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Hand Hygiene Day

The Hand Hygiene Day 2015 is fast approaching so get involved and show your support for Hand Hygiene by using the hashtag #safeHANDS. 

Hand Hygiene Day is a chance for everyone involved with healthcare and hand hygiene to really shout about how important hand hygiene is. Infections spread by hand contact are a big problem in today’s world with infections leading to serious health problems, increased pressure on healthcare organisations and increased resistance to antibiotics. Here at the Hygiene Company we know its an important issue and this is why we promote good hand hygiene with all our products.  Raising awareness for this global issue will help so many vulnerable people as World Health Organisation Leader Professor Didier Pittet explains here:

Safe hands save lives, that is clear. The energy and commitment shown around the globe in support of 5 May is incredible! This social movement shows that health workers all over the world are committed to keeping patients safe every day with this simple, yet life-saving, action. Please keep going, please continue to promote hand hygiene at the point of care as a key quality indicator of safe health-care systems. I thank you and look forward to seeing more of your 5 May activities.

To find out more about Hand Hygiene Day and the #safeHANDS campaign watch the video below or get involved on social media.

Spring Cleaning at The Hygiene Company

Spring has sprung! So now its the ideal time to get a little spring cleaning under your belt. Here are a few handy tips compiled by The Hygiene Company team…

The Dish Sponge. The average dish scrubber and sponge has around 10million bacteria living on every square inch. Not great considering its supposed to be something to keep your dishes clean! Tip: Try Microwaving the sponge for 2 minutes every other day to kill the harmful bacteria.

The Chopping Board. Your chopping board is used to prepare so many different types of food so the chances of bacteria build up are very high. The average chopping board has more two hundred times more fecal bacteria than a toilet seat. Its certainly time to give your chopping board a spring clean. Tip: Clean the board with a baking soda and water paste.

Refrigerator Seals. Mold is usually a big problem in these areas, 83% of the time refrigerator seals have mold present. Tip: Use WD-40 or a similar spray oil to deplete the mold and vinegar to keep the mold away.

If these old school tips are not working for you why not try our hand and surface Hygienewipes powered by Sterizar and Envirocair.

The Hygiene Company - Cleaning with communication

With the rapid advancement of technology both in the Food and Drink industry and the Facilities Management industry its easy to see why many companies end up neglecting the human side of workplace hygiene. 

Thanks to a great article from the European Cleaning Journal we know that technology is only one part of keeping your workplace clean and happy. Image is everything but this should always be backed up by great customer  service and communication. According to this article Ceris Burns International (a leading force in communications management) suggest a good service is always backed up by great communication.

When communication breaks down client satisfaction and employee morale can also take a nose dive. Cleaning contractors that want to survive and thrive need to promote a culture of openness and communication between their clients and cleaning staff.

Here at the Hygiene Company we know exactly how important first impressions are, but we also work very hard to make sure our second, third and fourth impressions are just as good. We are the company you can talk to, we are here to help via Phone, Email, Skype or Face to Face with one of our friendly sales teams.

To find out how friendly we really are or to test the quality of our products give us a ring on 0845 370 0030 to arrange a Free product demo.

desk hygiene from dettol

A few days ago an article by The Daily Mail was brought to my attention. The article looked into the subject of desk hygiene and the workplace habits of office workers. With the help of a Dettol infographic some quite surprising stats were banded about. Here is a small summary of the points covered…

  •  Unhygienic working conditions are a ‘key contributor’ to millions of working days lost to sickness each year
  • More than 10 million bacteria lurk on the average office desk with 7,500 organisms hidden in your keyboard
  • 2/3 office workers work at their desk
  • 1/5 office workers don’t clean their desk before eating

Read the full article here or find out how The Hygiene Company can create a more hygienic working environment by getting in touch with our very nice sales team here.

Christmas flu

So we all like Christmas (apart from those scrooges out there!) and we would all like to be fighting fit to spend time with family, eat plenty of nice food, enjoy giving gifts and have a party or two. The last thing you want is to be stuck in bed with the dreaded flu. Influenza can be a crippling virus leaving sufferers in bed with headaches, a runny nose, congestion around the eyes and a general feeling of being run down; not particularly conducive to a great Christmas.

