EBOLA Virus – Implementing strict infection control measures

Surface disinfection and hand hygiene is crucial to prevent spread!

Ebola Virus Infecting a Nation

Ebola virus disease (EVD) has rarely been out of the headlines over
recent weeks. This infectious disease has been causing panic across a
number of African countries. Recently, Liberia declared a state of emer-
gency and the outbreak has also hit Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Guinea.
Meanwhile, a number of international aid workers have been infected
and there are concerns that the disease could spread further.

Initially transmitted to people from wild animals such as forest antelope,
chimpanzees and fruit bats, EVD spreads through the human popula-
tion via person-to-person contact and it has a fatality rate of up to 90
per cent. People remain infectious as long as their blood and secretions
contain the virus, and this can be up to seven weeks after they recover.

Individuals are at risk of contracting EVD if they have direct contact
through broken skin or mucous membranes with the blood secretions,
organs or other bodily fluids of infected individuals. Indirect contact with
environments contaminated with these fluids can also lead to infection.

This means that, unless strict infection control precautions are in place,
healthcare workers are in danger of falling ill with the disease if they
treat patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola. There is not yet a
licensed specific treatment or vaccine available.

Reducing the risk of infection

Because there is not yet an effective treatment for the disease, it is par-
ticularly important for affected communities to take protective measures
to reduce the risk of infection. Information plays a crucial role in the
battle against EVD. People must understand the importance of avoiding
close physical contact with infected patients, and this includes the burial
of the dead.

In addition, strict rules must be observed in healthcare settings. For
example, because the early symptoms of the disease may be
non-specific, it is vital that personnel apply standard precautions with
all patients, regardless of their initial diagnoses. These measures include
basic hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and the use of personal
protective equipment.

As well as these standard precautions, healthcare workers should adhere
to more specific infection control measures to avoid exposure to bodily
fluids, as well as to any environments that may be contaminated. For
example, such personnel should wear face shields or medical masks and
goggles. They should also wear a clean, non-sterile long-sleeved gown
and gloves.

Meanwhile, samples taken from suspected human and animal EVD cases
for diagnoses in laboratories should only be handled by trained staff and
they should be processed in suitably equipped environments.

Of course, all environments that are exposed to suspected and
confirmed EVD patients must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on
a continual basis. This is fundamental in the fight against the disease.

Strict hygiene control

Strict hygiene control measures can prove highly effective in preventing
EVD cases, but in order to achieve the best results, people need all the
relevant information and supplies.

The disease belongs to the virus family Filoviridae, which are filamentous
enveloped viruses. These viruses can be rendered inactive by agents
that target their lipid envelopes. This means that surface active biocides
like the quaternary biocides found in Clinell Universal, as well as highly
oxidative biocides such as the peracetic acid found in Clinell Sporicidal,
can be effective in targeting EVD.

SPORICIDAL RANGEea578
Peracetic acid generating wipes, activated by water,
for surface disinfection and cleaning of non-invasive
medical devices.

PRODUCT                        UNIT                   CODE
Sporicidal Wipes             Pack of 25           EA578

UNIVERSAL RANGE
Wipes for surface disinfection and cleaning
non-invasive medical devices, equipment, surfaces and handsea562

PRODUCT                        UNIT                   CODE

Sanitising Wipes             Pack of 100         EA564

Sanitising Wipes            Soft Pack(40)      EA562

HAND & SURFACE SPRAY

ea580Contains the same powerful formula as used in Clinell Universal Sanitising Wipes. Formulated to prevent the spread of germs.

PRODUCT                        UNIT                   CODE

Hand & Surface Spray   1 x 60ml               EA580

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5 Ways to Save Money and Improve your Customers Washroom Experience.

Originally posted on Gary Fage's Cleaning Blog from Janitorial Express:

A washroom that you can share with confidence is good for your business. Your customers feel appreciated and keep coming back. Your employees and guests stay well and refreshed. Friendly washroom solutions are all about sensibility. And sensibility is about the details: details, which are important for everyone from washroom guests and cleaning staff to washroom designers and builders. With so many products on the market knowing which products and systems can help you achieve this is not easy. This Blog is intended to point out some of the most efficient and cost effective solutions currently available and also point out some of the pitfalls you may face.

