TRICOM DISINFECTING AND VIRUS CONTROL PROGRAM
Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases and disinfecting surfaces. TRICOM understands the importance of proper sanitizing and control from spread of virus. The way we approach our cleaning directly affects the control of harmful contagions. TRICOM follows the recommended guidelines from the CSSA and the ISSA.
1. TRICOM KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLEANING, DISINFECTING, AND SANITIZING.
Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.
2. CLEAN AND DISINFECT SURFACES AND OBJECTS THAT ARE TOUCHED OFTEN
We follow our standard procedures for routine cleaning and disinfecting. Typically, this means daily sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, phones, and toys. Some schools may also require daily disinfecting these items. Standard procedures often call for disinfecting specific areas of the school, like bathrooms. Immediately clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled. If surfaces or objects are soiled with body fluids or blood, use gloves and other standard precautions to avoid coming into contact with the fluid. Remove the spill, and then clean and disinfect the surface.
3. SIMPLY DO ROUTINE CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
We match our cleaning and disinfecting activities to the types of germs we want to remove or kill. Most studies have shown that the flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for only 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on a surface. Most viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them. Special cleaning and disinfecting processes, including wiping down walls and ceilings, frequently using room air deodorizers, and fumigating, are not necessary or recommended. These processes can irritate eyes, noses, throats, and skin; aggravate asthma; and cause other serious side effects.
4. CLEAN AND DISINFECT CORRECTLY
Our staff will follow label directions on cleaning products and disinfectants. Wash surfaces with a general cleaner to remove germs. Rinse with water, and follow with an EPA-registered disinfectant to kill germs. Read the label to make sure it states that EPA has approved the product for effectiveness against influenza A virus. If an EPA-registered disinfectant is not available, use a fresh chlorine bleach solution. To make and use the solution:
Add 1 tablespoon of bleach to 1 quart (4 cups) of water. For a larger supply of disinfectant, add ¼ cup of bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.
• Add 1 tablespoon of bleach to 1 quart (4 cups) of water. For a larger supply of disinfectant, add ¼ cup of bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.
• Apply the solution to the surface with a cloth.
• Let it stand for 3 to 5 minutes.
• Rinse the surface with clean water.
If a surface is not visibly dirty, you can clean it with an EPA-registered product that both cleans (removes germs) and disinfects (kills germs) instead. Be sure to read the label directions carefully, as there may be a separate procedure for using the product as a cleaner or as a disinfectant. Disinfection usually requires the product to remain on the surface for a certain period of time.
Use disinfecting wipes on electronic items that are touched often, such as phones and computers. We pay close attention to the directions for using disinfecting wipes. It may be necessary to use more than one wipe to keep the surface wet for the stated length of contact time. We ensure that the electronics can withstand the use of liquids for cleaning and disinfecting.
5. USE PRODUCTS SAFELY
TRICOM trains and pays close attention to hazard warnings and directions on product labels. Cleaning products and disinfectants often call for the use of gloves or eye protection. For example, gloves should always be worn to protect your hands when working with bleach solutions. Do not mix cleaners and disinfectants unless the labels indicate it is safe to do so. Combining certain products (such as chlorine bleach and ammonia cleaners) can result in serious injury or death. TRICOM ensures that all staff, supervisors and others who use cleaners and disinfectants read and understand all instruction labels and understand safe and appropriate use. This might require that instructional materials and training be provided in other languages.
6. HANDLE WASTE PROPERLY
TRICOM follows standard procedures for handling waste, which include wearing gloves. Place no-touch waste baskets where they are easy to use. Throw disposable items used to clean surfaces and items in the trash immediately after use. Avoid touching used tissues and other waste when emptying waste baskets. Wash your hands with soap and water after emptying waste baskets and touching used tissues and similar waste.
COLOUR CODED CLEANING PROCESS
TRICOM Colour Coded Cleaning System combines superior cleaning technology with the productivity and sanitation benefits of visual coding. Our micro fibre cloths and pads are available with Colour-coded enhancements that help our employees easily organize both their equipment and their workday. The results are improved performance, better sanitation and cleaner facilities.
Improves Training and Communication
Colour coding is an intuitive visual coding system, reducing language and literacy barriers when training a diverse workforce in proper cleaning processes. Colour-coding also provides supervisors with quick visual indicators for monitoring employee activity to prevent tool or chemical misuse.
Distinct colour-coding makes it easy to separate tools into their correct areas of use or cleaning task. Restroom tools are kept in the restroom, kitchen tools are kept in the kitchen – reducing bacteria cross-contamination between high and low-risk areas. Proper use creates a healthier, more sanitary environment that benefits employees, occupants and visitors.
Enhances Building Safety
Colour-coding reduces the risk of accidents arising from the misuse of tools or chemicals in the wrong area. For instance, by preventing the use of greasy kitchen mops on entryway floors, or worse yet, using a restroom mop to clean common areas.
Deters Chemical Misuse
Cleaning using distinct colours reduces the transfer of harmful substances by isolating potentially hazardous cleaning chemicals into their appropriate areas. For example, mopping solutions can be coded for a specific floor to avoid the use of caustic chemicals that may permanently damage the surface.
Simplifies Supply Management
By keeping cleaning tools in their proper areas, multi colour allows our team to keep better track of their equipment and supplies. Productivity increases when employees no longer have to search for misplaced tools or proper cleaning equipment.
Preserves Facility Assets
Colour coded cleaning protects valuable assets by reducing the risk of using improper chemicals or applications on floors and other surfaces. Floor-finishing supplies can be Colour-coded to eliminate confusion with floor-stripping supplies to preserve the appearance of high-priced specialty flooring.
Elevates Employee Performance
Colour coded cleaning enhances the professional appearance of employees and increases their efficiency by making it easy to organize the cleaning process. Ergonomic tool design also reduces fatigue and injury to boost productivity.
Definitions and A Little History
Colour coded cleaning, as it applies to the professional cleaning industry, can be defined as the principle of using colour to designate certain cleaning tools or procedures to specific tasks or areas. In most situations where it is incorporated, a few colours are selected, with each colour denoting either a duty, such as cleaning toilets and urinals, or a specific area, such as restrooms.
Example of Colour Coding Applications:
Red: For cleaning and disinfecting toilets, urinals and high-risk or hazardous restroom areas
Yellow: For cleaning showers, mirrors and other low-risk restroom areas
Green: Foodservice, for cleaning areas where food is handled and stored
Blue: For all other areas and surface types, but never in areas where red, yellow or green tools are mandated. In the United States, blue is often used to clean glass and for general cleaning in restrooms.
*Every facility is unique. Customize the floor plan and Colour use to your facility requirements.