So if you want to stay well over the Christmas period here are a few tips and ideas.

Wash your hands!

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this really is one of the most important hygiene steps you can take into order to combat flu and other viruses. Washing your hands after using tissues helps prevent the spread of harmful bacteria leading to the spread of the flu virus.

The NHS on flu:

“Flu can spread if someone with the virus transfers it on their fingers. For example, if you have flu and you touch your nose or eyes and then touch someone else, you may pass the virus on to them.

Similarly, if you have flu and touch hard surfaces such as door handles with unwashed hands, other people who touch the surface after you can pick up the infection.”

Having anti-bacterial wipes or hand gel available and using them regularly can help prevent the spread of flu. This could help the people most at risk to infection such as young children, over 65s and people with existing health issues.

View our range of anti-bacterial hand washes here: Handwash.

Get a flu jab

It is advised for at risk groups to have a flu jab which will help combat infection. If you are over 65 and contract flu it is advised you see your Doctor. Complications can arise from contracting flu which mean elderly patients are in a much more vulnerable position.

Unfortunately if you are normally fit and well and contract flu you will just have to ride it out. You can rest, take on plenty of water to prevent dehydration and take pain killers to help with the aches and pains. To avoid the spread of the virus, you should stay away from work, don’t ruin someone else’s Christmas too!

The Common cold is not Flu!

Contrary to popular belief the common cold is not the same as contracting flu. The common cold is in fact from a different group of viruses and the symptoms are not half as severe! So next time you have a bit of a cold think of the person whois actually suffering from flu.

Even with the common cold it is always a good idea to keep hands and surfaces clean and hygienic using wipes or hand wash as this strain of viruses are also spread by hand and surface contamination.

Check out the NHS video on Cold or Flu? here.

So there are a few ways to fight Flu and the common cold. Here at The Hygiene Company we wish you a great run up to the festive season with a flu and cold free Christmas!

New in store this month is the 3G ‘Hands in’ Hygiene Hand dryer. We are very happy to have such a quality product in our range of high speed hand dryers. Take a look at the full product spec on the Stream Hygiene Hand Dryer page.

3G_Hand Dryer

To look at the 3G dryer is one of the most distinctive ‘hands in’ hand dryers around. It has been designed with the compact washroom in mind with a thin body and a large easy access opening to provide users with full high powered hand drying satisfaction. The design means that children and wheelchair users are easily able to dry their hands with out struggle. It is made in Europe from stainless aluminium.

We think the overall style of the dryer is perfect for corporate wash rooms, public amenities, and leisure businesses. The 3G dryer comes in four colour variations (white, silver, carbon fibre and leather look) so whatever your washroom needs the 3G dryer is suitable for any environment.

The 3G hand dryer boasts various other features including an easy to empty drip tray which allows the washroom attendant to change the water collection tray quickly and without fuss meaning the dryer down time is reduced significantly. Great for busy wash rooms! The 3G dryer is also treated with anti-bacterial surface protection which means the unit is safe to touch and use.

We think its a great little hand dryer with plenty of power and a great design. To find out more about this product and more, check out the Stream Hygiene page or give our friendly sales team a ring on 0845 370 0030.

Surfaces & Bacteria

Without trying to sound like your home, office or work place is a hotel for harmful bacteria there are some surfaces which tend to harbour more harmful bacteria than others. Its always a good idea to keep on top of cleaning practices to avoid illness or infection. So here are a few surfaces you might want to keep an eye on…

Plastic Chopping Boards Chopping boards generally come into contact with various different types of food on a regular basis so its good to keep them clean and disinfected. Old chopping boards with deep knife marks can often hide more bacteria, replacing your chopping board after 3 years will prevent bacteria build up.The Hygiene Company provide kitchen wipes for both professional catering and home use. Check out our range of wipes here and see how they can make a difference to your kitchen hygiene.

Computer Keyboards How many hours per week would the average office keyboard be in use for? A fair few hours when you think about it! This constant contact with fingers and thumbs means that the spread of bacteria is very easy. Why not give your keyboard a wipe down once a week with our Hygiene Wipes® or better still use a combination of Hygiene Wipes® and our anti-bacterial hand wash.