1. Hand Drying

The electric hand dryers found in thousands of public toilets across the country can dramatically increase the number of bacteria on people’s hands after washing them and contaminate the washrooms and other users up to 2 metres away.

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COSHH Guide & Free PowerPoint Presentation

As the provider of Janitorial Products we have put together some information and a short Power Point presentation, to help our customers better understand their duties and responsibilities in relation to the safe use of cleaning products and to help them comply with COSHH.

In order for us to do this, we will need to look at the regulations covering the use of hazardous substances, namely COSHH and CHIP Regulations.

The way in which manager’s deal with the risks associated with these substances varies from company to company. This Blog is designed to help you understand the statutory obligation placed on your own company to provide a thorough and comprehensive COSHH Risk Assessment.

Introduction

The management of risks within all industries is covered within the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Within this piece of legislation, specific guidelines apply to the safe use of hazardous substances. These are:

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations.

Using chemicals or hazardous substances at work can put people’s health at risk, so the law requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health. They have to protect both employees and others who may be exposed by complying with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.

COSHH is a useful tool of good management which sets basic measures that employers and sometimes employees, must take. These help individuals to assess risks, implement any measures to control exposure and establish good working practices.

Chemicals (Hazards Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002 (CHIP) compliment the COSHH regulations and place a duty on the supplier of chemical-based products to ensure their customers are provided with the information they need to protect themselves, others and the environment.
This is achieved by means of Safety Data Sheets and packaging labels for all products. In fact, Jangro, unlike most suppliers, also provides customers with this information in the form of a comprehensive CD-ROM.

What is Covered?
Under COSHH there is a range of substances regarded as hazardous to health: Substances used directly in work activities classified as dangerous to health under the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations. These can be identified by their warning label such as toxic, corrosive, irritant and harmful. The supplier must provide a safety data sheet for them.

Substances generated during work activities, like fumes, for which the law has prescribed workplace exposure limits.

Naturally occurring substances e.g. grain dust, if its average concentration in the air exceeds the levels specified in COSHH.

Biological agents such as bacteria and other micro-organisms, if they are directly connected with the work e.g. healthcare establishments.

In the case of cleaning products, it is generally considered good practice to cover all products containing any chemical. This is particularly important in areas where there are vulnerable people present who are much more likely to disregard or misunderstand any warning information on labels.

It should be pointed out that although some products contain substances that are considered hazardous, if they are used correctly and safely, the hazards associated with them are significantly reduced, if not removed completely.

Hazard Warning Symbols

Here are some of the hazardous warning symbols that you will meet. They all comprise of an orange box in which is found a black symbol. There are different symbols for different types of danger

The first is a black cross. There are in fact two symbols with a black cross. These indicate Irritant and harmful. Such products may cause itching or irritation. In extreme cases they can cause rashes or blotches on the skin. Fumes can also cause    irritation to the respiratory tract.

Corrosive products can have a destructive effect on skin tissues. They are associated mainly with strong acids and alkalis, some of which can be found in products such as floor strippers.

Flammable products are most commonly associated with pressurised containers such as aerosols. More often than not the product itself may not be flammable more so the propellant gases contained within them.

Toxic – These are products which can cause death or chronic damage to health if inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin. None of our products, however, are considered to be toxic although if ingested they can cause internal damage. This is due mainly to misuse of the chemicals and does not mean the products have to be registered as poisons.

Oxidising agents will react with acids and should not be stored close to them. Also, sanitising powders can contain oxidising agents which, if mixed with bleach, can lead to the emission of chlorine gas which can be deadly.

This leaves Explosive and Damaging to the Environment. No Jangro products fall into these categories.

