24/04/2020

Colour code for health

Colour code for health

The term 'cross-contamination' is most commonly used when talking about food prep or health care facilities, but cross-contamination can occur anywhere, including the workplace.

The word simply refers to bacteria being spread between people, surfaces, food, and other common touch points. One person in your business in contact with bacteria is all it takes for cross- contamination to occur

Examples are - Shaking hands  after using the toilet without first properly washing hands. Touching raw meats and then preparing vegetables without washing hands between tasks. Using an apron to wipe hands between handling different foods, or wiping a counter with a towel and then using it to dry hands.

It is a huge concern for employers especially now with COVID-19 – but when we return to ‘normal’ with colds & flu and norovirus outbreaks it would be advisable to implement a cleaning plan.

 

  1. Implement a personal hygiene program.
  2. Remind employees to wash their hands.
  3. Good cleaning regime ensuring regularly sanitised touch areas.
  4. Using different colour chopping boards, cleaning cloths and cleaning implements.
  5. Use ‘ fit for purpose’ cleaning products.
     

Talk to your cleaning company about their sanitising routine. Ensure they use colour coded cloths and mops and buckets – or invest in these yourself if you don’t use a cleaning contractor .

Lawrence Cleaning use ;

  • Red for Danger = Toilets
  • Blue for Kitchens
  • Yellow for General Cleaning
  • White for Toilet Sinks
  • Green for Surgeries

 

 

 

 

 

Ensure everyone knows what the colours refer to by putting charts up so staff can check them.

With good quality products like anti-bacterial spray/wipes, toilet cleaner, floor cleaner used for the individual places will ensure a clean and healthy environment.

For help and advice contact us on 01902 663727

 

Lawrence Cleaning – cleaning up the Black Country for 37 years

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Cleaning have been our cleaners for over 28 years, a recommendation in itself. They have a strong desire to ensure we are satisfied with the quality of service  given and continuity of staff is most appreciated.
Martin Parker - Senior Partner- Muras Baker Jones