As our global community is preparing to get back to work, we all have a heightened sensitivity to bacteria and virus transmission brought on by the health crisis. Organizations whose employees use productivity equipment in warehousing and DCs, retail, transportation & logistics, direct store delivery, healthcare, and more are implementing safety protocols that affect millions of workers. Because many of these devices are shared from one shift to the next among workers, health experts recommend that organizations adopt protocols for routine cleaning and disinfecting of devices for employee health and safety.
In response Honeywell is introducing a new family of products featuring Disinfectant-Ready Housings (DRH) for general purpose use. These products are specifically designed to tolerate regular cleaning on a daily basis with harsh, disinfectant chemicals without suffering damage.
This guide will provide answers and approved instructions on how to clean your Honeywell general purpose devices with disinfectant-ready housings.
How are devices with Honeywell disinfectant-ready housings different from those with standard housings?
Let’s take a closer look at some of the real differences between non-disinfectant-ready housing and disinfectant-ready housing exteriors.
Non-disinfectant-Ready Device Housing. Non-disinfectant-ready housing hardware is traditionally housed in amorphous plastics. These plastics, including polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS), are usually chosen because they can be easily manufactured.
Housings made of PC/ABS comprise a loosely packed structure that makes it easier for chemicals to penetrate the plastic. Repeated use of chemical cleansers may cause discoloration, swelling, hardening and cracking of rubber and certain plastics after prolonged and repeated use. Cracks can also lead to hardware failure, which increases the total cost of ownership by increasing downtime and repair/replacement costs.
Disinfectant-Ready Housings for General Purpose Devices. Honeywell was the first company in the barcode scanning industry to introduce disinfectant-ready housings (DRHs). Honeywell DRHs for general purpose devices can stand up the to the demands of cleaning protocols as a result of the heightened sensitivity brought on by the recent health crisis.
Devices made with Honeywell DRHs have passed rigorous, continuous chemical exposure tests for over 500 hours. Honeywell DRHs are built to withstand multiple cleanings per hour, every day, with 34 cleaning solutions.
Honeywell general-purpose products with DRHs, in most cases, meet the same environmental performance and drop-and-tumble specifications as defined for non-DRH versions. Consult product datasheets for any exceptions.
What Honeywell general purpose products are available with disinfectant-ready housings?
Xenon-XP 1952g, bf
Voyager XP 1470g
Voyager XP 1472g
How should I clean Honeywell general purpose products with disinfectant-ready housings?
Following these instructions:
Turn off the device.
Ensure that the battery is properly locked into the unit to prevent liquid from entering the electronics.
Apply the approved cleaning solutions from the above list to a sterile cloth or use the wipes provided.
Do not submerge the product in water or disinfectant cleaner, wipe outer surfaces only.
Wipe all plastic surfaces of the Honeywell device with the moistened cloth or wipes for the time required by the disinfectant solution.
Do not wipe or apply disinfectant chemicals to any electrical contacts, battery charge contacts or metal connectors, as these connectors may become corroded with repeated cleaning.
Avoid pooling the cleaning solution on any part of the product to prevent the liquid from gaining access to the inside of the device.
The display window, keyboard, triggers and connector areas require the most attention to avoid liquid entering the device.
Keep a dry sterile cloth ready to dry the device after cleaning.
Use a cotton-tipped swab to clean between the keys on the keyboard and in other recessed areas of the device.
The cradle contacts should be cleaned monthly with a cotton-tipped swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol to provide the ideal charger-to-battery contact.
How to clean the display or lens after disinfecting. After cleaning and disinfecting the Honeywell device, the display or lens area may be cleaned with a glass cleaner to remove any streaking left from the previous cleaning process.
Lightly moisten a lint-free cloth with the approved glass cleaners found above.
Wipe the display or lens area of the device briefly and quickly wipe dry to remove streaks or spots.
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