This is Week 3, of Cleaning 101 for Churches. I can’t overstate enough that a clean, well-maintained restroom promotes health and hygiene and reduces the spread of infection and disease within your congregation. Today’s discussion is restroom cleaning procedures. Procedures are your churches official way of doing something or an adopted step-by-step course of action to be taken. It’s important to understand that there are three main routes of transmission for pathogens that can relate to restroom cleaning: 1) indirect physical contact (fomite) 2) blood-borne and 3) fecal-oral. By establishing clear restroom cleaning procedures, you not only protect your volunteers; you also mitigate potential risks associated with these transmissions.
Procedure One- Ensure your staff is utilizing the appropriate PPE or personal protective equipment when cleaning. These include gloves, masks, goggles, and aprons or protective clothing. Wearing these greatly minimizes your exposure to these transmission points and chemical injuries. No matter how saved, sanctified, fire baptized or Holy Ghost filled you believe your parishioners are, always practice universal precautions when cleaning any blood or body fluid spills, or soiled materials that could contain these or other potentially infectious substances.
Procedure Two– In week one, I mentioned the use of non-household cleaning products. Most facility or hospital grade products are registered with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). In using these products, your church must have an accessible on site MSDS or SDS book. SDS or MSDS, are used to communicate the hazards of chemical products and how to respond in cases of spills, eye-contact, injury or consumption. Having these for every chemical you use on site will protect you from liability. Before starting any cleaning task, be sure that everyone fully understands how to use both chemicals and equipment.
Procedure Three- Ensure everyone is prepared to clean. Having the necessary supplies, PPE, and equipment needed to clean the restroom ensures productivity and less injury. All chemicals must be labels and signage displayed to the public closing the restroom off and to warn of wet floors prior to cleaning.
Finally, here are some simple rules when cleaning a restroom.
- Rule #1: Always clean top to bottom.
- Rule #2: Clean from dry to wet.
- Rule #3: Work towards the exit door.
Join me next week, as I discuss more procedures and how these rules apply when cleaning restroom fixtures such as toilets, urinals, sinks, faucets, dispensers, and floors and the order in which they are cleaned.