Sponsored by Clorox Professional Products Company - Infection prevention isn’t just important in healthcare settings – it is also crucial in gyms and athletic facilities. From the weight room to the locker room, athletic facilities provide a unique opportunity for the spread of bacteria, germs and infections, such as staph and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which are difficult to treat and can have a serious impact on the health of those who contract them. But with proper prevention protocols and cutting-edge technology, such as the Clorox® Total 360® System, an innovative new surface treatment system, athletic facilities can greatly reduce the risk of facility-wide outbreaks.
MRSA in Athletic Facilities
MRSA is a particular cause of concern in athletic facility settings, where skin-to-skin contact and shared equipment or supplies may increase the risk of infections.(1) According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), athletic facilities, such as locker rooms, should always be kept clean and disinfected whether or not MRSA infections have occurred among athletes, and shared equipment that comes into direct skin contact should be cleaned after each use and allowed to dry.(2) With numerous people using the same facility and equipment on a daily basis, there are countless opportunities for new bacteria and illness-causing germs to be brought in and spread, making keeping the facility and all of the equipment properly cleaned a costly and time-consuming task.
|The Clorox® Total 360® System|
Athletes and visitors to athletic facilities can take preventative measures to inhibit the spread of MRSA, such as hand washing before and after playing sports and weight training, showering immediately after exercise, washing uniforms and clothing after each use, and covering any skin cuts and wounds.(3) However, infection-causing germs can survive on surfaces for extended periods of time. MRSA specifically can survive on surfaces from seven days to seven months(4), meaning not only is daily preventive disinfection a must, but athletic facilities also need to be confident that their products and protocols are up to the task.
Protecting Facilities with the Clorox® Total 360® System
The new Clorox® Total 360® System provides the coverage athletic facilities need using scientifically-tested disinfecting and sanitizing solutions they can trust. It combines revolutionary and patented electrostatic technology with trusted Clorox® products to quickly and easily provide superior coverage in even the hardest-to-reach places – including germ hotspots such as the sides, underside and backside of surfaces such as weights and equipment, where standard cleaning processes may miss. The system works by using an electrode to attractively charge and atomize the disinfecting and sanitizing solutions, creating a powerful liquid flow of solution that is attracted to surfaces with a force stronger than gravity, allowing the solution to reach and uniformly coat surfaces outside the line of sight.
The Clorox® Total 360® System is able to cover up to 18,000 square feet per hour with one of the two Clorox® products – Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Total 360® Disinfectant Cleaner4 and Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Anywhere® Hard Surface Sanitizing Spray. The electrostatic sprayer and scientifically-tested disinfecting and sanitizing solutions perform together to provide superior surface coverage up to four times faster and using up to 65 percent less product, compared with conventional trigger sprays per square foot, saving athletic facilities time, money, and labor by enabling them to do much more, much faster and with much less.
By adopting the Clorox® Total 360® System, athletic facilities can go the extra mile to keep their facilities healthier and protect those who utilize the space against harmful germs and infection-causing bacteria, all the while instilling themselves with confidence that they are effectively minimizing the risk of facility-wide outbreaks and keeping their facility as healthy and clean as possible.
For more information, visit the Clorox Professional Products Company booth (#3867) or www.CloroxTotal360.com, and don’t forget to vote for the Clorox® Total 360® System for the ISSA Innovation Award by visiting the ISSA Showcase booth (# 709).
1) “General Information About MRSA in the Community.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mar. 25, 2016. (Accessed Aug. 3, 2017).
2) “Cleaning & Disinfecting Athletic Facilities for MRSA.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mar. 3, 2016. (Accessed Aug. 3, 2017).
3) “Prevention Information and Advice.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 10, 2016. (Accessed Aug. 3, 2017).
4) “How long do nosocomial pathogens persist on inanimate surfaces? A systematic review.” BioMed Central, Aug. 16, 2006. (Accessed Aug. 7, 2017).
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