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The electric Hand dryer Association (eHA), the official body that represents the global hand dryer industry, chose yesterday - World Hand Hygiene Day, to point out the importance of proper hand hygiene and welcome several countries' decisions to lift bans on electric hand dryers in public washrooms and workplaces.
In a press statement, the eHA said:
Professionals working in the procurement and catering industries across Europe joined the virtual summit, 'Tissue paper, the Smart Choice' last week to learn how to make their businesses safe and hygienic in the post-pandemic era.
The free-to-join summit was tailored to the needs of purchasing decision makers in the HORECA (Hotel, Restaurant & Catering) and hospitality sectors, and structured around three tracks - Hygiene & Safety, Sustainability and Consumer Insights. It offered delegates a wealth of sound advice on new approaches to make their businesses safe and viable in 2021 and beyond.
As countries emerge from the pandemic, it will be interesting to see what the 'new normal' looks like. Will workers return to their offices full time? Or will there be a new preference for more flexible hours and for hybrid working (home + office). Either way, there will be a new, heightened responsibility to account for microbiological hazards such as Covid-19 in the provision of safe indoor environments.
In this article Anu Katka, an indoor environment expert from Vaisala (Finland), examines the role ventilation systems will play in protecting people in offices and other workspaces from future microbiological threats. She also explains why the reliable measurement of carbon dioxide will be critically important because it is the best measure of effective ventilation.
The rapid Hydrosense test comes at a critical time as many buildings such as offices, schools and commercial properties reopen in accordance with the easing of restrictions.
Using its patented Novarum technology, the company has developed a mobile app-based test reader and customisable data storage system solution for Hydrosense, a pioneer in the rapid testing industry committed to making widely available, fast, easy to use, accurate testing for Legionella SG1, the most dangerous strain of Legionella bacteria.
Innovative washroom systems manufacturer FIG Products has harnessed the Earth's natural resources - Bamboo and Sugarcane - to produce more sustainable, eco-friendly and hygienic washroom products with a full range of dedicated away-from-home dispensers.
Most people are familiar with the current focus on bamboo tissue paper and sustainability, but through careful research, investigation and innovation, FIG decided to go one better.
Millions of people rely on public transport infrastructure every day and it will be crucial to the opening of economies after Covid-19 lockdowns around the world. Yet many viruses and bacteria, including the SARS-COV-2 virus, can survive for up to three days on some surfaces, meaning regularly touched areas in public spaces have the potential to be cross contamination hotspots.
Help is at hand thanks to a deal between Finnish company Affix Labs and seat manufacturer Franz Kiel GmbH.
With increased hygiene expectations of public places, the role of our facilities managers has never been more essential to maintaining hygienic spaces. According to a recent study by Essity, following Covid-19, seven out of 10 employees expect their employer to provide extra cleaning rounds.
This proves that a new hygiene standard is here to stay.
And the winner of the 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year contest is... Mr Heiry! With over 70,000 votes, Cintas Corporation crowned Mike Heiry of North Allegheny Intermediate High School the 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year.
Nearly 800 students congratulated Mike with a surprise hybrid ceremony held virtually and in the school's auditorium. He was celebrated with the marching band's drumline and posters created by the student government organisation.
As business, retail and entertainment venues get back to work, there has been a surge in demand for larger volumes of environmentally-friendly and effective solutions for disinfection, cleaning and fogging.
Dustcontrol AB has been officially certified according to ISO 45001 on Occupational Health and Safety, further highlighting its commitment to provide a reduced ecological impact and safer working environment.
According to the International Labour Organisation, more than 7,600 people die from work-related accidents or diseases every day, underlining the importance of implementing health & safety regulations that systematically collaborate, plan, support, examine and improve working environments.
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