To ensure the efficacy of cleaning fluids, especially those used in public spaces such as clinical or child care centres, there are several standards in place. These European standards (beginning with BS EN) correspond to different challenges which cleaners face, specifically to different infectious threats from E-Coli to spores. Here’s an overview of some of the most common that you’ll need to be familiar with when looking to source effective cleaning materials which are compliant with the latest regulations.
BS EN 1276
This is probably the most common of the standards which need to be met. Whilst this broadly regulates the bactericidal efficacy of cleaning fluids and sprays, in particular this deals with E-Coli and is vital as a safeguard to guarantee the performance of many cleaning resources used in kitchen and food preparation areas. Chemical cleaning solutions are tested to make sure that they can destroy the requisite level of 99.999% of bacteria in 5 minutes. Many can perform faster than this base level, but it was introduced as a benchmark in laboratory tests, so you know when you buy materials which are BS EN 1276 compliant they’ll perform as you need them to.
Our Nero4U™ is an example of a product which meets this requirement. It deals successfully with the necessary level of bacteria, effective in just 5 Minutes.
BS EN 13697
Also widely applicable to the cleaning of food preparation areas, chemical cleaners which comply with BS EN 13697 are bactericidal. The Food Standards Agency requires all equipment which has been in contact or involved in the preparation of raw foods to be cleaned either at a sterilising temperature or for them to be cleaned with a suitable chemical cleaning agent which meets BS EN 1276 or BS EN 13697, which was introduced in 2001 and updated with a revised regulation in 2015. It also relates to antiseptic materials, controlling the effectiveness of antibacterial cleaners for hands used in institutional settings.
Our NeroSAN is an example of a chemical cleaner which is compliant with BS EN 13697 and is suitable for a wide range of cleaning tasks and across several surfaces. It is again effective within just 5 minutes contact time, dealing with Staphylococcus Aureus, Enterococcus Hirae and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa amongst other bacterial threats.
We have been certified by a SANAS accredited laboratory obtaining European Standard Accreditation.