The Role of Quality Cleaning Practices in Environmental Health
December 19, 2017
The Importance of Good Cleaning Practices
Cleaning and sanitizing are two things that every business needs. Whether you run a small office or a large warehouse, ensuring the health and safety of that facility should be a top priority. Using proper cleaning techniques means that surfaces are cleaned properly and using the proper products ensures that harmful bacteria are not present on surfaces, objects, and even food. Neglecting to use proper cleaning techniques can have lasting impacts including illness, loss of work time, and even death in serious cases.
What is the Difference Between Cleaning and Sanitising?
Cleaning is something that should be done on a regular basis to every surface in your home or office. Cleaning focuses on removing surface dirt, grime, or food with physical means, such as scrubbing or rinsing. Sanitation focuses on a deeper clean, which removes microbacterium that can cause illness, disease, infection and more. Ensuring that facilities are both cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis means that employees will be less likely to become sick, microbes are less likely to be transferred to products or objects in the facility, and employers are better able to provide a safe environment for their employees to work. Working with a company that can provide both cleaning and sanitising procedure is important to the health and safety of every company.
Why is Sanitation Important?
Sanitation is vital to the safety of any work facility; whether it is an office setting or a manufacturing plant. Certain areas need to be thoroughly cleaned to remove potentially harmful bacteria. In some instances, sanitation is required by law and is crucial to the safe operation of a facility, such as in a hospital or senior-care centre. How do you know which areas to sanitise? Sanitation should be done in areas that experience a great deal of touch or contact with people, food, and objects.
What are the Steps Involved in Cleaning and Sanitising?
The first step is to identify the areas that need to be cleaned on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. While cleaning should be conducted on a regular basis, sanitisation of some areas need only be done a few times a month. The next step is to conduct a pre-wash of all the areas to remove surface debris. Next, washing the surface with the appropriate cleansers, such as detergents, is required and a thorough rinse must follow it. When necessary or needed, sanitising can happen with appropriate detergents and anti-bacterial cleansers and should be thoroughly rinsed as well. Ensuring that employees have access to hand-washing stations and are encouraged to wash their hands regularly helps to reduce the spread of harmful bacteria from surface to surface and person to person.
Experience is Important
When it comes to ensuring that a facility is properly cleaned and sanitized, it matters who does the job. Inexperienced cleaners may not spend enough time cleaning a specific area or may not be familiar with the required cleaning times for certain objects or areas. For example, the amount of time that an area is exposed to sanitizers, the better the sanitizer will work. Also, ensuring proper dilution of cleansers and sanitising agents is important to increase effectiveness. What’s more, using water that is of the proper temperature can impact the effectiveness of cleaning and sanitize. The number one complaint of clients dealing with cleaning companies is that the quality of the work was not what they had hoped. This is because the lack of experience is evident in their cleaning processes. Quality control is vital to the success of a cleaning company, and clients should only work with a company that has received quality control certifications such as ISO9001.
The Importance of Sanitation in Aged Care Cleaning Practices
December 12, 2017
Reducing the likelihood of illness and infection in aged-care facilities is vital. Maintaining an aged-care environment that is consistently clean and sanitised is the first line of defense in protecting the health of this vulnerable population of residents. Not only does proper hygeinic practices and procedures reduce the risk of spreading infections and making seniors sick, but it also helps to keep the staff who work in these facilities healthy so they can provide these much-needed services.
What is Involved in Ensuring Aged-Care Facilities are being Cleaned Properly?
When it comes to ensuring seniors are well cared for, cleaning and sanitizing are an important part of the process. There are several areas of consideration when dealing with aged-care facilities that are of importance to the health of everyone involved. These processes include frequent and proper hand washing, cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects, changing linen and personal items on a regular basis, and using personal protective equipment.
Everyone knows that proper handwashing technique is an important part of stopping the spread of germs and microbacterium that can make seniors, and the employees who work with seniors very sick. Ensuring that staff are properly trained in handwashing techniques is the first line of defense against illness and outbreak in an aged-care facility.
Cleaning Surfaces and Objects
Regular cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch surfaces, including kitchens and bathrooms, is important to reduce the risk of illness and infection. Areas such as kitchen counters, bathroom sinks, and toilets all need to be cleaned thoroughly using the proper cleansers and sanitisers to remove harmful bacteria. Cleaning should be done on a regular basis, daily in some cases, and sanitizing should be done weekly or more, depending on the surface. For example, in the kitchen areas of an aged-care facility, all surfaces need to be sanitized before each meal is prepared. There are special rules that need to be followed in a kitchen that prepares meals for people, especially when dealing with seniors.
Changing Linen and Personal Items
Part of the fight against bacteria involves ensuring aged-care facilities are changing linens and personal items on a regular basis; especially if someone has become ill. This might mean changing toothbrushes or bedsheets to reduce the likelihood of the illness returning. Bacteria can live on personal items long enough to cause a second outbreak, so it’s important to maintain clean living areas after a person has been sick.
Personal Protective Equipment
When working in aged-care facilities, it is important to the health and safety of everyone involved that staff, and even residents, wear personal protective equipment in the event of an outbreak or potential outbreak. In everyday life, workers will wear personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks to prevent the spread of bacteria between themselves and aged-care facility residents; but during an outbreak, the importance of reducing the spread of infection is increased.
Sanitation is Vital to Aged-Care Facilities
Ensuring that every surface and work area has been sanitised is crucial to the health and safety of those who work and live in aged-care facilities. Companies who are contracted to clean and sanitize aged-care facilities must work to the highest standards, and it is important to work with a cleaning company that has quality assurance certification, such as ISO9001. This certification means that the company, and its cleaning staff, recognize and maintain high standards of cleanliness to ensure the wellbeing of those who work and live in the facilities they clean. Working with an experienced cleaning company ensures that sanitation processes are set up, and used on a regular basis to prevent the spread of infection, illness, and disease in aged-care facilities. It takes a great deal of work to ensure a facility is as clean as possible at all times, and that responsibility should not be left up to the inexperienced cleaners out there. When working in aged-care facilities, lives depend on a clean place to live and work.