Keeping Correctional Facility Kitchens Clean and Safe
Keeping correctional facility kitchens clean is important to prevent an outbreak of foodborne illness in the facility’s population. However, solid cleaning practices and protocols can also greatly improve the safety of those working in the kitchen. It starts with quality products, getting organized, having a plan, and getting all workers on the same page. To this end, here are a few easy ideas for improving safety and sanitation in correctional facility kitchens.
Get the Right Supplies for the Job
Keeping a clean kitchen starts with having the right supplies for the job. First, invest in a good all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant that’s safe for food service. Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution kills 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and molds and cleans, disinfects, and deodorizes all in one step. Furthermore, it’s safe for use on food contact surfaces with no rinse required. You’ll also need a good heavy duty degreaser for the tough grease and oil buildup that’s so common in kitchens. Finally, make sure your mops, brooms, and buckets are durable and in good condition, and don’t hesitate to replace them as needed.
Get the Supply Closet Organized
Having a well-lit, well-organized supply closet means everyone can find and will use the right products for the job. Additionally, it will discourage the proliferation of pests. However, take your organization to the next level by color-coding your supplies. For example, red towels and buckets could be for vegetable prep areas while blue would be used for dining area cleanup. The purpose is to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
Have a Plan and the Team to Carry It Out
Grills, prep areas, floors, dishes – at the end of the shift, everything needs to be cleaned. As a result, that means every worker needs to chip in. Assign each a task and make sure everyone knows what’s expected of them. This will ensure that nothing gets missed and your kitchen is spotless at the end of every shift.
A Smarter Way to Clean
Bioesque Solutions was founded on one simple principle: there must be a smarter way! We are a pioneer in the development and distribution of disinfectants and cleaning products. Bioesque Solutions specializes in bringing the benefits of nature to address the demanding and ever-changing needs of commercial customers across various industries, including correctional facilities, public transportation, health care, food service, janitorial, and restoration
Guidelines for Choosing the Right Cleaning and Disinfecting Products
A few months into the Coronavirus pandemic, the America Public Transportation Association issued guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting vehicles and facilities to combat the spread of COVID-19. As companies became more efficient in carrying out these various tasks, and as public awareness about the spread of germs increased, many of these practices became the new normal. As we move into a post-COVID era, customers still want to know that companies are doing everything they can to keep them safe. This article will go over some of the highlights of the aforementioned cleaning and disinfecting products guidelines to ensure your riders and employees are healthy and happy.
The APTA recommends that cleaning products be “non-toxic and selected with the intent of cleaning away all dirt, grime and debris from surfaces ahead of the disinfection process”. Cleaning and disinfection are actually a two-part process. Cleaning away the debris prior to disinfection clears away those areas in which pathogens tend to congregate and fester. Once this is done, disinfection becomes more efficient. The APTA also discourages the use of dry cleaning methods as sweepers and vacuums cause infectious particles to become airborne.
The guidelines state that “transit agencies use disinfectant pesticides registered with the EPA and specifically formulated to mitigate against virus transmission”. They also go on to mention the EPA’s List N as a resource. The EPA expects these registered products to “kill all strains and variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to label directions”. Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution, included on List N, is a ready-to-use all-purpose solution. It is capable of cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing in one step. Furthermore, it is botanically derived, free of bleach and other harsh chemicals. This makes it a great choice for hazard-conscious or environmentally sensitive settings
A Safer Way to Clean
Bioesque Solutions was founded on one simple principle: there must be a safer way! Little did we know when we first started this journey that safer could also be better. We are a pioneer in the development and distribution of our naturally occurring, botanically based disinfectant and other cleaning products. Bioesque Solutions specializes in bringing the benefits of nature to address the demanding and ever-changing needs of commercial customers across various industries, including public transportation, health care, food service, janitorial, and restoration.
Global Standards from the International Air Transport Association
The International Air Transport Association, or IATA, is a trade association that sets technical standards, including cleaning guidelines, for airlines. These cleaning guidelines include “informed selection and the correct use of chemical products” which is “vital in ensuring effective cleaning and disinfection of an aircraft without damaging the aircraft interior, systems, and equipment while minimizing the likelihood of the transmission of COVID-19 or any other communicable diseases.” The IATA’s number one priority is safety, and these guidelines ensure the safety of passengers, crew, and other employees.
The EPA List N
The IATA recommends that airlines refer to local authorities for recommendations of products effective against COVID-19 and other contagious pathogens. The EPA maintains List N, a group of products expected to kill all strains and variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to the label directions. Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is included on this list. The IATA also advocates referring to the aircraft manufacturers’ guidelines for the most recent recommendations.
The IATA also states that “cleaning and disinfection products should comply with and be certified or tested according to OEM standards and/or industry test standards, such as SAE International standards.” Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution has AMS 1452C & BSS7434 approved testing, in accordance with SAE International standards.
A 55-Second Kill-Time
Finally, the IATA directs airlines to “refer to the cleaning and disinfection product manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that the proper application, frequency, quantity, ventilation and personal protection equipment is used.” Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution includes a 55-second dwell time for effective use against coronavirus. Furthermore, it is a ready-to-use all-purpose formula safe for everyday use without the need of personal protective equipment.
A Safer Way to Clean
Cleaning chemicals like bleach, chlorine, and ammonia are very effective, but come with an added cost: they’re harsh, toxic, and terrible for the environment. Bioesque Solutions was founded on the principle that there must be a safer way to clean without sacrificing the power of these chemicals. With a formula that is free of bleach and other harsh chemicals, Bioesque’s Botanical Disinfectant Solution is a great choice for hazard-conscious or environmentally sensitive settings. Powered by Thymox technology, it utilizes Thymol, a cutting-edge antimicrobial agent present as a component of Thyme Oil, to quickly power through grime and destroy the germs that it encounters.