 

 

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N.B. There are new international hazard symbols and warning and precautionary phrases that are to be used on labels which will eventually replace the danger signs, risk and safety phrases above. There will be a transitional period as these are gradually phased in. The changes have to be completed by Dec 2010 for substances and by December 2015 for preparations. As nearly all manufacturers are currently using the old symbols I have concentrated on these, but below you will find the new symbols.

New CLP symbols

You’ll see that the harmful symbol is missing. This has been replaced by the exclamation mark pictogram:

This pictogram will refer to less serious health hazards such as skin irritancy / sensitisation.

 A couple of new pictograms have also been introduced:

This pictogram reflects serious longer term health hazards such as carcinogenicity and respiratory sensitisation.

This pictogram means “Contains gas under pressure”

In the second part of this Blog I will look closely at the Safety Data Sheet and in detail at Risk Assessments and your legal responsibilities under COSHH. Read the part 2 & 3 of this blog by following the links below

COSHH Part II

COSHH Part III

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Make Productivity Improvements with a Backpack Floor Polish Applicator

Contractors who are responsible for large areas of hard flooring should seriously consider purchasing a Backpack Polish Applicator in order to speed up the process of polish application. Using this system you can cover about 1000 sq ft in about 5 minutes and the product dries up to 3 times quicker than using conventional methods.


The Rubbermaid Flow Floor Finish System has a list price in excess of £150 excluding vat, see below information on how you can buy yours for a limited period for under £60.


Help reduce labour costs and improve worker productivity and well-being with the new highly portable Rubbermaid FLOW Floor Finishing System. High-capacity backpack and handle system allows user-controlled release of solution for more efficient floor finishing.Rubbermaid Flow holds 5 Litres for polishing up to 3,000 sq ft of floor surface.

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• Backpack hose connects to the trigger handle using Clean Connect technology for spill-free delivery of finish solution.
• Red ergonomic trigger handle dispenses finish solution with each press.
• Backpack features venting channels to improve airflow and reduce moisture on back while wearing.
• Chest and waist straps distribute weight on user’s hips instead of shoulders, reducing user strain.

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  • • Kit includes a Q805 Flow Nylon Flat Mop. Which connects easily to the handle using Quick-Connect
  • • Ergonomic & Comfortable – Waist and chest straps on backpack help keep weight off shoulders, and onto hips
  • • Easier Refilling – Large 3” opening makes refilling clean & easy
  • • Works with ALL Floor Polishes!
  • • 18” Flat mop system with new Gloss Pro Nylon finish pad

 

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Carpet Cleaning Problem Solving part 3 – Bad Odours

This is the last in a 3 part series where I deal with problems you may encounter when cleaning carpets commercially.

ODOUR – CARPET SMELLS AFTER CLEANING

 I cleaned a carpet last week and the customer says it stayed damp for days and it now smells. How can I remedy the problem?

Carpet which takes too long to dry:

AD3004It was over-wet probably because it was heavily soiled and a more pre-spray and / or extraction cleaning solution was used.

Effective drying conditions were not in place. Doors and windows need to stay open for air flow; air movers should be used; some heating is beneficial but not without ventilation.

REMEDIES:

Bacteria may have set in causing the odour. Use a sanitiser such as CLENSAN as a pre-treatment to deodorise the bacteria. Follow label instructions and rinse-extract with FIBRE & FABRIC RINSE to which ODOUR FRESH can be added.

ODOUR – CARPET SMELLS “FISHY”

I cleaned a carpet and now the customer is complaining that the carpet has a pungent fishy smell. What can I do to get rid of the smell?

If smell is not due to slow drying as above, it could be that adhesive in the construction or adhesive which is gluing the carpet or tiles to the subfloor has been upset by the cleaning process. This is a difficult situation to remedy. Use ODOUR FRESH, Ensure good ventilation. The odour should improve with time.

Avoid over-wetting in future cleans.

ODOUR – CARPET SMELLS OF DOG / SMOKE

 I’ve got an end-of-tenancy clean to do and the previous tenant had dogs / smoked. How do I get rid of the smell?

