Standard Operating Procedures are also known as SOPs and can assist in implementing efficient and effective procedures. Effective cleaning procedures are important as it can have a direct impact on the health and safety of the occupants. Poor cleaning efforts can leave behind harmful bacteria that can cause sickness.
SOPs can ensure that a cleaning business and their employees are following proven cleaning protocols. It provides clear and simple instructions for employees to complete particular tasks. They can be a simple numbered or bulleted list of steps that need to be taken for the given task to be completed efficiently and effectively.
There are many benefits to implementing SOPs within a business including:
- Saving time by giving employees the information they need to complete tasks without needing to ask managers.
- Allowing a business to streamline their tasks.
- Creating long-term sustainability
- Achieving consistency throughout the business
ATP meters can be used to develop SOPs for cleaning procedures and give confidence in cleaning for health. It is a fast and simple way to test a surface that has been cleaned by measuring the ATP left behind. ATP is an energy giving chemical that is found in all living organisms and is often found in residues left on surfaces.
A swab is used to gather a sample and then placed within the ATP meter. This device will then give a reading that is measured by Relative Light Units (RLU). This test does not test for viruses, but instead tests for biological load. These testing methods can be used to verify protocols through testing and can indicate:
- Different chemicals may be required
- The chemical has not been agitated enough
- The chemical requires more dwell time
- Additional tools may be required
- And more
There are a variety of devices on the market that can be used. CARSI has developed a course for businesses to use when developing protocols. This course content covers terms and definitions, an introduction to hygiene monitoring including what an ATP device is and how it works, WHS and PPE requirements when using chemicals, step by step instructions on how to test your protocols, and video examples of testing protocols to ensure your cleaning is effective and efficient.
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