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The challenges of custody cell cleaning 

In the UK, Custody Sergeants are responsible for the welfare of the arrested individuals and detainees during their time in custody, which includes providing a hygienic holding cell. Commercial cleaning specialist, Incentive QAS, is responsible for the cleanliness and sanitation of some of the largest police estates in the UK which includes emergency deep cleaning of cells and vehicles. It has a strong relationship with the police stations it works for and has earned trust through committed and agile cleaning solutions and efforts, often during extremely challenging circumstances.

Unsanitary or traumatic incidents often cause police holding cells and secure cells to require specialist cleaning and decontamination, as biohazards resulting from these incidents can pose a high risk of infection from exposure. Incentive QAS deploys on-site cleaning teams as well as out of hours cleaners for the police who are trained to carry out professional specialist cleaning and disinfection services

Incentive QAS Operations Manager, Mark Yull, said: “Facilities management within frontline services will always pose unique challenges for commercial cleaners. Our standard service offers daily cleaning in the custody suites and cells, and full reactive cleaning for spaces that demand a quick turnaround. Our teams are familiar with cleaning spaces that have been fouled with bodily fluids and they understand the need to work quickly and in an agile manner in a police van, suite or cell.”

The Incentive QAS on-site teams are fully equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment and specialist disinfection equipment to help support the police force with expert disinfection treatments and provide comprehensive deep cleaning to disinfect all areas.

Detainees sometimes perform “dirty protests” within their cells, which can involve them defecating or urinating in the cell without using the facilities provided. Other bodily fluids such as blood and vomit can also be present within the cell following an arrest or dirty protest. These bodily fluids can harbour infectious diseases and need to be cleaned up in a safe and controlled manner to prevent infection.
Incentive QAS has a team of highly trained individuals to ensure procedures relating to decontamination and the removal of any biohazard materials are done correctly in full accordance with current health and safety, government and COSHH procedures. All  staff are equipped with the tools and knowledge to quickly, efficiently and professionally clean all major and minor biohazards.
Due to the confined nature of custody cells the rapid decontamination and disinfection of this type of risk is extremely important to prevent a spread of disease or infection occurring. Incentive QAS’ police cell cleaning service provides a rapid response to these hazardous incidents, guaranteeing that the cell or communal areas are safely decontaminated and disinfected and ensuring that all harmful bodily fluids are removed and disposed of correctly.

Ensuring the decontamination of police cells is important for a number of reasons:

• Prevent the spread of Covid-19
• Provides sanitation and decontamination
• It prevents the spread of disease
• It protects custody officers and inmates from infection
• Maintains the professional service by police staff

Incentive QAS understands the pressures of this environment and works with clients flexibly to minimise disruption, using state-of-the-art infection control technology with 100 per cent decontamination guarantee.

Incentive QAS is the contract cleaning arm of the Incentive FM Group, with annual sales in excess of £20 million and employing more than 900 staff around the country.

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