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.