Parillo states that today, with increased public health concerns regarding H1N1 influenza (swine flu), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other potentially life-threatening viruses, many facilities have considered or have already color-coded all cleaning-related products.
He notes that in most situations where it is incorporated, a few colors are selected, with each color denoting either a particular duty, such as cleaning toilets and urinals, or a specific area, such as restrooms.
Parillo adds that England and other areas in Europe and parts of Asia appear to be ahead of the U.S. when it comes to color-coding cleaning tools and procedures.
According to Parillo, in addition to helping stop the spread of disease and contamination that might come from using the wrong tool in the wrong area, color-coding helps eliminate literacy barriers because the use of color is not dependent on language.
Rich Parillo was formerly the director of environmental services for a New York-area hospital and is now a building service contractor (BSC) specialist for Pro-Link, a leading marketing and buying group for the professional cleaning industry.
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