In our recent e-Newsletter on Education Facilities, Cleaning & Maintenance Management Editorial Director Rich DiPaolo said several areas in a typical school present considerable cross-contamination risks.
DiPaolo cited the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics:
- 40 percent of children aged 5–17 years missed three or more school days in the past year because of illness or injury
- Nearly 22 million school days are lost each year due to colds alone
- 38 million school days are lost each year due to the influenza virus.
By targeting specific areas with appropriate cleaning measures, cross-contamination risks can be minimized, DiPaolo stated.
DiPaolo pointed out the following tips for preventing cross contamination:
Preventing cross contamination tip #1: Proper disinfection and color-coding programs used in high-risk areas will help minimize risks.
Preventing cross contamination tip #2: Implementation of modern tools and procedures enhances a worker's ability to fight cross contamination.
Preventing cross contamination tip #3: Use microfiber mops and cloths and recognize that dual-bucket containers can be useful.
Preventing cross contamination tip #4: No-touch, "all in one" cleaning equipment that uses water pressure and keeps cleaners at safe distances will improve results.
"Professional cleaners, who are responsible for cleaning and maintaining school environments, must help decision-makers understand that an investment in custodial tools and training is an investment in our future," DiPaolo concluded.
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