Implementation of the New CSA Cleaning and Disinfection Standard
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Session Room 205B
After 18 months of development, the new Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard for Cleaning and Disinfection of Healthcare Facilities Standard (Z317.12) was released in the spring of 2020. This national standard outlines several key issues which will be presented and discussed from a perspective of implementation strategies for environmental services, infection prevention and control, administration, occupational health, and risk and quality management, specifically :
- Quality management system with an IPAC multi-disciplinary team
- Patient engagement
- Cleaning and disinfection technologies
- Education, training and monitoring
- Sinks and drains
- Audit methods and procedures
Discussion with the audience will be encouraged on how this standard could be implemented in the various types of Canadian healthcare facilities, namely hospitals (teaching, community, rural); long-term care (nursing homes, assisted living); community care (dialysis, chemotherapy, visiting nursing); and offices (physicians, dental, physiotherapy).
The success of the CSA Cleaning and Disinfection of Healthcare Facilities Standard is not only in the documentation alone, but how it is implemented and used to organize a healthcare facility’s processes, reduce the harmful pathogens in the patient care environment, audit the results as to intended benchmarks and, in the end, have less healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) and deaths.