03 Nov Tips to Keep Your Facility Sanitized
The front of the house and the back of the house should be COVID-19 free, we definitely want to make sure that we use the appropriate sanitizer. Starting at the front of the house we should use a disinfectant that kills the virus to the back of the house. Using a sanitizing agent that kills the majority of the germs is appropriate and important. Let’s go over tips to keep your facility sanitary.
- Make sure that people are not touching food manually. They have gloves on etc.
- Use acceptable sanitizers, example:
- quat 200 to 400 parts per million and chlorine 50 – 100 parts per billion, and a very inexpensive way to make that is using a gallon of bleach, chlorine-based bleach to a gallon of water. Ammonia quat is not a disinfectant. It is a sanitizer. It does not kill a hundred percent of those viral germs. It is really important that patients’ areas that have a lot of hand contact are disinfected every two hours. If they’re used all the time, before and after each meal period has closed.
- Disinfect, you want to have your areas clean. You want to make sure they’re disinfected. Remember that disinfected, do not wipe it down with a towel to let it air dry. Areas we need to worry about:
- Your break rooms, your tables, your dining room chairs, your carts, your doors, your phones, all those things that have a lot of contact with human beings, air-dry because once you use a towel, you’re sometimes spreading germs, maybe not COVID-19 germs but other germs and it’s just not sanitary.
- In our dining rooms, we want to try to do social distancing as much as possible, and depending on your setting, if it’s an acute behavioral, we certainly want to have pathways that your cognitive residents that come through the dining room.
- Print out traffic flow patterns to promote social distancing.
It’s important to be preventative when it comes to COVID-19 and to always inspect, not expect. By doing these actions to sanitize our facility you can combat germs and keep your residents & staff safe. For more information to protect your facility from COVID-19 in these changes times check out our latest webinar: Keeping You, Your Clients, and Staff Healthy While Delivering Safe, High-Quality Food and Dining Services.