Developing an effective hygiene cleaning plan
Insights and tips to help you implement an effective hygiene cleaning plan
In our Guide to Colour Coding, we explained how colour coded janitorial cleaning products and cleaning zones can improve hygiene standards and minimise the risk of cross contamination.
Whilst this is an important step, it is not the only one that you need to take. In this follow up article, we provide some further insights and tips to help you implement an effective hygiene cleaning plan. Cross contamination occurs when bacteria is spread between people, food, surfaces and equipment. Although it is a common concern in the food and health care industries, cross contamination also poses a serious health threat in commercial and industrial environments, costing business and facility owners millions of pounds each year through lost productivity, absenteeism and personal injury claims.
Cleaning Best Practice Tips
Responsible and effective cleaning practices reduce bacteria on major touch points, such as keyboards, phones, washroom and toilet touch-points, thereby minimising the incidence cross contamination. The following list of best practice tips present some of the key considerations that need to be taken into account when implementing an effective hygiene cleaning plan.
1. Eliminate Outdated Cleaning Methods and Products
- Focus cleaning efforts on key touch-points such as door handles, touch plates, bright work and other areas where people come into contact with the facility or its fixtures.
- Replace traditional cleaning chemicals with environmentally friendly versions. Environmentally friendly cleaning products contain less harmful chemicals and are just as effective at combatting dirt and bacteria than traditional cleaning products.
- Use chemical management systems for accurate product dilution. Use according to directions to minimise waste and maximise cleaning efficiency.
- Use advanced micro-fibre mop heads and cloths instead of cotton ones. Micro fibre are up to 4 times more effective at removing dirt, bacteria and other pathogens, than their cotton counterparts.
- Help cleaning staff to easily identify the right equipment for the task in hand by using colour coded cleaning equipment and cleaning zones.
2. Keep storage space clean and well organised to prevent dirt accumulating onto cleaning equipment
- Ensure cleaning mops, sponges, cloths and gloves are thoroughly cleaned, rinsed, wrung and dried after use.
- Store like items together and keep them separated from items used for other purposes, e.g. avoid storing washroom mops/cloths with kitchen mops/cloths.
3. Implement an effective staff training programme.
- Make sure all staff are fully familiarised with your colour coding scheme and hygiene cleaning plan and receive the proper level of training in healthy cleaning procedures.
4. Ensure adequate quality control and monitoring systems are in place.
- Ensure cleaning staff are properly supervised, to ensure they adhere to and effectively implement the cleaning plan.
Now that you have briefly reviewed the importance of effective infection control measures and examined the implementation of an effective colour-coded cleaning regime. What next?
You can either contact your local Environmental Health Officer for further information and guidance on effective infection control or contact us here at Wray Bros instead. We can assist you in the development of effective infection control procedures, offer you comprehensive advice on the correct Jangro cleaning products to use, perform a Hygiene Audit on your premises or deliver bespoke staff training courses.
Further help is also available via the new Jangro Learning Management System, which includes a 'Colour Coding & Infection Control' training module.