OMA Newsletter

Best Practice Newsletter - Spring 2013

Go Green - This Spring, Clean Green

Editor’s Note: The below article was prepared for the website PracticeGreenHealth.org.

The process of cleaning and disinfecting health care facilities can involve potentially hazardous substances. Responsible, sustainable practices include reassessing the ways in which health care environments are cleaned and disinfected to maximize cleaning efficacy, moving to the use of “greener” cleaning products and materials where possible, and initiating utilization of green cleaning equipment and processes. It involves developing and implementing policies that support these practices, and continuously evaluating your progress.

“Sustainable” or “green” cleaning is about maintaining and improving cleanliness and supporting infection prevention and control while protecting patients, staff and the environment from the risks posed by cleaning materials and processes. It encompasses a broad set of practices and is not about simply switching one product for another. A successful program is focused on overall “quality cleaning” – standardized operations, effective tools and cleaning chemicals, uniform dispensing systems, comprehensive staff training, proper protective equipment and clearly written policies and protocols for the various levels of cleaning and response to blood and body fluid spills.

With planning and oversight, green cleaning provides a high-performance cleaning process that prioritizes infection prevention and control while reducing waste, risks to staff and patients and negative impacts on the environment.

To learn more, visit https://practicegreenhealth.org/topics/safer-chemicals.