Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 7th April 2022 Issue no. 1011
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GBAC joins Global Health Security Agenda Consortium
Impactful air filtration on demand
While environmental decontamination and hand hygiene are universally recognised to reduce the risk of infections and keep people safe, adequate ventilation is vital for ensuring the air within workplaces & shared spaces is safe. Aerosols and droplets carry infectious microorganisms in the air that spread infections within poorly ventilated spaces.
No-water urinal market expected to grow over next 10 years
E-foam battery foamer forgoes manual pumping to produce thick and adhesive foam
Global Recycling Day: How could recycling benefit your business?
Washie Smart Toilet Seat is making it safe to go in public washrooms again
That's starting to change with the Washie Toilet Seat, the cleverly-designed Smart toilet seat with a hands-free sensor that dispenses an alcohol-based cleaning solution to wipe the seat down before and after use.
Waterless Urinals earn NGBS Green Certification
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Yesterday was World Health Day - another 'day' that would have escaped my attention had I not come across a report from the Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute, which argues that global health has forgotten its most important weapon – hygiene. It says that while hygiene is vital in fighting off a whole range of diseases, policymakers and others fail to invest, promote, and research it, allowing vaccines, antibiotics and alternative treatments to take centre-stage instead.
"We are sounding the alarm to say, unless we increase investment in hygiene now, our other health interventions will only get us so far," notes Dame Sally Davies, UK special envoy on antimicrobial resistance. "We should not need to use antibiotics just because a person cannot or does not wash their hands properly." I couldn’t agree more. Diseases such as cholera, typhoid, intestinal worm infections and polio can all be contracted as a result of poor hygiene as too can flu and the common cold, along with, of course, Covid-19. While hand washing sounds simple even with clean water, the uptake of regular practices requires behaviour and social change within a community. This isn't always easy to achieve, especially if there’s a lack of resources, knowledge and skills – as our report on hygiene attitudes in India, below, shows so clearly.
Simon Sinclair, executive director of RGHI, believes this is why more research, investment and attention is needed “in the hygiene space”. He points out that there are still pockets around the world where there are vast clean water and hygiene gaps and says this must be remedied. Research in Bangladesh, for example, found that an estimated 4% of GDP per capita is spent on treatment for diarrhea, while two in five schools and one in four healthcare centres worldwide still lack basic hand-washing facilities.
Professor Albert Ko, professor and chair of epidemiology of microbial diseases, Yale School of Public Health, agrees that much more needs to be done beyond providing water and soap. “We need to identify what the barriers are to fixing these challenges and addressing these gaps,” he offers. “That requires research. From there, policymakers and figureheads can better allocate funding to eliminate the issues. If the pandemic has shown us anything, it's how important hygiene is to our health. It's important we continue the hygiene practices built during this time and carry that momentum forward to ensure everyone has what they need to maintain good hygiene and good health. We urge world leaders to pay more attention to hygiene as a critical weapon against viruses, infections and disease."
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This Week's News
Hospital floors may pose a larger health risk than previously thought
Hospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infection, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC).
Because items in the patient's room may touch the floor, pathogens on hospital floors can rapidly move to the hands and high-touch surfaces throughout a hospital room.
BCC's latest research report is available free on request
Some interesting insights on the cleaning, hygiene & waste sector are revealed by the British Cleaning Council's 2022 research report, published yesterday, Wednesday, 6th April.
The number of sector businesses grew to 69,005 in 2021 and the number of employees working in the sector remained static at 1.47 million, according to the latest statistics available, it says. The number of people employed in the cleaning, hygiene & waste sector in 2021 was approximately 5% of the UK workforce, ensuring that the industry remains one of the top 10 biggest industries in the UK, the report said.
Needlesmart clinical waste boxes to save NHS more than £120 million in government plastic tax
British smart MedTech company NeedleSmart is at the forefront of helping the NHS radically reduce CO2 emissions in its clinical waste disposal by a staggering 95% as part of its Carbon Reduction Strategy, saving £10s of millions in clinical waste destruction.
NeedleSmart is collaborating with the NHS, facilitated through the NHS Supply Chain innovation route, to drive a campaign forward to minimise single-use plastics and associated packaging. As of 1st April, and as part of the Government's recycling policies, all plastic packaging must contain 30% recycled material or be subject to a levy of £200 per tonne.
Savlon Swasth India Mission publishes study on hygiene habits in India
Set against the context of the pandemic, much has been theorised and communicated on hygiene practices. While the pandemic has accelerated adoption of hygiene practices, some are still reluctant and lack a clear understanding of hygiene, according to the newly published study by Savlon Swasth India Mission, on hygiene habits in India.
To study the actual shift in behaviour and practice, Savlon Swasth India Mission, as part of its philosophy to build a healthier and stronger India, commissioned a nationwide attitudinal and behavioural study on current hygiene trends.
EarthSafe introduces new generation of safe, sustainable industrial cleaning solutions
EarthSafe Chemical Alternatives has unveiled a new line of industrial and commercial cleaning solutions that solve challenges in a healthier, more sustainable way. Flagship products include FlashDry organic absorbent and XMold Pro inhibitor and longer-lasting protectant.
Having originated in the marine sector, working with the US Navy to neutralise Norovirus on ships and submarines without the use of harsh disinfectants, the company then devoted its attention to increasing levels of safety and sustainability in the infection-prevention area. Today, EarthSafe is focusing on providing solutions designed to provide industrial and commercial facilities with equally high levels of safety and sustainability.
SOAPBOX: World Health Day: “Make even just modest lifestyle changes now for a cleaner world and healthier future”
As we mark World Health Day on April 7th, after a two-year-long pandemic, Sam Greaves, of Cleenol Group, argues that people only need to make modest lifestyle changes to contribute to a cleaner world and healthier future.
“Not only have we experienced a pandemic for over two years, we're also challenged by climate change, air pollution, water shortages and an increase in adverse health conditions such as asthma, cancer and heart disease. Poor decisions made by individuals and commercial and political entities are contributing to the health and climate crisis we are facing."
Ineos Hygienics announces partnership with Great Britain and England Hockey
Ineos Hygienics has become Official Hygiene Partner to Great Britain and England Hockey, keeping the men and women's teams in safe hands with their new range of professional sport sanitiser sprays - designed by sportspeople, for sport.
As a reliable, trusted name in high purity alcohol-based sanitiser products, the manufacturer says its Sport range has been co-developed with elite sports teams to help prevent the spread of infection and will be provided to Great Britain and England Hockey's international teams, with product also available for the 800+ clubs across England to purchase at a discounted rate.
Incentive QAS awarded contract extension with Link Group
Incentive QAS has been awarded a further three-year contract with Link Group after supporting the organisation through its UK expansion.
Link Group, a specialist in financial administration solutions headquartered in Australia, completed its acquisition of London based Capita Asset Services (CAS) from Capita in 2017, to extend its UK and European operating platform. Included in the purchase were six locations and shortly after the transition Incentive QAS was awarded the facilities management contract by the newly formed UK branch of Link Group.
Hospital cleaners call off strike after winning full NHS parity
Hundreds of cleaners and United Voices of the World (UVW) members at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), who were set to strike over continuing inequality, have finally obtained full NHS contracts from 1 April 2022.
The hospital was dragging its feet over bringing the cleaners’ contracts in line with the rest of their NHS colleagues, as was promised when they were in-housed last Summer. The cleaners and their union UVW forced the hand of the hospital by calling for a two-day strike mid March, which was averted after last minute concessions by bosses at GOSH.
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