Implementing a Green cleaning strategy for a medical facility involves knowing where Green cleaning products can be used and where they cannot. The bulk of the regulations involving Green cleaning and what products and procedures can and cannot be used in medical facilities pertains to operatory, emergency, and high-infection areas. However, in office areas, commonly used areas, and even in many patient areas, using environmentally preferable cleaning products can be an effective and safe option that can also be better for the environment and building users.
To determine where Green cleaning products can and cannot be used, divide a medical facility into the following four categories:
High Risk: These are areas such as those mentioned earlier—operatory, emergency, and high infection—where regulations prevail; Green cleaning products should not be used in these areas.
Moderate Risk: Many common areas, cafeterias, and patient rooms may be viewed as moderate risk areas. In these locations, there are usually no regulations as to what types of cleaning products must be used. As a result, environmentally preferable cleaning products should be considered.
Low Risk: Office areas of the facility can almost always be considered low risk and Green cleaning products should be used.
Unsure: Because medical facilities are very focused on preventing the spread of disease, if it is unclear what type of cleaning products (conventional or Green) should be used, it is best to err on the side of caution. Typically, over time, it will become clearer what types of products to use and when.