Swab Testing Cape Town Service Provider
Micro-organisms come into contact with materials or products daily. Many of these organisms are harmless but some can cause contamination and pose a health threat. Certain bacteria and viruses cause severe illnesses which should be avoided by sterilising surfaces and areas.
The importance of microbiological testing is especially necessary in entities that deal with food and beverages, hospitality organisations or the medical field. Infectious pathogens such as bacteria need to be controlled in these institutions in order to protect the health and safety of those working there and of their clients or patients making use of their facilities.
The need for testing stems from the regulations, requirements and compliance measures needed in industries where food or medicine is handled. The testing process relies on the identification of microorganisms that exist on a clinical sample which in this case is the actual swab. Surfaces and equipment are swabbed and then sent to a lab to analyse.
After surface sample collection via clinical swabs, we send the samples to a SANSA accredited lab where qualified scientists and technicians conduct a full range of microbiological analyses. The lab results then determine whether a disinfectant or decontaminant is effective in killing bacteria, moulds, and other pathogens. For this reason, we decided to offer this service as part of our decontamination service as scientific evidence post cleaning and sterilising.
How are the swab tests conducted?
Surface swabs are the best way to test for bacteria or other potentially harmful agents in commercial settings such as kitchens, where food contact surfaces exist. Microbiological or surface swab tests provide scientific evidence regarding the food safety, hygiene and sanitation standards within a commercial kitchen or food preparation area. The hygiene and sanitation services which we offer are covered by these tests. These tests are conducted after our cleaning and fogging services for our commercial and hospitality clients. This is a value-added service which can assist clients in evaluating and validating the level of hygiene standards our services provide.
Scientific evidence for commercial clients
After the test, lab results are returned to us upon which we then issue a certificate for a client’s cleaning records. Certificates will be based on what the swab results come back as.
Even though the lab we make use of, cannot test for the coronavirus COVID-19 strain specifically, collected samples are tested for standard plate count (SPC) bacteria which serves as an indicator of hygiene standards adhered to. These tests are effective in highlighting how well hand hygiene is being practiced in an area and post fogging, the absence of such pathogens.
How to prevent the spread of harmful pathogens in your workplace
Educate and remind employees to touch their face as little as possible and preferably not at all.