Our Swab Testing Services

Surface swab testing provides a holistic solution in testing for pathogens, post cleaning or misting. This is carried out by conducting surface swabs. After surface sample collection is done via clinical swabs; we then send the samples to a SANAS accredited lab where qualified scientists 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. Swab tests can be done on high contact surfaces such as food counters, preparation areas, cutlery, crockery, cooking ware, food processors and more.

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.

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How are the swab tests conducted?

A surface swab test can conducted on crockery, cutlery, glassware, pots, pans, nylon cutting boards, utensils, blenders etc. These swabs are used to test for the Standard Plate Count (SPC) which is the plate count that is used to calculate an estimate of cells present which can give rise to colony forming pathogens over time.

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 also 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

We conduct our swab testing services to provide scientific evidence for our clients to prove that an area has been properly sanitised post cleaning or fogging. After swab testing, 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 practised in an area and post fogging, the absence of such pathogens.

How to prevent the spread of harmful pathogens in your workplace

Realistically, a workplace cannot be fogged every day as budget, time constraints and professional applicators are not always immediately available. There are, however, ways in which employers can prevent the spread of harmful pathogens in the workplace.
Clean daily
Have your office cleaned daily and pay special attention to surfaces, equipment and objects which are regularly touched.
Disinfect regularly
Use a proper disinfectant when cleaning door handles, desks, telephones, keyboards, computers, taps etc. These items are touched numerous times throughout the day and can spread a virus quickly between people.
Inform employees and customers on proper hygiene practices such as the wearing of masks, hand washing and sanitising, social distancing, and the proper way to sneeze or cough. The use of posters and reminders go a long way to ensuring proper hygiene protocols are adhered to.
Ease of access
Provide hand sanitisers in easy to reach places that visitors, customers, and employers have access to. The availability of tissues or sanitising wipes will also help combat the spread of pathogens in the workplace. Ensure there is a no-touch closed bin to dispose of these tissues and wipes.
Conduct regular briefings
Meet with your employees on a regular basis to remind them of proper hygiene, health, and safety procedures. Take this time to discuss solutions to problems that may arise due to these procedures.
Ensure adequate ventilation if possible
If the weather or building allows, leave doors and windows open to encourage proper ventilation.

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