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The lives of cleaners working on the frontline in the fight against Coronavirus are potentially being put at risk because they are not automatically entitled to testing, according to the industry body for the sector.
The British Cleaning Council is calling for cleaners who are supporting critical industries to be treated in the same way as other key workers when it comes to testing.
OspreyDeepclean has been supplying innovative steam cleaning technology for many years. The efficacy for use to remove healthcare-acquired infections - including viruses - was scientifically proven more than a decade ago and is very relevant in today's world.
The Vanguard Scientific-created hand cleaner takes guidance from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention-provided recommendations for alcohol-based hand sanitiser and adds powerful plant-derived compounds, known as terpenes, that may boost the mixture's antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral effects.
Flow International Corporation, developer and manufacturer of ultrahigh-pressure waterjet cutting systems, has repurposed its operations to produce face shields for medical workers, first responders and workers in essential businesses to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.
The company is ramping production rapidly to where it will be producing more than 50,000 units per week by the end of this month. Flow does not expect to make a profit from this effort.
Keeping healthcare professionals safe during the Covid-19 outbreak requires both knowledge and proper planning. Owens & Minor is staging an important and informative webinar tomorrow, reviewing the impact on hospital staff, as well as the evidence-based infection control strategies necessary to mitigate transmission.
Combining expertise, common sense and data specifics, this webinar is designed to help ensure both the continuity of clinical operations and the ultimate safety of those working in hospital environments
The original healthcare cleaning machine is still just as effective for sanitation and decontamination but has been redesigned to be more user-friendly.
Teams from Numatic International, (known globally for its smiling Henry, George and Hetty vacuum cleaners and mops) are working on several projects to support the Government and the NHS in the fight to save the lives of as many people as possible.
“Face shields are now in full production and available for delivery,” says the Somerset, UK-based manufacturer.
While European institutions are unanimously calling for solidarity and collaborating to develop an EU-level response to the common challenge, EFCI, the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry, is calling on decision-makers at EU and national level to provide the sector with the necessary tools to continue developing its crucial role throughout the crisis and to ensure the continuity of its companies for the duration of the outbreak as well as after it ends.
On 18th March, the Association published a first statement to address the urgent need for national and European authorities to:
Digital Barriers, a leading provider of edge-intelligent surveillance and security technologies, has announced the release of a real-time remote fever scanning solution that adds remote monitoring to this capability. Fever scanning cameras help safeguard frontline workers against potential infection.
The addition of Digital Barriers' government-grade remote monitoring enables this to be carried out without the need for close human contact, thereby cutting the risk of transmission.
"Our first line of action has been to protect our staff and families, many of whom are now working from home," states managing director Nick Garthwaite. "However, as a key supplier, supporting the healthcare sector and hygiene in food and beverage production, it is crucial that we ensure supply is available for our customers as needed."
An independent institute has confirmed the efficacy of Meiko cleaning and disinfection technology, which means it is possible to safely clean and disinfect almost all hospital utensils that could be contaminated - even for faecal-oral transmission.
David Fisman, epidemiologist at the University of Toronto has warned that the potential for coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) to spread via faeces presents novel challenges to hospitals in particular.
During the well-known TV show UnoMattina, journalists from the main national broadcaster spoke about Idrobase and the fight against the spread of Coronavirus and other pathogens.
UMF Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance, color-coded cleaning products, partnered with Baptist Easley Hospital, a member of Prisma Health, providing a comprehensive PCPLUS program in support of ensuring safe patient environments.
With PCPLUS, the world-class hospital was able to cut its monthly laundry management costs in half, support infection prevention, decrease environmental impact, and free up capital.
Canada-based Bast Fibre Technologies and Georgia-Pacific have entered into a global licensing agreement for a suite of patents related to the application of intact plant-based bast fibres in a variety of nonwoven products and processes.
Within the terms of the agreement, under licence from Georgia-Pacific, BFTi will develop, process and market the next generation of sustainable nonwoven fibres aiming to lead the industry in the transition away from synthetic materials toward all-natural, better performing solutions.
Bacta-Care Sanitiser-Cleaner is EN13697 tested and regulated in dirty conditions.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers for the development of a new industry Standard on Infection Control - BSR/IICRC S410 Standard for Infection Control During Professional Cleaning & Maintenance of the Commercial Built Environment. Applications are being accepted through 29th February, 2020.
