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How You Can Implement Medical Cleaning Practices Into Other Residential and Commercial Cleaning Situations

26 Nov 2022 7:58 AM | Vivian Martin

These past couple of years have been difficult for us all as you well know first hand. Our happy go lucky worlds were turned upside down by a virus that we basically knew nothing about except for the similar symptoms and the rising death rate of our population! It was extremely scary and some of us lost loved ones along the way and will forever have to be reminded of the horrible sickness that rocked our world. For me this is personal, so I truly understand the importance of implementing medical cleaning practices in residential and commercial situations.

When we clean a medical facility we follow strict guidelines, use specific cleaning chemicals, wear PPE, and sign off on daily reports to ensure the cleaning was completed properly. We should put every residential or commercial cleaning job in the same category with medical cleaning to ensure the safety of the employees and residents of those structures. 

Just as with medical "Universal Precautions" while in a healthcare facility, we should also follow this same recommendation in ALL residential and commercial buildings. Treating ALL residents and employees of these structures to be considered potentially infectious and precautions need to be taken to minimize the risk of exposure. You never know what someone is going through in their private lives, so just because we are not in a healthcare environment does not mean we do not need to follow certain cleaning methods to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. 

How can we implement the same cleaning standards in other structures that we use in healthcare facilities? By following same Health and Safety procedures that are required in medical spaces. Some of these precautions should include but are not limited to, washing hands before and after each location, wear proper cleaning PPE such as latex gloves and goggles, never compress trash manually, use the proper disinfectants and sanitizers for the area you are cleaning, handle laundry cautiously, make sure you clean the high touch surfaces, and always put on new latex gloves when starting a new job. 

I am so happy that I found the IJCSA web page, Doing the certifications and being a member of  https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices I can confidently do my job and feel that I am helping my clients to the best of my ability.

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