Preventing and Controlling Infections
Disinfection of commonly touched surfaces is critical to a facility’s overall health. Surfaces such as door handles, light switches, elevator buttons, keyboards, phone, etc. should be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Viruses, including Influenza, Rhinovirus and Norovirus, can live anywhere from hours to days on surfaces. For surfaces to be considered disinfected, 95% of harmful substances must be removed and or killed. Wiping contaminated surfaces with a disinfectant effective against Type A influenza viruses should kill the more virulent of viruses, according to the World Health Organization.
During cold and flu season the cleaning frequency of these surfaces is often increased depending on the severity of illness for that year. Proper disinfection practices help reduce the transmission and spread of germs and illness.
Promoting good hand hygiene and using touchless dispensing systems in restrooms along with the use of alcohol-based hand gel can also help prevent the transmission of viruses that cause colds. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it takes at least 20 seconds’ time to properly wash hands effectively.
Disinfecting for Health
As part of McLemore’s cleaning for health program, and as a preventative measure to combat the spread of infection, we use a hydrogen peroxide based disinfectant cleaner with 1 and 10-minute kill times for a variety of infectious pathogens:
Effective virucidal disinfectant in 1 minute against:
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (Strain HTLV-IIIB) (HIV-1)
Effective virucidal disinfectant in 10 minutes against:
- Influenza Type A (ATCC VR-544)
Effective bactericidal disinfectant in 10 minutes against:
- Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph)
- Salmonella Enterica
- Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
- Community Associated Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (CA-MRSA)
- Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
- Genotype USA 300
- Genotype 400
- Escherichia coli (E. coli)
- Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7
The Effect of Illness In The Workplace
Maintaining a high level of cleanliness at your facility can help reduce these statistics:
- TIME OFF
The average worker is sick 7.7 days/year costing companies $225.8 billion/year.
- DIRECT COSTS
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu alone costs U.S. companies $10.4 billion in direct costs including hospitalizations and outpatient visits.
- LOSS OF PRODUCTIVITY
Unplanned absences decrease productivity by 54% and account for a 39% drop in sales and customer service.
- RISK OF ILLNESS
In a clean facility, occupants reduce their chances of catching a cold or flu by as much as 80% and absenteeism drops by as much as 46%.
- HOSPITAL ACQUIRED INFECTIONS
The CDC estimates that 2 million patients suffer from Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) every year. HAIs result in up to $4.5 billion in additional healthcare expenses annually.