With so much at stake, the cleaning needs of healthcare facilities are unique from many other institutions. They require the expertise of janitorial specialists dedicated to ensuring a thoroughly cleaned, sanitized and disinfected environment. Extensive cleaning knowledge and methods and products, to help prevent cross contamination are needed. A health based cleaning system that ensures a germ free, healthy environment can literally be the difference between life and death. The following are a few tips that can enhance your patient’s care and staff’s well being…
Keep Germs Under Control
Most medical facilities are high traffic areas for sick visitors, for this reason you should make sure the company that provides your cleaning services uses health based cleaning techniques. Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities by the Center for Disease Control should be used. Cleaning techniques that capture airborne pathogen, eliminate cross contamination and prevent the spread the bacteria from one surface to another are essential.
High-touch Surfaces Cleaning and Disinfection
High-touch surfaces are recognized as a possible reservoir of infectious agents and their contamination can pose a risk also for the spread of multi-resistant organisms, hence they are recommended to be cleaned and disinfected on a more frequent schedule than minimal touch surfaces. Ensuring your lobby and exam rooms are safe and sanitary means paying special attention to areas patients come in contact with, such as doorknobs, handles, bed side rails and tables, as well as light switches. Micro fiber cloths should be used to reduce cross contamination.
Protection of Your Staff
Patients are not the only ones exposed to sickness when spending hours at an office that ‘s not properly cleaned. Employees are in contact with patients every day are also at risk. Reduced sick days and healthier employees in a cleaner office atmosphere will almost always result in a dramatic boost in productivity. A sparking office will reduce the transmission of disease reducing sick days and thus mean that your employees are more productive. Providing them a clean work environment could also reduce employee turnover rates.
Complying with Regulations
Cleaning of a contaminated work environment in a medical facility has laws and regulations to follow. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires a clean and sanitary environment. Besides making sure employees are trained to follow these procedures it is crucial to confirm your cleaning service is adhering to the laws and regulations guidelines. Employers must develop and post a written schedule for cleaning and decontamination. Procedures must account for surface type to be cleaned, soil type present and tasks required. The ISSA ( International Sanitary Supply Association) family of Clean Standards establishes a framework to help institutional facilities objectively assess the effectiveness of their cleaning processes using ATP meters in conjunction with a more traditional audit process. Based on the philosophy of “Clean, Measure, Monitor,” the ISSA Clean Standards contribute to the quality of the indoor environment. Knowing and complying with regulations for medical offices is essential to avoiding costly fines and keeping patients and staff safe. You need to make sure you are working with a company that knows what is needed for the safety of your patients and employees.
First Green Commercial Cleaning can help you with the cleaning of your Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky commercial office or industrial facility. We offer superior customer service and strive to build long term business relationships with our clients.
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Why First Green Commercial Cleaning?
- Customized Cleaning Plans – What sets First Green Building Services apart is our attention to detail. We understand that different businesses have different needs. For years, First Green Building Services has been providing janitorial services for educational facilities, schools, and colleges. Over the years we have provided K-12 Public School Cleaning, K-12 Private School Cleaning, Technical School Cleaning, and College Cleaning
- Owned and Operated Locally – With direct owner involvement, we provide immediate response time to any situation you might incur. Even after business hours, First Green Building Services has a 24-hour customer service number to resolve any cleaning issue.
- Quality Control – First Green Building Services has a low cleaner to supervisor ratio which allows us to make sure your facility gets the attention and detailed cleaning that it deserves.