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Cleaning & Hygiene validation and verification-
ATP hygiene monitoring Audits

Independence is Key to our Success

Oxytise PiD as an organisation provides impartial, unannounced independent housekeeping audits and is acutely aware of our independent position.  It is not our policy to contract housekeepers or sell cleaning chemicals. 

 

We have never been affiliated with any contract cleaning companies or janitorial cleaning companies.

Oxytise's mission is to provide our clients with best-in-class cleaning auditing systems and services to reduce the spread of infection, create safer working and patient environments, and improve staff morale – all while improving the bottom line.

The key elements of our cleanliness auditing services are audit standards and independent audits.

The New Standard for Infection Prevention

Addressing the challenges of today and the emerging threats of tomorrow.

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Why is cleaning and good hygiene important?
Some benefits of cleaning
  • The first line of defence against infection and cross contamination 

  • Cost-saving by maintaining good levels of cleanliness in the workplace, companies can save on cleaning costs and refurbishments

  • A clean and tidy business space leaves a good impression on both its employees and its visitors

  • Providing a clean work environment helps in maintaining the well-being of employees

  • Provisions for a clean environment can increase the productivity of employees.

  • Removes product residue and biofilms 

  • Equipment must be cleaned to be effectively sanitised 

  • Cleaning & sanitation improves product quality, shelf life, and reduces the risk of a product recall 

  • Meets legal and due diligence requirements

Effective Cleaning Makes Sense - By providing a clean, safe environment for employees, guests and members of the general public you are delivering that all-important first impression, providing confidence in your facility, giving peace of mind to employees and visitors, as well as instilling good housekeeping practices and values. This helps differentiate you from others and gains you a distinct competitive advantage.

A clean environment ensures the continual existence and survival of
all life on Earth. Cleaning the environment reduces pollution, protects
unique ecosystems, prevents the extinction of endangered species
and conserves resources, such as water, land and air.  A clean
environment ensures the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems
upon which human life and all other life on Earth depends.

It Makes Financial Sense - Absenteeism costs the average UK business £554 per employee per annum,yet cleaning is often treated as a burdensome add-on cost and given very little attention or consideration.  75% of cleaning cost is labour, so getting it 'Right First Time' is very important in delivering a safe, cost-effective service to ensure value for money.

How do YOU measure cleanliness?

Is a visual check a true measure of effective cleaning?

Have we progressed from the white-gloved finger test? 
In reality, we rely almost entirely on visual assessment.  Cleaning manuals define 'clean' as being 'clean to the touch and free of extraneous visible matter and objectionable odour', which is a weak definition and very subjective! 
This is not a quantitative measure of cleanliness and it lacks objective resulting in poor quality management information.
The visual assessment gives the impression of being clean ...
when in truth it's actually not!
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How to verify cleaning?

A visual inspection is a common method to check that the cleaning has been completed - the inspection rule of “you shouldn’t be able to see it, smell it or feel any type of dust, grime, dirt, matter”.

However, to verify that the cleaning has been effective involves a little more work. The most popular and effective methods used is ATP testing - adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence detection.

ATP Hygiene Monitoring System - is a proven infection prevention system for auditing cleanliness on any cleanable surface.

The ATP monitor is a cutting edge, laboratory-style, cleaning verification device that enables us to know, in as little as 10 -15 seconds, if a surface has been cleaned correctly. 

Cleanliness of your environment and equipment is an essential part of any infection prevention and control plan and plays a vital role in the prevention and spread of infection. 
Every facility should have a strategy in place to assist with, and maintain, the highest levels of hygiene and cleaning.

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ATP: Adenosine Triphosphate
The “energy currency” molecule of all living organisms

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Lucifern 

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Increase in organisms or organic residue

Increase in ATP levels

Increase in light

(RLU)

Presence of ATP indicates direct and indirect risks

An introduction to ATP
bioluminescence detection?

ATP, also known as Adenosine Triphosphate, exists in all organic material and is the universal unit of energy used in all living cells.

Since it exists in all organic material, most foods and microbial cells will contain some level of naturally occurring ATP.  Luminometers, used with ATP swabs, use bioluminescence to detect residual ATP as an indicator of surface cleanliness. The existence of ATP on a surface signifies improper cleaning and the existence of contamination, including bacteria, allergens and food residue.

 

ATP testing devices contain a natural enzyme found in fireflies. This enzyme, called Luciferase, produces a simple bioluminescence (lightproducing) reaction when it comes into contact with ATP.

Using bioluminescence technology, our ATP Meters can measure extremely low levels of ATP collected with testing devices. Measuring the amount of bioluminescence from an ATP reaction provides an excellent indication of surface cleanliness because the quantity of light generated by the reaction is directly proportional to the amount of ATP present in the sample.

