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Dr Sally Ferguson, a Hong Kong registered doctor who visits the Macau Grand Prix every year, was dismayed to discover that there was no soap in 'the ladies' at the Lisboa Bend grandstand for an entire weekend at the recent meeting. She spoke to cleaning ladies about the "serious health risk" this posed, but says they laughed and shook their heads.
The study, led by Prof. Dr. Ing. Karsten Kluth, involved the ergonomic evaluation of floor cleaning systems to determine what - if any - stresses and strains were caused to cleaning personnel, through the various cleaning systems' different designs.
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News this week that investigators found traces of faeces on every McDonald's food ordering touchscreen unit they tested as well as other types of harmful bacteria at some, has sent social media into a frenzy of disgust.
What on earth did people expect?
In case you're unfamiliar with the story, the hygiene studies were carried out by metro.co.uk and the London Metropolitan University School of Human Science, on touchscreens at eight stores in London and Birmingham. These touchscreens are being trialed by McDonald's at a number of its restaurants throughout the UK with a view to emulating the rollout that started in the US in 2015, through which most of its 14,000 US locations will be fitted with touchscreens by 2020. Used by diners to place their orders before they head to the counter to collect their food, they are said to increase restaurant efficiency, speed up the ordering process and reduce potential worker error.
McDonald's says it cleans its touchscreens throughout the day and that it provides facilities for customers to wash their hands before eating. Although I haven't eaten in McDonald's in years, I have waited in stores for friends to order and have noticed that staff are very quick to use their sprayers and cleaning cloths when they're able, but unless this happens after each and every diner (or touchscreen user), then there's every chance that germs will be picked up by other restaurant users and staff and people will get sick.
And when did you ever see anyone washing their hands between opening their potentially contaminated container and beginning their meal? No - neither did I!
With these touchscreens becoming so much a part of our daily lives, from the self-service checkouts blighting our supermarkets to self-check-ins at the GP surgery and hospital departments, as well as the more familiar units at cashpoints and on card payment machines and even the units we use to stop traffic so we can cross the road, we're potentially picking up someone else's germs. It's life.
Never has the advice that used to be on toilet paper decades ago been more important: 'Now wash your hands please'. And may I add, 'Don't read or even flick through the magazines left in piles in waiting rooms of any sort'. You simply don't know what's on them...
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This aftermarket, injection moulded, fitted and self-sealing castor wheel cover is manufactured from clear or coloured Liquid Silicone Rubber or Thermoplastic Elastomer and it makes the cleaning of equipment for use in high level hygiene environments more time efficient and sanitary.
The World Health Organisation says that while hand hygiene and the use of examination gloves in healthcare is critical, healthcare personnel should perform hand hygiene procedures, either using alcohol-based hand-rub or soap and water, both before and after donning gloves, and that gloves should only be worn in certain scenarios. A recent study has found, however, that the use of gloves can create 'a missed opportunity' when it comes to hygiene.
Soft surfaces have traditionally been one of the bigger challenges to sanitise in the healthcare environment. One study found that 92% of privacy curtains were contaminated with infectious bacteria within one week of laundering. Yet another study cites that as much as 60% of nursing and physician attire can be a source of nosocomial infections.
Now, Prime Medical, in partnership with Clorox Professional Products, is introducing hospital privacy curtains, scrubs and lab coats that harness the sanitising effects of sodium hypochlorite-based bleach, to help make these soft surfaces part of the solution in reducing healthcare-associated infections.
A new report from Transparency Market Research says that the global aroma chemicals market, valued at US$3.85 billion in 2015, is estimated to reach US$6.57 billion by 2024, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 6.2% during the forecast period.
As announced in Cleanzine at the end of October, Unger's erGO! floor cleaning system was one of a number of systems undergoing ergonomic evaluation by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karsten Kluth of the Institute of Work Sciences & Ergonomics at the University of Siegen.
Unger has now informed us that the system achieved significantly better results than the two competitor products tested in both analysis and practical use.
As a specialist cleaning chemicals manufacturer - they do nothing else - whether it's for hard floors or for carpets, Greyland has formulated a range of highly effective cleaning products that do just what they say they will do.
