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Global Cleaning 2014

| IN PRACTICE | FACILITY SERVICES Photo: Diversey Care Hygiene in schools Awareness and prevention Infection prevention is often neglected in schools – until an outbreak has to be confronted. Here we take a pragmatic look at ways to reducing the risk of infection in learning institutions. Schools provide fertile soil for a host of pathogens that can pose The plan should also list the products, equipment and accessories a threat to staff, students and visitors. All the more reason to take required for each cleaning protocol. The important thing is to make preventive measures to reduce that risk. According to the Centers sure that the disinfectants used are actually capable of effec tively for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US, 22 million neutralizing problematic pathogens, such as rhinoviruses and school days are lost every year due to colds, and 38 million to flu noroviruses. In addition, cleaning schedules should provide detailed infections. instructions for the various cleaning and disinfecting procedures Noroviruses, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), that are called for. Cleaning plans for schools can be based on colds (rhinoviruses) and the flu are just a few of the pathogens those in use at hospitals, for instance: the approach and pro cedures and infections that curtail school attendance. Budget cuts at the common in the healthcare sector can serve as a helpful blueprint expense of cleaning can ultimately increase the risk of students for hygiene risk management and facility cleaning in the education falling ill. The following approaches and procedures have time and sector. again proved effective in preventing infections, and are worth 2. Keep cleaning staff trained and measure performance reiterating: Ensuring thorough and effective cleaning means ensuring that 1. Draw up a comprehensive cleaning plan the cleaning staff is properly trained and carefully follows the A cleaning schedule should first provide an overview of the cleaning cleaning schedule. Cleaning performance and results should be frequency. Some surfaces and objects only need a weekly cleaning monitored and measured to make sure the cleaning objectives are pass, others require shorter intervals – once a day or even several met. Quality measurement systems that are based on electronic data times a day. The schedule should single out areas and surfaces collection and reporting tools have come a long way and are ideally that are often exposed to human touch, and should thus be cleaned suited for documenting cleaning activities as well as contributing at least once a day. These include doorknobs, locker doors, water to continuous improvement . faucets, cafeteria tables and desks, computer keyboards, work 3. Don’t overdo it tables, and phones. When an outbreak happens, the tendency is to take all sorts of 42 GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014  


Global Cleaning 2014
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