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Environmental Cleaning & Disinfection

Infections can spread when a person touches a contaminated surface or object and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes. Some germs can survive for long periods of time on surfaces including doorknobs, faucet handles, toys and diapering tables. Frequent cleaning then disinfection is an important measure to prevent the spread of infections in child care centres.

Child care centres must provide staff with health and safety training that includes the safe and proper use of cleaning and disinfections agents.

It is important to remember that cleaning and disinfection are two separate processes. Cleaning must be completed first to allow the disinfectant to kill any pathogens. 

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