Importance of Cleaning & Disinfecting A Pathogenic Contamination With A Biohazard Cleanup Company
Illnesses can quickly spread throughout a school. The new media have reported by outbreaks of the flu, the Norovirus and E. coli running rampant in the school systems. Additionally, several parents have expressed concern about vaccinating their children from childhood illnesses like the measles, chicken pox, etc. This has lead to an increased outbreak in these diseases. Schools must learn to protect their students by establishing protocols in the event of pathogenic contamination. Let’s take a look at a typical plan for handling contaminations at schools.
The CDC reports that when a person has a measles infection, they are contagious for the four days before the rash appears and four days after the rash disappears. Those who have not been properly vaccinated have a 90 percent risk of becoming infected. However, the measles vaccine can only survive two hours outside of the body. Other diseases can survive longer. The time frame that the viruses remain active depending on the type of disease. Here is a list for some of the most common diseases and how long they can survive outside of the body.
- Hepatitis A – This virus can survive outside of the body for several months.
- Hepatitis B – Hepatitis B can survive for approximately 1 week.
- Hepatitis C – Has a four-day survival outside of the body.
- The Common Cold – The common cold can survive outside of the body for approximately 1 week.
- Norovirus – The norovirus can survive for several weeks.
- C. Difficile – C. difficile can last up to 5 months.
- Norovirus – The norovirus can survive several weeks out of the body.
- Staphylococcus Aureus – The Staphylococcus aureus-virus, also known as MRSA, can survive for many weeks outside of the body and is resilient to arid conditions.
Many children do not properly wash their hands, yet touch many surfaces in the school throughout the day. This increases the risk of disease transmission and a full-blown outbreak. Food service personnel, janitors and other adult school staff must maintain protocols to decrease the risk of cross-contamination.
Health department officials gave unsatisfactory ratings in 11 of the 12 schools in one Seattle school district following inspections in 2018. Some of these violations were red critical items, including a lack of proper hand washing stations, improper food storage (food stored at the wrong temperature which would allow pathogens to thrive, a lack of the necessary food handling permits and insufficient training of the staff.
Do your school’s kitchen and cafeteria areas need to be deep cleaned? Who is in charge of cleaning and disinfecting your contaminated school facilities?
Think back to your childhood. Do you remember scrubbing your desk each Friday morning in homeroom? Because the janitors in the school system have so much to do, many teachers require their students to perform basic classroom chores. Janitors are responsible for a plethora of responsibilities. Deep cleaning is done on a schedule of weeks or days. If an outbreak occurs, the school may need to call in a professional disinfecting service to clean and disinfect the areas.
When a biohazard company is contracted for cleaning and sanitizing a school, they follow OSHA’s decontamination protocols to ensure the school is properly cleaned and disinfected. The team will clean every surface in the school that humans come in contact with. In addition to this, the school’s HVAC systems will be properly disinfected. If an airborne disease that has a long survival rate has taken hold of the school, surfaces and textiles will be deep cleaned to ensure all traces of the pathogens are removed. Furthermore, the refrigeration units, food handling equipment, and bus fleets will be properly disinfected.
It would take your staff weeks to complete this type of cleaning; however, with a reputable biohazard company, the job can be done in hours or a few days. Furthermore, the company will properly clean and disinfect your school correctly for the first time.
Our company assists in cleaning and disinfecting pathogenic contamination, including trauma-related issues, infection control and other types of pathogenic contaminations in the industrial, public and private sectors, including schools. We have a comprehensive checklist to ensure we meet and exceed all local, OSHA and EPA air quality standards.
We understand that chemical sensitivities can occur; therefore, we offer green sanitizing solutions for schools. Unlike bleach towelettes that can actually spread resistant pathogens, our procedures prevent the spread.
Does your school district have a plan in place to handle an outbreak? If not, call our team to see how we can help. We want to reduce the risk of an outbreak and recontamination at your school. Contact us and allow us to properly clean and disinfect your school for the sake of the children and your staff.