Any Questions?

EVS stands for Environmental Services or in other words this term represents housekeeping services in health care environment. EVS professional are highly trained to provide quality support services for care providers and patients and ensure safe environment.

To spray or not to spray?
Spraying in healthcare environment is not advisable. To know more please go to module discussing this subject matter.
Is bleach a cleaner or disinfector or both?
Bleach is strictly a disinfecting product, if you use bleach you must us a detergent first to remove biofilm and other gross dirt that protect the germs. Once removed you can apply bleach to kill those pathogens.
Can we use a 2 in 1 (Cleaner and Disinfectant) chemical as one step?
The short answer is “No”. Please refer to modules discussing chemicals and also one step Vs two step materials for an in depth analysis
Does Enhanced cleaning increases the quality of the work the housekeeper is performing?
No, this process just increases the frequency of regular clean. Keep in mind enhance cleaning can be done by different person or even delegate to other departments to do.
Why we use microfiber cloth over bar wipes?
Microfiber cloths will help housekeeper to get the friction they need to clean, where as bar wipes glide over the surfaces with out cleaning. To know more about microfibers, please refer to the module discussing Microfiber cloths, four-fold techniques and its care.
How often should I change gloves?
Every time you come in contact with a dirty surface you should change. For more knowledge, you should refer to modules discussing clean route, PPE donning and doffing, Isolation cleans etc. Also CISS representative can guide you through observations and coaching if you are in the program.
How many cloths should I use in a room?
On average 4 cloths are used inside one room. 1) For fixtures inside room (door knob, light switch, tables etc.) 2) For Bed 3) For washroom fixtures (sink, assist bars, counters etc.) 4) Toilet. If you wipe something visible dirty you must change your cloth immediately especially in the washroom after cleaning bodily fluids. There sometimes up to 8 cloths can be used inside a room.

Land Acknowledgement

I recognize that our places of work and the Vancouver Coastal Facilities lie on the traditional homelands of the fourteen First Nation communities of Heiltsuk, Kitasoo-Xai’xais, Lilwat, Musqueam, N’Quatqua, Nuxalk, Samahquam, Sechelt, Skatin, Squamish, Tla’amin, Tsleil-Waututh, Wuikinuxv, and Xa’xtsa.

I acknowledge that my place of work lies on the unceded traditional homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.