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Cleaning and Disinfecting

CLEANING & DISINFECTING is a 2-step process.

 

In other words:               YOU CAN CLEAN WITHOUT DISINFECTING,

BUT YOU CANT DISINFECT WITHOUT CLEANING.

 

ALWAYS CLEAN BEFORE YOU DISINFECT.  Cleaning an item or surface first removes germs, dirt & impurities (otherwise known as “gross debris”).  This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers & the risk of spreading infection.

 

How a Disinfectant Works:  When applied to a CLEAN surface, a chemical disinfectant dissolves cell walls, essentially eliminating germs & bacteria, which are then wiped away.

 

Dirt & organic material (like blood) can reduce the germ-killing ability of some disinfectants, making them less effective.  Another important reason to ALWAYS CLEAN BEFORE YOU DISINFECT.

 

CLEANING & DISINFECTION OF OUR WORK AREAS will be accomplished by using the following intermediate-level disinfecting solution:  (INSERT NAME OF DISINFECTANT CLEANER HERE)

 

CLEANING & DISINFECTION OF OUR WORK AREAS is accomplished by wiping each surface with a pre-moistened disinfectant wipe, or a clean papertowel with adequate amount of disinfectant applied, using the following actions:

 

 

CLEANING

ACTION 1:  CLEANING

 

  • Wash hands & apply appropriate PPE.
  • Retrieve a clean, disposable paper towel & hold it down below your waist.
  • Spray (INSERT NAME OF DISINFECTANT CLEANER HERE) disinfectant into the clean, disposable paper towel.
    • – OR – Retrieve a pre-moistened (INSERT NAME OF DISINFECTANT CLEANER HERE) disinfectant wipe from the tub dispenser.

– OR –

  • Apply disinfectant wipe directly to the surface (or item).

 

  • Wipe in a circular motion, beginning at the centermost point of the surface (or item) & continue moving outward. (Think “SPIRAL OUT”)
    • NOTE: Disinfectants should never be sprayed directly onto any work surfaces in order to minimize the potential for aerosolization of chemicals, BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS, or OPIM.
  • Dispose of disinfectant wipe.

 

ACTION 2:  DISINFECTION

 

  • Retrieve a clean, disposable paper towel & hold it down below your waist.
  • Spray (INSERT NAME OF DISINFECTANT CLEANER HERE) disinfectant into the clean, disposable paper towel.
    • – OR – Retrieve a pre-moistened (INSERT NAME OF DISINFECTANT CLEANER HERE) disinfectant wipe from the tub dispenser.

– OR –

 

  • Apply disinfectant wipe directly to the surface (or item).

 

  • Wipe in a circular motion, beginning at the centermost point of the surface (or item) & continue moving outward. (Think “SPIRAL OUT”)
    • NOTE: Disinfectants should never be sprayed directly onto any work surfaces in order to minimize the potential for aerosolization of chemicals, BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS, or OPIM. 5) Dispose of disinfectant wipe
  • Dispose of gloves

 

  • Wash hands

 

 

ACTION 3: CONTACT TIME = DON’T TOUCH IT!

 

  • After CLEANING & DISINFECTING the surface (or item) allow it to sit “undisturbed” for the amount of time indicated on the manufacturer’s instructions (INSERT AMOUNT OF TIME DISINFECTANT IS REQUIRED

TO BE IN CONTACT WITH THE SURFACE HERE) ____ minutes.

« “Undisturbed” means: DO NOT ALLOW ANYTHING TO TOUCH THE SURFACE until the manufacturer’s recommended contact time has been met.