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As an avid reader of, advertiser in, and contributor to Cleanzine, I have noticed the call for help at the bottom of Jan's Leader editorial (28th May). There is a simple answer to all the problem items and surfaces mentioned for sanitising: steam cleaning.
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Shortly after last week’s broadcast, a reader sent me a link to an article in a national daily newspaper that prompted an immediate post from me on Cleanzine’s Facebook page:
"Oh my word... someone's just sent me this article, which either represents poor journalism or genuinely echoes ridiculous advice to leave the toilet seat up when flushing! With traces of Covid-19 having been found in the faeces of people who've died from it, the centrifugal force created by flushing will cause potentially virus-carrying droplets to settle all over the bathroom. The advice to: "Leave the lid up to reduce the number of people needing to touch it to lift the seat up and down" has me wondering whether the expert wants us to flush with the seat down before lifting it for the next user, or whether he's telling us to leave it up while flushing. From this report I'm just not sure what was really said, but knowing the science I'm aware that the lid should be shut for flushing. The confusion amongst readers who don't know the science, could well cost lives..."
I never did get to the bottom of the writer's intentions, but reading through the readers' comments I realised I wasn't the only one confused by his words and that even more importantly, other readers aren't convinced that we should be flushing with the lid down.
This isn't a battle of the sexes thing but down to hygiene - important all the time but in these days of Coronavirus-related fears, even more crucial. I do hope the facilities that feel they've saved money/time and/or are providing more hygienic facilities by fitting toilets without any lids whatsoever, have a change of heart and bring their facilities up to standard without delay.
And although this industry is our work, the knowledge of the difference cleaning makes to our safety should be in our blood. If you come across anyone who thinks it's OK to flush with the lid up, please do have a word!
And talking of toilets, when are we going to see our public toilets opening up again and how are we going to keep them safe for everyone to use? Chatting to the British Toilet Association's Ray Martin at the height of lockdown I learnt that he's campaigning for important changes to be made to public toilet provision to promote confidence and prevent the spread of Coronavirus. These will be costly but I agree with Ray that something needs to be done as a matter of urgency since safe, hygienic public toilets are a basic human right.
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The Health & Safety Executive has issued a safety alert about the poor quality of face masks claiming to be of KN95 standard.
WRAP is making its £1.5 million textiles grant fund more accessible and has streamlined the application process so that funds can be allocated more quickly. The deadline£for applications - published as Thursday 18 June - no longer applies. Applications will now be assessed on a rolling basis until WRAP closes the scheme (or all funds are allocated).
The grants are intended to support projects that provide innovative ways for textile waste to be recycled or reused, keeping it out of landfill or incineration so that it remains a valuable resource. The money is part of Defra's £18m Resource Action Fund, set up to support key priority policy areas.
Staff from hygiene services firm Phs Group are on a mission this month to raise hundreds of pounds for a mental health charity. While they may be based at different locations across the company, seven members of the team have signed up to take part in June One Ten - an initiative to run 110 miles each across the month of June.
Between them, they aim to clock up more than 770 miles and raise more than £600 for the Mental Health Foundation, a national mental health charity using research, evidence-based information and community programmes to help prevent mental health problems.
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As a result, the employee scheduling and workforce management software has helped to streamline and automate operational processes - including timesheets, payroll and contract compliance - freeing up 22.5 hours of administration time each month.
Designed to extend the life of printed images, these slip-resistant overlaminates will add outstanding definition while providing excellent protection on any interior floor and carpet surface. This is all you need for your regular graphic to become a safe and outstanding visual, ready for the spotlight it deserves.
This week the UK manufacturers and patent holders of the world's lowest-water-flush toilet Propelair are launching a £3.2M funding round, including via investment platform Seedrs.
To help one of the busiest airports in the US return to pre-pandemic traffic and run cleaning operations more efficiently, Trax Analytics, the data-driven provider of innovative information technology solutions for airports and other public venues, has announced a full expansion of its smart restroom solution throughout Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).
The Trax Analytics software and mobile application will operate in tandem with the current facility manager and other airport implemented initiatives, to monitor airport staff location performance and ultimately connect the washrooms, workforce and the facility together.
Cornwall Council recently awarded the eight-year contract for Transport for Cornwall, to Go Cornwall Bus - a subsidiary of national company Go-Ahead - to deliver a network of Council-subsidised local bus routes which are essential to local residents. TfC delivers around half of bus services in Cornwall.
Cintas Corporation is now accepting nominations for its first-annual C.A.P.E. Award (Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience), which recognises Environmental Service (EVS) technicians in acute care facilities as superheroes. Nominations are being accepted at www.CintasCapeAwards.com through 21st August, 2020.
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