FoggerClean in the normal way but add ODOUR NEUTRALISER to the cleaning solution. It can also be sprayed onto the carpet and rinse-extracted.

For severe odour contamination, for example after a fire, ODOUR NEUTRALISER should be fogged into the room with a cold fogging unit as per label instructions.

For dog odour problems, try cleaning the area where the dog is known to have been lying with TRAFFIC LEAN or any other pre-spray with the solvent additive CITRA-BOOST in order to eliminate natural oils from the dog fur which will have transferred to the carpet or rug. Rinse-extract with FIBRE & FABRIC RINSE.

ODOUR – CARPET SMELLS OF URINE

I’m cleaning a nursing home. How do I get rid of the smell of urine?

1. If the area where the urine went down can be located, spray with a strong hot solution of FIBRE & FABRIC RINSE and extract out with the same solution in the machine tank. Then treat with URINE NEUTRALISER as per label instructions.

2. If the urine odour is everywhere, pre-spray with NEUTRA-SOFT then rinse-extract with NEUTRA-SOFT® in the machine. Use this system on a regular maintenance basis to control odour.

3. Use ODOUR FRESH as a deodoriser.

4. Clean in the normal way then sanitise with CLENSAN.  Rinse-extract with FIBRE

& FABRIC RINSE.

I have a carpet to clean which smells of urine from puppies/kittens. What products do you suggest?

Dog PeeAll of the above systems also apply to animal urine. Spraying URINE NEUTRALISER onto fresh urine will be the most effective method of controlling the odour.

NB. If the urine has penetrated through the carpet to the underlay and/or subfloor, it is sometimes necessary to roll the carpet back and treat underneath with URINE NEUTRALISER to fully eliminate the urine odours.

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Carpet Cleaning – Problem Solving part 2

CARPET PROTECTORS

Which product should I use?

Prochem’s FLUOROSEAL PLUS or 3M’s Scotchgard.

How do I apply it?

ce100Apply by pressure sprayer with a fan tip nozzle to freshly cleaned, still damp carpet. Cross spray and brush in. If the carpet is new: vacuum and dampen the carpet with FIBRE & FABRIC RINSE solution. Scotchgard can be applied to dry, vacuumed carpet but it needs to be diluted 1 to 1. Do not walk on the carpet until thoroughly dry.

How long will it last?

The cleaner cannot guarantee how long the protector will last. This depends on the amount of foot traffic and how often the carpet is cleaned.

What is the coverage?

30m² to 50m² depending on how thick and deep the pile is.

Can I use these products on fabric too?

Fabric Seal

 

No. Use AQUA SEAL FABRIC PROTECTOR on wet cleanable fabric and FABRIC SEAL on dry-clean only fabrics. See product labels.

 

DRAUGHT MARKS

Ultrapac RenovateHow do I get rid of black marks round the edges of the carpet and under the doors?

These are draught or air filtration marks. Use ULTAPAC RENOVATE or FILTER OUT before the overall clean. If the carpet is a wool fibre, neutralise with FIBRE & FABRIC RINSE.

I cleaned a carpet and now there are straight black lines running the length of the room. What can I do?

If the lines are running in the same direction as the floorboards and are evenly spaced, these lines will probably be draught marks. The carpet does not have an impervious layer and sheet polythene should have been laid to prevent these air filtration marks. They have most likely been revealed by the cleaning process or brought up through the carpet from the underlay during extraction. Clean with ULTRAPAC RENOVATE or FILTER OUT. Rinse-extract with FIBRE & FABRIC RINSE. Advise the customer that the draught marks will come back unless the carpet is re-laid on an impervious sheet.

DYE BLEED

I have cleaned an oriental rug and the colours have run. What can I do?

Dye bleed is permanent and irreversible. Always test all products on every colour before use.

Silk rugs should not be wet cleaned. Consult the Prochem web site: click on Cleaning Specialist issue 15 page 15 for tips on rug cleaning. Consider taking a Prochem Training

SHRINKAGE

I cleaned a wool carpet and it has shrunk. What can I do?

