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This week sees the launch of the 2019 Loo of the Year Awards and while the Awards do a brilliant job in raising standards as well as awareness of the need for decent facilities, there are still many people who need to use a toilet but struggle to be able to do so. Surprisingly, one group likely to experience problems is the workforce! Now I would have expected employers to be savvy enough to realise that an employee needing to use the loo is going to be a lot less productive than someone who's comfortable, but clearly this isn't always the case. Some employers just don't have adequate facilities while others are placing draconian restrictions on when their employees are able to use them.
One example discovered by trade union Unite regards bank workers forced to urinate in a bucket, (I'm assuming this was only temporary and hoping that there were hand washing facilities nearby)! Unite has also found that women in particular are denied what it refers to as 'toilet dignity'.
The Union cites the case of one lorry driver who asked to use the facilities before unloading her delivery. She was refused as she was considered a security risk - despite having just transported bonded freight in a 40ft trailer to the company and having her own company I.D., drivers licence, CPC Card and a digital tachograph card. Luckily the company next door allowed her to use their facilities, but sadly, although her lorry was watched by the original company's security guard in her absence, she met with hostility upon her return and was threatened with her bonded freight being classed as 'unknown' and requiring a second complete X-ray and its associated costs. This treatment and the denial of basic human needs, is unacceptable.
Unite is now asking people to report workplace toilet issues so it can name and shame employers and - through negotiations - persuade employers to make improvements. I'm thinking that Unite might be persuaded to sponsor a Loo of the Year Award for 2020 - perhaps for 'Most Improved Workplace Toilets'? I'm also wondering whether it might wish to collaborate with the Awards organisers to expose the issues delivery drivers and other people having to visit a site or company, experience when they ask to use the toilet? Perhaps by working together, we could further raise awareness of the need to provide facilities and thus improve standards for more people everywhere.
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The fight against fatbergs received a major boost this weerk with the publication of a new official standard identifying which wet wipes can be flushed down toilets safely. Manufacturers of wipes will be able to feature an official water industry 'Fine to Flush' symbol on their packaging if they pass strict scientific tests.
This symbol will let potential buyers know that the products don't contain plastic and will break down in the sewer system instead of clogging up sewers and contributing to fatbergs which cause blockages and sewage overflows.
Many readers of this publication will be aware from attending the prestigious 2018 Awards Event, or reading the 2018 Loo of the Year Awards Results Brochure, that there were National and UK/Republic of Ireland winners from all market sectors. These included first time and single-entry entrants and providers from small camping and caravan sites to town councils and cafes to major national companies and large local authorities.
Many small, national and international cleaning and facilities management companies enter each year and receive an independent assessment of their washroom provision and recognition for the high standard of their washroom provision. These opportunities continue in 2019.
It goes without saying that food manufacturers and processors at all levels need to ensure the protection of the products they make from contamination. To do this, regular monitoring needs to be carried out to check for food spoilage microorganisms and food poisoning pathogens.
Christeyns Food Hygiene, a specialist in food and beverage hygiene, has recently entered a sole distribution partnership for a brand new and unique hygiene verification tool - FreshCheck.
Principle Cleaning Services, the London-centric corporate cleaning specialist, which provides its services to some of the most famous landmark buildings in the Capital, is celebrating its 30th birthday.
Founded in January 1989 by Douglas Cooke, the company's executive chairman, Principle remains an independent family-owned business. Today, the company has a turnover of £45m and employs over 2,200 people. Its core values of people, quality and innovation are still at the heart of the business.
The fifth edition of the Hygienalia+Pulire tradeshow is still 10 months away yet more than 80% of the total exhibition space has been already booked. With a theme of 'Get moving', the event will take place at the Casa de Campo exhibition centre, in Madrid, Spain, from 12th through 14th November 2019.
The big rendezvous for the cleaning, professional hygiene and laundry sector of the Iberian Peninsula, Hygienalia+Pulire is expanding this year with an increased covered exhibition area and more exhibitors than ever.
Effective on both airborne and surface pathogens, airPHX technology provides continuous infection control for the healthcare industry and is said to offer a cost-effective alternative to existing infection control protocols. Using a proprietary application of atmospheric cold plasma, airPHX is both scalable and affordable, and has been proven effective on 30 common HAI pathogens including bacteria, viruses and protozoa.
The manufacturer has confirmed successful results from deployment of its patented non-thermal plasma technology in two live hospital environments.
The document outlines a range of recommendations that focus on reducing exposure to particulate matter (PM), the very smallest of which cause the most damage.
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