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"As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe, the face of environmental hygiene needs to change, and we must adapt fast. We need to put standard cleaning practices under the microscope and raise the bar on what's considered 'standard practice'.
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With the end to lockdown picking up pace I was pleased to learn that our garden centres are deemed more necessary than many other retail outlets and as such have finally been allowed to open properly. With food shortages and long queues at food outlets earlier this year persuading so many people to grow their own food instead, it struck me as rather short-sighted that this type of facility wasn't allowed to remain open (with the correct safeguarding in place, of course!) so people could buy essentials such as compost, seeds and plug plants; feel fairly confident that they'd at least be able to feed their families, and give those who were furloughed something useful and rewarding to do. I realise people were able to buy online but as in other areas, there were supply chain issues which in many cases don't appear to have been resolved.
I support my local garden centre which is run by a charity to provide employment for those suffering from mental ill-health and like many garden centres it provides lightweight plastic & cloth wheelchairs for customers who don't normally use them but who'd struggle to get around such a place without one. Sadly these aren't yet available as the staff aren't sure how to sanitise them to prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus (if you have any tips on how best to clean things like this, I'll happily pass them on). They're also worried about safety regarding the cafe and toilets and these will remain shut for the foreseeable future.
Are we going to see further and faster demise in public toilet provision all over, I wonder?
All this led me to ponder on some of the more difficult cleaning situations, and whether we should even be thinking about opening some facilities until we can be sure that proper cleaning and sanitising regimes are in place and that there is a continuous supply of disposables, chemicals, equipment and properly trained manpower to keep them safe. Take gyms and other sporting centres for example: I can't think of a better breeding ground for germs, with their high-use equipment and users breathing heavily while getting hot and sweaty! My daughter's a climber and has always complained about how filthy her hands become on the man-made rocks and crevices when she uses indoor centres. These, she claims, are impossible to clean properly. Your thoughts on this particular dilemma would be helpful too...
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With logistics movements key to the future recovery of the UK's economy, the Freight Transport Association has campaigned successfully for the Health & Safety Executive to amend its Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations reporting guidance to avoid penalising businesses unfairly as they restart or scale up their operations under the Coronavirus pandemic.
It's official, the City of Westminster is full of rats! The London borough had more rodent call-outs in the last year than anywhere else in the capital, according to data from home services firm Fantastic Services.
Westminster - home to the Houses of Parliament and a breeding ground for the nation's politicians - also saw the most pest-control call-outs of any kind, while the east London borough of Newham is London's cockroach and bed bug capital.
The UK Government has joined global health experts, including the World Health Organisation and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), in approving the use of hand dryers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. This follows a campaign from the hand drying industry requesting Government to update its official guidelines.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has written to the Health Secretary, The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, asking that those working in the manufacture and distribution of cleaning and hygiene products be eligible for priority testing for the Coronavirus.
Anyone over the age of five who exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 - a temperature, cough and the loss of the sense of taste and smell - is now able to secure a test for coronavirus. Essential workers in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland can apply for priority testing through www.gov.uk These tests are prioritised over those made available to the wider public through the NHS.
As many of us start returning to work, washroom hygiene in our places of work has become even more important. Santoemma says its Powertec system offers the ideal solution for workplace washroom cleaning and sanitising and that when used with the Sani-Clean chemical, a thorough daily clean and sanitise operation is guaranteed.
Current conditions have changed our daily lives in a short period of time. Now more than ever we all want to know that we are doing everything we can to keep ourselves and our colleagues and visitors safe and well.
To ensure we can do this requires understanding the science behind surface wiping and cleaning, says Kimberly-Clark Professional.
Demon takes great pride in its capability to engineer machines to the needs of clients, and the company has recently developed a new sanitising version of one of their most popular pressure washing units.
Demon's latest version of the Tornado P2 Mini-Bowser with sanitising head has been designed for ease of use and efficiency when sanitising large outside areas in response to the current demand for sanitising in the UK.
The company has invested in a range of portable and handheld sprayers, which are designed to effectively disinfect a wide range of premises in a fraction of the time and cost previously needed.
A compact antimicrobial handguard to help prevent the transfer of viruses and bacteria, including Covid-19, from everyday touchpoints such as door handles, touchscreens, keypads, switches and push buttons, has been launched in time for us to to get back to work.
The new components include a mobile application and IoT alert button to broaden the system's applicability to varied facility sizes and types. The WandaMobile application enables environmental cleaning teams to efficiently document cleaning activities from their mobile devices.
Cromwell Polythene's manufacturing and recycling division, Cromwell Plastics Recycling, has donated 500 kilos of blue polythene film to a fundraising partnership of volunteers and marine businesses making personal protective equipment for the NHS.
The film, manufactured at the Alfreton based manufacturing and recycling plant, Cromwell Plastics Recycling, will be made into approximately 5,000 disposable plastic gowns for Southampton General Hospital.
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