Effective disinfection protocols for life™
SanoTech 360™ Certified Healthy Process
There are zillions of germs on every surface: more than 10 million on the average desk.
In fact, the average desk harbors 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. According to one recent workplace microbial study, “desktop surfaces, computer keyboards, mouse and telephone receivers are more contaminated than restroom toilet seats.” Other examples of germs per square inch:
- Telephone: 25,127
- Desktop: 20,961
- Keyboard: 3,295
How Germs Spread
80 percent of all infections spread the same way: Germs spread when a person touches a contaminated high-touch surface like a door handle, and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose. The average person touches his/her face 3.6 times per hour and touches common objects 3.3 times per hour. Germs also spread when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air, landing on surfaces such as desks: The force of a sneeze can send around 100,000 germs up to 25ft.
Harmful germs can cause illness or worse. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces plays a critical role in reducing the spread of infectious germs. And even though disinfection routines should be practiced often, unfortunately, there are few established and consistently followed cleaning and disinfecting policies and procedures.
What’s in a Touch
Germs can last on surfaces from a few hours up to months, and in some instances, for decades. For example, flu viruses can survive on hard surfaces for 24 hours and the bacteria that cause MRSA infections can survive for days to weeks on surfaces.
High-touch surfaces include tables, clothing, telephones, desktops, computers, water fountains, lockers, showers, door handles, bed rails, bed surfaces, and supply carts.
And even though germs are lurking on these surfaces, research says that less than 50% of high-touch surfaces are cleaned.
Cross-contamination is another big problem. Housekeepers spend about 20-30 minutes cleaning a room. Yet, the highest levels of contamination are found in the cleaning cart, specifically the mop and sponge. That means that bacteria are carried from room-to-room and transferred from surface-to-surface.
Chemicals, Cleaning & Disinfecting
Effective disinfection should include the use of antimicrobial chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency lists approved antimicrobial chemicals. A few points to consider when disinfecting surfaces:
- Use EPA-registered disinfectants.
- Follow chemical label directions.
- Clean surfaces to remove dirt and debris before disinfecting.
- Apply the disinfectant and ensure that the disinfectant stays wet on the surface for the required contact time (contact or dwell time is the length of time a disinfectant’s label states that it must remain wet on a surface in order to achieve efficacy).
According to the CDC, cleaning and disinfecting are not the same. Surfaces can appear to be clean, but not healthy.
The CDC recommends routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces. Cleaning with soap, water, and scrubbing removes dirt and most germs. Disinfectant cleaners kill germs.
Stop the Spread of Germs
To help stop the spread of germs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created the “2008 Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities.” Based on this recognized standard, E-Mist developed the SanoTech 360™ Certified Healthy Process (ST360). ST360 provides a practical and consistent process to understand and maintain proper surface disinfection.
Once an organization is certified, ST360 provides a unique and marketable advantage. ST360 Certification communicates that your organization is committed to proper surface disinfection and better health standards. This unique message can then be conveyed to employees, students, parents, customers, patients, residents, and visitors.
SanoTech 360™ Certified Healthy
The SanoTech 360™ Certified Healthy seal of approval is the evidence that an organization has met basic requirements for proper surface disinfection. Certified organizations demonstrate their commitment to the health of the people they serve. From a business perspective, ST360 provides a competitive differentiator.
ST360 certified training is based on a 5-point rating system. The rating system is used to develop best practices and ensure acceptable and sustainable practices.
1-Day ST 360™ Certified Healthy Workshop
The first step in becoming Certified is by completing our 1-Day ST360 Workshop. Our Workshop is a full day of learning and practical application. You’ll learn about the features and benefits of using our electrostatic equipment, which chemicals work best in most environments, safety measures, best practices, access to our advisory team, how you can gain traction in your market area, and more.
The goal of our 1-Day ST360 Workshop is to help you hit the ground running, improve your marketing edge, and create sustainable, healthier, and safer environments.
We offer two levels of certification licensing: Gold and Platinum. Both contain our recurring trademark license, access to our professional marketing toolkit, process review, online consultation, industry insight updates, chemical guidance, and online knowledge base.
NOTE: 1-Day ST360 Workshops are based on one 8-hour training day at our headquarters. Training dates should be booked two month’s in advance. Large distributor Workshops can be scheduled at your location. Contact us for international training.
With the EM360™ System and SanoTech 360™ Certified Healthy Process:
Reduce Labor Costs
- Reduce labor costs 25-45%
- Stop wiping down surfaces with disinfectant