Course Overview

This program has been designed to provide those servicing the public with a better understanding of the best practices for infection control while cleaning to deliver safer, and healthier spaces where people stay, work and play.

Effectiveness when disinfecting is dependent on the following:

  • Friction used during cleaning to remove the soil or debris covering the surface to allow the disinfectant to properly saturate the surface.
  • Disinfection products used are approved by the applicable regulation agency. i.e., sporicidal cleaners used for C. difficile approved by Health Canada.
  • Dwell time: the product must remain visibly wet for on the surface to kill the pathogen.

Understand the importance of friction to clean the surface or equipment. Maintaining the hygiene of a space can be challenging but worthwhile to protect those who occupy it.

Ease of cleaning has an impact. In a space where it is more difficult to clean and space is limited, you will find surfaces that may require more attention. High touch surfaces are areas where there is a higher concentration of microorganisms because they are handled or touched the most by those who occupy the space. Light switches, door handles, telephones, and office equipment are examples of high touch surfaces.

At the end of this course, you will have the skills necessary to disinfect a space properly and prevent the spread of infection through effective procedures and practices.

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