Cleaning and cross infectionclean

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As already discussed in Section (1) our role in cleaning is to reduce the number of germs, and by doing so, keep the building occupants healthy.

However, if we do not clean properly, we will fail to remove germs and we may actually spread an infection and make people sick.

How could our cleaning procedures spread germs and make people sick?

Using dirty cleaning equipment and in particular dirty cleaning cloths and dirty mops and buckets can spread harmful germs from one room or bathroom to another room. We can reduce the chances of our cleaning from spreading infection if we:

Change our cleaning cloths regularly and launder/wash them at the end of each shift.

Rinse or change our mops and change our bucket water regularly.

Health care and aged care require mops to be laundered/ washed each day after use.

Some clients such as food handlers, hospitals and aged care have procedures to prevent spread of harmful germs. Refer to the short course “Infection control for cleaning” for more information on infection control practices.

Failing to clean an area properly, or not cleaning an area according to specification, could increase the chances of harmful germs multiplying and spreading.


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