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I must say, I wasn’t at all surprised to hear that recent research by Birmingham’s Aston University and ‘Scrap Car Comparison’ found significantly higher levels of germs inside cars than are found on the average toilet – but not on the steering wheel, which is perhaps due to our increased use of hand sanitiser these days. At home I clean our toilet & bathroom regularly but much as I’d like to clean my car as often, it’s always at the bottom of the list – but then it’s generally pretty clean in my view, whereas with a toilet – well, you have to be careful, don’t you? What horrified me though is that every single car studied, contained faecal bacteria, with the highest levels found in the boot. How on earth does this happen? Having recently watched the true-to-life ‘Sorry we missed you’ by Ken Loach, which focused on the tough life of a zero hours delivery driver whose schedule was so tight he had to urinate in a bottle in the back of his van, I could understand traces of urine, but faecal matter? The mind boggles… There’s also likely to be faecal bacteria on the driver’s seat - a clear concern for anyone who puts their fruit and veg in the boot after a shop or enjoys a drive-thru dinner in the driver’s seat!
The gearstick, dashboard and back seat, which also saw higher levels of bacterial contamination than is found on the average toilet, harboured Pseudomonas, (a bacterium with strains that can’t easily be treated with antibiotics) and Staph Aureus, (a germ associated with coughs and sneezes which is sometimes linked to MRSA). Older cars had more bacteria than newer ones, leading me to guess that perhaps the pride we take in our new cars, soon wears off. Clearly, deep cleaning our car interiors should be higher up on our ‘to do’ lists.
Dr Jonathan Cox, a senior lecturer in microbiology at Aston University, said: “These results highlight that we should change how we think about our cars and cleanliness. Often, we will clean our cars based on whether they ‘look’ clean versus whether they actually are clean. But you would never even think about eating off your toilet seat. Upholstery should ideally be given a deep clean and in future I will always clean any used car I might purchase!” Yes, & in future, I’ll probably think twice before accepting a lift from a friend!
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Stepping into the role of 2022 president is Nathalie Doobin (pictured), CBSE, MBA, of Harvard Services Group based in Miami, Florida.
Kate Ablett was previously employed by Brains as its Head of People and brings to her new role a wealth of HR experience.
A new study from Dyson for Business, conducted in July 2021 across 20 countries worldwide, has revealed that the public are still concerned about visiting public washrooms, often due to poor hygiene standards.
One of the main drivers of this is inadequate technology solutions when it comes to hand drying. It is often conventional evaporative hand dryers that cause this concern, and the study found that it could be avoided with an alternative choice of machine.
Cleaning and soft services provider, Kingdom Cleaning, has a new managing director at the helm, following the recent promotion of Peter Buff.
The paper, ‘Biological Air Quality Considerations for Non-Healthcare, As Built Environments’, was developed with support from the National Airduct Cleaners Association and addresses several strategies for improving indoor air quality in facilities such as schools, restaurants, convention centres and gyms.
“Did you know that we spend over 90% of our time indoors? Those indoor environments are filled with toxins that get trapped, putting your health at risk. While most petrochemical based cleaners and sanitising products kill 99.99% of harmful pathogens, they also create dead zones where the few remaining pathogens can thrive and multiply to billions within just minutes, making antibiotic resistance to disinfectants stronger than ever before.
EvaClean's global expansion plans are rolling out through strategic distribution alliances in countries worldwide. To serve the island nation of Sri Lanka, EvaClean has formed an exclusive joint venture partnership with Agxa-AG International, a prominent leader in the global trading and technology sectors.
Together, they will provide advanced infection prevention solutions to help protect Sri Lanka's 22 million residents from Covid-19 and other contagious pathogens.
The new service and infrastructure modern slavery council will work together to eradicate risk, remove the crime and support the victims of modern slavery through supply chains.
The search for three motivated and talented young people to receive financial support from the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's 2022 Undergraduate Bursary is now on. The successful applicants will join the 14 young people who have already benefited from the financial support.
The Bursary is £4,500. It is paid in three instalments; £1,500 being paid at the beginning of each academic year or the first three years if the degree is longer. With this extra financial support, the recipients have been able to make the most of all that university has to offer.
Denis Rawlins has secured the exclusive UK rights to distribute what it says is the most affordable and reliable fogging device on the market, FogPod. Born out of the pandemic, FogPod was created by a father and son team who wanted to bring innovative, cost-effective sanitation devices to the market, to make the fogging process accessible to all.
The devices use micro-fogging technology to disperse micro water particles, in the form of fog. These tiny particles are capable of penetrating surfaces deeper and more effectively than traditional sprays. With the correct chemistry, this process destroys 99.999% of all known germs, bacteria, pathogens and viruses.
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