Wooden Spoons As a porous material wood can often hide harmful bacteria. Its always a good idea to replace your wooden utensils regularly. The common thought to get a good deep clean would be to add wooden objects to the dishwasher load. But high temperatures are likely to cause wood to split, providing more surface area for germs to hide. The general rule is to keep the equipment you use regularly clean and disinfected. If it is old think about replacing it and WASH YOUR HANDS!

To find out about how The Hygiene Company can help provide better hygiene in your work place do give our friendly sales team a ring on 0845 370 0030.

food hygiene card

If you are a catering company dealing with food or food production then then you will have come into contact with the Food Standards Agency the government body which regulates standards in the food industry. The Food Standards Agency are there to safeguard the consumer so its an important element of the food industry and their guidelines must be adhered to.

As a business dealing with food it is of upmost importance to keep up to date with food hygiene. A bad food hygiene rating can really damage customer confidence but above all it can be dangerous to consumers if you are serving or preparing food in an unsuitable environment. With this in mind it is important to maintain a good level of hygiene in kitchens, food preparation areas, food storage areas and eating areas.

Food Hygiene

Our flagship product, the WIPEPOD® is perfect for the kitchen environment. It is proven to increase compliance to hygiene standards and it is sure to impress in the next visit from the hygiene inspector!

Our specially produced Hygiene Wipes help to reduce the spread of harmful bacteria such as e.coli and salmonella. They are gentle on the hands but tough on germs. The wipes are durable and strong with great cleaning power. Perfect for catering surfaces, chopping boards and tables.

To find out more about how the Hygiene Company can help you out with kitchen and workplace hygiene please call our friendly sales team on 0845 370 0030.

 

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With Halloween just around the corner are you ready to hear some utterly scary hygiene facts?!

FACT ONE:

Did you know your computer keyboard could contain more bacteria than your average toilet?! In office environments keyboards are used nearly every day and your hands are a primary carrier of harmful bacteria so the two together are a hygiene nightmare!

FACT TWO:

Your mobile phone is one of the most dirty hand held devices around, with up to 10,000 germs on the screen of each phone! Why not keep a pack of Hygiene Wipes around to give your phone a quick wipe once in a while.

FACT THREE: 

Even the tiniest spaces can hold a vast amount of harmful bacteria. Take the humble light switch for example… It can hold up to 217 types of bacteria per square inch! Now that is scary!

To find out more about how the Hygiene Company can help out with your hygiene needs at home and at work why not have a chat to our friendly sales team on 0845 370 0030 or get in touch with us via the live chat on the website.

halloween

 

From everyone at The Hygiene Company, have a happy and hygienic Halloween!

Autumn_leaves

As we all know winter is a time of coughs and sneezes which can spread around the workplace quite quickly. Having your workplace hygiene ready for winter ensures your workplace is running like clockwork with as little absenteeism as possible. Here are a few pointers to get hygiene ready…

FLU

It is estimated the flu virus costs the UK economy one billion pounds in time off sick and doctors appointments so it can be a big issue in an office or place of work. The best way to combat the effects of flu is with the flu vaccination. Encouraging your workforce to get vaccinated is the most effective way to reduce time off from illness and increase staff wellbeing. The NHS offer the vaccination for free and regularly put on flu clinics at local health centres.

The old saying ‘Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases’  is very apparent when dealing with the flu virus. The virus spreads rapidly via tiny droplets of liquid dispersed by coughing or sneezing. This is where workplace hygiene comes in. Washing your hands with Alcohol Gel Handwash can prevent the spread of the flu virus via hand contact and Hygiene Wipes can help prevent the spread via hand to surface contact.

Keeping your workplace bathroom clean and stocked up with the latest hygiene products will greatly increase compliance to good hygiene practices over the winter months thus reducing time off sick for your work force.

We always say “Convenience improves Compliance” and our flagship product the WIPEPOD® is really the king of convenience. Its easily accessible wipes mounted in a tough but stylish container make the WIPEPOD® really the best solution to improve workplace hygiene.

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