Understanding the 3 basic principles for Infection Prevention.
COVID-19 and the associated lockdowns have been difficult. But the R&D, Production and Customer Service teams at Whiteley have been working hard to ensure that the future looks a little brighter. With the general public now embracing cleaning, surface disinfection and hand hygiene, the level of cleanliness previously reserved for hospitals and commercial kitchens is now being seen in transport and retail hubs.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of cleaning – not just for appearance – but also for health. Organisations and workplaces now apply the guidelines set by state Health Departments to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases and to meet their employees’ and customers’ expectations for a cleaner environment. As a result, there is an enhanced focus on cleaning and hand hygiene.
The onset of the pandemic saw a spike in demand for disinfectants and hand sanitisers. Businesses that were supplied by multinational companies suddenly found themselves out of stock as fully imported disinfectants were re-routed to meet demand back in the USA. Rogue start-ups exploited an opportunity to bring unregistered products to market, leading to a proliferation of copycat disinfectants and slimy, sticky, hand gels near the QR codes at sign-in tables across the country.
The TGA acted quickly to protect Australians from the substandard products. And the market has started to stabilise. But there is more work to do. It is critical that the trust people place in the producers of these critical products is deserved.
Whiteley has been a trusted local manufacturer for 85 years. Our benchmark Viraclean® was the first registered Hospital Grade Disinfectant in Australia to receive a TGA label claim for efficacy against the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
There are 3 basic principles for Infection Prevention:
- Effective Surface Cleaning & Disinfection — Instead of wiping every single object in a room, focus your cleaning efforts on commonly touched surfaces. Clean first. Then disinfect. Whiteley has a range of TGA registered detergents and disinfectants to help you prioritise the higher risk areas in your facility and clean them appropriately. Some disinfectants are registered to work in dirty conditions, which means you can clean and disinfect in one step (dependant on soil load).
- Good Hand Hygiene & Health Etiquette — We all need to maintain our pandemic-level vigilance. Hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing into our elbow, staying home if unwell, vaccination, and wearing PPE all contribute to our wellbeing. Document and ensure compliance with workplace policies for maintaining a clean, healthy environment.
- Infection Prevention & Training — Different detergents and disinfectants are indicated for different objects, surfaces and germs. Increased training increases job satisfaction and actually improves cleaning outcomes. Whiteley can tailor an educational package comprising online and printed content, depending on your requirements.
As Australia opens up and COVID-19 lockdowns become a thing of the past, people will return to work and to life and their reliance on cleaning and hygiene may be re-prioritised. Whiteley will keep sharing the message that cleaning for health is important for us and our families. We will continue to educate and support all those who play a role in cleaning the places we go to eat, sleep, play, pray, learn, heal and travel. Because the individuals who do that work are just as important as the great Australian products they are using.
For assistance with cleaning for health, please visit our Online Learning Centre or call Whiteley’s Product Support Hotline on 1800 833 566.
Content written by: Ivan Obreza, Key Account Manager – Whiteley