A large number of people are afraid to work for medical cleaning services because they fear for their health. It is true that people working for medical cleaning services do come in contact with some contagions, but there are methods you can use to protect your health.
Medical cleaning services are provided to:
• Dr. offices
• Dental offices
• Day surgery facilities
• Rehabilitation and therapy centers
Medical cleaning services usually pay higher wages to their employees than residential cleaning services do. This is due of the risk of exposure when cleaning medical offices. If you take the time to learn all of the proper protection methods you will be as safe performing medical cleaning services as you would be cleaning your own home.
Protective Measures Every Employee Should Use
• Your biggest defense against all contagions is hand washing. Make sure that you wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer whenever you finish in a room. This will help you to not catch anything from any contagion you might have come in contact with. It will also help keep you from transferring germs from cross-contaminating the facility while you are cleaning.
• You should wear gloves to protect your hands when you are cleaning. Whenever you are taking out the trash, or removing soiled linen, or when you have to touch a surface that is likely to be contaminated you should wear protective gloves. Even though you were protective gloves you should still wash your hands after you clean each room.
• When you are sweeping, dusting, or performing an action that might cause dust particles to fly around the room you should wear a respirator mask. The thin cotton masks will protect you from breathing in tiny infectious particles.
• Your eyes are open to germs at all times. A pair of protective goggles can stop germs from entering your body through your eyes.
• If you have a cut, scrape, or any broken skin you need to cover that area with a bandage. An area of broken skin is an entrance portal for bacteria.
• Try to keep your hands away from your face. Wear your hair pinned up so you will not have the urge to brush your hair back.
• When you leave a room, use a cleaning towel to provide a barrier between your hand and the doorknob. Doorknobs are places that everyone touches, and few people think to clean. Never leave a room without cleaning the doorknob.