The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a renewed focus to the issues of cleaning, disinfection, and reduction of viral infection risk. But for busy building managers and facility maintenance professionals, keeping track of all the considerations necessary for a structured cleaning and disinfection program can be complex and often confusing.
That’s why Spartan Chemical has prepared the white paper Understanding Hard Surface Disinfection in Industrial and Institutional Applications to provide a deeper understanding of cleaning and disinfection and the roles they play in keeping our businesses and workplaces safe.
With over a total of 6.7 million reported cases in the U.S., COVID-19 might be today’s priority for disinfection needs, but the coronavirus is only one of many threats that require a greater knowledge of pathogens, disinfection processes and managed cleaning protocols. Between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu each year and miss 70 million workdays, costing our economy between $3 billion and $12 billion a year in lost production. Bacterial infections such as Clostridioides difficile (also known as C. diff) are estimated to cause almost half a million illnesses in the U. S. each year, and within a month of diagnosis, one in 11 people over age 65 die of a healthcare-associated C. diff infection.
To protect against these and other threats, it is important to be prepared and take the required steps to clean and disinfect properly with an effective infection control program, including the right products combined with properly trained cleaning staff and cleaning management software tools.
Our white paper provides an overview of disinfectants and their role in a managed cleaning program, including how the consideration of environment and pathogens needs to be addressed in product selection. The paper also discusses the importance of using products as directed, and the necessity of following safety data sheets, product labels, and regulatory guidance in establishing and maintaining a cleaning program that keeps cleaning staff and building residents safe.
Using guidance provided by the white paper, you’ll learn about disinfection program guidelines and protocol levels, along with criteria for selecting the right disinfectant for the job. In addition, the paper provides a brief description of the regulatory environment that guides disinfection usage and the safety documentation that is essential for selecting appropriate products and establishing a safe and comprehensive managed cleaning program.
You’ll find advice on what to look for in professional training materials and software support for cleaning and disinfection programs, as custodial workers should have access to ongoing training and to automated systems that document and manage cleaning operations and validate that proper cleaning procedures have been followed.
The most effective weapon against the spread of pathogens and disease is proper cleaning and disinfecting as part of a managed cleaning program. Download our free white paper to gain a greater understanding of cleaning and disinfection and the role they play in keeping our facilities and businesses safe for the health and safety of both cleaning professionals and building occupants.
For more information on Spartan Chemical and our end-to-end cleaning solutions for all industrial cleaning needs, please visit us at www.spartanchemical.com or contact your local Spartan Chemical distributor.