Importance of Colour Coding
Thursday, 15 April 2021 - Yu Ching Wang
Cross-contamination has one of the highest risks in the spread of any
infection. In order to reduce the chances of contamination we all must
follow some simple colour coding standards to reduce the chances of
infection. Colour coding will help to segment the cleaning equipment and
products which are to be best used in certain specific areas. The need
for colour coding plays a vital role in industries, namely, hospitality,
age-care, child-care and hospitals, where it is significant to have
exceptional hygiene standards.
These standards guide the responsible on correct use for reusable
cleaning equipment and preventing the use of same equipment at
Following is the list of equipment which must be colour coded to have a
safe and a hygienic environment:
Now, lets get in depth of the colour interpretations and where to use
- Green: All cleaning equipment under this
category can be used in kitchen, bars, café, or any food
- Blue: The equipment can be used in low risk
areas like offices and wards.
- Yellow: Products which are coded yellow must be
used on infectious or an isolation area. For example on blood stains
- Red: All red cleaning products must be used
only in toilet, bathroom and shower-room.
- White: For use in operating theatres, hospitals