Site Manager – Health & Safety compliance at your fingertips

Another week, another blog, welcome back! This week I’m here to tell you all about our fabulous online resource, Site Manager.

Here at Jangro we’ve recently revamped our website to include a resource that will save all you lovely customers time while keeping you in the loop on all the latest health and safety documentation and best of all it doesn’t cost a penny.

This new health and safety compliance solution is now available to all online customers, containing hundreds of safety Data Sheets, COSHH risk assessments and process risk assessment documents on all of our Jangro products.

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The nitty gritty

How it works is simple. Whenever you order one of our Jangro products online, the relevant compliance information such as Safety Data Sheets, Chemical Risk Assessment or Work Equipment Risk Assessment is automatically added to your dedicated Site Manager area. You can then log on and access the required information wherever you may be.

Better still, direct links to these informative documents will appear on your order confirmation email saving you the time it takes to search for and download data for each individual product.

It gets better…

We’re always wanting to go the extra mile for our customers, so we created an option allowing you to collate a site or company specific pack in a nifty PDF document complete with branded cover sheets and a contents page, perfect to have around for health and safety inspections and insurance purposes.

All of our Jangro literature is updated in line with national legislative changes. If you set up automatic email updates to your account, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest documents.

See for yourself…

Site Manager was designed and built with you in mind, taking tips and feedback from your consultations and feedback.

We have also released a training video, which gives clear and concise instructions on how to use Site Manager as well as simple steps to follow during set up.

To find out more about Jangro’s Site Manager please visit www.jangro.net or contact me on my social media pages.

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Easy learning with Jangro’s LMS modules

Hi there and welcome back to my blog. This week over 6,000 workplaces will be taking part in national Learning at Work Week, a campaign with the aim to put the spotlight on the benefits of learning and development, so I’m here to tell you all about Jangro’s Learning Management Solution (LMS) modules.

At Jangro HQ we have a whole host of LMS modules available that are fully interactive and available to use on your laptop, desktop or tablet device, to help you with your training either at home or on the go.

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Here is a list of our award winning modules:

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We regularly update and introduce new resources so make sure you keep your eyes peeled and don’t miss out. For now though, why not go the extra mile with your training by having a look at what our LMS modules entail.

 

 

 

 

 

LMS Module Manual

Biohazards

Learn all about the various biohazards and understand what they are, where they can be found and how you can prevent transmission in this module dedicated to the weird world of germs and bugs.

Carpet Care

There are so many different ways to clean a carpet. This module will look at all the different techniques that should be followed depending on the carpet groups. From wool, silk and cotton to polyester and nylon, are you clued up? Training is vital to ensure you make the right choices.

Colour Coding and Infection Control

Know what infection control procedures and cleaning equipment should be used where and when by understanding the importance of colour coding systems. Grasp these, and you’ll be effectively contributing to the prevention of infection in your workplace as well as passing health and safety requirements with flying colours!

COSHH Awareness

Failure to adequately control hazardous substances can more often than not end badly. Control of Substance Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations can be difficult to get your head around but are crucial to understand in order for you to control exposure to these substances effectively.

Floor Care

About 80 per cent of dirt in buildings is brought in from the bottom of your shoes, resulting in grit and dust scratches damaging the floor’s surface. This floor care module will help you differentiate between the various floor types as well as the cleaning procedures and equipment that should be used on each.

Health and Safety

Tackle all issues relating to health and safety by developing safe systems and understanding the best way to achieve the safest outcome with this module.

Housekeeping

Introduced by popular demand, Jangro’s Housekeeping module is one of the newest additions to our interactive suite. The do’s, don’ts, what’s and where’s are all explained, keeping you in the know when it comes to housekeeping.

Introduction to Cleaning

It’s important that you are fully trained on the fundamental aspects of any cleaning regime. Understanding the different elements that are required will ensure you deliver an efficient cleaning service while meeting all objectives.

Introduction to Equipment

Do you know what equipment to use and where? From electrical machinery to cleaning cloths and personal protective equipment, this module will help identify the different varieties of equipment.

Kitchen Hygiene

This module will examine all the cleaning processes and equipment it takes to ensure any kitchen environment is spick and span. Any kitchen can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria so it is vital you practice methods that will minimise the risk of spreading any germs.

pH Scale and Cleaning Agents

There are endless amounts of cleaning agents to get your hands on – our Jangro catalogue alone has over 130 different products. Get to grips with how these cleaning agents work and how to apply them correctly in the workplace and you will never have any cleaning qualms again!

