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when it comes to binding procedures for disinfecting hygiene- Where legal consequences can be expected sensitive facilities. And this means the directives that the contractor To summarize, it is safe to say that cleaning service companies that or service provider in charge of disinfecting the premises must operate in hygiene-sensitive facilties essentially must adhere to IfSG abide by. The RKI is the main research and reference institute of standards and apply its legal provisions. the Federal Ministry of Health for identifying, preventing and The RKI’s recommendations and guidelines provide guidance as combatting contagious and non-contagious diseases. to the day-to-day activities involved in disinfecting and the The RKI conducts epidemiological studies in the domain of com- measures that incur legal liabilities, but are not punished by law. municable and noncommunicable diseases and ultimately makes This is not the case where IfSG provisions are concerned; here, non- the results, including risk assessments, available to the public. observance of the law will lead to prosecution. Besides guidelines, the RKI also publishes recommendations The VAH list (more on this on page 30) is important to cleaning that can be grouped into four categories for hygiene-sensitive service providers when it comes to selecting disinfecting products. facilities. Category IA refers to a strong recommendation that is usual- ly based on proven epidemiological research. A strong recommendation is a directive regarding behavior and procedures, but it is not a Ihr Hygiene-Bürsten Profi formal law. your specialist for hygienic brushes Category IB is also a strong recommendation, but it usual- über 35 Jahre Hygienebürsten ly is not backed by epidemio- more than 35 years hygienic brushes logical research. für HACCP und LMHV Category II is a limited recom- HACCP-/LMHV-conform mendation and based on non- final research and the assump- Colour coding tion of probabilities. The limit- Antibakterielle Produkte ed recom mendation only anti bac-assortment applies to specific hygiene-sen- Metal detectierbare Sortimente sitive facili ties. metal detectable assortments Category III is the most proble - Qualität - Made in Germany matic because no or very little quality - Made in Germany documented effects and recom- mendations are available for these infections, diseases or pathogens. The RKI does not issue any recommendations for Category III. In contrast to Categories I through III, Category IV is a legal directive that has to be re - spected and implemented by all those involved. It is subject to the Infection Protection Act (IfSG). The IfSG, for instance, pre scribes that employees must be examined for infectuous diseases prior to taking up work haug bürsten | Föllstraße 6 | D-86343 Königsbrunn and must be vaccinated against Tel. (+49)08231/9 63 00 | Fax (+49)08231/96 30 96 hepatitis when operating in risk haugbuersten@t-online.de | www.haugbuersten.de areas. GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014   29


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