"In the wake of the current coronavirus outbreak, IICRC announces this important Standard impacting the health of our nation," says IICRC Standards chairman, Brandon Burton. "We're excited to build out our Standards offerings and invite those with a thirst for knowledge and expertise in these niche areas to join us."
Brightwell Dispensers has added spray and foam dispensers to its growing product offering. These robust and efficient foam and spray cleaning systems have been designed for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces.
The systems are ideal for use by hygiene and cleaning professionals in numerous sectors such as agriculture, commercial kitchens, hospitals, food preparation facilities and many more.
UK infection control company GV Health has delivered 9.5 tonnes of infection control equipment and healthcare disinfectants for use by medical staff in Chinese hospitals.
Complementing its range of hand drying solutions, the Airdri Air Purifier uses custom thermal convection technology to kill airborne and surface bacteria and viruses, as well as eliminating bad odours caused by bacteria, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Health organisations worldwide agree that proper handwashing and drying can prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Now, renowned researchers at the University of Arizona have concluded that there is "no data to support any human health claims relative to hand dryers versus paper towel use”.
Their scoping review, ‘Comparison of electric hand dryers and paper towels for hand hygiene: a critical review of the literature’, was recently published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.
It is a well-established fact that any surface which is touched by large numbers of people is likely to become a hub for the spread of infection if one of them is ill. Colds, flu, stomach upsets and the like can rapidly circulate and infect one person after another - and with the battle against Covid-19 currently raging, never has it been as important to reduce the likelihood of the spread of infection than it is now.
Door handles are the perfect example...
Are you servicing high footfalls? Want to keep your venue as Covid safe throughout the day for staff, visitors, and pupils? Struggling to keep up with demand on your hand sanitiser station? Then the Pedal Pro 7000 is your solution!
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the hygiene and safety of staff, visitors and attendees has become the No.1 priority for businesses. The challenge is even greater for those welcoming large footfalls. Whole industries are now facing so many challenges in their day-to-day operations, particularly those with large footfalls such as event spaces, museums, offices, schools and universities.
Ecolab has been a long-term supplier of NHS Supply Chain, providing critical infection prevention solutions, combined with service and training to help ensure cleaner, safer and healthier healthcare environments. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for infection prevention solutions has surged, and Ecolab has worked closely with NHS Supply Chain to help ensure the right products are delivered where they are needed the most across the NHS and health & social care.
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The Micro-Mist is purpose-designed for fast application of disinfecting solutions in a fine mist to interior floors, carpets, upholstery and multiple types of surfaces and touch-points.
With the Coronavirus pandemic running rampant we cannot afford to take any chances with our cleaning equipment or processes and TomCat's floor cleaning machines will help cleaning contractors go that extra mile in terms of both hygiene and sustainability, whilst cutting costs.
TomCat's new on-board Zer03+ system - which now comes with the Suds system included in the package on the company's pedestrian and ride-on scrubber driers, offers the best of both worlds. It produces on demand, unlimited amounts of aqueous ozone from plain tap water- which, like chlorine, is a powerful oxidiser - so there is no chance of degradation or dilution of the product as is experienced with some other chemical free systems.
According to Tom Morrison, vice president of marketing for Kaivac, KaiSan II is a no-rinse, hospital-grade disinfectant, effective against a broad spectrum of pathogens including:
Prochem distributor and home-services company, FantasticServices, has been rallying to support NHS staff nationwide by donating two hours of cleaning free of charge and giving preferential rates to all frontline NHS workers. Now, the company is looking to expand this offer to all key workers in the UK.
"We all owe an enormous debt to the selfless NHS workers who are saving lives as they fight daily against Covid-19," says Fantastic Services CEO and co-founder Anton Skarlatov (pictured left).
The innovative product uses smart technology to deliver the exact amount of sanitiser required without touching the device, and to ensure maximum use, providing companies with peace of mind as workplaces reopen.
The Ecoray system is a totally autonomous addition to the range of Grande Brio scrubber dryers and Willmop vertical scrubber dryers from TSM Italy - brought to the UK market in an exclusive partnership with Hooper Services in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Using UV technology to destroy micro-organisms on a cellular level, the Ecoray system can destroy up to 97% of bacteria, mould or viruses without the use of a chemical.
