Cross Contamination: A Rising Threat to Your Business
Creating safer work environments have taken on new meaning as we have entered an era where pathogen awareness and risk mitigation have become key factors to business operations. Employee health and wellness are now a key aspect of employer policy as a lapse in these protocols can potentially disrupt business operations, negatively impact employee retention, and damage the health of the individuals and businesses.
Cross-contamination, as a consequence of touching surfaces, has been a large catalyst in the spread of viral and bacterial pathogens in professional environments, but the advancements in sanitation technologies have created strong tools that can be used to combat the rising threat caused by cross-contamination.
The initial transmission risk of the day is typically upon opening the door to the workplace. Door handles are one of the highest frequency touch points as it relates to surfaces and pose a great risk of cross contamination when not properly protected. The potential for cross contamination is greater in all high touch areas, such as sinks, toilets, tables, chairs, and kitchen appliances, in addition to gas pump handles and other shared surfaces in the public domain.
The most common solution to this threat is biocidal disinfection, however after the disinfectant has been applied there is no protection preventing growth of new pathogen colonies from the next contaminated touch, once the disinfectant ceases working after several minutes. This lapse in protection creates a higher risk that can be mitigated by use of a biostatic surface protectant that will hinder the reproduction of microbial colonies in between periodic disinfections. Applying Penetrexx, a biostatic antimicrobial surface protectant, on all regular and high touch surfaces reduces the risk of cross contamination by creating a protective barrier that attracts offending pathogens to microscopic spears which pierce the outer layer and deliver an electric charge to pathogens destroying the microbe on contact. Surfaces treated with Penetrexx should be cleaned with a cationic (positively charged) disinfectant that will clean the pathogen carcasses from the spikes providing protection with no need to re-apply for 30 – 90 days before barrier efficacy begins to diminish.
Further reduction of cross contamination is achieved through promoting proper hygiene and practices beginning with employee hand washing,and advances in hand sanitization technology have since created more effective, longer lasting antimicrobial solutions for hand sanitization. Alcohol based hand sanitizers are effective as a short duration solution, and as soon as the alcohol dries the protection is lost. Alcohol based sanitizers also strip away natural oils on and dry out skin which can create cracks that allow numerous entry points for pathogens to enter our bodies. In contrast to biocidal hand sanitizers, mPulse biostatic hand sanitizer contains no alcohol, moisturizes skin, and provides extended protection for up to 8 hours. Combining the use of Penetrexx on surfaces and mPulse on hands along with effective daily disinfection will provide lower ATP scores (log counts) proving a safer environment that will increase the likelihood of healthier employees and a healthier business, while lowering the possibility of cross-contamination!