When an outbreak strikes it is essential to gain control before it spreads, no matter which industry you work in. As we all know, staff absences are costly and customer contamination is always a dangerous possibility. Follow my five top tips for infection control and eradicate those beastly bugs.
1. Plan (Don’t Panic)
In an emergency it can be tempting to grab the nearest products you can find and begin frantically cleaning, but it’s more than likely that you will make the situation a lot worse. Oversight on the infection control planning can lead to bacteria being spread into different areas of your organisation, or even help it to thrive.
Most businesses will have more than one section in their building that needs to be decontaminated, this could be because they have different functions (kitchen, office etc.) or in a larger building there will be different wings. Ensure that everyone involved knows where the cleaning areas begin and end, and that they do not cross contaminate by using products and PPE in more than one area. For more on this see tip No 4.
Many organisations already use colour coding (for example only blue cleaning items being used in the kitchen) but not all of them have a set colour for infection control items. As it is essential that the tools used in infection control are not mixed up with everyday cleaning items, set a colour and make sure you stick to it (may I suggest white).
If you don’t already have an infection control plan in place, now may be the time to make one to avoid future panic and time wasting. If you’re unlucky enough to already be in the midst of an outbreak, get in contact with our sales team and ask about our Infection Control Bucket.
2. Cover All Bases
Spray and wipe is not the only way you are going to win the battle. Although most illnesses are spread through contaminated surfaces and physical contact, there are also those that can survive long durations airborne. Products such as Dettol Neutra Air are great for not only killing 99.9% of the bacteria in the air but leaving behind a clean and fresh scent.
Body spillages are another extremely infectious hurdle to overcome. Try using Sanitaire Emergency Clean Up which not only absorbs 400 times its own volume weight but it is also effective against gram positive and gram negative bacteria.
3. Identify Your Daily Touch Points
Work out your touch points, the everyday spots that are touched by multiple people, and clean them daily! It only takes one infected person to contaminate the spot, and everyone who makes contact afterwards is at risk. The most common locations are door handles and light switches but microwave buttons and medicine trolleys can also be hiding dirty secrets. To thoroughly clean your daily touch points try Evans Safe Zone Plus.
4. Wash and Dry After Each Area
After each individual section of the building has been cleaned, make sure that you wash your hands with soap and warm water, paying special attention to frequently missed spots such as the back of hands, wrists and in-between fingers. Completely dry your hands with paper towels NOT by shaking them, as this will further spread the infection.
Consider using a sanitiser such as Deb Instant Foam afterwards for added protection.
5. Dispose (Or Sterilise)
After each area has been thoroughly cleaned, dispose of all used PPE, cloths and mop heads into a yellow clinical waste sack and ensure all non-disposable PPE is sterilised on its own before re-use. You may think you are saving money be re-using items but it will cost a lot more when you have to de-contaminate.
For more help and advice with infection control, give us a call or email firstname.lastname@example.org.