Washroom Hygiene

Similar to kitchen environments, washrooms or ‘Sanitary Areas’ are prone to harmful bacteria. The Washroom Hygiene module will ensure you are fully trained in this area and know what cleaning procedures to follow in certain situations.

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Did you know?

Training at work is something that should be taken seriously. Over the past couple of years 133 people were killed at work and a massive 78,000 were reported injured as a result of inadequate training in the workplace.

I would love to hear how your workplace is supporting Learning at Work Week and if you’re looking to get your hands on one of our LMS modules please don’t hesitate to give me a shout on my social media pages.

https://www.facebook.com/JangroLtd

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Know your Biohazards

Welcome back! This week, I’m here to tell you all about Biological Hazards and the threat they may pose to you in the workplace.

I will help you understand what they are, where they are found and how transmission can be prevented.

“What is a biological hazard?”

Yes, brilliant question. Well, a biological hazard or “biohazard” is a term used to describe any micro-organism, cell or human endo-parasite that can cause any kind of harm to your health. To you and I, it is a general term for bugs and germs.

Biohazards can be found in anything from bacteria and viruses to insects, plants, birds, animals and even humans.

Is your workplace a worry?

You may be unaware, but your place of work could be a breeding ground for biohazards.

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It’s important for you to be able to identify biohazards and their different characteristics in order for you to implement the various rigorous control measures and procedures that will significantly reduce the risk of infection to yourself and those around you.

Biohazard breakdown

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Rife in hospitals and health care facilities MRSA is bacteria carried on the skin that usually develops in the elderly or very poorly patients with open wounds.

It is spread by direct physical contact with a carrier of the bacteria or handling items such as contaminated towels, sheets and wound dressings.

Do you work in a hospital? Make sure you practice good hygiene at all times by keeping your hands as clean as possible, ensure all cuts and sores are kept clean and dressed until properly healed and avoid direct contact with other people’s wounds or contaminated objects. Personal protective equipment is your safest bet if you are unsure of any situation.

Legionella

Responsible for Legionnaires’ disease, a severe pneumonia, and Pontiac fever, a mild flu-like illness, the bacterium Legionella thrives in any aquatic environment.

The air-conditioning tower used to make your workplace nice and cool, the water cooler in the office and the hot water tanks helping you make your daily brew are all typical environments where Legionella could thrive.

It’s important that all these systems are thoroughly cleaned and inspected with any corroded parts being completely replaced on a regular basis. Hot water tank systems should be flushed out to prevent water stagnating.

Hepatitis A

An infectious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV), Hepatitis A varies in clinical severity and can be found in the faeces of infected people.

Spread under poor sanitary conditions and lack of personal hygiene, people can also get hepatitis A by drinking infected water or eating raw and undercooked shellfish. You wouldn’t think it but fruit and vegetables can be contaminated during handling.

Work places should provide educational programmes about personal hygiene practices, emphasising how important careful hand washing is to help with the prevention of the disease. Protective clothing should also be worn in some environments, ensuring it is removed and cleaned or disposed of at the end of each shift.

Hepatitis B

Similar to Hepatitis A, this biohazard is also an infectious liver disease. It can be found in blood and body fluids and tissues.

Risk of Hepatitis B varies depending on the work place. As always, I recommend thorough risk assessments in all situations to decide whether vaccinations are a priority for you and your workers.

Histoplasma capsulatum

Producing an illness similar to tuberculosis called Histoplasmosis, this fungus thrives in moderate temperatures and moist environments. Droppings from chickens, pigeons, starlings, blackbirds and bats encourage its growth. When multiplied the fungus produces spores, small enough to enter the lungs after inhalation.

A little Jangro Genius tip for you when cleaning contaminated areas is to spray with water first. This reduces the amount of dust and decreases the chance on inhalation or ingestion.

Personal protection equipment such as gloves and overalls is necessary in this kind of working environment.

Oh, what a pest!

Here is a round up of some of the most common, biohazard spreading pests as well as advice on what to look out for and what you can do to reduce risk to your employees.

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Now you know…

Phew, getting to grips with different biohazards is tough work!

Biohazards may seem a little daunting, but once you know what they are and the best ways to handle them there really should be nothing to worry about.

If you’re unsure about any of the above biohazards or have any questions you can visit me on my social media pages.

https://www.facebook.com/JangroLtd

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Getting to the bottom of floor cleaning

It’s time for the next instalment of my blog series and this week I am looking at one of my favourite subjects – Floor Care.

You may not realise how important it is to have a clean floor, but it is the starting point of any effective cleaning routine and is one of the first things people see when they enter the building.

