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Infection Prevention

 

Preventing Transmission of Infections

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Preventive measures remain the best weapon in the battle against the spread and rising dangers of viruses. The use of personal protection clothing and equipment is an essential part of infection prevention and control.

Wearing protective clothing such as coveralls, gloves, boots, goggles and masks offer high personal protection.

Washing your hands frequently with soap and hot water or an antibacterial gel will also limit the spread of contagious diseases.

Cloths and mops, must be germ-free or they will spread germs to other surfaces. Germs multiply fast. One bacterium on a damp cloth can multiply up to six million within 8 hours.

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General Tips to Prevent Infection When Cleaning

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  • Use disposable cloths or paper towels if possible
  • If you need to use reusable cloths, these should be disinfected after each use
  • Use 2 buckets for mopping, one for the cleaning agent and the other with fresh water for rinsing
  • Mops and buckets should be washed, disinfected and fully dried out after each use
  • Keep toilet handles, seats and rims clean by regularly using a disinfectant and use a toilet cleaner and brush to thoroughly clean the toilet every few days
  • Clean floors regularly to remove visible dirt with warm water and floor cleaner
  • If soiled with bodily fluids, the floor should be cleaned with warm water and a disposable cloth then thoroughly disinfected and dried
  • Foot-operated bins are better for infection prevention as they reduce the risk of hands picking up germs when they touch the bin
  • Throw rubbish away carefully to avoid attracting vermin and insects and wash your hands after handling waste

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