Tanner states that we live in an era of increasing antibiotic resistance where bacterial infections once easily cured by penicillin now resist whole classes of antibiotics.
He notes that cleaning staff should know enough to avoid common pitfalls of surface disinfection such as the overuse of properly prepared disinfectant solutions.
Tanner adds that steam for surface disinfection has major advantages with respect to minimizing the chances of cross contamination from one surface to the next and can be used to great effect on vertical and three-dimensional high-touch surfaces repetitively throughout the day, without damage
Dr. Benjamin Tanner is the principal of Antimicrobial Test Laboratories, an independent testing facility specializing in the research and development of antimicrobials, including disinfectants. Dr. Tanner holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Arizona, where he studied environmentally mediated disease transmission and assessed infection risks for workers.
Click here to view the digital version of the February issue.