Infection control & cleaning methods to help tackle a school outbreak. Part 2

Following on from the previous article, Infection control & cleaning methods to help tackle a school outbreak. Part 1, this documents the steps to undertake during and following an outbreak.

Cleaning Chemicals for use in treating a viral outbreak

Step by step guide to cleaning during an outbreak

It is important that a vigorous cleaning regime is carried out. This should occur twice daily as a minimum during the outbreak using clean, disposable cloths, dedicated colour-coded mops/mop buckets for toilet areas and appropriate cleaning chemicals for use in communal areas.

Vacuum cleaning carpets and buffing floors during an outbreak have the potential to recirculate the virus and are not recommended.

Washrooms

Step 1:  Wash hands, put on gloves and other protective wear, if required. Display warning signs.

Step 2:  Flush toilet or urinal. Force water around S bend with toilet brush. Apply Jangro Perfumed Toilet Cleaner undiluted and leave for a few minutes. Flush with clean water prior to disinfecting.

Step 3:  Spray Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner around the exterior bowl, ledges, shelves, door handles and cistern handle and wipe with a clean, damp cloth. Dispose of this cloth.

Step 4:  Using another disposable cloth, clean the basin with Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner first and then clean the lavatory seat.

Step 5:  If a bucket was used for cleaning it too must be cleaned after use with the Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner, dried and stored inverted on a rack.

Step 6:  The floor must then be mopped with Jangro Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner and the mop head laundered after use. Ensure that surfaces are dry before anyone uses the lavatory.

Cleaning Equipment for use with an outbreak

Communal areas

Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned with Jangro Multi-Purpose Cleaner and rinsed to remove any organic matter before disinfecting with the Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant .

Step 1: Wash hands, put on gloves and other protective wear, if required. Display warning signs.

Step 2: Using a dampened disposable cloth with Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant, begin cleaning surfaces, changing cloths and solution as they become soiled. Work top down, e.g. high ledges, furniture and fittings etc.

Step 3: Using colour-coded mop head and handle, immerse into the Jangro Multi- Purpose cleaning solution (Follow the dilution guide).

Step 4: Mop the floor in 1-2 metre square sections. Mop edges with straight strokes and use a figure-of-eight pattern on the remainder of the section, turning the mop frequently. The floor should be fairly dry on completion. Move to the next section and repeat the process.

Step 5: Replace the mop head and solution as required throughout the cleaning process.

Step 6: On completion, remove the final mop head and place in the laundry bag, clean and dry all equipment and store safely and tidily in a secure storage area, away from other equipment; segregated according to colour-coding where appropriate.

Step 7: Remove and dispose of single-use gloves, apron and other protective wear. Thoroughly wash and sanitise your hands on removal of gloves. Remove warning signs when the area is dry.

Note: If the spillage has taken place on a carpet, thoroughly clean the affected area using either Jangro Odour Neutraliser or Micro Clean. If possible use a steam cleaner if appropriate, or a carpet extraction machine. Laundering and steam cleaning at a temperature of 70°C is recommended.

Hand washing

Hand washing is vital to prevent person to person transmission. It must be actively encouraged. Staff, children and visitors should be able to easily access liquid soap and paper towels. A foot operated bin is preferable to prevent recontamination of hands.

Jangro Alcohol Hand Gel is recommended in outbreak situations as a further measure to prevent person to person spread by contaminated hands.

Guide to cleaning following an outbreak

Once the outbreak is over, approx 72 hours after the last case, then a thorough environmental clean is required.

This will involve the surfaces and door handles being cleaned and carpets steam cleaned. Curtains should be washed on the highest setting which the fabric will withstand. Cleaning should be undertaken with separate colour coded equipment and disposable cloths. The virus can live in soft furnishings for weeks and this is an important measure to ensure the outbreak doesn’t recur.

