Cleaning That Tackles Germs Like H1N1

According to experts, H1N1 and other forms of influenza are the most significant public health concerns in commercial environments. Businesses and janitorial services are now working together to develop programs to combat these germs. A comprehensive approach minimizes chances of cross contamination and various illnesses. If the cleaning company does not suggest such a plan, the business client should request it.

The first component of the plan pertains to people cleaning themselves, not their workspaces. The CDC reports that proper hand hygiene is the best way to defend against the spread of germs. Touch-free dispensers of foam or liquid soap help people wash up in restrooms without spreading germs. Hand sanitizing stations installed in break rooms, hallways, entrances, and kitchens allow employees to make an extra effort to keep hands germ-free.

Sanitizing surfaces like break rooms, door handles, railings, and countertops helps prevent germs from spreading. Cleaning products like fast-acting sanitizing sprays accomplish the task efficiently. These solutions take only 30 seconds to sanitize a surface and rinsing or wiping is not required. Foggers and dry sanitizing sprays are also effective at preventing viruses, bacteria, and germs from spreading. Look online for these or ask the cleaning company for recommendations.

Business staff and janitorial services workers must be trained in the proper use of these cleaning products. In addition to educating clients on proper hand washing and use of sanitizing sprays, cleaning companies may post signs that contain these instructions. These serve as gentle reminders and notices that the company takes microbial threats seriously. Material Safety Data Sheets, training log books, and other relevant documents are included in this program.

ATP, or Adenosine Triphosphate, monitoring reduces the chances of spreading germs and bacteria. All living cells contain ATP, which serves as a biological contamination indicator. ATP is quickly detected through light emission using a luminometer and an enzyme called luciferase. The light measure is proportionate to the ATP level, with clean surfaces reflecting low ATP levels. If light output is more than two or three times the background of the surface, the area features biological material contamination.

Some cleaning companies use ATP monitoring to keep offices clean. High-risk areas are tested daily following surface cleaning or before the office opens for the day. Cleaners combine this testing with products and practices designed to prevent germs and bacteria from spreading. If contamination is detected, the area is rinsed, re-cleaned, and re-tested.

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