Environmental Infection Prevention Toolkit
The resources in this toolkit may only be used for internal improvement and education efforts. They may not be used for commercial purposes.
Contaminated environments increase the risk of transmission of healthcare associated infections. Appropriate environmental infection prevention practices are important to maintaining a safe environment of care for both patients and providers.
The ASC Quality Collaboration has assembled a variety of resources and information that may be used to supplement your current processes to enhance existing environmental infection prevention practices.
The BASIC Environmental Infection Prevention Toolkit includes three essential resources:
The EXPANDED Environmental Infection Prevention Toolkit contains both essential resources and a broader array of materials, including:
The materials presented here include publicly available resources from the following organizations:
Comments and other feedback may be directed to Ann Shimek, Executive Director, ASC Quality Collaboration, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Environmental Cleaning Policy and Procedure Template
This sample environmental cleaning policy and procedure is based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and recommendations from the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC). It should be adapted as needed for use in each facility. Cleaning of other areas, such as recovery rooms, should also be addressed in facility policy and procedure.
- Blood or Other Body Fluid Spills Policy and Procedure Template
This sample policy and procedure for managing spills of blood and other body fluids is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. It should be adapted as needed for use in each facility.
- OSACH Cleaning and Disinfection of Environmental Surfaces
This article from the Ontario Safety Association for Community & Healthcare (OSACH, which is now a part of the Public Services Health & Safety Association) provides information on evaluating and selecting environmental disinfectants for use in healthcare settings.
- Selected EPA Registered Disinfectants (EPA)
The links below lead to lists from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) itemizing products that are registered as effective against various infectious pathogens.
- Environmental Cleaning Audit Template
This sample audit template may be used to assess environmental cleaning. It should be customized to reflect the unique environment of each facility.
Guidelines from Leading Authorities