Global antimicrobial solutions experts BioCote has launched a bacteria testing service to help organisations check and monitor levels of bacteria and other microbes in environments where hygiene is important.
Failures in hygiene can lead to outbreaks of pathogenic bacteria such as MRSA, E. coli 0157 and salmonella, which can damage a firm's reputation and incur costs. The bacterial testing and analysis service from BioCote aims to help organisations minimise this risk by understanding levels of bacterial contamination at their premises. This not only gives a good indication of general hygiene levels but can also help identify any possible risks the organisation may be unaware of.
The service is confidential and involves BioCote visiting the organisation's premises to take samples, which are analysed in the laboratory and translated into a detailed report to present the findings and highlight any problems. The service can be tailored to meet an organisation's requirements and may include advanced microbiological techniques.
Richard Hastings, technical director at BioCote Ltd, said: “Our Bacteria Testing Service ensures that organisations running factories, fast food outlets, hospitals or other hygienic facilities know about any possible bacterial contamination on their premises. We have been doing lab work like this for our existing customers for almost 15 years so it makes sense to make it available to the wider market. Of course every company faces different challenges, and we have already encountered lots of different reasons for using the service including hygiene checks for franchisees, to assess existing cleaning processes or even to track down the source of known contamination.”