Cleaning for Health
Looking into the future, we can expect to see an increased interest in cleaning for health. This growing interest is partially due to the widespread acceptance of green cleaning. The adoption and use of green cleaning products and services has renewed the awareness and appreciation of the primary purpose of cleaning—i.e., to remove unwanted matter and pathogenic microorganisms from facilities to ensure they are in a state conducive to the occupants’ health and well being. The growing interest in cleaning for health is also borne out of greater awareness and an increase in the transmission and prevalence of infectious pathogens that threaten human health, such as MRSA and the norovirus. Cleaning, of course, plays a crucial role in breaking the “infection connection” and protecting human health.
Today, we have devices like Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) testers that can scientifically measure the effectiveness of a cleaning process. ATP testers are becoming more common in the marketplace because they are relatively inexpensive and provide almost instantaneous results. These devices play an important role in not only measuring effectiveness, but also in improving cleaning processes.
In fact, ISSA and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute are collaborating on a three year research project using ATP testers to establish a uniform, scientific measure of clean from a public health perspective so that when a facility is declared “clean” it means that it is healthy and sanitary for the occupants’ welfare. When completed, the findings will have the most relevance in a K-12 educational setting, but it is expected that the results will be readily transferable to most institutional settings. The research is also expected to prove the positive connection between a clean and healthy school building and student performance.
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