While many businesses have been forced to shut down due to COVID-19 crisis, the medical facilities have been tagged as essential, and remain open to provide vital community health services. In addition to the imposed medical challenges brought about by the novel Corona virus, the medical facilities are also facing a responsibility not to be the source of the spread of the virus and infection. Historically, the medical facilities utilized conventional cleaning companies to complete the general cleaning and potentially a bit of disinfecting.
Aside from the strategic perspective that you must consider how to accommodate the social distancing criteria to avoid the potential health, reputation, and litigation risks, a medical facility, medical clinics or hospitals must pay extra attention to the cleaning, disinfecting, and preparing the medical office spaces.
Post Covid-19 crisis, the traditional cleaning will not be sufficient. You must demonstrate that you have a proper cleaning process and crew to your employees and patients.
If you are considering a new cleaning vendor or still working with your current cleaning service provider, you must ensure the cleaning company can comply with the following five criteria:
1- Follows Occupational Health and Safety Administration compliance protocols for proper cleaning and sanitation
2- Understands the causes of cross contamination and how to employ prevention techniques
3- Uses hospital-grade disinfectants and sanitizers
4- Educates and trains its employees on proper disposal of contaminants including blood-borne pathogens
5- Uses HEPA vacuum filters to improve air quality and nano-fiber technology to contain dust and allergens
Remember, the medical facility cleaning and disinfecting is a specialized task and requires extensive training. The regular traditional janitorial companies may not be up to date to do the proper cleaning. Review your cleaning company’s process and ask questions. If necessary, ask for new quotes and how the new cleaning company can put the employees and patients at ease. Remember, dusting, mopping, or wiping surfaces is not enough anymore.
If you are considering a new cleaning company, or if you need to consult with a cleaning company that is well-established and offers well-trained employees, contact Simply Crystal Clean. Simply Crystal Clean has a specific cleaning/disinfection process for all commercial business and medical spaces. Check out their COVID-19 four-step cleaning/disinfecting process.