Does the thought of a housekeeper wiping down your office space with the same cloth they used to clean the washroom make you cringe? The sad fact is that this happens more often than you might think. The general population would probably be shocked to find out just how unsanitary many facilities are.

Cross contamination can be deadly, cause lost work time, and decrease productivity. About 80% of all infections are transmitted through our environment – through the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the surfaces we touch. Most illnesses are caused by touching surfaces and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Colour coding was first adopted in the healthcare industry, where the need for cleanliness is inherent to protecting patients, staff, and visitors. For example, washing machines are color coded to designate what items may be placed in them, and garbage bags are colour coded to indicate hazardous or infectious waste.

Many facilities have followed suit and adopted a colour coded system to prevent cross contamination. Colour coding is defined as the principle of using color to designate either a particular duty, or a specific area for cleaning. By separating supplies used to clean toilets and urinals, for instance, from counter tops, contamination is virtually eliminated.

Colour coding also helps to eliminate literacy barriers because color is not dependant on language. Building managers’ report that when a colour coding system is in place, it is easier to ensure proper measures are being followed to protect the health and well-being of building occupants. We carry a wide variety of colour-coded products including garbage bags, mops, cleaning cloths, brooms, dustpans, and more. For a full listing, please contact our office at 705-673-8218.