Whilst working alongside a number of companies who are obliged to abide by CQC standards, Super Clean Bristol have developed effective and comprehensive methods to ensure that we are aware of and are compliant with the expected standards and to make sure that you’re covered in the case of an inspection; these include being fully aware of and strict with the products and storage methods used to clean any given area as auditors will often check and monitor the use of any sub-contractor as well. It’s important to know that your cleaning company is aware of their obligations.
We have to be careful which products we use, as we covered in our previous article a lot of the products used in high risk areas have to be thrown away regularly and then disposed of safely. This is to minimise the risk of the spread of infection. It is also recommended that any products we use in a high risk area are also rotated on a regular basis so that any germs don’t become resistant to the product in use.
Any products we use must also have a clear specification as to under what circumstances they may or may not be used. The product must be clearly labelled in detail with what is contained within, this information includes the PH, whether it contains solvents or is flammable, or contains any potentially harmful chemicals, and also what to do in certain circumstances. It should also cover how these products are meant to be stored and under which conditions, i.e. temperature and humidity. We have to be aware as to what personal protective equipment will need to be worn when in use, such as gloves or a face mask, and information must be available so that we know what to do if someone was to for example swallow any of the product or get it in their eyes, such as going to hospital or rinsing with an eye wash kit. The specification on the product ensures that we only use permitted products and therefore we ensure that at Super Clean Bristol we are able to clean areas with optimum safety and to CQC standards.
All cleaning products, including colour coded mops, buckets, bottles and wipes etc must all be kept in locked cupboards and be clearly labelled under the colour coding system so as to be easily identifiable and therefore minimise any potential risk to the person using them.
The other important thing to mention is that some areas have to be cleaned at different frequencies, and the key to passing an inspection is proving that these requirements are met. Some areas must be cleaned at least daily (most high risk, such as treatment rooms), some areas weekly, some monthly and some ‘as required’ which would be the areas with the lowest risk. At Super Clean Bristol our cleaners are trained to know what will need cleaning and when so that you can be sure that all of your needs have been met.