Health & Safety

The provision of cleaning services is a vital part, either directly or indirectly, of any commercial or public enterprise, particularly as it can have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of staff, customers and the general public. And yet with such a close connection to the running of enterprise there is no universally agreed system of quality control of cleaning processes. Poor cleaning affects everyone: from lingering dirt and poor cleaning standards which has a subconscious effect on everyone, to a health and safety incident like an outbreak of an infectious microorganism, or even a slip on a wet floor.

The domestic cleaning market in the UK is estimated to be worth nearly £3 billion, with more than 2.45 million households using some form of paid assistance in their home[1] It is highly likely that these figures seriously underestimate the true extent of the breadth of the market Since a significant proportion of the domestic cleaning market is comprised of small family-run sole traders or individual self-employed persons for tax purposes, there may not be any reliable numbers of persons actually engaged in domestic cleaning tasks. Now we come to the core problem of this very substantial market.

A complete cleaning system is a combination of many different parts that must work together seamlessly to meet the three most fundamental requirements of cleaning: Aesthetics, Hygiene and Safety. Most people consider the function of cleaning to be purely one of aesthetics – to remove...

Cleaning and sanitising as a distinct two-step process is the key step in effective infection control. in order to understand how cleaning and sanitising is effective, we need to briefly examine how a microorganism migrates to a susceptible host. This migration follows a path (or...