Environmental Cleaning and Infection Prevention and Control

Environmental cleaning is a critical element of standard precautions and should be a feature of every health service organisation’s infection prevention and control program.

The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards require health service organisations to have processes in place to maintain a clean and hygienic environment, in line with the current edition of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of the Infection in Healthcare and jurisdictional requirements.

The Commission has produced the following suite of environmental cleaning resources to support health service organisations in meeting Action 3.11 of the Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard and implementing the environmental cleaning requirements of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare: