Fidelis Colour Coding System

We pride ourselves on the processes we have in place, which help us to maintain the highest standards and levels of cleanliness for our clients, and the Fidelis Colour Coding Systems play a big role in achieving this.

What is colour coding?

Colour coding is a simple process to reduce the risk of cross contamination and allows our infection control practices to be in place in order to maintain the highest levels of cleanliness.

Put simply, colour coding involves zoning out cleaning areas based on our colour coding systems where the method of cleaning in that zone is separated from other areas to prevent cross contamination. For example all toilet areas will only cleaned with Red equipment and materials and separate gloves.

This system is simple to manage and can be used to easily train our People to the “Fidelis Way”.

The colour coding makes it is easy for everyone to understand what each colour is for, meaning that anyone in any of our teams will implement and use the same system across all of our customers sites.

Our system is covered at induction and within all Health and Safety training to ensure everyone is educated and aware of the system to ensure the health and safety of your site and your people will never be compromised.


Why is colour coding important?

Colour coding your cleaning system around zones is vital for preventing cross contamination and controlling the risk of infection to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness, reducing risk to your organisation and its people.

If we use a washroom as an example.

You will have a number of supplies that you will use within your washroom, including cleaning equipment, cloths and cleaning chemicals.

Do you have a system in place that clearly differentiates which cloth should be used for which area within the washroom?

Without a clear and effective system in place, it can be very easy for contamination to take place into other areas of the building by using the same equipment and materials as used in the washroom, who wants that?

For example, a member of staff who is not educated on how materials are used could easily use a cloth that has always been used to clean the toilet to then clean areas outside of the washroom such as office desks.

This can result in the huge risk of spreading bacteria and the contamination of several surfaces, which not only affects the levels of cleanliness of the building, but also makes it a health and safety risk for your employees and anyone else who will be using the room.

However, through introducing a monitored and managed colour coding system you can easily mitigate these risks which will vastly improve the levels of hygiene and cleanliness and will also protect your people and visitors from cross contamination and the risk of infection.

This is just one generic example of how a lack of colour coding and lack of an effective system can create multiple health and safety risks.


colour coding system in doctors surgery


If you think about a hospital or doctors surgery where there are multiple rooms that need to be cleaned and where the risk of contamination and spread of bacteria is increased due to the nature of the organisation and the treatment of patients, it further helps to highlight just how important having an effective colour coding system in place is.

From education, healthcare and commercial offices, through to manufacturing and retail, no matter the type of business or organisation you are, colour coding is a vital tool in maintaining cleanliness and safety.


What does our process look like?

A key part of our consultation process involves visiting a potential client’s site to carry out an audit of their existing cleaning supplies and how they are being used.

During this audit, we will review how and where materials and equipment are being implemented across the site, which then enables us to evaluate where improvements may be needed and that they are actually fit for purpose with the colour coding system in place.

Following this audit, we then look to provide advice, constructive feedback and make recommendations on how improvements should be implemented across the whole site based on our expertise and experience across many commercial sites that we already successfully manage.

If the client chooses to select Fidelis as their facilities partner, our expert team will then begin helping them to source and implement our Colour Coding Scheme and any other suggested changes, in order to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and good health across all areas of their site.

We will also continue to review this by conducting cleaning audits on a regular basis, to ensure that the chosen systems and processes continue to meet needs and are compliant and maintain the highest standards and levels of cleanliness.

In summary, the cleanliness and health of your building should be a high priority to protect your people and your visitors.

At Fidelis, we have over 30 years’ experience in providing conformance to our customers to ensure safe, monitored and managed systems are in place to prevent cross contamination and therefore ensuring infection control measures are in place for the health and wellbeing of all.

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