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How Clean is “Clean”? Building on the Basics to Strike the Perfect Balance.

Knowing whether a space or surface is truly clean can be a challenge, as the human eye is unable to detect microscopic levels of dirt and bacteria. This is why it’s essential to have the right procedures, equipment, and controls in place to ensure that your business environment is germ-free and audit-ready.

One critical element of modern cleaning practices is what’s known as “Sinner’s Circle.” This formula, developed by Herbert Sinner over 60 years ago, combines four key factors: the right chemicals, adequate mechanical or manpower action, optimal temperature, and sufficient time spent. If any of these factors are missing or decreased, the cleaning outcome is likely to be compromised. Achieving the correct balance of these factors is essential to achieve the best results in the most cost-effective way.

However, in the food industry, simply relying on Sinner’s Circle is not enough. As Mark Sterling, National SHEQ Lead at Ecowize, points out, “Times have changed! Clean no longer means just visually clean; clean means visually clean, micro-biologically sanitized, and audit-ready. Daily!” That’s why sanitization and food safety systems are now essential components of modern cleaning methods, building on the foundation of Sinner’s Circle to take cleaning to a whole new level.

To help you achieve optimal cleaning outcomes, Ecowize has expanded on Sinner’s Circle to create a smart cleaning intervention, as depicted in the accompanying image. By implementing this approach and working with expert consultants, you can ensure that your business environment is as clean, safe, and hygienic as possible, in accordance with all relevant regulations and standards.

To help you achieve this, we’ve “made the circle bigger”, expanding on Sinner’s Circle to create a smart cleaning intervention (pictured below).

As you can see, Ecowize will equip their cleaning team with necessary training; upskilling in the area of the Ecowize 10 steps of cleaning (click here to read our case study on smart cleaning); the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures and Site-Specific Operation Procedures; and their certified ISO22000 Food Safety Management.

We’ll step in and empower your operation by augmenting our people-process-technology approach. This way of working looks for interventions that can be made with your staff, your systems and your technology to help you yield the most effective, affordable and consumer-safe solution for your operation.

Ready to make the circle bigger? Contact us  and let’s talk about how we can clean up the meaning of ‘clean’ in your organisation – and take pristine to a whole new level.

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