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Contact Times for Surface Disinfectants Leave a comment Read more »

Contact Times for Surface Disinfectants

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of “crackpot” than the stigma of conformity,” Thomas J. Watson I cringe when I read a LinkenIn post recently. The post stated,…


Disinfectant Doubts Should Lead to a More Robust Infection-Prevention Program Leave a comment Read more »

Disinfectant Doubts Should Lead to a More Robust Infection-Prevention Program

Antimicrobial pesticides are designed to destroy or suppress harmful bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms on inanimate objects and surfaces in hospitals and other settings. The U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has a testing program–the ATP–whose purpose is to ensure that EPA-approved hospital disinfectants and tuberculocides…


It's All About the Cleaning (Part 2) Leave a comment Read more »

It’s All About the Cleaning (Part 2)

Although cleanliness is next to godliness, it’s also very closely related to disinfection. In fact, cleaning can avert the need to disinfect in some situations because clean and dry surfaces can’t harbor microbial growth for very long. A disinfectant kills microbes. However, depending on the…


What Do We Mean by "Cleaning" and "Disinfection"? Leave a comment Read more »

What Do We Mean by “Cleaning” and “Disinfection”?

In our world today, but especially in healthcare, there are few if any, tenets as impervious to overstatement as the importance of cleanliness.  A facility might appear to be ‘clean’ and not be safe and disinfected.  However, if the facility is safe and disinfected, it…


Part I: Are we processing environmental surfaces the right way? Leave a comment Read more »

Part I: Are we processing environmental surfaces the right way?

Environmental surfaces abound in every indoor environment.  Those environmental surfaces get loaded with fomites (Nonliving material. Any object or substance, other than food, that harbors or carries infectious organisms.)  As your staff goes about the daily routine of spraying and wiping you have to wonder,…


Minimizing Risk For Your Facility Leave a comment Read more »

Minimizing Risk For Your Facility

  Addressing issues that can increase occupant illness and reduce productivity. By Kristen Foth May 03, 2014, Cleaning and Maintenance Management Magazine A risk management plan is essential for any business. A thorough plan can be established by identifying and assessing all risks and then…


The 3-Legged Stool: People, Process and Technology--Part 1 Leave a comment Read more »

The 3-Legged Stool: People, Process and Technology–Part 1

After being in the business of providing a safe, clean and disinfected environment in hospitals for the past 33 years, I have come to the conclusion that the best cleaning/disinfection program involves three basic elements: 1. People; 2. Process; and 3. Technology. In this 3…


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