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Colour Coded Cleaning Etiquette – Reducing Cross Contamination

Colour Coded Cleaning Etiquette – Reducing Cross Contamination

It’s not a legal requirement to operate a colour coded cleaning regime but a plethora of legislation and guidelines leaves you with a responsibility to protect your staff, customers and anyone visiting your business. So, if you task your cleaner to clean all areas of your premises, including kitchens and washrooms armed with a single J-cloth and a mop, you could find yourself in deep water, and not necessarily clean water!

Joking aside, when the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) first began to develop a universal colour code which would be recommended for use for the cleaning industry in the late 1990s, it was the start of an industry revolution to minimise contamination and prevent the spread of infection. In 2006, the UK applied new food and hygiene legislation, and as good practice, the Food Standards Agency suggested that separate cleaning equipment such as cloths, sponges and mops, should be used in areas where ready-to-eat foods are stored, handled and prepared. COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) legislation demands risk assessment and prevention or control of exposure to harmful microorganisms in the workplace. Colour coding cleaning equipment is an auditable way of demonstrating that you do this.

Colour coded cleaning is the process of designating colours to cleaning equipment in specific areas of a building, reducing the spread of germs and increasing hygiene. Primarily designed for use in high risk industries and trades, such as catering, hospitality and healthcare (which has its own strict requirements), it is now recognised that every premises presents a risk and that is why Monthind always adopts and applies a colour code for its cleaning equipment.

Many cleaning colour codes use four colours: red for washrooms and toilets, blue for general areas, green for kitchens, and yellow for clinical/lab. We use five and have added pink for cleaning toilets and urinals. Every item of cleaning equipment including mops, buckets, brushes, cloths and gloves are coloured to make them easily identifiable and every cleaning operative’s training includes the system’s management. Printed instructions are clearly visible in relevant areas if anyone ever needs to check, and supervisors are eagle-eyed when it comes to spotting a green mop heading in the direction of the toilets!

We welcome any initiative that ensures our cleaning contributes to the safety and wellbeing of your stakeholders and embrace colour-coded cleaning for its simplistic effectiveness to ensure your business remains compliant with Health and Safety requirement and a pleasant environment for you, your staff and your customers to work and do business.

For find out more about our cleaning services and for a no-obligation quotation, please call 01206 215300.



East Anglian Cleaning Contractor
Article by Monthind Clean Limited

Founded in 1975, Monthind Clean is East Anglia's largest independent commercial cleaning contractor. Having been in business for 45 years, the company has a well-established reputation for providing a high standard of cleaning services to a broad client base in both the private and public sectors across East Anglia.

Our services include day to day cleaning for a wide range of environments such as commercial offices, manufacturing and warehouse sites, schools, healthcare sites, housing associations, transportation terminals and council properties. Specialist services are available to meet the unique needs of the Emergency Services and sensitive sites such as laboratories, power stations and crime scenes.

In addition to daily office cleaning, we also offer: window cleaning, contract and specialist cleaning, washroom services, biohazard cleaning, janitorial supplies and property maintenance management.

We currently employ over 950 professionally trained and experienced staff, servicing more than 500 sites across East Anglia. All of our staff are directly employed and we have a team of local managers based throughout the region, supported by our regional office in Norwich and headquarters in Colchester.

Monthind Clean brings a fresh and innovative approach to cleaning and possesses an established reputation for investing in new technology, where appropriate to facilitate our services, especially where this improves efficiency or reduces costs. As part of our work ethos we work closely with our clients to implement cost saving practices, where possible.

Our professional attitude, flexibility and desire to achieve the highest standards are key elements in our service delivery and we take pride in establishing long-term partnerships with our clients.