Cleaning for Health©

During the pandemic, cleaning-for-health has moved from a “nice to have” to a “need to have.” Our Cleaning for Health © program plays an important part in the control of disease.  We use various testing methods (ATP/numerical, Pathfinder/visual) to verify that your cleaning staff are cleaning contact points and other transmission surfaces properly. When readings are below the level required for adequate sanitization, retraining the staff member may be required along with an evaluation of the tools and disinfectants being used. Cleaning for health:

  • Demonstrates duty-of-care and increases comfort to occupants and visitors
  • Reduces tenant employee absenteeism, increase productivity
  • Reduces bacteria, viruses, fungus, and organic material on contact points
  • Surface testing tells you whether staff are cleaning and sanitizing properly
  • Retesting is done after 3-5 weeks to confirm standards are being followed
  • DCs can build a standalone Cleaning For Health © program for you or integrate it into our CLEAN + SAFE © program.

Cleaning for Health Overview

The DCS Cleaning for Health program is broken down into 2 main components Equipment and Process. The focus of the program is to reduce the amount of surface pathogens within your building and provide a measure of “real” clean instead of just visual clean. By breaking the chain of contaminants on surfaces on a regular frequency, you lessen the risk of surface transmission of diseases.

Method

The main focus of the Cleaning for Health program is touch point cleaning.  We work with you to develop an inventory of surface types and locations and help identify the correct methodology and frequency for cleaning and sanitization. For example, tenant areas could include: door handles, telephone handsets, desktops, tabletops, counters, sink taps, washroom sink taps, toilet seats and handles, washroom partition doors, elevator buttons, and water fountains. Common areas could include tabletops, security telephones, countertops, public washroom toilet seats and handles, public washroom partition doors, public washroom sink taps, elevator buttons, hand rails, benches, and chair backs and seats.

Surfaces must be cleaned before sanitization (viruses can survive under dirt and dust particles). DCS will help develop standards and specifications specific to the level of risk in your building and provide advice on generic chemicals and equipment.

Surface Sanitization Testing (ATP Testing)

atp-testingAdenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a molecule found in all living cells. If you can imagine a firefly, the light it produces is ATP reacting with an enzyme. The amount of ATP on a surface is measured by the light that a swab of the surface gives off. The higher the reading the more ATP in the sample and therefore more organic matter on the surface. The results are measured numerically and can compared over time and across different locations.

DCS also employs a visual grading system using Pathfinder technology. The principle is the same as ATP testing except that specialized equipment can take a photograph illustrating the concentration of possible pathogens on a surface.

A case study illustrating the benefits of the Pathfinder process can be found here.

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