Safety doesn’t happen by accident

Welcome back to my blog. This week I am writing about something close to my heart, Health and Safety.

Counting the cost 

It is no secret that accidents at work and occupational illness cost UK industry billions of pounds every year.

I, however, am more concerned about the human cost and the impact it has on the people that have been involved in accidents or have become unwell.

Here at Jangro, we take Health and Safety very seriously. Here is an overview of Health and Safety Awareness.

Know your stuff

Protection for employees against the risk of accidents at work is required by law.

Employers need to ensure staff are armed with the knowledge they need so that they can take precautions to reduce any risks.

Here is a brief overview of responsibilities for employers and employees.

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Risky business

Every single job role carries risk and the seriousness of these risks depends on several factors. These include:

  • The nature of work
  • Degree of information provided
  • The extent to which the employee is trained
  • The working environment
  • The tools or equipment required and provided

During my time as the Jangro Genius I have identified seven key areas that could be hazardous in the cleaning profession.

  • Slips, trips and falls: These are the most frequent cleaning accident and can cause anything from a hurt pride and mild bruising to broken limbs and internal bleeding.
  • Manual handling and workplace posture: This is a common problem in the cleaning industry as operatives are required to lift or move various heavy objects.
  • Dangerous substances: There are various dangerous substances used in the cleaning profession and these chemicals could cause fire or explosions or damage health and the environment.
  • Electrical hazards: Faulty electrical equipment, wiring and handling errors are very dangerous and can lead to serious injury or even death.
  • Work equipment: The most effective way to mitigate risk is to ensure the correct equipment is being used for various cleaning tasks and that operatives are fully trained to use each item.
  • Working environment: Employers must make sure that physical working conditions guarantee health, safety and well being at work.
  • Organisation of work: From selecting the correct equipment to the distribution of tasks and duties, all elements of the organisation of the working procedures need to be taken into consideration.

All these risks, and many more are covered with Jangro’s Health and Safety Guide, which is available to everyone that undertakes Jangro’s Health and Safety Learning Management Solution (LMS) Module. 

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Risk reducing

Of course, this blog can’t possibly cover everything you need to know about Health and Safety in the workplace as it is such a vast and ever evolving subject.

Continuous monitoring, training and buy in from staff are the key to ensuring you stay ahead of the game.

Here are some of my top tips on reducing risk:

  • Ensure you appoint a reputable supplier for all your cleaning product needs. Here at Jangro we work in partnership with customers to help them manage and mitigate risk.
  • All products that contain chemicals should have a safety data sheet and a comprehensive COSHH risk assessment. Jangro’s new online health and safety compliance Site Manager service has been designed to ensure customers who order online are provided with all the legislative documentation for each relevant product they purchase.
  • Staff should also be trained in chemical competence and our LMS training modules are designed to teach cleaning operatives everything they need to know.
  • Issue appropriate PPE. Employers must make informed decisions on the correct PPE after analysing the nature of the job, the substances that are being used and the working environment. Staff must make sure they wear the PPE provided properly to provide maximum protection.

Remember, a healthy and safe employee will be productive and happy one, which in turn will mean complete customer satisfaction.

If you have any questions, visit me on my social media pages, where I will be more than happy to help!

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Enviro Concentrates – helping to save the planet one spray at a time!

Hello and welcome back to my blog. I do hope you are enjoying reading it and if there is anything specific you would like me to cover just let me know on my social media pages.

Hooray for Earth Day

On 22nd April 1970, in the days of flower power and endless summers, a U.S Senator called Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day, to raise awareness of environmentally friendly programmes, products and commitments.

Earth Day is celebrated around the world and to mark this very special time I want to take the opportunity to tell you all about Jangro’s range of Enviro Concentrate products.

Concentrate on concentrates

Jangro’s Enviro- Concentrates have been specially formulated by experts to deliver chemicals easily and economically.

As they are highly concentrated you only need a low dosage, which can be accurately measured and used with Jangro’s trigger bottles and trigger spray heads.

Each one-litre bottle provides up to 100 trigger spray bottles or 50 x five-litre buckets of pleasant smelling cleaning solution and the size of the packaging means that there is a reduction in emissions incurred in transportation.

