According to a recent statistic, that the common cold costs businesses around $7 billion every year as it results in approximately 111 million days of work loss in the U.S. it is easy to imagine the kind of loss it is causing on a global scale. Needless to say sanitation in the work place and even in homes needs to be give due attention.
Professionals from around the world recommend the following infection control tips that every cleaning professional who works in office buildings, hotels, hospitals and other public areas needs to know:
1. Choose the Right Products
In order to effectively combat infectious diseases, choosing the right medication and products is crucial. Cleaning hands with soaps and detergents removes germs temporarily, instead of killing them. The disinfectants work quite effectively when it comes to killing germs permanently. Chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide and ammonia based cleaners are popular in this regard.
2. Keep the Surfaces Disinfected
Everyday items and surfaces that we come into contact with regularly consist of harmful bacteria and infectious germs. To keep oneself out of harm’s way, it is important to keep such surfaces disinfected at least once a day. These include desks, counter tops, doorknobs, keyboards, faucets and mobile phones etc. Specifically, germ prone areas like bathrooms must be cleaned regularly.
3. Disinfect and Clean Routinely
Many harmful and toxic viruses spread when people come into contact with one another or when they touch an infected surface and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. While some bacteria can be killed easily, others are stubborn. Such viruses are not only difficult to kill, but the smallest particle can be highly contagious and deadly. The tip here is to wipe away dust, dirt or soil that is visible to the naked eye, followed by proper cleaning with a disinfectant.
It is important to educate people about the potential side-effects and illnesses that these microorganisms can spread. Not just the cleaning staff but the employees must be educated about what these germs are, how they spread and to what extent can they be life-threatening. This includes encouraging health safety vaccines and insisting healthcare providers to make use of the most hygienic and quality medical supplies products and infection control products.