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The rise of fogging services during a pandemicArthur Bath

Despite the development of coronavirus vaccines that have proven efficacious in preventing serious illness, hospitalisation and death, the world is gripped by the economic and healthcare havoc COVID-19 continues to wreak. The third wave currently sweeping through South Africa, compounded by the delays in rolling out vaccinations, means that citizens' lives are still hugely impacted.

This means that non-pharmaceutical interventions such as masking, ventilation, social distancing, hand hygiene, surface cleaning and disinfection will be with us well into 2022. It is not an understatement to say that sections of our population are being gripped by panic in the third wave.

It is therefore not surprising that so many are looking to fog their facilities to 'eliminate' COVID-19 and assure the safety of occupants and visitors. Unfortunately, the 'cleaning theatre' of the fogging process merely gives them a false sense of security, according to Arthur Bath, Vice Chairman of the Professional Body for Environmental Hygiene.

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First global hygiene summit launchedGHS

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought hygiene, and, more specifically, the role it can play in our health, into sharp focus and further reinforced the fact that prevention is better than cure. However, despite hygiene being the preventive component of the global fight against infectious diseases it has languished as a minor scientific and political interest for decades.

Established towards the end of 2020 with the mission of "enabling and accelerating a portfolio of hygiene science to improve public health through better outcomes and behaviours" the Reckitt Global Hygiene Institute (RGHI) will organise the world's first Global Hygiene Summit in Singapore in May 2022 and raise hygiene, and the role it plays in health, up the agenda.
Travel accreditations support hotel guest safety and satisfactionThe Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, announced during June that it is collaborating with Global Healthcare Accreditation® to support hotels seeking formal accreditation for their cleaning programs, as well as guest safety and satisfaction for medical and wellness travellers.

The GBAC STAR™ / GHA WellHotel® Program, which provides assurance and external validation of a property's risk mitigation protocols and guest experience, includes two remote accreditation options: GBAC STAR / GHA WellHotel® for Medical Travel and GBAC STAR / GHA WellHotel®  for

"Before the pandemic, global wellness and medical travel generated over $700 billion of revenue annually, making it an important focus for many hospitality properties," said GHA CEO Karen Timmons. In the wake of the pandemic, there is a growing consensus that consumers will turn to trusted sources as safety increasingly becomes a brand differentiator.
Pro cycling team pick natural citrus extract disinfectant for virus protection Biodx Team

In an effort to ensure leading South African registered international cycling Team Qhubeka NextHash remains protected during the Tour de France and beyond, Biodx a South African biotech has signed a partnership agreement to supply the team with disinfectants for hands, surfaces and spaces based on Biodx's active ingredient b bioactive™.

As one of the world's top 20 ranked pro cycling teams the demand to meet their fans, the media and guests on the Tour de France means a lot of personal interaction. With proven 99.987 percent efficacy against SARS-CoV-2, b bioactive™ is a South African biotechnology developed and now being taken up by the market to guarantee performance against current viral and bacterial challenges.
Common mistakes in selecting commercial exterior window washing equipment HydroPower

Even though commercial window cleaning can be a profitable business given that you can develop recurring, regular work, some building service contractors (BSCs) still opt to outsource the job to professional window cleaning companies.

It's an understandable decision if you consider the liability and safety concerns, along with the perceived complexity of the job. However, with the latest technology in exterior window washing equipment, anyone can profitably clean exterior glass up to 20 metres without the past safety and liability risks, according to Unger a global window cleaning equipment manufacturer.

The key to success starts with the commercial window washing equipment you use, as it can be a big player in mitigating risks, producing results and satisfying customers. Out in the field each day working with cleaning professionals, Unger heard first-hand what works and what doesn't when it comes to exterior window cleaning tools and have developed tips on which mistakes to avoid when sourcing your own equipment.

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Understanding the changing environment of workplace cleaningWahl Bartmann

The modern-day working environment has been irrevocably changed by the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic. But safety, health and cleanliness measures for your office or factory are about much more than fighting COVID-19, and involve much more than just soap and water.

"The pandemic is an understandable first issue to think of when one talks about workplace cleaning. I believe however that the conversation should be spread wider to also look at how offices and factories have started to change before the virus arrived, and how these changes will more than likely continue long after the coronavirus pandemic has subsided," says the Group CEO of Fidelity Services, Wahl Bartmann.

Productivity and efficiency were key design drivers for places of work in the past, but Bartmann believes that safety and cleanliness have now moved up the list of considerations.

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Innovations, textile hygiene and reusable productsTexcare 2

The coronavirus pandemic has created a new awareness of the topic of hygiene, which has become a driver of innovation in many industries.

The opportunities this holds for the textile care industry are detailed here by Dr. Timo Hammer, the CEO of Hohenstein Life Science & Care.

In an recent interview (abridged) with R+W Textilservice focussing on the run-up to the Texcare International exhibition scheduled for 27 November to 1 December 2021, Dr. Hammer, who is also the MD of Quality Assurance Association for Proper Laundry Care Quality, talks about the innovations which he expects at the leading trade fair to take place in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Environmentally friendly cleaning and sanitising solutionsBarrier Tech Women

A ready-to-use disinfectant and sanitising solution created with the use of new mixing technology, promises residual long-lasting protection against viruses and bacteria. The sustainable and environment friendly technology also offers safety in handling.

