Coronavirus – it’s the highly contagious illness that is currently sweeping the world. Much like the flu, and indeed, other winter bugs and viruses, it is important to break the chain of infection. We, in the cleaning and hygiene industry, are at the forefront of this battle and can help to prevent its spread, by implementing a few basic infection control measures.
- Hand hygiene helps prevent the spread of bacteria
In fact, practising good hand hygiene is the most important method of protecting yourselves, families, staff and customers from becoming ill. Now is the perfect time to review your washroom facilities and check you are doing all you can to encourage best practice. Aspects to consider, include:
- If hygiene products conform to key standards including EN 1499, EN1276 and EN13727 (proven to tackle pathogens effectively)?
- If there is a range of options available? This can increase the likelihood of a person washing or sanitising their hands more regularly, and more effectively
- If the facilities are suitable for children? Ensuring that there is at least one basin and dryer at a lower height can help little ones practise good hand hygiene. For settings where lots of children are present (e.g. nurseries, schools, soft play and leisure centres), why not consider installing a specially developed range of hand washing dispensers? The Jangronauts range helps children learn about the importance of healthy hand washing in a fun, interactive and educational way
- Cleaning & Hygiene help prevent the contamination of surfaces
Cleaning operatives can play a key role in infection control, by ensuring the cleanliness and hygiene of surfaces. By hygienically cleaning common surfaces, pathogens can be destroyed at the source, and prevented from transferring to, and infecting susceptible people. In order to do this successfully, however, businesses should:
- Make sure that a colour-coding system is adopted. This ensures that certain cleaning tools and equipment are only used for specific areas or tasks, and will stop cross contamination
- Consider the types of surfaces that require cleaning, and check that the right products are used. For example, luxurious hotels and cruise ships often feature plush, soft furnishings compared to the hard surfaces in a leisure or healthcare facility. Different products will need to be used to ensure a deep, hygienic clean is achieved.