Cleaning Standards in Healthcare
To ensure continued health and safety inside healthcare facilities, the U.S. government has issued specific cleaning standards in healthcare via administrative programs. For instance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protects workers through the enforcement of safety standards. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) focuses on preventing the spread of disease by informing individuals and institutions of the latest research, trends, outbreaks, and cautions.
Those in healthcare cleaning services must comply with the standards set by OSHA, the CDC, and other groups. Reputable companies will provide their workers with proper training in these areas. This training will include detailed instructions on how to properly handle blood-borne pathogens (BBP) and airborne infections, use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as goggles, gloves, clothing, and more.
Environmental Cleaning in Healthcare Facilities
Keeping healthcare facilities sanitary is top priority, but more and more people are now cognizant of the environmental impact made by cleaning products and large institutions. According to a 2016 publication, “Environmental Impacts of the U.S. Health Care System and Effects on Public Health,” by Matthew J. Eckelman and Jodi Sherman, the health sector alone made for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions in 2013. Healthcare institutions also contributed greatly to air toxin levels, acid rain production, and other pollutants.
To help mitigate these negative effects, groups like the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) and United States Green Building Council (USGBC) have created programs to incentivize green janitorial services. The Budd Group is CIMS (Cleaning Industry Management Standard) certified and offers green solutions under the USGBC guidelines.
With this certification, we at The Budd Group use green sealed chemicals standardized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These biodegradable products are placed in recyclable packaging and therefore produce far less waste than other chemicals. They’re also less toxic than their non-green sealed counterparts. There are some instances though that you're going to encounter some medical waste which isn't biodegradable. This will need to be disposed of in the appropriate manner.
In addition to using green chemicals, the equipment we use is also more sustainable. Our high speed buffers include dust control, and the HEPA vacuum cleaners we use meet the standards set by the Carpet and Rug Institute.
The Budd Group provides the highest quality healthcare cleaning in Nashville, TN. Whether it’s a hospital, urgent care facility, or assisted living center, you can rely on The Budd Group’s effective and green cleaning solutions to keep these buildings clean, sanitary, and safe. With our commitment to continuous improvement and our thorough training process for staff members, we will always give you and your institution the care you deserve.