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As communities across the nation begin the reopening process stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) announced the roll-out of Healthy Returns, a free online toolkit for small businesses and offices containing concise, easy to understand reminders on hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting that are crucial to keeping the workplace healthy and safe.

The guidance and checklists are adapted from public health recommendations for businesses to ensure a safe and successful reopening, as well as to reinforce confidence among the workforce and customers through effective cleaning and disinfecting best practices.

The toolkit includes resources such as checklists to help guide internal assessments; posters and handouts to encourage and educate employees on proper disinfecting protocols in shared spaces; and decals for businesses to display reinforcing their dedication to cleanliness and health.

“For years, the American Cleaning Institute has been dedicated to sharing information on the safe and proper use of cleaning and hygiene products,” says Melissa Hockstad, ACI president and CEO. “As businesses and offices gradually reopen in stages during the global pandemic, we want to provide them with the tools they need to help guide their daily cleaning and hygiene routines. We know it’s important to show their employees and their customers that they are committed to proper cleaning, hygiene and health.”

While Healthy Returns is currently focused on supporting the reopening process for businesses, the program will also launch key guidance on cleaning and disinfecting protocols for schools that plan to re-open later in the year.

Organizations interested in sharing or distributing the Healthy Returns toolkit can contact