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Once-Off Cleaning: All your Questions Answered

Getting ready for an audit?  This inevitably takes months of  preparation, and often includes incorporating once-off services in your cleaning protocols to help mitigate the long-term risks to your business, and to ensure the audit is a success. Partnering with a highly trained and accredited health and sanitation expert such as Ecowize, can help ensure audit readiness. Here, Cilna Roux and her team of experts share their thoughts on frequently asked questions, relating to our once off services, and how they can assist you to ensure preparedness for the audit season.

What are once-off cleaning services and when are they used?

Once-off cleaning is used in conjunction with a periodic cleaning regime, to ensure specific cleaning standards are maintained throughout a facility, and can also be used when a pathogen problem arises and a specific pathogen protocol is required to be performed. This sort of service is usually performed by a specialised team when the on-site cleaning team is not equipped to handle the situation, or if additional resources are required.

What are the benefits of using once-off cleaning services?

Using once-off cleaning services achieves the result without having to employ a specialised team on a permanent basis , nor purchase specialized equipment. Incorporating once-off cleaning services in your master cleaning schedule keeps businesses on track with audit and hygiene standard requirements.

Understanding the Distinction Between Regular and Once-Off Cleaning Services

In food processing facilities, the frequency of cleaning is based on the level of risk posed to the product and consumers. Regular cleaning occurs daily according to a master cleaning schedule and ensures that all food contact and non-food contact surfaces and equipment are cleaned and sanitized before the next production shift. Once-off cleaning, on the other hand, is a specialized service that focuses on specific cleaning requirements outside of the norm. It’s often required for hard-to-reach areas and equipment that have not been cleaned in weeks or months, such as high-level cleaning and silo cleaning.

What Services are Required Before Commencing with Once-Off Cleaning?

Once-off cleaning complements daily cleaning, as the on-site team ensures that basic daily cleaning is performed while the specialized high-level cleaning team focuses on hard-to-reach areas and beams using rope access and scaffolding. However, this work requires a Health and Safety Risk Assessment specific to the plant to ensure compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act).

How Often Should Once-Off Cleaning be Conducted?

Food safety risk is the most important factor in determining the frequency of once-off cleaning. This is determined by the type of soiling, such as protein, fat, liquids, powder, dust, and mold, among others. Other factors to consider include the type of facility, the accessibility of areas to be cleaned, the client’s audit requirements, and even the legislation applicable to that industry.

Ecowize offers the following services to the food, beverage and other industries to assist these facilities to comply with hygiene and sanitation standards:

  • Extraction hood cleaning: performed in accordance with SANS 10400 regulations.
  • Silo cleaning: remove build up and waste material,
  • Rope access and high-level cleaning: cherry-pickers, scaffolding and sky vac
  • Confined space cleaning: removal of dry ingredient build up, brine, oil, limestone and water tank sediment
  • Fogging: to remove bacteria and viruses

For more information on Ecowize’s once-off service offering, contact us

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