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Dec 5, 2016

Infection Control – Cleaning for a Healthier Workplace


Keeping a building generally clean often isn’t enough to prevent the spread of infectious disease.
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Keeping a building generally clean often isn’t enough to prevent the spread of infectious disease. This is especially true during winter months when colds and the flu run rampant through the workplace. The risk of spreading disease only increases when more people occupy and move around the same building, making regular cleaning all the more important.

The Canadian Standard

You don’t have to go hospital-level efforts to keep infectious disease under control. All the same, though, keeping your workplace truly clean requires due diligence on the part of workers and cleaning staff alike.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) recommends that cleaning and disinfecting workplace surfaces be considered separate procedures. That is, surfaces should be cleaned first before being disinfected. After the initial cleaning has been finished—whether it’s routine or the result of a major incident—sanitation should be performed using a workplace approved sanitizer. If one is not available, the CCOHS recommends using a 1:100 solution of household bleach and water.

 To prevent the spread of bacteria while cleaning, all cleaning staff should wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) both to a) keep themselves safe from the dangerous properties of their cleaning supplies and b) prevent the spread of their own germs. Proper communication between workers and management is also key. No matter the workplace setting, any and all major instances of spills or accidents that could result in the spread of infectious disease should be reported and attended to immediately.

 When used cleaning supplies and other bacterial sources are disposed of, do not compact the waste. Doing so causes bacteria to build up and multiply faster, increasing the chance that infectious disease will spread.

 Beyond the Floors and the Walls

Germs know very few boundaries, and it pays to consider locations where germs reside that could be overlooked. Windows are an obvious choice here; a surprising amount of dust and debris can accumulate before anyone notices that a window is dirty. In the meantime, bacteria have a chance to reproduce and multiply.

 Consider other surfaces, too, like sinks, appliances, as well as chairs and computer keyboards. Although making sure that all these surface are germ-free is undeniably time-consuming, the effort is well worth it—especially when the payoff is a disease-free workplace in winter.

We would be happy to help you find the right cleaning solution to keep your workplace healthy and productive. Give us a call today at 403-237-8355 and we’d be happy to discuss your Calgary cleaning service needs!