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6.3 Preventing the spread of germs and infections

As a cleaner, your role is crucial in maintaining a clean and hygienic environment. Follow these guidelines to effectively prevent the spread of germs and infections:

  1. Hand Hygiene:
    • Practice thorough handwashing regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Encourage others to do the same.

  2. Use Hand Sanitizer:
    • Provide hand sanitizer in accessible locations, especially in high-traffic areas. Promote its use, particularly when soap and water are not readily available.

  3. Proper Waste Disposal:
    • Ensure the proper disposal of waste in designated bins. Use liners and promptly empty trash containers to prevent the accumulation of germs.

  4. High-Touch Surface Cleaning:
    • Focus on cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces frequently. These include doorknobs, light switches, countertops, and shared equipment.

  5. Ventilation:
    • Maintain good ventilation in indoor spaces. Ensure windows can be opened, and encourage the circulation of fresh air to minimize airborne germs.

  6. Educational Signage:
    • Display educational signage about hygiene practices, including proper handwashing techniques and the importance of covering mouths when coughing or sneezing.

  7. Regular Cleaning Schedules:
    • Establish and adhere to regular cleaning schedules, with a focus on high-traffic areas. Consistency in cleaning helps prevent the buildup of germs over time.

  8. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
    • Wear the appropriate PPE, such as gloves, when handling cleaning chemicals or potentially contaminated surfaces. Dispose of PPE properly after use.

  9. Limiting Touchpoints:
    • Minimize the use of shared items and encourage touchless alternatives where possible. This reduces the number of surfaces that can harbor germs.

  10. Social Distancing Measures:
    • Encourage and support social distancing measures within the space you are responsible for cleaning. Arrange furniture to allow for adequate spacing.

  11. Isolation of Contaminated Areas:
    • If a specific area is known to be contaminated, take measures to isolate and disinfect it promptly. Display signage to indicate restricted access.

  12. Communication Channels:
    • Maintain open communication with building occupants and colleagues regarding cleaning practices and any changes in protocols. Transparency builds trust.

  13. Emergency Preparedness:
    • Be prepared for health emergencies by having readily available disinfecting supplies and following established protocols for containment and response.

By incorporating these preventive measures into your cleaning routine, you play a pivotal role in creating a safe and healthy environment. Consistency and attention to detail are key to effective infection control.