What is colour coding?

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The importance of colour coding

You may (or may not!) have noticed that as a company we work wherever possible to the British Institute of Cleaning Science’s recommended colour coding.

Colour coding of cleaning equipment is extremely important in environments such as hospitals and other public premises which serve food, but it has now become very popular in a number of other industries.

Whilst not required by law it is considered good practice in order to help prevent the spread of germs and since the introduction of a number of new food and hygiene legislations in 2006 many businesses have chosen to adopt the practice of colour coding, especially if they are involved in the healthcare or catering industries.

The significance of colour coding should not be underestimated as it can be very useful for a number of reasons:

A more methodical approach to help prevent the transfer of germs:
Our clients are all quite different, so as a cleaning company it helps us break down your building into different areas- public /general/toilets/kitchen and medical areas. With the correctly coloured cloths used in the right places, this helps to prevent cross-contamination and the spread of germs and dirt throughout the building. Colour coding makes cleaning generally more efficient and helps increase hygiene throughout the building.

Consistent standards from all staff:
All our staff are fully trained in the use of colour coding. With all cleaners working to the same standards it avoids any confusion in the event of sickness or holiday cover. Cloths are regularly washed or replaced as are mop heads.

Peace of mind for our customers:
Our customers can rest assured that standards of hygiene are higher and there is much less risk of cross contamination in their premises. This is especially important if health and safety is paramount to your business.

Which colours are used where?

In their recommendations, BICSc identify four main zones which can generally be found in most venues. You can see them shown in the diagram below.

Perfect Finish follow the same guidelines but have tweaked them slightly to fit around our customer base. Whilst very similar we generally use: Blue for general or more public areas (think office desks, school classrooms and apartment communal areas) Green in kitchen areas, Yellow is also used in food preparation areas (or in the rare event we may be cleaning in clinical areas). Red is only ever used in washrooms, toilets and urinals.
As well as cleaning cloths, our mops head and buckets are always colour coded too so you can rest assured the same standards are followed at all times, regardless of the task we are undertaking.

Staff are taught about colour coding practice at their induction and also attend regular training sessions throughout the year to refresh and emphasise the process.

After use, cleaning cloths and mop heads are well rinsed and stored, separately, but in the same cupboard in the correctly co-ordinating bucket.
Cloths are regular laundered and replaced, while mops are rinsed/cleaned regularly and left to dry upright between use. Again, they are replaced regularly and new mops heads are always available from our head office as required.

You can find out more about colour coding here: http://info.janitorialexpress.london/blog/2013/03/19/a-colour-coding-system-and-infection-control-for-cleaners-part-v

You can find out more about the British Institute of Cleaning Science here:https://www.bics.org.uk/




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