The Hygiene Company is very excited to be exhibiting at the Leisure Industry Week from the 22nd – 23rd of September this year. The event is at the NEC in Birmingham and we are looking forward to exhibiting our latest products.

LIW 2015 and The Hygiene CompanyAs part of our stand we will be introducing your new cleaning team featuring star products such as the innovative WIPEPOD®, the convenient Wet Wipe Station and our range of hygiene wipes and accessories.

The Hygiene Company specialise in hygiene products for gym users and gym owners, so we feel LIW 2015 is the ideal event for us to show the Leisure industry our fantastic products.

Leisure Industry Week 2015 promises to be a great event, here at The Hygiene Company we are looking forward to exhibiting alongside some great businesses such as Russell PlayH3 Performance and 66fit.

Our new cleaning team could be exactly the thing you are looking for as a gym owner or franchisee. Instead of hiring an expensive team of cleaning personnel, why not upgrade your gym hygiene equipment? Convenience Improves Compliance – thats our motto and we know it works. Gym users are much more likely to use hygiene wipes if the dispensers are well stocked and the products do the job. So your gym members become your cleaning team!

Click on the links below to find out more about our Clean Team products…

WIPEPOD®     WET WIPE STATION     CLEANING STATION    HYGIENE MONITOR

To find out more about LIW 2015 please visit their website http://www.liw.co.uk/  or check out our Facebook page for more information.

 

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.

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Studies show that the kitchen is the place where germs are most likely to be found. Here are a few tips for keeping the kitchen a safe place to prepare food.

1. If you only remember one thing when in a kitchen remember this……. WASH YOUR HANDS! Germs spread very easily between our hands and food so having a clean pair of hands before engaging in any food prep or cooking is essential. Washing your hands properly when touching raw meat, after going to the toilet and after using the bin can significantly help to reduce the spread of harmful bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. Using anti-bacterial hand washes and wipes make a real difference in hand and kitchen hygiene.

Read our article on altering hand washing behaviour here.

2. Cook Properly. If you a are a professional chef reading this then you are probably thinking this stuff is obvious! But it is surprising how many people under cook food. If food is under cooked (especially meat and poultry) then there is an increased risk of harmful bacteria being ingested which can cause food poisoning. If in doubt cut into such foods such as chicken, sausages, burgers and other cuts of meat to check they are fully cooked all the way through.

3. Storage. Correct storage of food in kitchens is as important as correct cooking. When storing food in fridges or coolers make sure the food is at room temperature or lower. Putting warm food in a fridge means the food does not cool evenly and therefore can cause food poisoning. Cover your food too, food left out in the open is vulnerable to bacteria.

4. Washing Fruit and Veg. When handling fresh fruit and vegetables it is always advisable to wash them before using them. Washing fruit and veg can help remove harmful germs and bacteria from the foods surface.

5. Cleaning Up. After cooking, cleaning up is very important. The average kitchen chopping board has around 200% more faecal bacteria on it than the average toilet seat and damp sponges and washing up brushes are a haven for bacteria. Washing and wiping down your kitchen equipment using the correct hygiene products can reduce the risk of cross-contamination dramatically. Are you using any of these products in your kitchen?Find out more about how Hygiene Wipes, the WIPEPOD® and our hand wash products can help you keep your kitchen clean.

 

We are constantly being reminded of the role that hand hygiene plays in preventing the spread of illness. But studies show that many people – even those working in hygiene-critical industries – are still failing to wash their hands as often as they should. 

So why is this the case? Hand hygiene and behaviour change experts gave their views at a recent conference held in London.

Dirty hands have been proven to be a leading cause of disease and death. And the simple process of washing the hands with soap after using the washroom and before handling food is a potential life-saver.

But though most of us know this, many of us are still neglecting our hand hygiene. Numerous studies have been carried out regarding hand hygiene compliance among the public and in specific industries, and the results make depressing reading according to speakers at a recent hand hygiene conference.

Delegates at the London event, hosted by the Royal Society for Public Health, learned that in one observational study at a UK motorway services station only 32 per cent of men and 64 per cent of women were seen to wash their hands with soap after using the washroom.

A second survey carried out by the Food Standards Agency in 2002 revealed that 39 per cent of UK caterers would not routinely wash their hands after using the toilet, and only 48 per cent would wash their hands after handling raw meat.

And poor hand hygiene in healthcare institutions was claimed to be costing the UK’s National Health Service up to 1.2 billion euros a year, with 50 per cent of hospital-acquired infections considered to be preventable with the aid of an effective hand hygiene regime.

On a global level, the statistics were even more grave. Dr Valerie Curtis, a reader in hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, cited poor hand hygiene as a major factor in the 0.85 million deaths caused by diarrhoea worldwide every year.

