There is a direct scientific link between hygiene and health. We know that cleaning and disinfecting surfaces provides effective risk reduction. When hygienic surface cleaning is combined with a proper hand hygiene program the combination provides the strongest hygienic barrier against disease transmission. The difficulty is how to perform this task while reducing the impact of the cleaning process on the environment? Today there are number of disinfectants that have been green certified by a third party organization.
When choosing your green disinfectant, follow these guidelines:
- Proper cleaning must come first. Disinfectants cannot kill germs as per the label claims on a heavily soiled surfaces.
- In low risk areas not subject to hand contact disinfectants may not be needed. Use disinfectants on surfaces that are frequently touched and subject to disease transmission
- Choose the disinfectant based on the risk of contamination and the type of contamination. An office building has different disinfecting requirements than an acute care hospital.
- Your ability to control disease transmission from contaminated surfaces is affected by the frequency of cleaning the surfaces and the tools used to perform the cleaning task.
- Removing germs is as important as killing them. The tools (cloths, wipes) and the procedure followed to clean contaminated surfaces are just as important as the disinfectant. You want to ensure that your cleaning process removes the harmful germs and does not spread them to new surfaces. Old outdated and antiquated cleaning systems may just move soil and germs around.
Surfaces Where Disinfectants May Be Recommended:
All surfaces in contact with hands (Critical Control Points):
- Bathroom fixtures, faucets and flush valves
- Phones, desktop surfaces
- Counters, tables especially where food is served or consumed
- Door handles
- Hand rails
- Light switches
- All surfaces in contact with human fluids, other than sweat
- Cleaning tools
- Read our Educational Bulletins related to disinfection:
- Understanding Disinfectant Evaluations in Canada
- Stable answers on bleach
- Confidence-Based Disinfecting
Helpful Tips for Disinfectant Cleaning
- Read all chemical product labels carefully, especially the contact time required to achieve disinfection levels
- If you use and store a diluted disinfection solution, have a clear policy as to how often the solution must be changed.
- Using colour coded cloths can prevent cross contamination of germs found in more contaminated rooms such as washrooms from being transferred to other areas such as office desks.
- Have a system to clean and disinfect a specific area. Start your task by cleaning from high surfaces to lower surfaces, from cleaner surfaces to dirtier surfaces.
|Disinfectant – Sanitizer – Fungicide – Deodorizer. Institutional, Industrial, School, Dairy and Other Farm Use. Ideal for cleaning "germ hot spots" in office buildings, educational facilities and other institutional or industrial facilities.|