Cleaning and premises hygiene have been a continuous commitment for decades as organisations
maintained their premises keeping staff and public areas clean.
Major utilities such as public transport and airports as well as hospitals and social services have
established their own specific cleaning programmes, often let out on Tender based Contracts to achieve
value for money where often the lowest priced offer wins.
Few organisations and their managers ever audit the efficacy of those cleaning contracts.
It was always assumed whoever won was a competent and professional bidder who would equip their
staff with effective chemicals and processes that ensured high levels of hygiene.
Do you know if your cleaning contractor over-dilutes chemicals to go further, or diluted to make them more
Over-dilution often makes that product totally ineffective as a biocide
For years this has been the norm
Health and Safety Managers had no ways of knowing if the services their organisation commissioned was
effective. Test and trace were unknown as an audit process although the equipment has been available
for many years.When the COVID epidemic struck worldwide enhanced levels of hygiene were adopted especially making
staff aware of hand and premises sanitation as well as personal obligations with face masks, distancing,
and reduced face to face contact, however, hygiene auditing was never adopted therefore few
organisations knew if their cleaning contractors were delivering a viable COVID hygiene service.
These Contracts are let for huge sums, yet no audit exists. Users now free-issue NATURAMA to their
Contract Cleaners to eliminate dilution coupled with ATP auditing ensuring proper cleaning is delivered
The NATURAMA Biosecurity concept is a new way of approaching organisational hygiene well beyond
COVID. Valuable lessons have been learnt as staff are now highly motivated about personal and premises
protection therefore as COVID risk decreases those lessons need to be retained by adopting a viable
post-COVID series of procedures that address staff absences to avoidable diseases and threats such as
Hepatitis, Legionnaires Disease, AIDS, C-Diff, MRSA and many others.
These have been present well before COVID and can be minimised by adopting better protocols such as
the NATURAMA Biosecurity concept.
Organisations such as police, prisons and hospitals face far higher levels of risk due to close proximity
public contact, which does affect staff as threats are transmitted to others as well as staff families. Under Duty of Care and Health and Safety Legislation there is a legal responsibility to ensure staff and
public are safe, therefore using COVID as justification to carry on maintaining higher levels of hygiene
justifies a policy that brings huge benefits under staff welfare as well as financial, as better Value for
Money for cleaning is ensured by auditing, proving the contracted service is being delivered.
How to audit cleaning efficacy…?
There are a number of ways to audit cleaning delivery, the least effective being visual inspection and
signing-off an ‘inspection’ report.
Eye and Clipboard Inspection
Germs and other threats are totally invisible therefore a walk-through process is a waste of time and
money. Just because a cleaning product claims it is fully tested doesn’t mean it has been applied correctly
and results effective.Cleaning staff can be well-trained but if they are using products incorrectly or over-diluted then that entire
process is not viable specially if there are no means to audit
Using Forensic Torches
Using high intensity forensic torches to illuminate cleaned areas to visualise clusters of debris and
potential hygiene threats. These torches are expensive and can be useful in identifying hotspots needing further cleaning, but they
cannot estimate viral or germ load, or make comparisons between product efficacies. Torch use is not a quantitative method of true measurement – only indicative of clusters of possible
accumulated soiling that may harbour germs and other threats
ATP Swab testing
Swab testing using a Hygiena ATP Device. This is a portable hand-held test device used by Public Health
inspectors to determine if there is a potential of viral and germ load. ATP is a fast and effective way to audit cleanliness, as well as a good comparison between cleaning
products efficacy and if cleaning methods retain longevity on high-traffic and in heavy load situations.
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