The Cleaning Professionals
APM Staff are Infection Control trained, fully equipped with Viricidal products and PPE, and are DBS checked. APM has ISO 45001 Health & Safety and Enhanced CHAS accreditation.
Our Staff are ‘Key Workers’: we service Local Authority Extra Care facilities and Social Housing in addition to MANY other sectors from the Construction Industry, Offices, to Local Authority Social Services and Domestic Clients.
APM is constantly reviewing Government, World Health Organisation and Public Health England advice. We are here to serve as Cleaning Professionals and help in any way we can in these difficult times.
APM ‘s staff is Infection Control, Asbestos Aware, Dementia Friendly, COSHH, Manual Handling, Safeguarding, Prevent, Biohazard, IICRC, IOSH, BICSc, Enhanced CHAS, NVQ Level II in Cleaning & Support Services, CSCS, Woolsafe qualified/ accredited.
Cross-contamination is avoided by training staff in infection control and the correct use of cloths, product, equipment and protocols. Staff are trained and assessed prior to site placement, and standards are verified and corrected via continuous training, supervisor checks and planned audits. Provision of adequate equipment, products and PPE is vital to enable the staff to operate effectively.
Cloths, gloves, wet-mop-heads, PPE are discarded as soon as an area or room is completed: these are disposable wherever practicable. Product trigger bottles are colour-coded to ensure they’re used in the correct areas and these are wiped down with disinfectant after every use. Planned hand-washing routine is of paramount importance where there is visible dirt, soap and water must be used (20sec) – where there is no visible dirt, alcohol rub is sufficient. Staff are prohibited from wearing false-nails, polish and jewellery from the elbow down.
The use of comprehensive check-lists describing HTP ensures that all cleaning routines are carried out.
For disinfectants to work effectively, the surface being decontaminated must be free from organic soil. A neutral detergent solution should be used to clean the environment prior to disinfection or a combined detergent /disinfectant may be used.
When the environment is potentially contaminated, disinfectants such as sodium hypochlorite must be used.
We have also invested in brand new ATP testing kits. This helps us to prove that we are cleaning non-clinical surroundings to the equivalent of 50-100 RLUs (relative light units), which is standard for NHS public spaces.