Best Practices for Cleaning and Disinfecting Two Way Radios

With the rise in Coronavirus COVID-19, now is a good time to review the best practices for disinfecting and sharing two-way radios.

Radio decontamination suggestions

If there is a risk that your two-way radio has been exposed to harmful pathogens, the following cleaner has been approved. For best results perform a general cleaning first. Apply Zep DZ-7 per manufacturer’s instructions. Motorola Solutions is unable to determine whether any particular cleaning product is effective in removing specific foreign substances from radios. However, the preceding cleaners and processes have been approved for use by Motorola Solutions related to their less degrading effect on the physical radio.  Please be advised that only radios rated with IP57 or better should be submersed for cleaning.  The 2nd number on the IP rating refers to its water rating.  An IPx7 radio is submersible for 1 meter up to 30 minutes.   MOTOTRBO XPR 3000e series, XPR 7000e, XPR7000, XPR 6550/6350 series radios are examples of Motorola submersible radios.

Disinfect radios with Zep DZ-7

First clean heavily soiled areas before decontamination. Add 4 ounces of the product per gallon of water. Apply solution with a mop, cloth, sponge, hand pump trigger sprayer or low pressure coarse sprayer so as to wet all surfaces thoroughly. Allow to remain wet for 10 minutes, then remove excess liquid. For sprayer applications, spray 6-8 inches from surface, rub with brush, sponge or cloth. Do not breathe spray mist. Zep DZ-7 exhibits effective viricidal activity vs the Coronavirus.

Best user practice for sharing radios

One way that the virus can spread is through the sharing of radios. In order to combat the spread of germs, we recommend using a personal radio audio accessory. This allows each user to holster a radio in a carrying belt and only touch, talk, and breathe onto their own audio device. Once they are done using the radio, they can simply remove the accessory and allow the next user to attach their own personal accessory to the radio.

For more detailed information download the Motorola Solutions Technical Notification and ZEP D-Z7 Disinfectanct 


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