Mixing and blending technology is used to render multiple, normally incompatible, biocides to be chemically stable, allowing them to work synergistically together.

The anti-microbial impact of the combined actives is said to be magnified, leading to the need for significantly reduced amounts of each active ingredient. In addition, the active ingredients are bound together on a molecular core and form a non-leaching bond with most surfaces, allowing treated surfaces to retain the
anti-microbial properties even when the surface is repeatedly touched or cleaned.

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The air you breathe could be deadlyNatasha Dietrich

It was during May 2021 when the deadly Delta variant of the coronavirus was first detected in South Africa, showing a 'significantly more infectious' spread than any of the previous COVID-19 strains.

A recent study performed by Professor Raina Macintyre, head of the biosecurity research programme at the University of New South Wales's Kirby Institute in Australia found that, "In an indoor space where ventilation isn't adequate, somebody with a Delta infection could have come and gone, but the virus is still lingering in the air, meaning you could get infected." She went on to say, "People are still stuck in that mindset of hand sanitiser and washing your hands, when actually the message we need to be getting out there is, it's in the air you breathe".

So disinfect your ambient space and wear a proper fitting mask (covering your mouth and nose). Now there are some new tools in disinfectants to help fight this Delta variant and make our atmosphere safe.

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Disinfecting wipes with Oxivir offer a simple, fast and effective alternativeDiversey Oxivir Excel Wipes

Surface disinfection is always important and it has been at the forefront of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The advice from public health, scientific and governmental authorities has been to clean surfaces and hands frequently to break the chain of infection.

In most settings, the aim is to clean more often and more visibly to reassure customers, guests and staff while also providing the best possible protection against the virus.

This article by Diversey's Dr. Claire Khosravi explains how the ready-to-use prewetted Wipe is an effective way to meet this challenge.
Buyer beware – not all disinfectant wipes are created equalCell Wipes

The demand for pre-saturated, disinfecting wipes has grown exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many new – and often untested – brands appearing in the market, the majority of which have little or no research behind their development in terms of the compatibility of the wipe substrate and fluid content.

According to Annette Devenish, marketing director at Infection Protection Products (IPP) the challenge with this is that a combination of two substrates can completely change the efficacy of a fluid which is why it is so important that a disinfecting product's entire formula is tested, rather than only the active ingredient.

Through its now well-known sanitouch brand, IPP was the first company in South Africa to introduce trolley wipes to the local market in 2006. Its wipes are manufactured with a tried and tested detergent disinfectant solution which deactivates and kills any micro-organisms, including the coronavirus.

The detergent solution includes a potent soap content which, according to the World Health Organization and scientists around the world, dissolves the fat membrane of the coronavirus which renders it inactive.

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COVID-19 pandemic changed healthcare cleaning procedures foreverBarrier Tech Products

Talented doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals rely on clean and hygienic facilities. That's why good cleaning procedures and hygiene protocols have always been a key priority in health care facilities. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that current methods of cleaning, hygiene and PPE use were insufficient for coping with new threats.

Hospital Healthcare takes a closer look at how cleaning procedures changed and offers insight into what they will look like in the 'new normal' of the post-COVID-19 world. COVID-19 is something we will all have to live with for the foreseeable future, and the cleaning and hygiene measures developed during the pandemic will become the new standard, rather than the exception.

Healthcare facilities must partner with experienced cleaning professionals that can carry out these increased measures without disrupting patients, visitors or staff. That means carefully scheduling cleans, so they take place either side of high-use periods, and having plans in place to ensure high touchpoints are disinfected as often as required.

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Interactive Clean Hospital Training helps staff secure safe healthcare environmentsTork training

Tork, an Essity brand, launched Tork Interactive Clean Hospital Training, an engaging digital training and educational tool to support cleaning services managers and staff in creating hygienic, safe healthcare environments.

Tork Interactive Clean Hospital Training is an online, interactive tool designed to make the training process for cleaning healthcare facilities engaging and efficient. The training is based on the Association for the Health Care Environment's (AHE) Practice Guidance for Health Care Environmental Cleaning, the go-to resource for
best-in-class tools, products, education and training.

The exercises aim to ensure that cleaning services managers and their staff carry out tasks according to these recommendations. "We know that cleaning service managers welcome this type of training and education.

As the needs can vary across the organisation and in different parts of a hospital, it is important to have a solution such as Tork Interactive Clean Hospital Training that can be accessed from any device, which allows staff to train in a variety of environments," said Thomas Bergin, Marketing Director – Healthcare, Essity Professional Hygiene. Accompanying the Tork Interactive Clean Hospital Training is the "Train-the-Trainer" presentation, a tool developed to help cleaning service managers in training their teams.

According to the recent Essentials Initiative 2020-2021 survey from Essity, more than 7 out of 10 people say they will have higher expectations on the hygiene standards of hospitals after COVID-19.

The results indicate that healthcare cleaning staff are more important than ever in helping create hygienic healthcare environments where people can feel safe. "We are dedicated to helping create safe care environments and ultimately help prevent HAIs.

As cleaning staff are the first line of defense it is important that they also get the best tools and training available. We have developed a complete range of services and products to support their important work," said Thomas Bergin.

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