We all need cleaning and some level of sanitation, but how much – and when is disinfecting justified?
Here are some fun facts from the World Health Organization (WHO):
- There are 100-10,000 microorganisms alive on every square centimeter of our skin.
- Feces contains approximately 10 trillion (1013) bacteria per gram.
- Contamination (transmission of the bacteria to a new site or host) does not necessarily cause infection.
- The proportional presence of any specific bacteria which will, upon contamination, cause infection, is known as the minimal infective dose. It varies by species among bacteria, and persons with less than healthy immune systems can succumb to infection by a lower presence.
- Here’s the key, from the WHO, as to why cleaning, sanitization, and especially disinfection matter:
“The most important determinants of infection, however, are the nature and number of the contaminating organisms.”
The ideal is to clean daily, and if that is not practicable or affordable, considering the offsetting costs of productivity lost to illness in calculating that practicality and affordability, then do so as close to daily as possible. If you install SafeHandles products to improve sanitation and disinfection, it’s essentially a simple process that frees up time and money for more frequent cleaning. It’s a win-win situation. Make that win-win-win, when you consider all your healthy employees or students or members whom you don’t lose to illness.
The more hard surfaces you have in your environment, the more reasons you have to consider the use of SafeHandles. Each of those surfaces is a potential colony for microbial pathogens. Even if you send in the troops in the form of disinfectant spray, dwell time and wipe-down, new insurgents will arrive by the hour or even minute in heavily-frequented areas, whether they get there by manual transmission or airborne. SafeHandles products are like a permanent, ubiquitous force of well-armed ground troops.
The economy of scale that applies to use of SafeHandles versus spray-on disinfectants may not apply in smaller venues like small private companies or single-family households, but the goal of disinfection is the same regardless of population size: protection of the populace from illness. The lack of money to bring in a highly skilled janitorial force with adequate training and protective equipment for implementation of an effective cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection program may act as a disincentive to small business owners and homeowners, causing them to settle for over-the-counter chlorine bleach wipes. Cleaning can easily enough be accomplished by anyone – employee, member, congregant, whoever is willing, able, and available. Disinfecting really is a job for the pros, and the pros at SafeHandles have eliminated the dangers and rigors of sanitation, so that everyone can avoid communicable diseases – at work, at school, at church, and at home.