Benefits of ATP hygiene monitoring
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  • Proactive - identify one-off issues where there is a need to re-clean prior to the processing of products - rapid results allow for immediate Corrective and Preventative action
     

  • Basis for maintenance and improvement of hygiene standards 
     

  • Identify where there are persistent problems and a need to make changes in cleaning protocols or possibly a need to replace equipment
     

  • Allows for corrective procedures to be instigated where ‘Fail’ results are recorded e.g. recleaning and re-testing
     

  • Supports drive for continuous improvement 
     

  • Total hygiene monitoring - identifies the presence of organic and microbial residues that are not visible on plant surfaces 
     

  • Reduces risk to product safety and quality due to poor cleaning, ineffective sanitation and cross-contamination
     

  • Proactive - identify one-off issues where there is a need to re-clean prior to the processing of products - rapid results allow for immediate Corrective and Preventative action
     

  • Helping to instil positive hygiene and cleaning  culture
     

  • Provides a method of sharing hygiene results with key stakeholders 
     

  • Supports HACCP and Quality management 
     

  • Basis for maintenance and improvement of hygiene standards 
     

  • Provides data to show due diligence and for audit reports 
     

  • Total hygiene monitoring - identifies the presence of organic and microbial residues that are not visible on plant surfaces 
     

  • Reduces risk to product safety and quality due to poor cleaning, ineffective sanitation and cross-contamination. 

While methods to clean and sanitize surfaces and equipment vary, the need to measure the effectiveness of cleaning practices is universal. Contaminated surfaces and equipment can quickly lead to microbial contamination and, ultimately, the infection of your employees and the public. 

ATP cleaning verification provides accurate and meaningful results to help define and monitor a cleaning standard ensuring effective cleaning is maintained.  

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The importance of data
Track, Trend &  Analyse 

From our specially designed software,  we will provide your management team with the information to track cleaning verification results, quickly identify problem areas, compare multiple facilities and areas and generate detailed reports.

  • Trended results provide long term feedback of cleaning performance

  • Indicates areas that are showing a higher frequency of poor cleaning performance

  • Indicates adverse trends in cleaning performance

  • Can be used in optimisation of cleaning protocols

  • Helps measure overall consistency and control of the cleaning protocols

  • Provide evidence of corrective and preventative action to auditors

  • Helps to demonstrate positive trends in cleaning efficiency as part of a continuous improvement approach to hygiene management 

  • Analyse disinfectant / cleaning solution effectiveness

  • Automatically generate reports

  • Maintain records for regulatory compliance (held for 12 months)

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Independent Hygiene and Cleaning Audits 

The intervention of an expert independent cleaning and hygiene audit can reduce the day to day arbitration requirement between the service provider and the client, helping ensure contractual requirements are being maintained and the correct cleaning/hygiene protocols are in place.  Cleaning and hygiene audits and services associated with these services require a specialist level of technical competence. 

Adenosine Triphosphate Hygiene Monitoring Systems (ATP Swab Testing)

Until recently, ATP was predominantly used in food and beverage processing plants, as an indicator of surface cleanliness. 

A positive influence of the Covid-19 pandemic is the increase in the awareness of cleanliness in both residential and business premises - taking disinfection and sanitising mainstream.

Monitoring these accepted standards of cleanliness can be achieved through a regular and consistent auditing programme. Technical auditing such as: ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) hygiene monitoring systems measure the levels of bioburden in the environment and are an ideal way to evidence the current level of cleanliness. The ATP hygiene monitoring systems provide an accurate, repeatable and reliable audit process. While many other methods exist for evaluating cleanliness, ATP bioluminescence is the only method that combines both quantitative data collection with scientific measurement and delivers results in 10-15 seconds!

Gathering the data you can trust

One of our Infection Control Technicians will visit, assess your critical areas and suggest the most appropriate areas for swabbing.   

Our ATP monitoring service will provide you with a report of all the surfaces monitored, with all relevant references, to help you determine if your cleaning efforts are effective.


The test results will inform of any areas of improvement.  We will take 10 swabs of your facility to track cleaning efforts and verify specific areas have been properly cleaned including high touch areas of the building, common areas, dining rooms, washrooms, kitchens, meeting rooms, offices etc.  We will also take swabs to verify hand washing and hygiene protocols are effective.​

Our Monitoring system ensures that ATP presence has been eliminated or has been minimized by your chosen disinfection procedure. The benefit of ATP monitoring is first and foremost to help prevent cross-contamination and verify compliance with your cleaning protocol, but we are also able to evaluate the effectiveness of your sanitisers and disinfectants and the performance of your cleaning and housekeeping staff. 

Oxytise's proprietor has over 30 years support services knowledge and expertise gained from working in; Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems, P & O Group, Compass Group, BAA, Rentokil & Initial and providing services to all sectors, including,

  • Healthcare: NHS & private hospitals, dentists and medical centres

  • Education: private schools (day and boarding) and colleges & universities

  • Hospitality: hotels, private jets, catering, housekeeping, leisure, iconic tourist attractions, entertainment venues

  • Government: army garrisons, naval stations, training establishments and government departments

  • Retail: supermarkets, shopping malls, high street stores, out of town outlets

Exceptional customer experience – Our customers are passionate about ensuring the safety of their employees, customers and visitors.

 

At Oxytise, we believe they should have access to the information and tools necessary to achieve this goal.
We provide solutions that allow us to work together to safeguard our customers’ environments.

.As part of our service, we will provide a Certificate of Completion and 'Awareness' window/door stickers to evidence the measures you have taken to safeguard your employees and visitors and protect your business reputation.