting, handling or working on devices, equipment and hardware.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow and away from the equipment.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wear a face mask at all times.
  • Maintain physical distancing at all times.
  • You can wear gloves to protect devices from skin oils or to protect skin from contact with disinfectants. Note that gloves are not a substitute for hand washing.
  • Use clean, disposable gloves to handle or transfer equipment.  Wash hands prior to putting on gloves and after removing gloves.

Practice these hygiene guidelines during any of the following activities:

  • When you unpack equipment and devices received from an outside location.
  • Between uses if a device is at or near the face of hardware evaluators, study participants or demo presenters.
  • Whenever you suspect the hardware could have been exposed to respiratory droplets from anyone handling equipment.
  • Whenever recommended in the lab’s risk assessment. 
  • Before packaging and shipping equipment from one location to another.

Disinfect equipment

Disinfect all off the following items:

  • Displays, keyboards, trackpads
  • Prototype hardware and equipment used to power prototypes
  • Dev boards and test equipment
  • Released hardware and cables
  • Additional sensors or probes used to inform and evaluate Apple sensor technologies

Disinfection steps:

  • If equipment is a form factor that can be disinfected (ex. iPad, MacBook, iPhone, Pencil, Watch), complete following disinfection steps:
  • Preferred method: Use disinfectant wipes with quaternary ammonium compounds (e.g. Clorox disinfecting wipes).  If approved by EHS, you may need to use wipes that contain 70 percent or higher isopropyl alcohol (IPA).
  • If wipes are unavailable, contact EHS to obtain procedures for use of 70 percent IPA liquid.  Ensure your device or equipment can withstand exposure to alcohol.
  • Be sure to refer to the manufacturer’s recommended safety precautions for handling disinfectant on tools and equipment (e.g. Manufacturer’s data sheet).
  • Apply disinfectant to clean disposal towel or wipe and then wipe down device or equipment. 
  • Avoid getting moisture into any openings.
  • Do not submerge your device or equipment into any unapproved cleaning agents. 
  • Discard used quaternary ammonia (Clorox) wipes in the regular trash.
  • If needed, use clean, disposable gloves during disinfection.
  • Pay strict attention to personal hygiene: do not touch your face during disinfection and direct sneezes or coughs into your elbow.
  • After removing used gloves, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.

Get Help

If you’re unable to use the disinfection methods described here, consider these alternatives:

  • Set equipment aside for up to 96 hours. This applies when cleaning supplies are not available, equipment is a unique form factor, or equipment cannot be exposed to liquids (ie. dev boards, soft materials).
  • Contact EHS to determine if dry heat is appropriate for your equipment.
  • Contact EHS to evaluate if it is appropriate soak soft goods in 70 percent IPA solution for 15 minutes. 
  • If you need other disinfection support, contact your local EHS support.

Your actions matter

Sign up for COVID-19 testing

Learn more about Apple’s optional weekly COVID-19 testing program.

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Report a COVID-19 Incident

If you’re working onsite and have tested positive for COVID-19 — or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms — either you or your manager are encouraged to report it.

Report an Incident

Complete at-home health screening

Complete this screening each day before you depart for any Apple office or store. If you would prefer to not use this daily online health check, you will be required to undergo an Onsite Daily Health Screening when you arrive.

Complete Screening

Start up your lab

Understand which COVID-19 precautions and controls you should implement prior to your lab inspection and re-opening. 

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