Process of Cleaning:

  • Table tops where dust collects
  • Door handles and edges
  • Floors
  • Toilet facilities; including edges of doors, door handles, light switches etc

All areas are to be damp dusted with Jangro Multi-Purpose Cleaner and then with Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant or Jangro Medical Sanitiser. This ensures that dust and possible virus particles are wiped away. Carpets if soiled should be steam cleaned or at least shampooed. Jangro Multi-Purpose Cleaner can be used as a carpet pre-spray treatment.

PPE, janitorial and cleaning supplies used to tackle an outbreak

Suitable Janitorial Supplies: Spray Bottle, Colour-coded Bucket,  Warning Signs,  Carpet Extraction Carpet Cleaner, if applicable,  Wiping ClothsColour-coded MopBio Hazard kit,  Clinical Waste Bags,  Long-Arm Grippers, if required

Suitable Disposable PPE: Disposable Overall, Disposable Gloves, Protective Shoes (if identified on risk assessment)

Suitable Jangro Cleaning Chemicals: Cleaner Disinfectant, Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner, Medical Sanitiser, Sanitaire, Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Odour Neutraliser, Perfumed Toilet Cleaner, Bleach

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Infection Control: janitorial supplies & cleaning methods to help tackle a school outbreak. Part 1

Noroviruses are a group of viruses that can cause gastroenteritis which each year affects more than 600,000 people in the UK.  Norovirus, also called ‘winter vomiting disease’ can cause disruption especially within schools with scores of children and staff suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea when usually a ‘precautionary deep clean’ is carried out.

Many schools and nurseries understand the issue and promote the simplest and most important infection control measure, that being hand washing.  It is widely understood that infections are spread through hands touching children, staff and surfaces such as toilet seats, taps and table tops.

But what actions should be taken within the school premises when an outbreak occurs?  The aim of this blog is to look at the cleaning regimes required during and following a viral outbreak. This guide covers the suggested cleaning equipment and cleaning chemicals to be used, the cleaning, removal and disposal of body fluids, plus the approach to cleaning during and following the outbreak.

Disposable PPE for school outbreaks of Norovirus including disposable gloves, aprons and overshoes

PPE, janitorial and cleaning supplies used to tackle an outbreak

Suitable Janitorial Supplies: Spray Bottle, Colour-coded Bucket,  Warning Signs,  Carpet Extraction Carpet Cleaner, if applicable,  Wiping Cloths,  Colour-coded Mop,  Bio Hazard kit,  Clinical Waste Bags,  Long-Arm Grippers, if required

Suitable Disposable PPE: Disposable Overall, Disposable Gloves, Protective Shoes (if identified on risk assessment)

Suitable Jangro Cleaning Chemicals: Cleaner Disinfectant, Foaming Bactericidal Cleaner, Medical Sanitiser, Sanitaire, Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Odour Neutraliser, Perfumed Toilet Cleaner, Bleach

10 Step Guide to cleaning, removal and disposal of body fluids

Spillages of diarrhoea and vomit should always be attended to as quickly as possible. The premises should have a spillage kit available for use in clearing spills on hard surfaces and floors. Staff should be aware of the contents of the kit and trained in its use and in the proper management of biohazard and body fluid spillages.

Step 1: Always assess the risk of carrying out the required task before you begin.

Step 2: Isolate the affected area, display warning signs.

Step 3: Make sure that all the protective clothing and equipment you require is available (see equipment checklist for details).

Step 4: Sanitise hands and put on the protective clothing before commencing.

Step 5: If applicable, ensure any sharps and other hazardous waste is removed safely.

Step 6: Safely remove body fluid spills with absorbent granules, such as Sanitiaire and a disposable scoop. The area should be cleaned thoroughly, spray all surfaces and equipment with Jangro Cleaner Disinfectant or Jangro Medical Sanitiser.

Step 7: Wipe thoroughly with a disposable wipe or cleaning cloth. Replace cloth with new as soon as contaminated with soiling.  Place all waste including any used cloths and disposable PPE in a clinical waste bag for appropriate disposal.

Step 8: All re-usable items must be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and dried before being returned to the correct storage area.