2286-PShrinkage is due to over-wetting a woven carpet. There is no chemical that will remedy shrinkage. Where there is very little shrinkage, it might be possible for a professional carpet fitter to stretch it back into place. Otherwise you will have to replace the carpet. Learn how to identify a woven carpet and either use minimum amounts of cleaning solution or a low moisture method to clean it (FIBERDRI, PROCAPS or FIBRE SHAMPOO for example).

I cleaned a synthetic carpet and it has shrunk. Why was that?

This may be because it was woven. Generally synthetic woven carpets should not be wet cleaned at all. Use FIBERDRI or refuse the job.

I cleaned a rug and now it is undulating and will not lie flat. Should I wet it again?

The rug has shrunk because it is woven. Wetting again will only aggravate the problem. The rug may lie flatter as it dries out, otherwise the damage may be permanent.

 STRETCHING

 A carpet I cleaned yesterday has gone wavy. What can I do?

If the carpet has not pulled away from the wall then the waves indicate stretching. This can happen on a carpet with a synthetic backing where the cleaning solution was too hot and/or too much pressure from the wand was used. Wait a few days – it may shrink back into place.

Otherwise a professional carpet fitter can re-fit it. Consider taking a Prochem Training Course.

TECHNICAL TERMS

I see that some extraction detergents contain anionic and/or non-ionic surfactants. What does this mean exactly?

SX2700Surfactants react with oil, grease and fat molecules and dissolve them into solution. They enable your cleaning detergent to wet carpet and upholstery fibres better and thus clean better. The molecule of an anionic surfactant has a slight negative electrical charge whereas as a non-ionic chemical has no charge. Most detergents are anionic and/or non-ionic. You would only really need to know this for questions of compatibility, since anionic detergents will cancel out the effects of cationic products which carry a slight positive charge. The cationic products that carpet cleaners will most likely come across are sanitisers, disinfectants and some deodorisers. Providing you follow the label instructions carefully you should not encounter any problems.

The above information is intended as a guide only. We cannot accept responsibility for the user’s professional cleaning application.

Be sure to look out for the third and final part of this blog which will be released shortly.

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UK First – Commercial Vacuum Cleaner with 24 Month Replacement Machine Warranty

Jangro’s recently launched catalogue features a commercial tub vacuum cleaner which has become the first in the UK to be covered by a 24 month free replacement machine guarantee. Add to this fantastically competitive pricing and you have a machine that’s set to take the UK commercial vacuum cleaner market by storm.

PNGThe manufacturers offer customers a dedicated after sales helpline, available 7 days a week. Simply call the help line who will talk you through a few basic checks and if the problem cannot be solved over the phone simply return the machine and manufacturer will send you a new one directly to your site (each new machine is supplied with a return to base carriage paid transport sticker)

This new tub vacuum has been designed from the bottom up. Most tub vacuums have the motor in the top making them top heavy and prone to tipping over. This machine has the motor in the base of the machine giving brilliant stability on all surfaces. It features a powerful 1400w motor, large 9L capacity however is only 4.5Kg! That’s 2.4Kg lighter than a Henry and the NRV200!

It has a HEPA H12 filter to catch even the smallest dust particles. And for the busy cleaning contractor it has a replaceable 12.5m kettle lead in case the lead become snagged.

1Catalogue CoverAnd to meet today’s energy efficiency standards it has an Eco setting to save money, reduce energy consumption and reduce noise for busy office cleaning.

Got loads of Numatic bags left over? Not to worry as they fit it too!

Complete with a 2 year warranty

  • Powerful 1400W motor
  • Ultra lightweight – only 4.5kg
  • 12.5m high visibility cable with easy change kettle connection
  • Hygenic HEPA H12 filter
  • Rear parking socket and onboard tools – one hand lift, easy storage
  • Eco power setting – reduced energy consumption and provides hi/lo variable power for on and off floor cleaning

 

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