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BCC Publishes Myth-Busting Guide to Cleaning and Hygiene Terms 

BCC Publishes Myth-Busting Guide to Cleaning and Hygiene Terms 
BCC Publishes Myth-Busting Guide to Cleaning and Hygiene Terms 1
15 July 2020 | Updated 16 July 2020
 

The industry body for the cleaning and hygiene sector has published a guide to cleaning terms.

The British Cleaning Council (BCC) says that it has received many enquiries about cleaning applications, processes and procedures from a variety of organisations since the pandemic began.

Businesses that are reopening premises or seeking to design cleaning regimes that will ensure staff, visitors and the public stay safe and well have sought the BCC’s advice.  

The BCC has consulted member organisations from across the sector in order to compile an agreed guide to ensure informed decisions are made, good standards are reached and people are reassured when it comes to cleaning and hygiene in the current environment.   

 

“Outside the cleaning and hygiene industry, there is some confusion about what is needed in terms of cleaning and disinfecting to ensure people stay safe and well in light of the risk posed by coronavirus.” 

–Paul Thrupp

Chair, BCC 

 

Industry-Backed Guide 

 

Key advice in the guide includes:

 

  • When cleaning within the health care sector, standard operating procedures should be referenced in conjunction with the latest advice from Public Health England and the World Health Organisation
  • A two-stage process is needed when employing methods such as fogging, misting, spraying, fumigation and bug-bombing – cleaning to remove the soil is essential before disinfecting to remove the pathogenic micro-organisms
  • When employing a contractor or planning a cleaning and hygiene regime, it is essential that a current, robust risk assessment is designed acknowledging the various environmental factors that may be encountered
  • When engaging external providers to carry out specialist cleaning/disinfecting activity it is important to review their credentials in terms of things like reputation and credibility

 

BCC Chairman Paul Thrupp commented: “Outside the cleaning and hygiene industry, there is some confusion about what is needed in terms of cleaning and disinfecting to ensure people stay safe and well in light of the risk posed by coronavirus. 

“This has been aggravated by entities which have sprung up, aiming to capitalise on the public’s fears by offering cleaning products and services which may not do all that they claim.  

“Our guide aims to bust these myths and offer an industry-agreed source of reliable, evidence-based information.  

“It will help ensure that the high standard of cleaning and hygiene that are crucial for defeating Coronavirus as the UK economy unlocks can be achieved and it will help provide the reassurance that people need.” 

The guide can be accessed here.

Picture: A photograph showing a gloved hand cleaning a surface

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 15 July 2020

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