ATP HYGIENE SWAB TESTING
Why do we include Swab Testing as a key component of our Fogging and Deep Clean Services?
In today’s world and especially in the light of the Covid19 crisis, impeccable hygiene control is an increasingly critical issue for all business’s for the minimising of risk and maximum protection of its staff and visitors as well as industries involved in the manufacturing and distribution of consumable products.
This ATP monitoring system offers a state-of-the-art solution for any organisation seeking to monitor and improve cleanliness. Recognized worldwide for accuracy, ease-of-use and affordability, we use the SystemSURE Plus ATP monitoring system, as used extensively by food and beverage processors, hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, restaurants, supermarkets, janitorial/sanitation services and other industries where cleanliness is critical.
The following are some of the benefits experienced
Instantly assess the cleanliness of hard surfaces, allowing immediate corrective action to be taken if necessary
Enhance cleaning and sanitation training with immediate performance feedback
Optimize cleaning chemicals, equipment and labour so that the organisation can maintain a high cleanliness level without an excessive amount of waste
Standardize the level of cleanliness and verify efforts of sanitation personnel
Record and track test results to identify problem areas, make improvements and show due diligence and compliance with HACCP, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs) and industry regulations
A key feature of the ATP monitoring system is the use of bioluminescence technology to identify and measure adenosine triphosphate, commonly known as ATP.
What is ATP?
In ATP is an energy molecule found in all plant, animal and microbial cells. It fuels metabolic processes such as cellular reproduction, muscle contraction, plant photosynthesis, respiration in fungi, and fermentation in yeast. All organic matter (living or once-living) contains ATP, including food, bacteria, mould and other microorganisms. The detection of ATP on a surface or in water therefore indicates the presence of biological matter that may not otherwise be visible to the eye. We now all know due to this current pandemic that cleanliness is crucial and ATP testing is an excellent tool for detecting and measuring biological matter that should not be present after cleaning.
Measuring ATP with bioluminescence technology
The SystemSURE Plus ATP testing devices contain a natural enzyme found in fireflies. This enzyme, called luciferase, produces a simple bioluminescence (light-producing) reaction when it comes into contact with ATP. Using bioluminescence technology, the hand-held luminometer can measure extremely low levels of ATP collected with testing devices. Measuring the amount of bioluminescence from an ATP reaction provides an excellent indication of surface cleanliness or water quality because the quantity of light generated by the reaction is directly proportional to the amount of ATP present in the sample. The bioluminescence reaction is immediate so results can be processed at the testing site in seconds. Results are expressed numerically on the luminometer screen in Relative Light Units (RLU).
Interpreting results on the luminometer
The relationship between the amount of ATP collected in a sample and the RLU result displayed on the luminometer is linear, which makes understanding the technology very easy. The RLU reading is directly proportional to the amount of ATP collected from the sample. A high RLU reading indicates a large amount of ATP at the test location. This in turn indicates improper cleaning and the presence of potential contaminants. Cleaning properly results in less ATP at the location. Lower ATP levels produce smaller amounts of light output during the bioluminescence reaction and consequently, a lower RLU reading.
Actual test results – Clinic/X-Ray room March 2020:
Medi9 Surface Sanitising & Fogging Solution
Designed to bring broad spectrum pathogen protection and biological cleanliness to large areas in an instant.
This high-performance solution is independently proven effective against 99.9% of bacteria, spores, viruses and fungi including Clostridium difficile, MRSA, Norovirus, Salmonella, Listeria, Candida, SARS, Influenza, Hepatitis and Coronavirus.
Prior to Deep Clean
After Deep Clean / before Fogging
After Sanitisation Fogging