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I was chatting to the British Toilet Association's Ray Martin at the London Cleaning Show in the Spring and he reminded me that the Association was celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. As someone who'd been a flag flyer for the public toilet movement for many years, I was delighted to serve on the original Council and far from 'knowing it all', I learnt a lot about the technicalities involved in designing appropriate facilities and keeping them safe and hygienic whilst complying with regulations, as well as the extra problems faced by the disabled and the elderly. It didn't take me long to realise that we were facing a huge battle in not only trying to improve public toilet provision for all but also in persuading local authorities that there are important benefits to be had from providing decent public toilets around the clock and that any benefits of permanently closing facilities and selling them to housing developers are short-lived.
Congratulations to the BTA then for all the good work it's continued to do over the last couple of decades!
My interest in toilets is obviously well known, since news of a new design of toilet seat has come at me from all angles this week and I posted a link on our Facebook page a couple of days ago while I investigated it. If you haven't come across the news yet, you can read more below, but in a nutshell, it's regarding a toilet seat that has been designed to slope downwards at an angle with a view to both improving the health of the user along with reducing the cost to employers of paying staff to misuse the toilet during working hours, by making the process more uncomfortable. When I say 'misuse' I don't mean graffiti and other vandalism but am referring to those who use their toilet breaks to sit and text friends and family, surf the Web or spend time on social media.
I've had a long chat with Ray Martin about some obvious benefits of the design that escaped me at first glance and will be running an article on the concept in January. In the meantime, I'd love to know what you think about it!
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Latest Industry research suggests that an average person spends around 25% greater time in workspace lavatories then necessary and it is estimated that in the UK alone, extended employee breaks cost industry and commerce £4billion per annum.
Standard Toilet says its new toilet design can help increase business efficiency and profits through reductions in social media usage and reduced time spent texting during office hours, by encouraging staff to spend less time sat on the toilet. Another advantage is, potentially, reduced queuing for public facilities, such as in commercial shopping malls and train stations.
In the wake of the recent election result which saw the Conservatives gain a large majority in the House of Commons, prime minister Boris Johnson has again promised to deliver Brexit and in his words, "get Brexit done".
Hospitals and other healthcare centres contain those who are most vulnerable to disease as well as high concentrations of patients with infectious conditions. Therefore, it is essential that no corners are cut when it comes to hygiene - if procedures are not carried out properly, it could have catastrophic effects on patients in vulnerable states.
Despite advances in medicines and treatments, there's one simple fact that has never changed: prevention is better than a cure. It is the reason countries invest in vaccines. However, hospitals are struggling to tackle the silent epidemic of healthcare-associated infections.
HCAIs are - and remain - a huge problem for healthcare organisations. The European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control estimates that 4.5million HCAIs occur in Europe's hospitals every year. This means that, on any given day, one in every 15 hospital patients has an HCAI.
Themed ‘Beyond Green’, the fourth edition of the popular event takes place 7th and 8th April at the Delta Toronto Airport Conference Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Two internal promotions within the senior management team at Truvox International will bolster the global floorcare specialist's focus on innovation into a new decade. Company strategy and day-to-day management will be led by Gordon McVean, (pictured left) appointed to the role of executive director (as announced in Cleanzine's pre-Christmas issue).
Malcolm Eneas (pictured, below right) takes on the role of operations director, responsible for ensuring processes and procedures to deliver growth, whilst reflecting the company ethos.
Bio-D is one of the leading businesses in a global drive towards eliminating plastic pollution. Independently owned ethical cleaning company Bio-D agreed to use at least 75% recycled content by 2025 when it signed up to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Global Commitment on plastic in October last year.
As part of the commitment, companies across the world pledged to use an average of 25% recycled content in their plastic packaging by 2025.
As managing director Neil will be responsible for delivering the business strategy for Clover Chemicals and Christeyns Food Hygiene. Both companies are experts in their fields, manufacturing hygiene solutions for a range of industries across the UK and Ireland.
The north of England's largest cleaning and hygiene event returns to Event City in Trafford, Greater Manchester, on 25 and 26 March 2020 and is free for delegates to attend.
It is, effectively, a guardless version of Akbo's popular Blue King washdown gun, which was launched two years ago.
Also confirmed as announcer and compere after his success at the 2018 event, is Roger Tilling.
Dr James Kim, previously associate vice president, Science & Regulatory Affairs, is now the vice president, Science & Regulatory Affairs. Late last year ACI announced that Dr Kim would lead the department following the departure of Richard Sedlak, who retired as executive vice president, Technical & International Affairs after 42 years at ACI.
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