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We mean what we say

There is still a certain stigma surrounding products that are environmentally friendly, as people assume that they are less effective.

My fellow Jangro experts have concentrated our already proven products, so you can rest assured you will get the same fantastic results.

Colour me happy

The Jangro Enviro Concentrates range has been designed with our customers in mind. It contains five cleaning products and range of accessories.

The packaging follows the easy to understand Jangro Colour Coding System for Hygiene. The aim of this system is to prevent cross contamination of during the cleaning process.

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The Jangro Enviro Concentrate Range

Without further ado, here is the full range of Enviro Concentrate products for you to choose from.

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Jangro Genius top tips

As well as making informed decisions about the products you choose, there are lots of other ways to reduce the impact your cleaning schedule has on the environment.

Here are some top green tips for those that want to embrace a more responsible approach to cleaning:

  • Where possible, always use environmentally friendly products
  • Ensure machinery has the highest possible economical rating
  • Reduce your use of non reusable resources
  • Don’t waste water by leaving the tap running
  • Use mats behind doors to collect soil and dust
  • Plan and stick to a set schedule to avoid huge dirt build up
  • Don’t leave machinery running or on standby when not in use
  • Invest in plants to help clean indoor air and brighten the place up

To celebrate Earth Day I will be launching a competition to win four items from our fabulous Enviro Concentrate range on my Facebook page on Wednesday this week. Visit https://www.facebook.com/JangroLtd and hit the like button to find out how to enter…

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The Jangronauts have Landed!

Hi everyone and welcome to my third blog. This week I will be introducing you to four of my little friends, Jimmy, Jack, Jess and Jade.

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They are the Jangronauts!

The loveable hand-washing heroes are ready to teach children the vital importance of hygiene in a fun, interactive and educational way and they feature on a range of hand washing dispensers, toilet tissue dispensers and hand drying units for washrooms.

Giving teachers a helping hand!

Lively educational resources have been put together to help teachers and parents engage with children and deliver the hand washing messages in a fun and interactive way.

The activity sheets, story book, certificates and posters can all be utilised in the classroom to help reinforce the important message the Jangronauts bring to the children.

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Cool curriculum

We have worked with teaching experts to create a pack of curriculum ideas suitable for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. As hygiene is part of children’s Foundation stage assessment criteria (an early learning goal) there is a whole host of ideas including interactive circle time discussions, numeracy tasks and outdoor activities included in the pack.

Watch and Learn

A two-minute animated digital rhyme, which can be used in class, explains why children need to wash their hands and includes a step-by-step guide on the correct way to do it. It can be viewed on Jangro’s YouTube Channel youtube.com/user/jangrouk

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Wonders of the web

They also have their very own website, www.jangronauts.co.uk which has an interactive animated feature telling the story of the Jangronauts as you scroll down the page.

Meet the Jangronauts

All the Jangronauts have unique personalities and go on lots of exciting adventures. The one thing they have in common is their passion for hand washing.

Here is a little bit more information about each of them….

Jimmy

Jangronaut Jimmy crosses space and time and he loves high-fiving aliens covered in slime! Jimmy must make sure that, when he gets home, he washes his hands with plenty of foam.

Jack

Jangronaut Jack gets a ride on an elephant’s back and races a leopard around a race track. As the sun sets on another really wild day, he scrubs his hands washing the germs away.

Jess

Jangronaut Jess loves to picnic in the sky, in her pretty balloon, way up high. She finds a rain cloud when it is time to eat, and washes her hands before yummy treats.

Jade

Jangronaut Jade swims around the ocean with ease, but all the cold water had made her sneeze. Not wanting to spread germs everywhere, she washes her hands with soap….bugs beware!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my little friends, visit my social media pages for more info, updates and a cool competition later this week.

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Introduction to Cleaning Machinery

I hope you all enjoyed a fantastic Easter weekend and that you are raring to go.

Clean machines

In this, my second blog, I will be exploring the vast array of machinery you can use for cleaning, from vacuum cleaners to pressure washers and much more.

Tools of the trade

All good cleaning operatives have an armoury of equipment to help them get into every corner of any room and it is vital to choose the right tools for each job to ensure you get the best cleaning results.

