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INFO | For perfect industrial cleaning Worth reading up on: key regulations for service providers All the requirements and standards a cleaning service provider operating in hygiene-sensitive areas must meet can be looked up here: The RKI guidelines for hospital hygiene and infection prevention (www.rki.de). The VAH list contains the disinfectants approved for use (www.vah-online.de). The IfSG contains all the provisions specific to persons and activities (an English version is available at www.rki.de/EN/ - Content/Prevention/). The WHO is the early warning system for potential infection risks worldwide (www.who.int). For regulations specific to the cleaning industry in Germany, see www.bgbau.de (German) The Food Hygiene Directive (LMHV) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) provide guidance for operations in the food manufacturing and processing sector (www.gesetze-im-inter net.de/lmhv_2007 (German) and www.haccp-international.com). It also provides guidance as to how to best use these products in day-to-day disinfecting operations and maintenance cleaning Cases of damage in the industrial cleaning sector activities. The German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology are not a rarity. Nevertheless, most damage does (DGHM), on the other hand, is not that relevant to cleaning service not occur intentionally, but from a lack of companies. The disinfectants listed by the RKI are always to be used in the case of mandated disinfection and final disinfection knowledge or ignorance. This current guide deli- measures. This also applies to areas from which a health risk may vers a practice-oriented treatment of the proces- emanate, e.g. infectious disease treatment areas and quarantine sing of numerous damage events, together with stations. The RKI also prescribes that only listed disinfectants may important tips for consultants and experts. Indis- be used in areas where persons must be especially well-protected pensable for the every-day practise of cleaning against specific pathogens, e.g. the intensive care unit or operating when it comes to: rooms. A binding directive also concerns the treatment and preparation of cleaning textiles and equipment. The cleaning services provider is not free to choose here, but must strictly adhere • recognising and avoiding damage at an early to RKI directives when it comes to, for instance, prepping the mops stage for use in a hospital. Here, the RKI allows for the service provider • perfectly analysing damage which has occur- to treat the textiles chemically, thermally or chemo-thermally under red specific temperature and washing cycle conditions. • preventing misunderstandings at an early The RKI also has instructions for the service provider with regard stage of the order to drying cleaning textiles after they have been treated and how they are to be transported to the site where they are to be used. This assignment. directive has polarized the industry because the RKI prohibits the more cost-effective prepared and pre-wash systems – it stipulates Only available in German language! that cleaning textiles must be in a dry state before use. Uwe Büttner | heike.holland@holzmann-medien.de www.holzmann-medienshop.de Uwe Büttner is a certified building cleaning specialist, appraiser and freelance Holzmann Medien GmbH & Co. KG | Buchverlag consultant | www.reinigungsexperte.de Gewerbestr. 2 | 86825 Bad Wörishofen Telefon +49 8247 354-124 | Telefax +49 8247 354-190 buch@holzmann-medien.de | www.holzmann-medienshop.de GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014   31


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