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We Need to talk about #ColourCodingForCleaningandHygiene

Just one of the many standards that BICSc is best known for is colour-coding. We have been recommending the use of colour-coded cleaning and janitorial equipment within the cleaning and hygiene industry for more than 20 years.

Whilst many organisations do follow our recommended guidelines – is this enough to make a real difference?

The UK has legislation in place for food preparation, which is there to stop the spread of cross-contamination – we have been asking why there isn’t any legislation when it comes to cleaning.

Following a colour-coding system has many benefits, one being that it reduces the risk of cross-contamination. It can also make life easier for cleaning operatives……Now that’s worth shouting about, isn’t it?   

The pandemic has made many people think more about the importance of cleaning and hygiene, so as we emerge from this lockdown let’s take the opportunity to continue to raise awareness around the important matters that affect our industry.

In our latest reel, our CEO, Stan Atkins gets down to the nitty gritty on this, his bête noire subject.

So, what are we doing about it?

May 2021 is colour-coding awareness month at BICSc – we want to make a lasting change by championing colour-coding for the industry. To do this we need your help. So, why not join our #ColourCodingForCleaningandHygiene movement…

How can you help?

  • Visit our all-new BBS Virtual Training Suite where members and non-members can register for our FREE OF CHARGE colour-coding awareness course. Upon completion candidates receive a digital certificate, a great start to further a career in cleaning CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
  • Send us your images of the good, the bad and the ugly use of colour-coding – email us
  • Share our social media posts with the #ColourCodingForCleaningandHygiene
  • Share a story about how colour-coding works for you

We recently carried out a survey around this topic, these were our findings:

  • 100% of those who responded said they do follow BICSc recommended colour-coding
  • 87% of those who responded said they would like to see colour-coding made legislation for our industry 
  • 86% of those who responded said they would be prepared to sign a petition that could be put forward for discussion in parliament.

You have spoken, we have listened!

We were hoping to launch a petition to legislate the use of colour-coded cleaning and janitorial equipment within the UK’s commercial cleaning sector however, our proposal has been rejected by the UK government.

 Watch this space!

Our Mission

The British Institute of Cleaning Science is the largest independent, professional and educational body within the cleaning industry with over 45,000 Individual and Corporate Members in the UK and Internationally.

To raise the standards of education and to build awareness of the cleaning industry through professional standards and accredited training, thereby;

  • Protecting the Operative
  • Providing a Clean and Safe Environment
  • Preserving Assets
  • Promoting Sustainability
  • Producing Best Practice
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