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Infection Control

A Focus On Outbreak Control

September 19, 2010
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As with all of our CM/Spotlight issues, we dissect a viral issue that plagues our industry.

Something on top of many minds is controlling the spread of harmful germs and bacteria.

Aside from cleaning surfaces of unsightly and unwanted soils and greases, reducing the amount of harmful germs and bacteria — and in some cases eliminating them, even if only temporary — is the purpose of cleaning.

Being that this issue is our CM/Spotlight: Outbreak Control, I wanted to touch on a topic recently covered in our CM e-News Daily™: The H1N1 influenza A (swine flu) virus.

Educating The Industry

The "H1N1 Special Report: Anticipating A Pandemic" was a two-day electronic newsletter dedicated to raising awareness of and eliciting a response to H1N1.

Through timely news articles and in-depth editorial, we analyzed the latest reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), covered articles offering prevention tips and shared responses from individuals who answered our H1N1 survey.

When asked, "Has H1N1 news made you change your cleaning focus?" 63 percent answered "yes."

A majority of respondents noted that they have increased the amount of time spent on prevention in an effort to avoid an outbreak altogether.

Here is what some of the 650 survey respondents had to say regarding how the threat of a looming pandemic has affected the ways they clean and maintain their facilities:

  • We put hand sanitizers throughout the plant. We are concentrating on more cleaning of touch-type surfaces. We''ve put posters up to promote washing of hands, covering coughs, etc.

  • Through U.S. Government information, we have gone to a more thorough and more widespread decontamination style of cleaning. This is sold to customers on a case-by-case basis. We try to instill in our contacts the importance of a co-mingled effort with prevention along with commonsense practices to establish our company as the knowledgeable provider of hand and door sanitizers

  • We increased frequency of ceiling-to-floor cleanings from annually to quarterly. Also, we installed alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers at all restrooms, mailrooms and conference rooms. We made alcohol-based hand sanitizer pump bottles available in all office suites.

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