Look back at vacs

First up, the humble vacuum cleaner. According to cleaning folklore, the first vacuum cleaner was manufactured in Chicago in 1865 and was christened the Whirlwind.

A Janitor named Murray Spangler of Ohio created the earliest designs and developed the idea after constructing a crude prototype with a desk fan and a pillowcase. He then went on to sell the idea to his cousin who owned the Hoover Harness and Leather Goods Co. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, there are two main types of vacuum cleaner, the upright and the cylinder, which look and work in different ways.

Tub club

Cylinder, or tub machines, employ a bag principle, which means the soil is trapped in a bag that is situated in the main body of the machine between the inlet and the motor.

The walls of the dust bag are designed to let the air flow through while trapping fine dust particles within it. The air then passes through a series of filters, which trap even finer dust and debris. It is imperative to clean the filters regularly to maintain effectiveness.

This type of machine is easy to empty and they are widely used across the industry but it must be noted that as the bag fills the suction power can be reduced.

As an adaptation to the bag principle some tub machines have rigid containers that collect the debris.

Be upstanding for uprights

Upright vacuum cleaners are the perfect choice if a deeper clean of a carpet is required. They contain a special brush roll at the head of the machine, which rotates at high speed to dislodge and collect soil deep within the pile.

The motor, which creates the suction, is situated in the vacuum box on the handle and the air containing the soil is drawn up the machine into a bag or a rigid container. Again, additional filters trap any finer particles.

Added extras

One of the beauties of any vacuum cleaner is the vast array of additional tools and accessories available to suit specific cleaning tasks. These include:

  • Crevice tools for hard to reach awkward spots
  • T-shaped upholstery tools for delicate fabrics
  • Round or oval shaped dusting brushes with soft bristles to dislodge dust particles
  • Combination floor tools for both hard and carpeted floor surfaces
  • Squeegee tools for wet and dry machines to collect excess water

Don’t sweat the wet

Wet pick up machines work on the same principles as tubs with containers and are designed specifically for dealing with liquid.

In addition to the filtering system they incorporate a cut off mechanism to avoid the fluids coming into contact with the motor. This involves a float valve housed in a plastic cage. As the liquid rises, so does the float and when it reaches the set level the float covers the inlet to stop anything else being sucked in.

The choice is yours

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Of course, vacuum cleaners aren’t the only type of machinery used by cleaning operatives. Here is a run down of some of the other machines that can be dubbed a cleaner’s best friend.

Rotary cleaning club

Rotary cleaners are known as the real workhorses of the industry and although they all look pretty much the same, the specifications of the different types of the machine will dictate what they can be used for.

As a rule of thumb, machines that rotate at slower speeds are more suited to scrubbing tasks, whereas the faster machines are used for polishing procedures.

Two in one

Scrubber dryers are clever machines that combine the scrubbing function of a rotary with the suction capabilities of a vacuum cleaner, allowing cleaners to carry two jobs at the same time.

Floors that have been cleaned with a scrubber dryer are clean, dry and ready to be used again straight away.

Scrubber dryers come in a whole host of shapes and sizes, the smallest being no bigger than a conventional vacuum cleaner to the largest, which can be sat on and driven down a street.

No matter what size you need, they all perform exactly the same function, which is to dislodge dirt and debris and vacuum it up. 

Under pressure

Pressure washers have become more and more advanced in recent years and come in a wide range of specifications, starting with the ones available to the public that are used to clean drives and patios, to huge, sophisticated industrial models.

Their job is to physically dislodge soil from a surface and they certainly don’t disappoint! Some of the more advanced machines also increase water temperature and apply steam at pressure.

With so many sizes and models available, they are suitable for tackling small problem areas or huge expanses and they can be used on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.

Pressure washers are favoured by cleaners tasked with removing ingrained dirt such as graffiti, traffic films, bird droppings and much more. They are also the tool of choice for car and commercial vehicle cleaning.

I do hope you have enjoyed reading about the wide range of cleaning machinery available. As you can see, it is important to consider every aspect of the job in hand before selecting the most suitable machine.

Come back soon or hit the follow button to stay up to date with my blog.

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