Step 9: Thoroughly wash and sanitise your hands on removal of gloves.

Step 10: Remove warning signs when the area is dry.

Note: Report any shortfalls in the bio hazard kit, protective clothing or equipment used for dealing with body fluids to the person responsible for maintaining stock levels.

If the spillage has taken place on a carpet, thoroughly clean the affected area using either Jangro Odour Neutraliser or Micro Clean. If possible use a steam cleaner if appropriate, or a carpet extraction machine. Laundering and steam cleaning at a temperature of 70°C is recommended.

See the next article regarding Infection Control: janitorial supplies & cleaning methods to help tackle a school outbreak. Part 2. This covers the process for cleaning communal areas and washrooms during an outbreak, concluding with a suggested environmental cleaning process to be taken once the outbreak is over.

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Why Professional Cleaning Services are a Wise Investment

Nearly every business requires a janitorial cleaning service of some kind. Cleaning is something that needs to be done whether you have clients visiting your site or not.

Employees may not be able to work productively if not and if you rely on your staff to physically clean the premises then they won’t be getting their actual jobs done. Similarly an unclean or untidy workplace is liable to result in slip and trip injuries and your employees and clients raising compensation claims against you.

Quality janitorial supplies make for an efficient cleaning service

Janitorial services solve this problem as you can outsource your cleaning to professionals who are dedicated to the industry and know what works. Below are some further points which highlight why professional janitorial services are a wise investment for your business.

Professional Opinion and Expertise

It is very unlikely, unless you’re in the cleaning industry, that you’ll know what level of cleaning your premises needs and also what type of products are needed to keep it in the best possible condition. Cleaning service professionals are dedicated to their industry and experts in their fields – most companies will offer you a full consultation and quotation based upon a survey of your needs. They can guarantee the correct cleaning equipment and cleaning chemicals are supplied and that your facilities are kept in the condition needed to impress your clients and keep your employees motivated.

Make a Good Impression

If customers or clients do enter your premises then have a visible janitorial presence gives them visual confirmation that your site is clean and looked after. Cleaners on site reassure your customers that the whole site is looked after properly and this will translate into and effect their impression of your business as a whole. Caring about how your business looks will show your clients that you care about them too.

Respect your Employees’ Health

Germs can be a worry and in a collaborative workplace there are enough of them in the air so the last thing you need is them spreading into the carpets and surfaces. A clean working environment means less chance of germs spreading and hopefully less sick days from your workforce as a whole. Productivity is significantly effected even if just one employee is off ill so imagine the problems there’d be if more were off simply due to an unhygienic, germ-ridden business premises. Professional janitorial service providers know how to handle and destroy germs and their remnants using commercial quality chemicals and equipment.

Keep your Business Running Smoothly

Employing professional janitors will allow your business to run more efficiently. Remove the unnecessary stresses such as cleaning rotas from your life and outsource it. Professional cleaners are experts as we’ve said and they know how to ensure your premises look their best. Let them handle all your cleaning needs and focus your efforts on where your talents lie. Your time is valuable and you need to use it wisely. Cleaners will keep your business ticking along, your employees motivated by their clean environment and your clients impressed by the smart, professional surroundings.

Quality Cleaning Services use Quality Cleaning Supplies

When talking to potential cleaning services companies in order to find a reputable company it is worth spending a bit of time discussing the cleaning chemicals and janitorial equipment used.  As what they use directly influences how efficiently cleaning staff can work; choosing inappropriate or inefficient equipment will have an adverse effect on their efficiency.

Spend time to understand the level of competence of the staff employed to undertake the cleaning.  It is important that they have the knowledge to properly identify the correct product to use on any given surface, that they have an understanding of why the product cleans, how the product can be applied, how the surface being cleaned can be affected and the standard that can be achieved.

A trustworthy cleaning services business will use quality cleaning supplies which are designed to make the majority of cleaning tasks simpler and time efficient, whilst reducing any potential risk to the user.

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