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HSE National Cleaning Standards Manual

In February 2005 the National Hospitals Office (NHO), established a working group to evaluate the current status of infection control and cleaning services in acute hospitals. The group identified a need to develop uniform standards, guidelines and audit processes across Irish acute hospitals, and in response to this need, the working group as established under the auspices of the NHO, developed draft hygiene services standards for acute hospitals.

The IHSAB Hygiene Services Standards cover the areas as audited as part of the national hygiene audits, i.e. Environment, Waste Management, Ward Kitchens, Linen, Sharps, Hand Hygiene and the Management of Patient

This cleaning manual has been designed to complement the IHSAB Hygiene Services Standards, and provide support and guidance for staff in attaining high standards of environmental cleanliness.

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