With the threat of NOROvirus and Influenza all around us, how do you know if your workplace is free from contamination? If fact, how do you know if your cleaning regime is actually working or being effective? The simple answer is to employ ATP testing on surfaces around the building, especially in the toilet blocks, kitchens and communal eating places.
So What is ATP Monitoring and ATP Testing?
ATP Stands for adenosine triphosphate. It is a universal energy molecule found in all animal, plant, bacteria, yeast and mold cells. Food, organic substances (like faeces, vomit and urine) as well as viruses leave residues on surfaces which contain large amounts of ATP. These residues harbor and grow bacteria, cause cross-contamination, develop a biofilm and allow the transmission of the virus or bacteria through touch.
Testing for these ATP’s can be carried out by using special analysis devices called ATP Monitors and use a swab system to collect samples for surfaces or in water. These swabs are then placed in a reagent and inserted into the device which measures the light emitted by the the presence of ATP’s, thus giving a reading to monitor. The amount of light emitted is directly proportional to the amount of ATP’s present. The higher the reading, the greater the presence of ATP’s, and thus the contamination.
The testing does not tell us what the bacteria is, however the mere presence of any bacteria is considered a high risk to public health.
As part of good practice in the workplace, areas should be monitored at regular intervals anyway. Whilst cleaners may be doing a good job, are they being effective in their methods? Are they actually removing biofilm, or are they simply spreading contamination through poor practices? This is where ATP Testing and Monitoring provides detailed information for you.
ATP Hygene Monitoring provides:
- Before and after cleaning assessment
- Verifies the cleaning methodology
- Optimises the use of sanitisers and disinfectants
- Assists in early detection and prevention of contamination
- After deep cleaning, confirms results and benchmarks future testing.
ATP Monitoring is particularly useful in schools (both in classrooms and kitchens), restaurants and pubs, hotels, hospitals and doctor’s surgeries – in fact anywhere that people frequent.
It is particularly useful when a sickness and diarrhea outbreak has occurred at a school or nursery where young children are present. This allows isolation and deep cleaning to take place to remove risk, then an audit can be performed to verify the cleaning, satisfying school governors, teachers and parents alike that the outbreak is removed.
ATP monitoring is cost effective service offered by Rapid Environmental Service and is a vital part of ensuring public health in the workplace or recreational facility. For more information on how ATP Monitoring can work for you, Contact Us Now or call Newbury 01635 247192 .