The Green Way to Infection Control

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During the past 10 years, we’ve had several health scares around the world. For example, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) started in Hong Kong, spreading to many corners of the world. The H1N1 virus developed in 2009, and by the time it had run its course, the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated there were more than 60 million cases. In more recent years, we have had to deal with Ebola.

In all these situations, cleaning professionals have been, and will continue to be, on the front lines helping to minimize the spread of these pandemics. And we can pretty well count on them being called to the front lines once again when the next pandemic occurs.

Frequently, too many cleaning solutions, including ones that are too powerful, have been used to stop the spread of disease. A lot of this has been panic driven. To help prevent this reaction in the future, cleaning professionals can take a different approach to address another public health scare. We can refer to this as a Green Infection Prevention program.

Such a program would require the following steps, which overall, can help to prevent the spread of germs and lessen the amount of cleaning solutions we put into the environment.

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