There should be a focus on cleanliness and health, no matter what kind of facility you have or who visits it. Protecting employees, guests, students, patients, or patrons through infection prevention techniques such as surface cleaning and disinfection should be a priority. Doing this will not only raise productivity and morale, but also improve your company's image.
Germs are everywhere. It's impossible to avoid them, but there are proven methods to reduce their existence or their impact. Surface disinfection is one of these methods, and it's not hard to do if you have the right tools. 80% of germs are spread by hands, so high-touch surfaces like hand rails, doorknobs, or coffee pot handles are teeming with bacteria, and some of it could be serious if one person has a virus like influenza. Furthermore, germs can stay on a hard surface for over 24 hours, which gives them ample time to infect many people. A study was done on how fast germs can spread in an office, and it was found that in as little as a few hours, over half of the office could be contaminated.
To combat this and to create the safest possible environment for your employees/guests, there needs to be regular and proper surface cleaning and disinfection throughout your facility. Learn more about infection prevention.
Think about how many high-touch surfaces are in your facility. There are doorknobs, phones (both landline and cellular), coffee pots, keyboards/mouses, faucet knobs, soap dispensers, pens, books, elevator buttons, touch screens, remotes, light switches, desks/counters, and so much more. The average working adult touches about 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, meaning that there are germs getting picked up and passed around quite often.
And what kind of germs? Here are just a few common viruses you should be aware of:
When it comes to proper infection control, there are a few concepts you should know. They'll help you do the best possible job preventing and removing germs.The difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing
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