cross contamination

Infection Control: Tips for Preventing Cross-Contamination

cross contaminationIf you’re a cleaning professional in a hotel, office building, healthcare facility or any high traffic arena  — you need to take special precautions to help control the spread of infection. Below we’ve listed some quick and ways to make your facility less vulnerable to cross-contamination.

Choose the right products. Certain viruses can survive on surfaces for more than eight hour — so it’s important to have the right products on hand. Soaps, detergents and water can do a good job cleaning soiled surfaces, but disinfectant is necessary if you really want to prevent cross-contamination.

Start color-coding. Using a color-coding system for cleaning equipment, tools and information can help all custodial workers (even those with language barriers) identify when and how to use your facilities specialized products and equipment to prevent cross-contamination.

Focus on common touch points and hotspots. Door handles, faucets, keyboards and other high traffic areas around your facility. These areas are the most likely to harbor and spread harmful bacteria and germs.

Clean and disinfect regularly. Daily and weekly cleaning schedules are the best way to prevent the spread of harmful infections.

Encourage hand washing through signage. Regular hand washing is still the most effective way to prevent cross-contamination. Your facility should already have a hand washing protocol in-place for new employees. Adding signage to restrooms will encourage your staff to follow-up on their training.

Make sure your employees receive proper training. Cleaning is more than brooms, mops and buckets. To do the job right, your employees need specialized training and education. An educated staff that has access to necessary products and equipment is the best way to minimize the risk of infection at your facility.

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