4 Benefits of Colour Coding for your Hygiene Safety System

Introducing a colour-coded system is a highly beneficial addition for a wide range of sectors. The process of colour segregation ensures safe hygiene in a number of processes including, cleaning, cooking, hygiene, uniform clothing and equipment.

4 Benefits of Colour-Coded Equipment:

  1. Prevent Cross Contamination
  2. Identify high risk, low-risk areas
  3. Hygienic Waste Management
  4. Safe Segregation of Cleaning Equipment

Colour-coded equipment can assist in minimising the risk of product cross-contamination from bacteria, allergens and foreign bodies. Consequently this improves food safety, saves on expensive recalls and protects business reputation.

Food Handling

To ensure safe food handling, colour-coded cooking utensils, cleaning equipment and waste management tools help to create a safe and hygienic environment.

colour coded thermapensCooking utensils such as chopping boards, thermometers and knives can be segregated into a colour coded system to reduce the risk of cross contamination. Different colours should be used to segregate; raw meats, cooked meats, fish, dairy and prevent allergen contamination. As well as this, colour-coded cleaning systems can be used to establish that  a certain colour equipment is used for toilet areas, and not then used to clean kitchen areas. Cleaning utensils such as brooms, mops, spillage kits and waste disposals systems are available in colour coding to ensure contamination is not transferred during the cleaning process.

Uniform Segregation

For businesses that need to segregate high risk areas from low risk, colour coded workwear can be used to contain bacteria within certain environments. Disposable PPE and polycotton lab coats can be used as part of a colour coding system. The use of disposable PPE such as overcoats, gloves and hair nets can ensure the containment of certain bacteria, allergens etc, as the items are disposed of within a specific environment.



For a successful colour-coded system:

• Keep the system simple, limit the number of colours for each and every step of a complicated process

• Pick logical colours per area

• Re-inforce colour-coding with good signage

• Be sure tools and storage areas match

• Regularly review and monitor colour-coding plan

For more information, talk to an expert on 08450 267 745.

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