Since the pandemic began, the British Cleaning Council has received many enquiries about cleaning applications, processes and procedures from a variety of organisations that are reopening premises or seeking to design cleaning regimes that will ensure staff, visitors and the public stay safe and well.
OspreyDeepclean has now received the Expert Opinion from the Institut fuer Hygiene & Mikrobiologie (Institute for Hygiene & Microbiology) in Bremen, Germany, that the Steam & Vac Pro model achieves a greater than 5-log reduction against modified Ankara, based on EN 16615.
In Europe, the modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) represents the official surrogate test virus for all enveloped viruses including Sars-Cov-1 and Sars-Cov-2 and all human influenza viruses.
One thing the Coronavirus has done is promote the benefits of hand sanitiser to the public and many establishments are now supplying sanitiser spray and gel in an attempt to make us feel safe enough to enter their premises and spend our money. Employers are tending to do the same to improve hygiene in the work environment.
While cleaning professionals will realise that these products are dispensed at a fixed dosage that is enough to do the job, the general public still tends to think 'more is better', which means dispensers need to be replenished more often than they really should. This issue is just one that is addressed by a cleverly-designed British-manufactured system from Fig Products.
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.
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.
Cromwell Polythene's manufacturing and recycling division, Cromwell Plastics Recycling, has donated 500 kilos of blue polythene film to a fundraising partnership of volunteers and marine businesses making personal protective equipment for the NHS.
The film, manufactured at the Alfreton based manufacturing and recycling plant, Cromwell Plastics Recycling, will be made into approximately 5,000 disposable plastic gowns for Southampton General Hospital.
"As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe, the face of environmental hygiene needs to change, and we must adapt fast. We need to put standard cleaning practices under the microscope and raise the bar on what's considered 'standard practice'.
Vital health and safety personal protection against coronavirus (Covid-19) for a wide range of NHS staff, key workers and other employees manning critical commercial, industrial and public sector facilities, has been developed by Metro Security (GB).
Metro has reacted to the global pandemic by developing an innovative new module for its 2019 Queen's Award-winning MARS analytics solution. This new temperature monitoring system provides immediately available, easy-to-install and effective detection of arriving employees, contractors and visitors at the entrance point to any facility.
Last Thursday, the Government launched an online testing scheme which it said was designed to allow 'all essential workers' in England to register for tests if they or a family member were suffering virus symptoms.
Available in the new, unique, 40% UK recycled polymer containers (no other manufacturer can offer this) in both 5L and 750ml trigger spray bottles, Spray & Wipe ULTRA is bactericidal, yeasticidal, and virucidal having been tested to EN 1276 (inc. MRSA), EN 13697 (inc. E. coli), EN 16615 (yeasts), and certified to EN 14476 (inc. Norovirus, Influenza, and Bovine Coronavirus (BCOV) as a surrogate for other members of the Coronavirus family including MERS-CoV.
When the sheer scale of the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic became clear, companies in this industry were faced with a choice: ‘keep calm and carry on’ or join what has often been dubbed ‘the war effort’.
Buxton, Derbyshire-based Selden took the decision to do everything it could to manufacture the maximum amount of product that would make a real difference.
Whether you are working at entry level, managing a cleaning operation, or you are a company director, BICSc guarantees that you will gain insightful knowledge around topical items that are affecting the cleaning industry and its people.
Sustainability is high on the list of concerns for healthcare providers in the Middle East. The rapid decline of off-shoring international healthcare waste since China, Malaysia and other countries banned imports of foreign waste has forced many healthcare providers to overhaul their waste disposal processes.
University Hospitals Sports Medicine researchers, in partnership with Gojo, found that an Infection Risk Reduction Program implemented in participating athletic training rooms reduced the overall amount of bacteria present by 95%, including completely eliminating the presence of influenza and multidrug-resistant organisms, such as MRSA.
The study, published in the January 2020 issue of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) national publication Sports Health, concluded that a program which modifies hygiene behaviour by connecting products, people and education can yield impactful infection control results and benefits.
AHP is a globally patented blend of commonly used ingredients that produces exceptional potency as a germicide and superior performance as a cleaning agent.
Hospitals and other healthcare centres contain those who are most vulnerable to disease as well as high concentrations of patients with infectious conditions. Therefore, it is essential that no corners are cut when it comes to hygiene - if procedures are not carried out properly, it could have catastrophic effects on patients in vulnerable states.
