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Disinfecting Operator Stations

Disinfecting Operator Stations

Although working alone in a machine would seem like the perfect way to practice social distancing, it is also a spot that can easily transfer and harbor the coronavirus if someone uses or touches your space for a minute.  The below information was released by Caterpillar to provide tips on disinfecting operator stations properly.

Another great Source of information is an article “How to super-clean and disinfect construction equipment cabs” by Equipment Guide.

Scope of Contact Areas

  • Joysticks
  • Steering wheels
  • Switches
  • Displays (including touch screen)
  • Grab handles
  • Armrests/Seats
  • Consoles
  • Door handles

Products that minimize adverse effects on component surfaces

  • Soap and water (used per Health Organization Guidelines)
  • 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (Isopropanol – pre-packaged wipe or cloth)
  • Non-bleach disinfecting wipes (preferred) or spray


Avoid solutions composed of household bleach or solvent-based solutions if possible.

Avoid using disinfectants at elevated temperatures (above 30⁰C/86⁰F).

Be sure to remove all residue from surfaces after health organization or manufacturer’s minimum recommended working time to disinfect.

Disclaimer: Product contents vary by manufacturer and cannot be guaranteed to be 100% compatible with all contact surfaces.