Cleaning Without Chemicals in Healthcare
Monash Health, employing more than 14,000 staff to care for 1.344 million Victorians living across nine local government areas in the south-east of Melbourne has transformed their environmental cleaning procedure.
Monash Health conducted a pilot study in 2011 using microfibre and steam technology. Findings of this study resulted in the transformation of cleaning without chemicals to be implemented across the entire health service. The Jessie McPherson Private Hospital, Dandenong Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and Moorabbin Hospital’s operating suite were the first of their kind to introduce cleaning without chemicals.
The new practice has resulted in a 90 per cent reduction in water used for cleaning, savings of over $250,000 per annum, elimination of 709 litres of hypochlorite and 6,154 litres of detergent per annum, and an overall 5 per cent improvement in cleaning standards. Human health benefits include a reduction in back injuries with no need to use heavy mop buckets, floors are no longer wet reducing the likelihood of slips and chemical irritation or allergies are no longer a risk as chemicals have been eliminated. Cleaning without chemicals is easily transferrable to other industries.