It is easy to understate the affect technology has had on our lives.
Everything — yes, literally all of existence — has been influenced in some fashion by technological advances.
The first Neanderthal to carve an arrowhead from flint was quite the revolutionary.
Our lives as JanSan professionals, too, have been swayed by advances in chemicals and equipment or paradigm shifts of procedures.
Particularly in the arena of auditing and inspecting, we are seeing the use of smartphones, tablets, barcode readers and other such devices in lieu of traditional quality control techniques like visual assessment, checklists and manual scribing of notes.
By removing much of the human factor from the equation, we are able to proliferate accuracy while simultaneously increasing expediency.
Moreover, given the "intelligence" of these modern devices, we are better able to decipher data and develop directories that serve as benchmarks for future measurements.
After all, how are we to ever gauge our cleaning effectiveness and strive to constantly improve if we are unaware of where we currently stand in relation to similar operations or compared to our future goals?
Word On The Street
In speaking with several individuals at a recent training event, I found that a majority of them are using one or more devices in their inspecting and auditing processes.
In some instances, folks say they are utilizing ultraviolet (UV) or black light bars to test for the presence of urine splatter, cleaning chemical residue or other restroom soils unseen to the naked eye.
Others are making use of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) meters to swab surfaces and test for the presence of living or once-living organic matter.
A small percentage — though many claimed they are championing for the adoption of such technology in their operation — are using their smartphones or tablets to run software programs specific to quality assurance inspections.
The reports generated, claim the users, are tabulated, reviewed and stored electronically to allow for easy access to be shared or compared.
I was surprised to learn that nobody in attendance was regularly using a slip meter to measure the slip coefficient of friction (SCOF) or a luminimeter to measure the gloss of a floor.
Both tools are great ways to measure the safety of the surface and the effectiveness of your floor care regimen.
So, aside from the five senses you were born with, what technological advances are you using in your inspecting and auditing process?
Even if you are old school in your approach and still have to sharpen your pencil before checking off boxes indicating that an area looks and smells clean and has no visible refuse, you surely have a time-saving trick or two up your sleeve that can help your peers.
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