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April 22, 2020

What is colour coded cleaning and why is it important?

Commercial colour coded cleaning is a simple and effective hygiene approach that more and more companies are using. In colour coded cleaning, every work area has its own colour-coded commercial cleaning equipment which isn’t supposed to be used in other areas of a facility. The aim of commercial colour coded cleaning is to avoid cross-contamination between different work areas.   What do the different colours mean? A system of colour codes was developed by The British Institute of Cleaning (BICSc) – a leading commercial cleaning body – in the 1990s. In the BICSc system, every major work area has a designated colour code. The 5 colour codes are red, yellow, blue, green and white. Code Red – red is for toilets and bathrooms Code Yellow – yellow is for infectious areas e.g. hospitals or medical centres Code Blue – blue is for general areas and general cleaning Code Green – green is for kitchen and food prep Code White – white is for operating theatres A good starting point for commercial colour coded cleaning is the mop and bucket: use a red-coloured mop and bucket to clean the toilets; and a yellow-coloured mop and bucket to clean the kitchen. It’s...
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