Cleaning for health is a proven best practice, and widely-accepted cleaning approach that protects public health, without adversely affecting the health of staff, building occupants, or the environment and it considers all aspects of a facility’s cleaning program.
On any given day, one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection, according to the CDC. Alarmingly, 1.7 million Americans develop hospital-acquired infections each year, and 99,000 die of HAIs annually. In 2012, antibiotic-resistant MRSA infections killed more Americans than emphysema, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, and homicide combined
Most believe Hospitals are the only required entities who are responsible for cleaning with attention to what organisms causes such illness. Cleaning for Health is the greatest defense against pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungus, or other microorganisms. This approach places emphasis on learning the correct cleaning processes needed to alleviate pathogens. Why? Each pathogen has its unique characteristics that dictate the kind of cleanser needed and the frequency of cleaning required.
Proper cleaning and infection control standards are our first line of defense against disease-causing pathogens. In addition, cleaning professionals who have trained appropriately also minimize the chances of an outbreak of community-acquired infections that are spread through work and schools as well as public places.
Daily processes in any facility should include the use of a broad-spectrum disinfectant. Daily cleaning tasks should directly address disinfecting high-touch surfaces. Handwashing for life suggests high-touch surfaces are often an enemy of wellness. Colds, flu Adenovirus, and norovirus are among the most common pathogens acquired by unsuspecting consumers. These contaminated surfaces are a major driver in your staff, student’s, and other consumer’s absenteeism as well as other negative outcomes from a casual touch and transfer. High touch surfaces are things such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, stair railings, restroom surfaces, coffee pot handles, light switches, and office equipment. The bacteria in these areas can double every 20 minutes and can live up to 6-8 months.
Proper Disinfection and Chemical Usage is just one aspect of implementing a Cleaning for Health program. When implemented correctly, the following areas of your cleaning program are evaluated:
- Cleaning product selection
- Sick Building issues such as Indoor Air Quality
- Best Practice usage
- Investment in training and certification
- Workplace Health and Safety
- Compliance with Internal and External Quality Standards
Let this be your New Year’s Resolution in 2019, and that is to “Save more Lives” by Implementing a Cleaning for Health Program. Exodus is available to help you achieve this goal.