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Disinfectants and Safety

Standard precautions (SP) are safety practices you observe with every single person who uses your facility because not all the sick people are in hospitals or stay home with the “sniffles”.
For your personal protection, treat every situation as though it was potentially infectious to you or your family.
Remember: Because disinfectants are classified as pesticides by the US EPA, these products should always be used in strict accordance with product labels, as the issues at hand are life altering.

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Ensuring The Efficacy Of Disinfectants

Darrel Hicks will be in Orlando the week of July 17-21, instructing an ISSA/CITS Certified EVS Technician and Leadership course to those who are looking to advance their knowledge, skills and proficiency.  See the details here.

Here is a recent article written by Mr. Hicks and published in Facility Cleaning Decisions.fireChair

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) might make the job of cleaning and disinfecting much more difficult for those in the business of providing clean and sanitary public spaces. Managers in the know may have already read the report, but not all realize how it relates to a hospital, medical facility, ambulatory, or long-term care center.

It is common knowledge that antimicrobial pesticides are designed to destroy or suppress harmful bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms on inanimate objects and surfaces in healthcare settings. – See more at: http://www.cleanlink.com/hs/article/Ensuring-The-Efficacy-Of-Disinfectants–20820#sthash.SZ55w4m8.dpuf

Ban the Sprayer – They Don’t Work Anyway

Have you ever found a trigger sprayer that lasted the way you wanted, worked the way you wanted and was economical?  So I say, ban the trigger sprayer and don’t use them. Why continue to waste money on something that doesn’t work?

Now, there are other reasons I say this and top on the list is that trigger sprayers take cleaning solutions and aerosolized them to a point that the Technician is then inhaling the toxicity of the product being used.

I realize that there might not be a great amount of exposures at a time, however, immediate exposures to toxic products over a long period of time, result in chronic issues for frontline staff members. In an industry which promotes, “Spray and Wipe”, I implore you to “Ban the Sprayer” and replace it with a FLIP TOP.

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Oh, and if you are one of the operations who is continually purchasing triggers sprayers only to have them leak, fall apart or just plain quit working, the FLIP TOP will continue to work as long as the bottle it is put on.  Why spend budget dollars on something which doesn’t work, wastes product and can harm health?

Here is a situation which happened to Darrel Hicks when he was managing an Environmental Services staff at a hospital where he put in 34 years as the head of the department.

My facility had a visit from an OSHA Inspector in June of 1998. In the course of the inspection, the OSHA inspector mentioned to me about spray-triggers creating an atomized mist of the disinfectant that was being inhaled into the lungs of my staff. He asked me, “Are you aware that it is an occupational hazard for housekeepers to be breathing disinfectants or other cleaning chemicals into their lungs?” I replied, “Yes, I have read about that happening but it is a rather small population of housekeepers that have developed chronic lung diseases.” That’s when he pointed to the “FREE FROM RECOGNIZED HAZARDS that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees” in the General Duty Clause.

As I and my facility learned the hard way, the General Duty Clause states: “Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.” This particular OSHA Inspector interpreted this to include the use of disinfectants in particular when they are being sprayed.

During my ISSA Master Green Technician certification class last week, one of my students was so taken by this simple change that he wanted to make note of it on my weekly LIVE broadcast, Beyond Clean With Dave. Check out what Jason Moore has to say on the subject at the 4 minute mark of this broadcast.

While you or your operation may never see an OSHA inspector or have a fine levied against you, there are more reasons to BAN THE SPRAYER than to keep them.  If you really want to send a message to your staff that management is concerned about their health, start by making this simple, economical and proactive change today.

Start making those changes; make them healthy, positive and proactive.

Remember my mantra, “I am a Janitor and I Save Lives”.

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