Environmental Cleaning Toolkit

This toolkit has been designed to support environmental services managers and infection control professionals in providing training to staff regarding effective procedures for environmental cleaning. The program supports the Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee’s (PIDAC) Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning for Prevention and Control of Infections

The toolkit includes six modules, each with a narrated training presentation and support materials.

This Environmental Cleaning Toolkit does not reflect the changes made in Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning for Prevention and Control of Infections in All Health Care Settings, 3rd Edition. The content is not current and is in line with the 2012 version of the best practice document. For more information, please contact your Regional IPAC Support Team.

Modules

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Introduction to the Toolkit

Read through the Introduction before starting the modules to learn more about how to use the toolkit, how it was developed and information on adult learning.

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This module explores general principles in the transmission of infectious agents in health care settings and the importance of appropriate environmental cleaning in interrupting that transmission chain.

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Support Materials

This module reviews “routine practices” – those practices that are to be used at all times to prevent transmission of infectious agents and to keep everyone safe in the workplace.

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Support Materials

Cleaning Products and Tools

This module explores the principles of cleaning and disinfecting environmental surfaces in health care settings with a focus on the selection and appropriate use of cleaning agents, disinfectants and cleaning tools/equipment.

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Cleaning Frequency

This module explores the factors that determine the frequency of cleaning based on a risk stratification with particular focus on all settings where a “hospital clean” standard is needed.

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Cleaning Procedures

This module reviews the principles of correctly sequencing the tasks involved in routine cleaning.  The full discharge/vacancy/transfer cleaning process and procedures are reviewed and discussed.

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Cleaning – Other Considerations

This module reviews: waste handling; sharps safety; cleaning of biological spills; and selection and cleaning of non-critical equipment.

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Support Materials

This module reviews: Contact, Droplet and Airborne precautions; appropriate procedures for cleaning rooms and equipment; and personal protective equipment (PPE) required when additional precautions are in place.

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Support Materials

This module discusses the reasons for auditing and reviews different methods for measuring the effectiveness of cleaning procedures.

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Support Materials

Updated 22 Oct 2019