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Food safety
CEILING
CLEANING
BY ANDY NELSON
ONE AREA OF THE GROCERY STORE PERIMETER is often overlooked
when it comes to food safety because it's not seen - literally.
How many people, whether it's consumers or employees, think to
look up when they're walking the aisles of the instore deli or bakery or
fresh produce or meat section? That's exactly what Phoenix-based OSA
Specialized Cleaning does when it goes to work, and it can make a big
difference when it comes to food safety.
OSA specializes in making sure that the ceilings of grocery stores
are free of dirt and other materials that, if they found their way into the
foods below, could create major food safety-related headaches.
" I think what separates us from other cleaners is our drive to clean
areas other people may not want to, " said Brad Pierce, OSA's owner.
" This means doing whatever we can to reach high areas, such as using
a taller lift or taking the time to clean areas that may not be visible from
the floor. "
Just because the client or their customers can't see an area of dirt
and grime is not an excuse to avoid cleaning that area, he adds. Those
unclean areas can still present a health risk.
And it's not just retailers that are realizing that.
" Currently we only work with retailers, but we're considering working
with their suppliers as well. We do extensive work with central kitchens
since restaurant and kitchen cleaning is one of our specialties. If a
business has a cafeteria or food onsite, then we are the perfect fit for
high ceiling cleaning and dusting. "
For most of its retail grocery jobs, OSA uses a lift so it can clean
sprinkler systems and remove dust that frequently accumulates on
the open architecture ceilings commonly seen in most grocery stores,
Pierce said.
In the perimeter, the instore bakery, meat department and areas
where prepared foods are fried are among the places where dirt and
grime can accumulate quickly on ceilings.
Not that it's easy to see. " Out of sight, out of mind " is a trap that many
retailers fall into, Pierce said.
" A grocery store owner might put off high ceiling cleaning and
dusting because dirt on the ceiling is harder to see than dirt on the
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It's only a matter of time
until gravity catches up
floor, " he said. " However, it's only a matter of time until gravity catches
up with you and a large dust bunny falls from the ceiling and onto your
produce. "
The cleanliness of your grocery store, Pierce added, speaks to the
quality of your business. No customer is going to think a grocery store
is worth going to if they think dirt and grime are going to fall from the
ceiling and onto their food.
There's no hard-and-fast rule dictating how often grocery stores
should clean their ceilings, Pierce said. It depends on where you live.
OSA is based in Arizona, where dust storms are a frequent
occurrence, which means grocery stores hire the company three or
four times a year. Grocery stores in other states may only need to
conduct high ceiling cleaning once a year.
Whatever the frequency, Pierce said ceiling cleaning is an essential
part of the food safety process, and more and more retailers are getting
onboard.
" Customers walk into a grocery store with the expectation that the
place where they get their food is going to be clean and sterile, " he said.
bunny falls from the ceiling
and onto your produce. "
Brad Pierce, OSA Specialized Cleaning
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