We operate within different sectors of the retail industry. However, in the following paragraph we restrict ourselves to the supermarket sector. Supermarkets are broadly similar with regards to the layout and shopping items of each store. Product cabinets and shopping aisles where selections of products are being presented, checkout lines for payment on pin machines, other items being used and touched by the customer are:
- Shopping trolleys
- Shopping baskets
- Handles from chilled cabinets/ freezers
- Self-service payment counters (becoming more popular with the expansion of Express style supermarket chains)
All these objects have a high cross contamination level and only with frequent cleaning can this be maintained to a high hygienic standard. Obviously this is also a risk factor for the staff members, as they work continually with the same items.