U.S.-based manufacturer Continental Commercial Products has developed the ColorGuard™ hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) cleaning program to address the growing demand for cleaning products that reduce the risk of cross-contamination and support HACCP initiatives.
Cross-contamination happens when viruses or harmful bacteria are transferred from one surface to another.
Healthcare facilities are keenly concerned about the threat, as cleanliness is vital in protecting patients, staffs and visitors.
Products that help control cross-contamination are important for other facilities, too, such as schools, foodservice operations and office buildings.
The room-to-room or person-to-person spread of viruses and bacteria can start as a minor problem that quickly escalates into a full-blown outbreak.
The ColorGuard™ program offers many options for controlling cross-contamination, including:
- Readymade color-coded offerings
- A usage guide
- Easy-to-use products.
A key aspect of ColorGuard™ products is color-coding, which is a commonly used method for separating cleaning tools for various parts of a facility.
Continental offers a variety of color-coded products, including mop buckets, mops, mop handles, trash receptacles, microfiber cloths and a cleaning pack specifically designed for restrooms.
Although the following are standard colors, Continental can customize product colors based on the specific needs of any facility.
- Red: Restrooms, patient rooms and infectious areas.
- Green: Kitchens, cafeterias and food preparation areas.
- Blue: Dining areas, offices, lobbies, hallways and classrooms.
- Yellow: Gymnasiums, warehouses, storage areas, non-infectious laboratories and other specialty areas.
A Guide To Curbing Cross-contamination
Also available, at no cost, is a ColorGuard™ HACCP usage guide.
This 8-½-inch by 14-inch laminated chart can be posted onsite where cleaning tools are kept.
The guide helps remove any guesswork and allows your cleaning staffs to keep track of which colors are designated for specific areas throughout any type of facility.
The chart comes with recommended color-coding commonly used and a section for you to customize for your specific facility.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of Continental’s new ColorGuard™ line is its ease of use.
The products come readymade to be designated, eliminating the need for additional labor to identify them with stickers or other markings.
The ColorGuard™ usage guide provides a reinforcing communications tool for cleaning staffs, easing the ongoing need to educate them on the importance of controlling cross-contamination.