Better Hygiene can carry out a series of tests using ATP technology that would give a very accurate way of establishing just how clean an environment is.
ATP often highlights issues with Cleaner training and the use / over use of chemicals. The NHS has said the following:
As a requirement of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance DH 2015 Criterion 2 a levy is placed on all health and social care providers to provide adequate facilities, including the environment and equipment; which are clean and fit for purpose. Cleanliness of the environment and equipment is an essential part of infection prevention and control and plays a vital role in the prevention of spread of infection. Each facility should have a strategy in place to assist and maintain very high levels of cleaning standards. Monitoring these accepted standards of cleanliness can be achieved through regular and consistent auditing. Technical auditing such as: ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) hygiene monitoring systems can measure the levels of bioburden in the environment are an ideal way to evidence the levels of cleanliness currently being achieved. The ATP hygiene monitoring systems provides an accurate, repeatable and reliable audit process. While many other methods exist for evaluating cleanliness, ATP bioluminescence is the only method that combines quantitative data collection with scientific measurement and still delivers speedy results. At Better Hygiene we use a system called SystemSURE. As seen on the TV series OCD Cleaners
Scoring system is as follows: 0-11 RLU the item is considered clean, 12-30 RLU the item is acceptable but requires cleaning - anything above 30 RLU is a fail and the larger the reading the larger the contamination is evidenced.