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Colour Coding At Nisbets

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Colour coding is used by many trades for a quick and easy identification of products and to avoid cross contamination.

Colour coded cleaning equipment was first initiated in the 1990’s by the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc). The BICSc began to develop a simple universal colour coding system - consisting of blue, green, red and yellow - that would be recommended for use on items commonly found in the janitorial cupboard.

From there on, in 2006 the Food Standards Agency (FSA) introduced a number of new food and hygiene legislations which transitioned the colour coding recommendation over to kitchens.

Here at Nisbets we have a range of colour coded products including kniveschopping boardsfood labels and cleaning equipment to meet with these suggestions.

Colour coded cleaning is widely used throughout the catering and hospitality trades where there is a high risk to health and safety of the general public. Our range of colour coded cleaning equipment is suitable for use in kitchens, washrooms, bars and public spaces. Whether it’s a dustpan & brush set, cloth, mop or bucket, we can cater for you.



These Jantex Microfibre Cloths are a fine example of the colour coded equipment which is available. Brought to you in a vibrant red, green, blue and yellow, these cloths effectively trap dust and dirt when wiped across a variety of surfaces around the home or workplace.

And what’s more, we’ve even designed a downloadable colour coded cleaning poster which identifies the cleaning equipments area of use – kitchen, toilet, bar/licensed or public - and specifies suitable cleaning products for use with that equipment.

To view or download the PDF, select ‘Download User Manual’ under the Useful Documents tab on the product page.




For more information on how to avoid cross contamination when cleaning, check out our guide to colour coded cleaning.

By Penny Ford

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