Greening The Cleaning

Cleaning and Disinfecting Remains a Constant

microfiber_rag_crop_shutterstock_664613347By Jim Ronchi, Project Manager
As COVID-19 lingers for another year, we find ourselves adapting to constant changes in our safety protocol. We have to social distance at work, shopping and even at home. Signs have been posted where we sit or stand, and mask mandates have changed from one year to another.

Thankfully many of these mandates are easing throughout the country, but the one thing that has never changed, is the need for cleaning and disinfecting. This remains a constant. As each strain changed, the need for cleaning and disinfection stayed the same. Even though it has been argued by professionals that COVID-19 is mainly transferred through air and respiratory droplets and that contracting it through surfaces is rare, you should still  look at the amount of indirect physical contact our hands encompass and you may want to think twice about eliminating surface contamination from the conversation. 


It was also recently discovered  that the latest variant Omicron, can live on plastic surfaces for up to eight days and on skin for 21 hours and Studies performed at the University of California1 found that the average office worker touches their eyes, nose or lips at least 15.7 times per hour. That amount of contact with an unclean and non disinfected surface is a formula for disaster.

Also removing COVID-19 from the query, what about other pathogens? Bloodborne viruses can live for days outside the body and still cause infection. Hepatitis B virus can live in dried blood for up to a week. Hepatitis C virus can survive for up to four days and work surfaces that become contaminated with blood or other body fluids can expose you to a bloodborne disease through cross-contamination2.


We may see mandates lifted and how our daily business is carried out but the one thing that will always be constant is our need to keep things clean and disinfected.

Steps for Cleaning & Disinfecting

 

Source:  1 Nicas M, Best D. A study quantifying the hand-to-face contact rate and its potential application to predicting respiratory tract infection. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2008;5(6):347–352. doi:10.1080/15459620802003896

 

               2 CDC.gov

 

 
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