Killing Germs and Viruses Through Effective Cleaning
Cleaning is an important task that helps prevent the spread of germs. All health care facilities and daycare centers require a more precise level of cleaning compared to other commercial buildings because it is easier to transmit infectious diseases within their environs. Nobody visits a hospital intending to get sicker than they first arrived, but these things happen. The center for disease control (CDC) has shown that there is a 1 in 20 chance of a patient in a health center getting infected by germs from the hospital itself.
Unlike other commercial buildings, cleaning a healthcare center requires that adequate precautions be taken to help maintain the health of employees, and visitors, while providing a suitable environment for patients to get better.
With the number of people working in a healthcare facility, those visiting, and the presence of blood as well as organic matters, germs will definitely be found there. Hence, as a result of the heightened risk of infection from blood and other organic matter in healthcare facilities, OSHA has provided strict cleaning standards that must be maintained for all healthcare facilities.
Daycare centers, just like healthcare facilities, are also known to be an easy breeding ground for germs to thrive. Therefore, infections can manifest effortlessly in such a place. The kids in these environments play on the floor, spend a lot of time in an enclosed space with personal contact with one another, and share a lot of items, including toys and snacks together. This way, germs are easily transferred from one child to another, mostly because their immune systems aren’t well developed yet.
It is only required that proper cleaning is employed in such places to prevent illnesses from occurring. Although these kids are taught adequate personal hygiene, the importance of covering their mouths when they cough, washing hands after visiting restrooms, and before eating any meal. Sometimes, it is not just enough for these actions to protect them from illnesses, thorough cleaning which involves sanitization and disinfection must be employed to reduce the prevalence of germs in their environment.
There are several regulatory standards set by the center for disease control (CDC), OSHA, AAAHC, OSHA, and other state/local agencies, guiding all healthcare and daycare cleaning processes. These health department cleaning routine for health care facilities and daycare centers include;
Cleaning– using detergent and water to remove every visible soil, dirt, and debris from the floor and every surface by scrubbing washing and rinsing.
Sanitizing– making use of sanitizers or bleach with EPA registration label to go over every surface that requires sanitizing.
Disinfection– going over the already cleaned floor and surfaces with a disinfecting solution such as bleach or ammonia. Every area any bodily fluid has touched should be thoroughly disinfected.
In order to minimize the spread of germs in healthcare and daycare centers, these important steps should be adhered to;
- Wash hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water. Encourage kids to do so too.
- Disinfect and keep surfaces clean. Toys should also be disinfected and clean.
- Practice good diaper hygiene for kids.