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A reader sent me a Daily Mail article yesterday which gave tips on how we can avoid picking up germs in public washrooms. I’m not sure if it was produced to coincide with Global Handwashing Day, which happened to be yesterday, but it certainly brought home the need for us all to thoroughly wash and dry our hands before leaving the washroom – and if we’re able – not touch the exit door when we leave.
Reading the comments that followed, it’s clear that some readers have an OCD about picking up washroom germs… many won’t touch anything unless it’s with toilet tissue or a hand towel and someone even confessed to flushing the loo with his foot – and no, he wasn’t referring to those with a foot flushing mechanism but the handle set into the cistern, so he must be a contortionist! Others mentioned using a sleeve, which I found odd as it means they’ll be carrying dirt and germs around with them, rather than avoiding them! Others said they don’t bother washing their hands because a few germs don’t do anyone any harm and if we don’t build up our immune systems we’re more likely to become ill.
There’s a link to a video too, which enforces the message, warning us that there are more germs on the toilet tissue dispenser than the toilet seat and that women shouldn’t put their bags on the floor. It even discusses the ‘sneeze effect’, whereby flushing the loo sets off this rushing, centrifugal action that sends miniscule particles and droplets of faeces and urine flying from the toilet bowl and into the surrounding air – as well as your mouth and lungs.
I first wrote about the sneeze effect 10 years ago and I thought it was common knowledge – which is why I’m surprised that so many washrooms no longer have seats on the individual toilets, so we can close them before we flush.
Is this to save the cost of the sanitary ware I wonder, or to save time on cleaning? If it’s the latter, it’s a false economy, for while it may mean there are fewer surfaces to clean, everything will be a lot dirtier than need be.
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New market research, 'Hand Dryer Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2020', published by Transparency Market Research, reveals that the global hand dryer market is expected to reach a value of USD 930.8 million by 2020, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 11.4% from 2014 to 2020.
In 2013, total volume shipment of hand dryers was 2000 units and it is expected to reach 4376.8 thousand units by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 12% from 2014 to 2020. A growing demand for eco-friendly appliances and greater concern over hygiene have led to the growing demand for hand dryers. In 2013, the Asia Pacific market imported more hand dryers than any other region.
The show was truly an international gathering with 28% international visitors from 70 countries. With 100 leading brands and a high level conference, the event offered an international networking platform for the cleaning industry in Turkey and the Middle East and played a vital role in finding solutions for the region's cleaning related challenges. The next edition of the show is scheduled for 2016.
The winners' announcement coincides with the release of the updated consensus statement and the celebration of the Global Handwashing Day, which took place recently.
As outrageous as it sounds, many of the clinical waste sacks being used by hospitals and other healthcare establishments in the UK are not compliant with the United Nations requirements for the Carriage of Dangerous Goods.
The United Nations have set universal standards governing the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous goods, in order to ensure safe transportation and ultimately to protect people from infection by harmful diseases, including the potentially deadly Ebola virus.
Cynergi has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.
Employing 275 people, Cynergi is principally involved in the contract cleaning and support service sector, specialising commercial premises and manufacturing industries and with a £3 million turnover. Cynergi's most recent clients have included major players such as Warner Music.
RAS first conceptualised and launched an online map locator of Happy Toilets called the LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Map in 2009, in its bid to encourage more Happy Toilet participation. As well as locating the Happy Toilets, users can view photos of the facilities on the map.
The collaboration agreement allows both Girbau and Lavatec to complete their product ranges with products manufactured by the other - Lavatec industrial products manufactured for Girbau and vice versa.
Accounting for 1.3 million lost working days annually, the Health & Safety Executive estimates that slips and trips in the workplace cost UK employers alone £512 million per year - yet the simple act of implementing an effective cleaning regime can drastically reduce the risks, helping to protect both your employees and your business.
The prestigious surroundings of Fishmongers' Hall, occupying an enviable position on the River Thames in central London, was a fitting venue for the WCEC Military Awards Ceremony, which took place recently. This annual event recognises the work and achievements of Environmental Health Technicians (EHTs) from the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), the RAF Environmental Healthcare and the WCEC's affiliated Cadet Units.
Promoting and maintaining health and the prevention of disease are the main tasks of EHTs - which is vital for military units, wherever they are in the world.
With an annual turnover of £5m and £1.5m respectively, both companies focus primarily on cleaning, but also offer landscaping, property maintenance and janitorial supplies as part of their soft FM delivery.
Southfield School and Latimer Arts College, both in Kettering, have awarded cleaning contracts to Wellingborough Norse which will start at the beginning of November this year. Both agreements are for an initial three-year period and are jointly worth around £900k over the life of the contracts.
Twinkle Clean, which offers both commercial & domestic cleaning such as event cleaning, end of tenancy and builders' cleans, window and carpet cleaning, office cleaning and rubbish removal, believes it is South London's fastest growing cleaning company.
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