Kärcher and the Aurora Economic Development Council are teaming up for a new Region North America headquarter facility in Aurora, near Denver, Colorado, which is due to open in September 2019. The manufacturer says its next step is to improve the US operation's footprint to ensure competitiveness and sustainable growth:
"Innovation is top of mind with Kärcher's plan to optimise advanced manufacturing capabilities, with new technologies such as digital and automation where appropriate," says Javier Gonzalez, CEO Region North America. "In doing so, it will also position us for future innovation and growth/expansion, not just US but globally."
Registration is now open for the world's largest, dedicated tissue industry gathering - Tissue World Milan. Taking place next year from 25th to 27th March, the event includes a three-day conference with the theme 'Smart and Sustainable - Strategies to Stay Sharp as a New Decade Dawns', which runs alongside the trade show.
The conference will open with a full day of Senior Management Symposiums, followed by Technical Sessions and Yankee Dryer Workshop on the subsequent days. Magnus Groth, CEO and EVP of Essity and board member of Acando AB and Vinda, Hong Kong, will deliver the conference keynote address.
More than 800 fines have been issued to litter louts around East Hampshire over the last 12 months. East Hampshire District Council is committed to keeping the district's streets clean and free from litter with regular litter enforcement patrols - residents and visitors can be fined £80 for discarding litter, including cigarette butts and chewing gum.
"Litter is a blight on our towns and villages and we take it very seriously at East Hampshire District Council," says Cllr Ingrid Thomas, portfolio holder for Neighbourhood Services.
Brain Corp, an AI company specialising in the development of self-driving technology for robots, announced this week that it is powering autonomous capabilities in a new vacuum cleaner, designed specifically by SoftBank Robotics for use in commercial spaces such as retail and office environments.
Available early 2019 and focused initially on the Japanese market, the machine will be powered by BrainOS, Brain Corp's proprietary operating system.
Lanes has begun work on a contract, awarded by Manchester City Council, to clean all 58,000 roadside gullies in 18 wards across the south of the city over the next two years.
Thanks to the commitment of its 85 employees, Lucart's plant in Avigliano, in the province of Potenza, has set a great record: almost 5.5 years without occupational injuries. It is one of Italy's finest facilities, especially in Southern Italy, dedicated to the production of high-quality, high-performance dry paper hygiene products, such as the well-known Tutto brand.
"We achieved this goal through excellent teamwork," notes Saverio Sarubbo, manager of the plant. "Sharing the 'value' of safety with all our workers, and not just with our external suppliers, has certainly laid the foundations for this success.
Tackling work-related stress is one of Health &Safety Executive's health priorities - and if it's something you are also taking action on, then take a look at HSE's website for information and guidance on the right approach to take.
If you have decided that the Management Standards approach is the way you need to go, then you may be interested to know that HSE has developed an online version of the Stress Indicator Tool.
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"Making the public and companies aware that they have a legal duty of care to ensure their rubbish/rubble/waste material is disposed of by a licensed operator who's issued a waste transfer certificate, should be undertaken by local authorities and groups like Keep Britain Tidy. Very heavy fines can be handed down by the Courts for those caught, who don't comply.
At a glittering ceremony, with keynote speaker Sir Tim Smit KBE = co-founder of the Eden Project - encouraging the audience to redouble efforts to inspire others to reduce their carbon footprint and develop more sustainable businesses, Clarity-The Soap Co was acknowledged as a social enterprise that is setting best practice in its sector and beyond for reducing its carbon footprint via a series of green initiatives.
Interserve Facilities Management has been fined after multiple safety failings at a laboratory site for the Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge.
Hove Crown Court heard how, in September 2014, mains power was lost at the site which includes high containment laboratory facilities required to safely handle high hazard pathogens that are a serious risk to human health and the environment.
Having been involved, as Director of BTA and owner of Loo of the Year Awards, giving evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee in 2008 demanding changes that would require the Government to make a legal requirement on local authorities to provide adequate public toilets, I welcome the budget changes.
"It has been a good week for toilet talk. First we had the chancellor making numerous toilet jokes as he announced in the budget that owners will no longer pay business rates on public toilets. Then Microsoft founder Bill Gates unveils a futuristic toilet that doesn't need water by making a presentation with a jar of human faeces on show beside him.
A waste management company has been fined after a worker was fatally injured while cleaning a large ballistic separator machine.
Aylesbury Crown Court heard how, in August 2016, a Viridor Waste Management employee climbed into the top level of the ballistic separator - a machine that sifts through and separates recyclable materials - to clean it, before it was suitably isolated from the power supply.
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