Rapid hygiene tests in support of cleanliness standards – exploding the myths about ATP hygiene monitoring.
Cleaning and hygiene is a primary preventative measure for many business operators both large and small, and is a key component of many food safety initiatives such as HACCP, Safe Food Better Business and Scores on the Doors.
Hygiene is one of the three main risk-rating scores of the Code of Practice of the new Local Authority Enforcement Monitoring System (LAEMS) in the UK. The intention of LAEMS is to implement ‘effective inspection and enforcement to maintain and improve the compliance of food establishments with food law’. ATP bioluminescence provides a simple rapid test method for monitoring cleanliness, hygiene and risk. The technology and application has been in use for > 25 years. Part of Rainbow’s specialist cleaning and restoration service employs this testing procedure following any type of micro biological contamination, to ensure that cleanliness and hygiene levels are maintained, and the health of homeowners, tenants and staff is not compromised.
There is little doubt that the application of ATP bioluminescence for rapid hygiene monitoring applications is widely recognised as an effective test for hygiene and the verification of cleaning procedures. The broader benefits of this rapid alternative test include the provision of:
- real time information for early warning of risk and immediate corrective action
- data for key performance indicators and trend analysis
- data as evidence of due diligence
- cost savings of 25–50% from optimised cleaning procedures and chemical usage
- improvements in product quality and shelf life
Senior technical professionals from leading independent organisations around the world concur that the ATP test is a direct, objective method that detects product residues on surfaces, and that the test is not intended to be a direct replacement for the traditional cultural microbiological test. Put simply, ATP hygiene monitoring is a product residue test, not a bacteria test.