Why so many of us are neglecting our hand hygiene is difficult to fathom. But experts at the conference – which took the theme: ‘The science and behaviour behind hand washing at home, work and on the move’ – attempted to solve it. Several of the speakers examined the motives behind poor hand hygiene compliance and considered ways of persuading people to change their hygiene behaviour.

According to Dr Curtis: “Hand washing with soap could save 650,000 lives a year globally. It could help prevent SARS, AIDS, cholera, pandemic flu and malnutrition. But one of the problems of persuading people to wash their hands is finding out what is preventing them from following good hand hygiene practices in the first place. Most of us live our lives on rails – and we need strong levers to help us change track.”

As co-founder of the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap, Curtis and a team of hygiene experts tried various methods of persuading people to wash their hands in a series of international trials. Studies were carried out in the UK and in developing countries in Africa and Asia, and a range of arguments was used to motivate people to wash their hands.

These included: Hand washing is good manners; Poor hand hygiene can lead to infant mortality; Good hand hygiene leads to success in life; Everyone else washes their hands; and Poor hand hygiene is disgusting.

Motivating factors

“We found ‘Hand washing is good manners’ to be a powerful motivator,” said Curtis. “People were also likely to be persuaded to change their behaviour by motives such as disgust and a keenness to fit in. However, fear for a child’s life did not work as a motivator since mothers felt the threat was too far removed from them and that it wasn’t relevant.”

The topic of what motivates us to act was also examined by Claire McDonald, behaviour change project lead for the NHS. McDonald works with smokers, alcoholics and drug addicts to persuade people to change their deeply-entrenched habits. This can be difficult, she says, but it is not impossible.

“Smart external organisations are always changing our behaviour – and sometimes we don’t even notice,” she said. As an example she quoted the recent introduction of supermarket self check-out stations and airport self-service check-in machines. “These innovations have changed the way we shop and fly and we have accepted them without question because they also make our lives easier.”

In order to change a person’s hand hygiene behaviour it is crucial to understand them, said McDonald. “You need to find out how they live their lives and what is important to them. You also need to consider what comes easiest to them and discover what they consider to be the real and perceived barriers to hand hygiene.”

She said any call to action should be precisely targeted to capture the recipient’s attention when they are most likely to act. As an example, she quoted an NHS breast cancer campaign in which self-examination reminders were placed strategically in women’s shower cubicles and in labels stitched into bras.

“It is important to present the right information in the right place and at the right time to change patterns of behaviour,” said McDonald. ”Sometimes it is these simple things that can make all the difference.”

The idea of presenting the right message at the right time was also behind a recent Lifebuoy campaign to improve hand hygiene in developing countries. Anita Gopal, global social mission
manager of Unilever’s soap brand Lifebuoy, told the conference that open-air festivals commonly held in India carried a high risk of spreading diseases through poor hand hygiene.

“In India these festivals are occasions where people gather to pray together and also to eat together – which they do using their hands,” said Gopal. “We wanted to spread the message that festival-goers should wash their hands with soap before eating.”

Since Indian roti bread forms the basis of much of the food served at Indian festivals, the company used a heat stamp to print the words: “Did you wash your hands with Lifebuoy?” on each roti. “This type of message can help to change behaviour at exactly the right moment,” said Gopal.

Talk about hand washing

Lifebuoy has now ‘adopted’ the Indian village of Thesgora as part of its Help a Child Reach Five campaign. The company is using various means to change hand washing behaviour in the village: for example, children are provided with fun materials to encourage hand washing practices while expectant mothers are taught in antenatal classes the importance of washing their hands before touching their babies.

Lifebuoy is also using a well-known Indian actress – Kajol – in an advertising campaign to persuade people to change their hand hygiene habits. “The idea is to get more people talking about hand washing,” said Gopal.

So hand washing behaviour can be changed through persuasive arguments, influential motivators and well-targeted campaigns. And if all else fails, try bribery says emeritus professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Joy Townsend.

She quoted a study on hand hygiene compliance that was carried out over a four-year period in three Taiwan hospitals. This used several tools to effect behaviour change: strategically-placed hand sanitisers, staff training courses and posters at point of care.

But in order to make the argument even more persuasive, financial incentives were offered to units with outstanding performances while fines were threatened for non-compliance. As a result of these tactics, hand hygiene compliance at the three hospitals improved from 43.3 per cent in 2004 to 95.6 per cent in 2007.

Sometimes poor hand hygiene can simply result from a lack of available facilities, according to management committee member of the British Toilet Association (BTA) Gillian Kemp. She highlighted the fact that mobile workers such as delivery drivers, police officers and traffic wardens have no toilets or hand washing facilities available to them when out and about. And the problem was particularly difficult for drivers of large lorries according to Kemp.