Best foot forward

The majority of dirt in a building is brought in on the bottom of shoes onto the floor. Some of it becomes airborne and then ends up everywhere!

Today I am going to talk you through the different types of flooring and my very special three-step approach to a fabulously clean floor.

Know your floor

There are three main types of industry flooring that need cleaning:

  • Resilient: vinyl, linoleum and rubber
  • Wood: real, composite and cork
  • Stone: marble, terrazzo, quarry tile, ceramics

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Here are some of the most noteworthy characteristics of each flooring type.

Is Resilient right for you?

Vinyl flooring comes in a wide range of colours and is moderately hard. It is highly resistant to oil, grease and water, has good resistance to common chemicals and is hardwearing. Speciality vinyl floors are available and include safety and conductive flooring.

Linoleum is tough rather than hard and is a fantastic sound insulator. It is warm and doesn’t cause fatigue for people walking or standing on it for long periods.

It also comes in a whole host of colours, patterns and designs. One of the downsides is that it only has limited chemical resistance.

How good is wood?

Wooden flooring, which includes strip and board, wood block, parquet, wood composite and cork, is very attractive in appearance and warm underfoot. It has very poor chemical and water resistance and some of the cheaper laminates become damaged very quickly in high usage areas.

Stepping-stones to success

Marble, terrazzo and naturally occurring stone flooring give a beautiful, professional finish and are extremely durable.

As they are so hard they can be very cold and noisy and they have extremely poor resistance to acid and harsh alkaline powders.

Ceramic tile compositions come in a huge array of colours and designs and they have excellent resistance to chemicals. They are hardwearing and are vermin and rot proof, making them perfect for food preparation areas.

Jangro’s approach for getting more from your floor!

You can extend the life of your floor, and create a fantastic first impression for your business by following my three simple steps.

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Failing to prepare is preparing to fail

First up you need to prepare the floor, remove all contaminants and ensure the surface has a neutral pH.

You will need:

  • Warning signs
  • Circuit breaker
  • Scraper
  • Floor machine and appropriate pads
  • Edging tool
  • Measuring jogs
  • Mopping units
  • Colour coded cloths and buckets
  • Plastic sheeting
  • pH indictor paper
  • Jangro Floor Polish Remover / Rinse Free Polish Remover

As always, keep health and safety at the forefront of your mind. Make sure you have done all the following:

  • Wear the correct safety shoes and clothing
  • Gather all the applicable warning signs
  • Check the electrical equipment
  • Avoid equipment hazards
  • Consult the relevant safety data sheets
  • Follow product instructions

Simple steps to floor stripping

Once you’re ready and everything is checked and double-checked, you are can get started. Here is a step-by-step guide to floor stripping.

  • Clear the area
  • Prepare the Jangro Floor Polish remover solution
  • Apply lots of the solution to the floor and leave for five minutes (DO NOT let it dry out)
  • Agitate the surface with a machine or mop
  • Continue this process in overlapping passes
  • Leave for a further five minutes
  • Remove the resulting slurry with a wet pick up
  • Repeat the entire process if any polish remains
  • Rinse and check the pH
  • Thoroughly dry

Proper protection

Ensuring you properly protect your flooring means you will have a better appearance for longer and maintenance will be a simple and straightforward task.

Gather together your warning signs, Jangro Emulsion Polish, bucket or polish tray and a clean mop or polish applicator and follow these simple instructions.

  • Erect warning signs, ventilate and prepare area
  • Ensure the floor is clean and dry
  • Use the correct protective equipment and pour the Jangro Polish into a polish tray or clean wringer bucket
  • Using a specialist applicator or clean mop, apply a think coat, in one direction, leaving a 6”-9” gap from the skirting
  • Allow to dry thoroughly and naturally for around 30 minutes
  • Apply a second coat, up to the skirting, in the opposite direction
  • Again, allow to dry for 30 minutes
  • Apply any further coats as required, leaving a 6”-9” gap
  • Do not machine clean or burnish for at least 24 hours
  • Clean, check and store equipment

Aim to maintain

Proper maintenance will save you time and money and extend the life of your flooring.

There are lots of ways to maintain your flooring including:

  • Removing litter
  • Control dust
  • Buffing
  • Damp mopping
  • Spray cleaning
  • Spray polishing
  • Scrubber drying

Your maintenance programme will need to be built around the type of flooring, the location of it, the traffic levels and what type of soiling occurs.

Research is key and if you get things right first time, you will be skipping with joy on your lovely clean floor for a long time to come!

Remember, if you want any more information about floor care, or have any other burning cleaning questions you can visit me on my social media pages.

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