Despite advances in medicines and treatments, there's one simple fact that has never changed: prevention is better than a cure. It is the reason countries invest in vaccines. However, hospitals are struggling to tackle the silent epidemic of healthcare-associated infections.
HCAIs are - and remain - a huge problem for healthcare organisations. The European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control estimates that 4.5million HCAIs occur in Europe's hospitals every year. This means that, on any given day, one in every 15 hospital patients has an HCAI.
Ever the eco-warrior, green cleaning chemicals manufacturer Bio-Productions is encouraging everyone in the company to collect their empty crisp packets to be recycled on behalf of the Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex (AAKSS).
You might be forgiven for thinking that empty crisp packets are worthless trash only fit for the bin, but for the Air Ambulance they are a valuable commodity.
Cromwell Polythene, an expert in sacks, bags and speciality products for the capture and containment of waste and recyclables is launching a scented and antimicrobial tiger stripe sack. The new product is part of its Sansafe and clinical waste management range.
The tiger stripe sack incorporates Biomaster silver antimicrobial technology, added during the film extrusion process.
NanoTouch Materials says that its line of self-cleaning surfaces back up its support for corporate ESG (environmental, social and governance) initiatives as well as United Nations sustainable development goals, since one of the main initiatives concerns health and wellness in the built environment.
Those responsible for the buildings we use, says the company, are racing to offer innovative new approaches in this category.
This new light-based technology, developed by PurpleSun, has been rolled out at two Northwell hospitals - Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco and Staten Island University Hospital's (SIUH) north campus - to enhance disinfection in operating rooms and the equipment within them.
The contract, which has already commenced, will see ISS provide a full range of soft FM services, including: healthcare cleaning, pest control, window cleaning, waste management, linen and laundry, patient and retail catering, non-emergency patient transport, portering, switchboard and security. ISS will also be investing in innovation and technology, to support service delivery across the site.
In a continued effort to protect its patients from contagious bacteria, viruses and healthcare-associated infections, Woman's Hospital has announced its recent investment in the Clorox Total 360 system.
Founded in 1968 as one of the first women's specialty hospitals in the US, Woman's Hospital is Baton Rouge's only women's hospital and a leading provider in family-centered health services.
University of Arizona researchers have struck a balance between sensitivity and affordability, with a new method for identifying Norovirus - and you do not have to be a scientist or an engineer to run the device; analysis will be achieved automatically by a smartphone app, so all you have to worry about is loading a sample of water onto the chip.
A little bit of Norovirus - the highly infectious microbe that causes millions of cases of food poisoning and about 200,000 deaths globally each year - goes a long way. Just 10 particles of the virus can cause illness in humans. The researchers have created a simple, portable and inexpensive method for detecting extremely low levels of Norovirus.
The gut-infecting bacterium Clostridium difficile is evolving into two separate species with one group highly adapted to spread in hospitals, according to new research published in Nature Genetics. Often found in hospital environments, C.diff forms resistant spores that allow it to remain on surfaces and spread easily between people, making it a significant burden on the healthcare system.
Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Wellcome Sanger Institute and collaborators, identified genetic changes in the newly-emerging species that allow it to thrive on the Western sugar-rich diet, evade common hospital disinfectants and spread easily.
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have created an antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces which has proven to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections.
Developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham, patented by University of Birmingham Enterprise, and to be commercialised by a new company NitroPep, the coating - also called NitroPep - has been heralded as a new tool in the fight against the spread of infection.
Emitting low-intensity ultraviolet C light, UV-Clean eliminates 99.99% of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) endospores from keyboards.
Tickets are selling fast for the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' National Training & Development Forum - the UK's leading healthcare cleaning conference, and the ultimate meeting place for anyone who works within the healthcare cleaning environment, who wants to keep up to date with the latest practices, network with fellow professionals, find out about new technologies and innovations, meet new suppliers and hear from an inspiring array of top level speakers.
Bad odours and the possibility of an easy way in for vermin such as rats and mice are familiar drain problems faced by facilities managers and caretakers in commercial environments such as kitchens, care homes, hospitals, hotels, laundry rooms, spas and more. There's now an easy fix though!
Based around developments in the disciplines of lighting science and microbiology, they combine white and narrowband 405 nanometer (nm) visible light to meet ambient and task lighting requirements, while providing a continuous, unobtrusive disinfection option for commercial applications.