“There tend to be few truck stops and service facilities in laybys, and there is also a lack of suitable parking for large vehicles in town centres,” she said. “The lack of available hand hygiene facilities is a particular concern since lorry drivers handle the goods that are delivered to the end user – or in other words, us.” The BTA has now begun a campaign to improve toilet and hand hygiene provision for lorry drivers in the UK.

But our motives behind poor hand hygiene compliance is usually more complex than a mere lack of facilities, says Claire McDonald. And discovering those motives is crucial.

“You need to respect the reasons why people do the things they do and find out what motivates them,” she said. “Perhaps they like to break the rules and are kicking against what they consider to be a nanny state, or perhaps they simply think a bit of dirt is good for them. We often have good reasons for doing the things we do, but we are not always rational in our decisions.”

She said other barriers to change could be the fact that hand hygiene is time-consuming, while some people might neglect to wash their hands when they can see no visible dirt. “We just have to figure it out,” she said. “The airports and supermarkets have been smart and they have worked out how to change our behaviour. That is all we have to do as far as hand washing is concerned.”

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Find out how you can get up to scratch with hand hygiene in your business with our hygiene compliant products:

The Cleaning Station 

http://www.thehygienecompany.com/cleaning-station

WIPEPOD

http://www.thehygienecompany.com/wipepod-wet-wipes-dispenser

Hygiene wipes

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In the modern work environment it is important that your office looks and operates as professionally as your staff. That is why Office Hygiene is an important factor in professional life.

Most of your employees probably spend most of their working day in contact with a telephone, desktop computer keyboard and monitor.

The majority of germs can be spread by touching office equipment, particularly if you share your desk. If one of your colleagues you work with comes into the office with cold or flu symptoms and touches equipment at work, this can transfer the virus. These viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours and therefore becomes an incubator and breeding ground for germs.

  • TelephonesWith constant use in a warm environment, telephones are ideal areas for bacteria to flourish and pose a health risk, particularly in the mouth piece and cradle.
  • Keyboard and mouseThe harmless keyboard you use on a daily basis is a harbour for germs and acts as a tray that catches unwanted bits of food, enough skin to fill a small cup, plus the hair we shed on a daily basis. Dirt and bacteria from your hands and mouth gets transferred easily on to your mouse.

To download the full article click here.

We all know certain surfaces can harbour harmful bacteria, the usual suspects are toilet seats, door handles and equipment being used regularly but as this infographic demonstrates there are a host of other surfaces you would not expect to be full of harmful bacteria…..

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Infographic courtesy of http://www.dustboxcleaning.co.uk/

Have a look at The Hygiene Company’s  highly rated products which can combat the spread of harmful bacteria.

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The WIPEPOD®

Women working out in the gym

No one likes to use a sweaty machine or bench some clammy weights. Here are 5 Top Tips too keep you on the right track in the gym.

1. Wipe down EVERY machine you use after you use it. Any good gym should have a wipe down policy and the correct equipment for you to follow it. This should include hygiene wipes or anti-bacterial hand wash. No one likes to use machines or weights which have not been wiped down properly, so you can decrease your chances of coming into contact with harmful bacteria by wiping down your machine and also keeping your hands washed.

2. Keep your changing room tidy and don’t leave rubbish around. The gym changing rooms can be a a busy place and not a nice place if litter and other gym detritus is left lying around. Food waste is a perfect place for hazardous bacteria to hang out, so if every one does their bit changing rooms can be a perfectly pleasant place to be.

3. Clean your Kit. Fungi love a dirty kit bag and gym wear. Wash your kit regularly to avoid nasty odours and the spread of harmful bacteria. Also don’t leave your sweaty gym kit in the bag for days after your session!
4. Shower after every workout. Modern gyms have pretty good showers these days so make the most of them and shower after every gym session. You have paid your membership so why not use the showers too!

5. If you are sick, stay at home. No one likes being ill but its even worse if you have caught something from going to the gym. Don’t ruin other gym goers day by sniffling over the machines.

For more information about how to keep clean at the gym visit our product pages…

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Did you know that more than 3 in 5 people only rinse their hands with water and not a recommended soap or hand wash? 

Hand hygiene is an important factor in employee, client and visitor wellbeing for your business. The range of hand wash products The Hygiene Company provide are proven to  increase adherence to hand hygiene routines. We offer products for every working environment including, office, workshop, medical and catering.

Our products working in tandem with a strong hand washing routine is sure to increase hand hygiene for any business. Please do get in touch to find out more about our brilliant hand wash products.

Here is the globally recognised routine for washing your hands from the World Health Organisation…

How to wash your hands.

How to wash your hands.

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