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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.
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.
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It must be almost two decades ago that I first addressed in Cleanzine the need to encourage people to recycle their glass bottles, citing successful schemes throughout much of the developed world and harping on about how in Britain we seemed to have gone backwards in this endeavour, having dropped our popular Bottle Deposit Return Scheme. It’s not just the Government I’m angry with now, but the general public, too, as over the past couple of years we’ve had to keep picking up our dog when out on walks, because there’s so much broken glass strewn around which could injure her… and it’s not just in alleyways, where louts can smash bottles unseen, but on pavements next to busy roads, too. What on earth has happened to people to make them think it’s OK to damage the environment and endanger people, pets and wildlife by deliberately smashing bottles? I say ‘deliberately’ because there’s so much of the stuff all over the place, it can’t possibly all be there accidentally.
As a child I was well aware that when anyone bought a drink in a glass bottle, they paid a premium for the bottle which was refunded when the bottle was returned to a stockist of that drink. Thus, if someone found a bottle left lying around by a careless consumer, they’d generally take it to a stockist and claim the refund as their own. My friends and I would often augment our pocket money by cleaning up after people in this way.
I hear from Keep Britain Tidy that the UK Government is currently planning to exclude glass from its planned Deposit Return Scheme on the grounds of Health & Safety, stating in its consultation response that: “Reverse vending machines will carry safety risks associated with handling broken glass. The weight of glass and the potential for breakages also poses consumer safety issues in transporting glass bottles to return points”. You couldn’t make it up, could you? Keep Britain Tidy agrees, saying: “It is our view that the safety risks posed to the general public, and to wildlife, of smashed glass bottles remaining in the environment, is a far greater safety risk than that to retailers trained to handle the material. And if consumers are able to take glass away from supermarkets then surely they are able to return it and should be incentivised to do so through a Deposit Return Scheme.” Quite!
I’m going to write to my MP to get this ridiculous cop-out reversed. I do hope you will too.
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This Week's News
Nearly a third (29%) of businesses have lost a client or customer as a result of sending an email to the wrong person, reveals new data contained in the latest edition of Tessian's Psychology of Human Error report.
The latest report, which comes 18 months after Tessian's 2020 edition, revealed that two in five respondents (40%) have sent work emails to the wrong person, and 39% of employees have sent an email with the wrong attachment in the last 12 months.
With the current Covid-19 pandemic, it is essential for everyone to maintain good public hygiene at highly-frequented places such as hawker centres. The RAS, Restroom Association (Singapore) commenced its public outreach at 40 hawker centres from January to March, as part of its three-year LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Campaign at Hawker Centres supported by the National Environment Agency. RAS intends to reach out to all hawker centres by the end March 2024.
Cintas Corporation is seeking Instagram-worthy public washrooms for its 2022 America's Best Restroom contest. The initiative celebrates businesses that develop and maintain exceptional restroom facilities.
"Nearly three-quarters of Americans (74%) say dirty restrooms would cause them to have a negative perception of a business," says Sean Mulcahey, marketing manager, Cintas. "Facility cleanliness can impact the perception of a business. This annual contest highlights facilities that are making safety, cleanliness and hygiene a priority to provide a positive experience for their customers."
The event was organised by the contractor's client, global asset management firm Alliance Bernstein, which has raised more than £99,300 over the last few years and is looking to reach the £100,000 milestone this year.
"It remains a mystery that in 2022, men's public toilets still do not include baby changing facilities. The world has come a long way in recognising gender inequality when raising children. It is more widely accepted for men to be the stay-at-home parent while women go off to work, and in the dawn of hybrid working, traditional parenting stereotypes are being drastically rewritten.
Hooper Services, currently celebrating its 33rd year in business, had a successful Manchester Cleaning Show last week, with lots of interest being shown in the Italian-engineered TSM range of cleaning machines, for which the company holds the exclusive rights to distribute in the UK.
“Well what a week we have had!” remarks owner Ian Hooper. “The show was really good and we made lots of new contacts who were particularly interested in the TSM cleaning machines we were demonstrating. It’s is a fantastic range; very well engineered, made to last and offering excellent cleaning ability.”
According to the latest projections, the plastic waste mass in our oceans is threatening to quadruple by 2050 with alarming consequences for humans and animals alike. This finding is part of a recently published WWF review which provides the latest analysis of the extent of plastic pollution in oceans.
WWF makes it unmistakably clear that it is more important than ever to act now. Grohe, a leading global brand for complete washroom solutions, is intensifying its own plastic prevention endeavours. Launched in 2018, Grohe's ‘Less Plastic’ initiative includes offering plastic saving product solutions, eliminating unnecessary plastic from its product packaging and supporting innovative clean-up technologies to preserve the environment for future generations.
The Nobel Sustainability Fund managed by Earth Capital, the global sustainable investing private equity specialist, has announced an additional £3.75m investment into Propelair, the Essex-based manufacturer of what is believed to be the world's lowest water-flush toilet system. Further, the company has launched a separate equity raise through the Kickstart.Capital platform with a target of £1.75m to extend its already significant community of commercial advocates and supporters.
Currently focused on the commercial market, the technology has been designed to be retrofitted onto existing drainage systems. The Propelair toilet uses on average 84% less water than standard toilets and reduces aerosolised germs in toilet cubicles by 95%.
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