How You Can Implement Medical Cleaning Practices Into Other Residential & Commercial Cleaning Situations
Medical cleaning practices can and should be adopted by both residential and commercial cleaning companies. Having a standardized why of conducting business operations make it easier to identify when issues occur that need addressing. If or when a change needs to be made it is easier to make one change than to figure the individual nuance of each individual specialist, team, or group.
A residential or commercial cleaning company does not want to knowingly become a contributor to the spread of infectious matter. This can occur by not sanitizing or disinfecting while cleaning. Also, by not disinfecting equipment and/or materials used to clean (mop heads, mop/broom handles, bucket, caddy, etc.)
Following specific guidelines for handing biohazardous material and trash removal. All staff needs to be trained and very familiar with the proper way to handle biohazardous material (blood, urine, feces, vomit, etc)
Medical, Residential, and Commercial cleaning companies need to be aware that staff members may be allergic to certain materials (latex, hand sanitizer, or certain soaps or detergents.
1. Standardization of procedures:
a. Require cleaning specialist to wear personal protective equipment (such as, gloves and non-slip/skid shoes). Have eye goggles, face mask, and gown available on the cart. (Free to employee)
b. Method of cleaning will differ because generally with Medical cleaning an individual has a specific area, rooms or floor to be responsible. Commercial and residential cleaners can vary from individual to team to zone to specialty cleaners, but the way they clean/operate can be standardized
2. Infection control:
a. Medical, Residential and Commercial cleaning specialist should all follow the same procedures when comes to infection control.
b. All restrooms, bathrooms should be disinfected during each site visit. The disinfecting should follow the procedures listed on the container for the dilution ratio, the amount time before drying, and where not to use.
c. In all kitchens, breakrooms, and lounges the following should be disinfected, when possible, flooring, outside of the microwave, refrigerator, cabinet doors, cabinet draws, toaster, countertops, and light switches.
d. Also, disinfecting equipment and/or materials used to clean (mop heads, mop/broom handles, bucket, caddy, etc.)
3. Medical, Residential, and Commercial need to know how to handle and dispose of biohazardous materials. Biohazardous materials should only be disposed in specific container marked/labeled as such. In addition, all staff need to know and be able to administer the necessary steps in case of a SHARP puncture or cut of the skin or splash to face, eyes, nose or mouth. Follow the following steps:
a. Wash needle-stick and cuts with thoroughly with soap and water.
b. Flush splashes to the nose, mouth, or skin with water.
c. Irrigate eyes with clean water, saline, or sterile irrigates.
d. Immediately, report the incident to your supervisor.
e. Seek medical treatment immediately.
4. Medical, Residential, and Commercial cleaning companies need to provide sensitive to their staffs needs, by providing alternatives, such as:
a. Nitrile instead of latex gloves
b. Gloves with or without powder
c. Sanitizer instead of soap or vice versa
By implementing processes, the cleaning industry worldwide can make a tremendous impact on reducing healthcare, business, and residential related transfer of infectious matter.