Building Healthier Spaces: The One Health Approach to Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols

Building Healthier Spaces: The One Health Approach to Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols


In the era of global health threats and pandemics, the importance of maintaining clean and safe environments has never been more significant. It's not just about cleaning; it's about creating spaces that actively promote the health of individuals and communities. This is where the One Health approach—a collaborative, multidisciplinary methodology aimed at achieving optimal health for people, animals, and the environment—comes to the fore. It requires organizations to implement rigorous cleaning and disinfection practices to ensure the wellbeing of both employees and customers. This includes sanitizing all surfaces, providing hand hygiene facilities, and educating employees on proper hygiene practices to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Furthermore, organizations such as the Global Biorisk Advisory Council offer protocols for most business types and certifications to validate and maintain the highest standard of cleaning and disinfecting over time. 

A Multifaceted Approach: Cleaning, Disinfection, and Hygiene Education 

The One Health approach in this context is not unidimensional; it extends beyond physical cleaning and disinfection to encompass an environment of knowledge and best practices. By providing hygiene facilities and creating robust educational initiatives for employees, organizations can instill a culture of health and safety. 

Hygiene education plays a crucial role in preventing disease transmission. Understanding the correct way to wash hands, use protective equipment, or sanitize surfaces can significantly reduce the risk of infection. When each individual in an organization is well-equipped with this knowledge, the collective health of the entire community is bolstered. 

Embracing One Health in Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols 

Adopting a One Health approach in establishing cleaning and disinfecting protocols implies considering the health of people, animals, and the environment. These protocols should aim not only to prevent disease transmission but also to contribute positively to the overall health and well-being of all those who utilize the space. This means ensuring that cleaning agents are safe for use around both people and animals and do not contribute negatively to the environment. For example, ByoPlanet’s Clean Republic brand disinfectant is a hypochlorous acid-based chemistry that was discovered in the late 1800s and is safe for people, animals, and plants while reducing pathogens and viruses by 99.99% on the surfaces where it’s properly applied.  

Moreover, in keeping with the One Health spirit of collaboration, organizations can draw on the expertise of bodies like the Global Biorisk Advisory Council. By adopting their protocols and pursuing certifications, businesses can ensure they are applying the most effective and current practices in cleaning and disinfection. This way, they not only guarantee the safety of their spaces but also demonstrate a commitment to health and wellbeing that is in line with global best practices. 

The Role of Continuous Assessment and Improvement 

As with any other health intervention, it's important for organizations to regularly assess the efficacy of their cleaning and disinfecting equipment, chemistry, and protocols. The right combination of these three make up the Clean, Disinfect, and Protect model that companies like Merck Animal Health utilize. This involves monitoring, evaluation, and an openness to making necessary changes. Certification bodies not only provide a means of initial validation but also offer an avenue for continued assessment and improvement. This ongoing process is key to maintaining a safe and clean environment over time. 


In our interconnected world, the health of one is inextricably tied to the health of all. Embracing a One Health approach to cleaning and disinfecting protocols is a crucial step in creating spaces that are not just clean, but health-promoting. With rigorous practices, robust education, and continuous improvement, we can build environments that support the well-being of individuals, communities, and ultimately, our planet. The time to act is now; together, let's make every space a testament to health and safety. 

About the Author: Adrian Fulle is the Global Chief Marketing Officer for ByoPlanet and a dedicated advocate for the well-being of animals, plants, and humans alike. Adrian has a passion for health and sustainability and champions initiatives that promote the harmonious coexistence between these interconnected ecosystems. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on the topics of storytelling, marketing science and technology. 


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