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Cleaning in Healthcare Facilities: Reducing Human Health Effects and Environmental Impacts

This white paper summarises the primary health and environmental impacts related to conventional surface cleaning, and explains a systems approach for designing and implementing healthier and environmentally friendly cleaning strategies for the healthcare sector.

It discusses various aspects of cleaning, such as cleaning for infection prevention and control, health and environmental impacts of cleaning chemicals, and greener cleaning – which involves a shift towards non-chemical alternatives.

It offers a literature review of cleaning products and provides guidance to implement successful green cleaning programmes

This white paper concludes by indicating areas where future research and policy initiatives are needed to ensure proper cleaning of healthcare facilities.

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