We have received inquiries regarding disinfecting camera equipment. Before offering suggestions, we need to point out that we are not
infection control experts. We have researched the topic and can only
offer guidance based on information we have found from the CDC and
camera manufacturers. This information will more than likely change
The CDC offers the following guidance in their Infection Control
"Dental Instruments" section:
"CDC has divided noncritical surfaces in dental offices into
clinical contact and housekeeping surfaces. Clinical
contact surfaces are surfaces that might be touched frequently with
gloved hands during patient care or that might become contaminated
with blood or other potentially infectious material and subsequently
contact instruments, hands, gloves, or devices (e.g., light handles,
switches, dental X-ray equipment, chair-side computers). Barrier protective coverings (e.g., clear plastic
wraps) can be used for these surfaces, particularly those that are
difficult to clean (e.g., light handles, chair switches). The
coverings should be changed when visibly soiled or damaged and
routinely (e.g., between patients). Protected surfaces should be
disinfected at the end of each day or if contamination is evident.
If not barrier-protected, these surfaces should be disinfected
between patients with an intermediate-disinfectant (i.e.,
EPA-registered hospital disinfectant with tuberculocidal claim) or
low-level disinfectant (i.e., EPA-registered hospital disinfectant
with an HBV and HIV label claim)."
Saranwrap/clingfilm makes an effective barrier and will not
damage any part of the camera. It can also be quickly
replaced between patients or if a different photographer needs to
use the camera.
Not all camera manufacturers have offered guidance for
disinfecting their equipment but Olympus has listed the folowing
information on their website and it should apply to most camera
Use a camera body cap if no lens is attached, and ensure all
covers are closed and sealed (including battery door, SD card
door, USB door, grip cover, hot shoe cover, sync cap, etc.).
For lenses detached from the camera body, ensure that the
front and rear caps are on.
Wipe down the exterior of your product with alcohol-based
sanitizing wipes. We recommend choosing products that are
labeled as effective for killing 99.9% of bacteria and viruses
and are also bleach-free. Lysol or Clorox wipes are
examples of suitable products, although any product meeting
the above requirements may be used.
Use a glass cleaner or a store-bought solution for cleaning
lenses. Apply a small amount to soft lens tissue or a
microfiber cloth. Gently rub in a circular motion until clean
and repeat if necessary. Glass lens elements should not be
cleaned with alcohol products as these may damage the coating
on the lens.
Canon has released a short video regarding disinfecting camera
It is important to state that nothing should be sprayed onto
camera equipment. If you are using a liquid disinfectant, it
should be applied to a lint-free cloth and you should only clean
exterior parts. You do not want any liquid to enter the camera, lens
or flash. The cloth should be just damp to allow the surface of the
equipment to be disinfected.
Be aware that isopropyl or ethyl alcohol may affect rubber parts
such as the viewfinder eyepiece cover or hand grip. Over time,
rubber parts that are exposed to alcohol/cleaning solutions may
Some vendors are offering UV-C disinfecting lights/wands that claim
to kill all pathogens. We have not been able to verify that these
devices are completely effective. The FDA has stated:
"UV disinfecting devices are devices that use UVA or UVC light to
produce a germicidal effect. They are intended to augment
disinfection of health care environmental surfaces after manual
cleaning has been performed".
The FDA also recommends that UV disinfecting devices be labeled with
the following information:
1. A caution that the UV disinfection will reduce the number of
pathogens on the device, but it will not eliminate them completely
2. A statement that the device is an adjunct to currently existing
reprocessing practices and not a replacement or modification to such
We hope this information helps - please let us know if you have any