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We need to talk about colour coding for cleaning and hygiene, says BICSc
Just one of the many standards that the British Institute of Cleaning Science is best known for is colour-coding, with the Institute having been recommending the use of colour-coded cleaning and janitorial equipment for more than 25 years.
“Whilst many organisations do follow our recommended guidelines - is this enough to make a real difference?” it asks. “The UK has legislation in place for food preparation, which is there to stop the spread of cross-contamination. We have been asking why there isn't any legislation when it comes to cleaning.
“Following a colour-coding system has many benefits, one being that it reduces the risk of cross-contamination. It can also make life easier for cleaning operatives......Now that's worth shouting about, isn't it?
“So, what are we doing about it?
“May 2021 is colour-coding awareness month at BICSc - we want to make a lasting change by championing colour-coding for the industry. To do this we need your help. So, why not join our #ColourCodingForCleaningandHygiene movement...?”
How can you help?
* Visit the Institute’s all-new BBS Virtual Training Suite where members and non-members can register for a free-of-charge, colour-coding awareness course. Upon completion candidates receive a digital certificate - a great start to further a career in cleaning.
* Email BICSc your images of the good, the bad and the ugly use of colour-coding, via [email protected]
* Share BICSc’ social media posts with the #ColourCodingForCleaningandHygiene
* Share a story about how colour-coding works for you
BICSc recently carried out a survey around this topic, these were its findings:
* 100% of those who responded said they do follow BICSc recommended colour-coding
* 87% of those who responded said they would like to see colour-coding made legislation for our industry
* 86% of those who responded said they would be prepared to sign a petition that could be put forward for discussion in Parliament.
BICSc has revealed that it was hoping to launch a petition to legislate the use of colour-coded cleaning and janitorial equipment within the UK's commercial cleaning sector, but that its proposal has been rejected by the UK Government.
13th May 2021