Using less water during cleaning, particularly in hospitals, would help to reduce the number of slips, trips and falls. That was the overwhelming verdict of an online poll conducted by cleaning industry blog site www.cleanleanhealthcare.org.
The site asked: ‘Would a reduction in the volume of water used during cleaning reduce the number of slips, trips and falls in public buildings?’ Comments emphasised the priority of safety, particularly in hospitals where large numbers of people move about. Some 62% of those who voted said the reduction of water would help while 38% disagreed.
James Blackhurst, managing director of Jigsaw Cleaning Systems who ran the survey, said: “By using new methods and products, hospitals don’t need to use as much water as they have done in the past. The benefits are two-fold as this means it is safer and also cost-effective because of the time saved not having to refill with water so many times. It is also helpful for the cleaners themselves who don’t have to carry about so much water as they perform their duties.”
A new specification on cleaning in hospitals was published last year by the Department of Health, the National Patient Safety Agency and the British Standards Institution. The DoH has recently confirmed that NHS spending on cleaning last year was up £40.7 million to £937.9 million.