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The issue regarding public toilet provision (or lack of) has clearly touched a nerve – not just in this industry but amongst the wider general public. The consensus appears to be that there’s a lot needing to be done to ensure that public toilets are available for those who need to use them and also that providers should be doing all they can to ensure that every establishment is safe, clean, hygienic and well stocked.
There have been a lot of positive responses to the idea of an ongoing Public Toilet Forum in Cleanzine so that’s something we’re going to be going ahead with. To kick off, Susan Cunningham of www.publicinconveniences.org.uk has provided us with her first draft of a proposed Hygiene Ratings System for public toilets which you can see here. Like Susan, I hope it will provoke some reader reaction, and, with this, some fresh ideas.
Further support comes from the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, which has welcomed a letter from Ministers to local councils, calling for more public toilets to be opened. The trade body warned that a lack of facilities could be a brake on the country’s economic recovery and I agree with everything said.
In their letter, Simon Clarke MP, Minister for Local Government and Rebecca Pow MP, Minister for the Environment, said: “Public hygiene is of the utmost importance, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and enabling residents to access toilets safely is vital. Handwashing is an important activity to help prevent the spread of the virus. Closed toilets may also impact disproportionately on certain groups who for health reasons rely on access to public toilets to be able to leave their homes. They can also make life difficult for young families and people who work outside.”
The BMA’s CEO, Tom Reynolds, said of the letter: “I’m pleased to see Mr Clarke and Ms Pow recognise the importance of public toilets as a vital part of our infrastructure. At the moment there is a shortage of public toilets and handwashing facilities, so it is time for Local and National Government to consider investing in provision. Any other course of action could prevent people from going back to town centres or leisure venues, creating a brake on the national recovery.”
I talked in a previous Leader about some of the positives to have come out of this pandemic – such as fewer planes, less traffic and less pollution. I hope one day to be able to add ‘better public toilet provision’ to the list…
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ResearchAndMarkets.com’s new report on the janitorial services industry reveals that as more countries reopen their economies, demand has increased for janitorial services to carry out cleaning of commercial spaces reopening after prolonged closure, and that some janitorial services companies are exploring using technologies such as disinfecting fogs or mists and ozone machines to destroy virus particles.
Vectair has announced the launch of its EZ-San hygiene range. Available in North America, The Caribbean and Latin America, the range is designed to optimise hygiene on the go. As more and more public spaces look to reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown, the company hopes public hygiene standards can improve.
The EZ-San hygiene range consists of FDA Approved instant hand sanitisers, together with a universal dispenser stand & XL bottle securing bracket that are of US manufacture:
As businesses adapt to new cleaning processes and to ensuring that they are prepared in protecting their staff, yesterday saw me out delivering another batch of our sanitiser trolleys. With the option of two nozzle types and variable pressure, they can deliver droplets down to 20 microns - and with a 25-litre container and a battery that lasts for almost a day, they combine portability with productivity.
To comply with the most stringent hygiene requirements in floor and surface cleaning now and in the future, Hako scrubber-driers can be used to carry out disinfection tasks in addition to conventional cleaning.
The Low Volume Fogger, Medium Reach Fogger and High Reach Fogger, manufactured by Arkansas-based Lafferty Equipment, use compressed air to project a fog of finely atomised disinfectant spray that combats airborne and surface pathogens such as the coronavirus.
The Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board has been approved by the Education Skills Funding Agency to offer End-Point Assessment for the new Level 2 Healthcare Cleaning Operative apprenticeship.
The Healthcare Cleaning Apprenticeship was approved in February 2020 and has been welcomed by key industry bodies: Association for Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP), Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA), British Cleaning Council and WAMITAB, who have played an active role in its development.
The British Toilet Association has made national and international news with managing director Raymond Martin being interviewed by over 50 sources from the UK and World news media about all aspects of public toilet provision and cleaning.
It started when Raymond was quoted in an article by The Sunday Times on May 24th, about the future of public conveniences following the Coronavirus pandemic.
Cintas Corporation has donated 100,000 facemasks to Matthew 25 Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organisation headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the US. The facemasks will be distributed to organisations on the front lines of Covid-19 prevention, containment and treatment.
In response to the pandemic, Ecolab has increased its production capacity seven fold in Europe to provide customers with critical hand sanitiser and surface disinfectant solutions to help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
As businesses across Europe are reopening and welcoming employees and customers back, Ecolab is introducing two new hand sanitisers to help meet demand, putting customers' business in safe hands.
A successful partnership between a pest management firm and a food facility can span decades. When the right pest control company is selected and retained over the course of years, the seasoned knowledge can reap multiple benefits in the prevention of pests. But how do food facilities know if a pest control company is the right fit for them?
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Thank you for once again introducing the issue of the availability and safety of public toilets. You may not be aware that a BSI Committee has been addressing this issue and trying to ensure that sensible, accurate information is available to the providers of sanitary facilities during these very difficult times.
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