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drastic measures all at once, including sealing off a school. that keeping one’s hands clean with soap and water is better than According CDC recommendations, such extreme reactions are, – to exclusively rely on hand disinfectants. when pathogens such as MRSA, a cold virus or a flu are involved Besides hand hygiene, certain behaviorial principles should be – in most cases not called for. In some instances it may be neces- respected to contain infection in case of an outbreak. Infected sary to close a school for the time it takes to conduct a special persons who sneeze or cough without covering their nose and cleaning and disinfection protocol, but this is usually in the purview mouth will spread germs by air. This is a good reason for putting of the local health authority. paper towel and napkin dispensers within reach in offices, 4. Invest in optimum cleaning equipment and procedures classrooms, meeting rooms, day rooms and bathrooms. On a general New products and processes can contribute towards improving note, it’s always better for the community if those who are ill stay hygiene. Schools that are under construction or being renovated at home until they are back on their feet again. offer the opportunity to, from the outset, optimize the floor plan for 7. Communicate appropriate behaviors easy and effective cleaning. One example is to give restroom Every health awareness campaign in a school should involve a entrance corridors a Z or L shape: this makes doors superfluous, system for disseminating information that will engage, enlighten thus eliminating touch-intensive doors and doorknobs while and encourage the various audiences – staff, students, visitors – maintaining privacy. Touchless equipment, such as paper and soap as to their respective roles in reducing the risk of infection. Posters, dispensers and disinfectant dispensers, trash cans and automatic for instance, that draw attention to promote preventive behavior, doors are all cost-effective ways of reducing the risk of infection by should be placed in high-traffic school areas. Dedicated literature minimizing the possi bility of contact. In addition, disinfecting and letters to parents and bulletins are very effective in getting wipes could be made available in classrooms so that students can parents and students involved in preventive measures, such as readily wipe down their desks, keyboards, door knobs and other annual vaccination shots, and reminding them of correct preventive surfaces that are frequently touched and handed over. behavior in school. 5. Promote hand hygiene and appropriate behavior in case of 8. Make cleaning a year-round priority illness Cleaning should not be limited to the times when school is in Inevitably, students, staff and visitors will touch the same surfaces session, but also include the summer months and term breaks. – surfaces that could be populated by pathogens – at one time or Faculty and staff are often still at work in school buildings during other, and quite frequently at that, during the day. Clean hands are these periods, so that cleaning desks, door knobs, phones and therefore the best preventive measure for keeping germs from other frequently touched surfaces and objects should remain spreading. For this reason, students in particular should be part of a consistent and thorough cleaning and disinfecting instructed as to the importance of washing hands with hot water routine. and soap – especially after going to the bathroom and before eating. Hans Kielgas | markus.targiel@holzmann-medien.de It follows that restrooms should be adequately equipped with soap and paper towels. An effective way to promote consistent and continuous hand hygiene throughout the premises and the day is to install dedicated dispensers with alcohol-based disinfectants, especially in areas is Marketing Director at Diversey, a division of Sealed Air Corp. |Hans Kielgas close to cafeteria and gym entrances. It should be stressed, however, hans.kielgas@sealedair.com | www.diversey.com /“y{¤u“yx4d¤¥zy''}¥/u¢4W¢yu/}/{ dW4u/'¥› BBB4u“4“|y4/“y¤w¢yu/4yfi|}v}“}¥/4}/4U£'“y¤xu£B /w¥¤ƒ¥¤u“yx4}/4“|y4dW4{¤¥«ƒ@4d4u/'¥›4£v\4}'4u›u¤y4¥z4 W¥£y4u/x4'yy4«'N }“'4yw¥¢¥{}wu¢4u/x4yw¥/¥£}wu¢4¤y'ƒ¥/'}v}¢}“flB4h|y¤yz¥¤y@4›y4 ggUCU£'“y¤xu£ ƒ¢yux4z¥¤4u/4yzzyw“}‹y4|u/x¢}/{4¥z4/u“«¤u¢4¤y'¥«¤wy'B4W¥£y4“¥4 DJBADMB4aufl4FDEH U£'“y¤xu£4u/x4yfiƒy¤}y/wy4|¥›4¥«¤4ƒ¤¥x«w“'4u/x4w¥/wyƒ“'4 \u¢¢4E w¥£v}/y4}/“y¢¢}{y/“4u/x4}//¥‹u“}‹y4w¢yu/}/{4“yw|/¥¢¥{fl4z¥¤4u4 V¥¥“|4HGI {¤yy/4›¥¤¢x4¥z4“¥£¥¤¤¥›B4 u/'¥›N4ky4u¤y4¢¥¥¡}/{4z¥¤›u¤x4“¥4fl¥«¤4‹}'}“5 UZZUf4cZ4h\Y4\YUfh4BBB W¥£ƒu/fl4¥z4dW4¤¥«ƒ@4“u¢fl4 X¤y|y¤'“¤u½y4M4 ›››B{u/'¥›Bxy 4C4FI4LDAD/z¥¢}/yN4?4HM4FG4DGXAIMHFI4i//u44d4u/'¥›4£v\ GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014   43


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