Is Your Janitorial Staff Guilty of Cross Contamination?
Industrial janitorial staff are supposed to make your facility cleaner – but if they are using the same cleaning tools for different areas they could actually be spreading germs and contaminants from one area to another.
Its common knowledge that one sick employee can spread germs everywhere they go in your plant. SO just imagine what one germ-infested cloth or mop could spread. And spreading germs leads to a higher rate of worker absenteeism, lowered productivity, and in some cases even high employee turnover.
How Janitorial Staff Cross Contaminates
Certain areas in any facility are “hot spots” for germs. Bathrooms are, obviously, the area most likely to house pathogens. Now imagine if your janitorial staff used a same rag to wipe a toilet or bathroom sink, and then proceeded to use that same rag to clean a breakroom table – or even a doorknob that many people touch daily. Pretty gross, right?
Similarly, petroleum products or other toxins may spill or leak in certain manufacturing areas. If your janitorial staff uses the same mop to wipe up toxic spills that it uses in the breakroom, you are exposing many more employees to the dangerous substance.
Best Janitorial Practices: Color Coding to Avoid Cross Contamination
Using a color coordinated cleaning system can help your janitorial staff avoid cross contamination in your industrial facility. Different colors are assigned to the cleaning tools (rags, mops, etc.) used to sanitize different area, preventing bacteria and toxins from one area of the plant being spread to another.
Keeping tools used to clean high-risk areas separated from lower risk areas can dramatically reduce cross contamination – significantly lowering the transmission of colds, flus, and other illnesses.
How Janitorial Color Coding Works
Perhaps the best part of color coding is that it is easy to implement, and requires little to no additional expenditure. So you can reduce costs by decreasing employee illness – without spending an extra penny from your budget.
In most cases, the color coding system uses at least four colors to identify cleaning tools:
Red – high-risk germ areas like toilets and urinals;
Yellow – lower-risk restroom cleaning, such as mirrors or sinks;
Blue – general cleaning, including dusting and wiping in your facility;
Green – food-related areas.
If you have other types of “hot spots” (for example, chemical spills) you may wish to add a fifth color, such as orange.
Posting a color coding chart that will give janitorial staff a clear visual to follow. And, shortly, foillowing the color code will become a routine habit that eliminates dangerous cross contamination.
Kalamazoo Area’s Best Janitorial Staffing Services
Utilizing color coded rags aligns your janitorial staff with best practices and the industry standard. If your cleaning staff or outsourced janitorial staffing service is not using a color coded cleaning system, then your industrial facility isn’t being properly cleaned.
Outsourcing your janitorial staffing services to World Class Works ensures that you get a cleaner, safer plant, and that best janitorial practices are being followed.
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