Washing our hands for a better future

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It’s Global Handwashing Day on Sunday 15th October, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing. This year’s theme is ‘Our Hands, Our Future’, reminding us that handwashing not only protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world.

Handwashing is an easy, affordable and effective way to achieve continued health, wellbeing and productivity for ourselves, our families and communities. This simple act can reduce the number of lost sick days at work and school, prevent contamination in catering workplaces, protect visitors and patients from infection at healthcare facilities, and even help fight the spread of antibiotic resistance. Here are some interesting facts courtesy of globalhandwashing.org.

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At Jangro, we take hand hygiene seriously and have given careful thought to the products we offer through our network. We know that the efficacy of hand hygiene products in tackling infections is a crucial factor in tackling the spread of infections so all hand hygiene products we offer conform to key standards including EN 1499, EN1276 and EN13727. Our Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue gives further details of our latest washroom range, including perfumed and unperfumed liquid soaps, foams, sanitising gels and wipes. You will also find a range of wall charts and posters, including a guide to hand washing, which can be downloaded for free and used in facilities as part of a hand hygiene campaign.

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We also know that having a range of options available can increase the likelihood that a person will wash or sanitise their hands more regularly, and more effectively. That’s why we offer dispenser options to suit all preferences, including a specially-developed range of hand hygiene products for children called Jangronauts.

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The Jangronauts range helps children learn about the importance of hand hygiene in a fun, interactive and educational way. The range of hand washing dispensers (with a selection of soap options), toilet tissue dispensers and hand drying units for washrooms all feature the fun ‘Jangronaut’ characters; whilst a wide range of free support materials is also available to help teachers and parents engage with children and deliver the hand washing message in a fun and interactive way. For more information go to www.jangronauts.co.uk

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This October 15th, whether you are celebrating at school, in a health or catering facility, or at home with your community, let’s wash our hands and invest in a better future!

Democratising training for cleaning operatives

Training should not be vexing – it’s that simple. It should not be a burden that sees cleaning operatives struggle to find the time and money to undertake training courses. While many cleaning operatives still think the traditional training model of days in a training centre physically learning from an instructor is the only way to gain knowledge about the latest practices and products in the cleaning industry, there is another way.

The digital revolution is democratising training for the cleaning industry – e-learning modules can be a highly effective way of providing high-quality training to a large audience, and are often highly cost-effective or even free. That this type of training does not take time out of a working day, and the best courses allow operatives to dip in and out of sessions, providing very high flexibility. The best distance learning platforms can be accessed on smart phones and on desktop computers, so the majority of cleaning operatives already have the hardware they need.

But how do you know if you are looking at a quality e-training course, and what are the key points to watch out for? Here are our top five tips:

  • Quality: The best e-learning training platforms for cleaning operatives will generally be offered by existing, well-known brands in the cleaning industry, and developed in association with independent, reputable industry experts.
  • Range: Quality e-learning courses will cover a wide range of topics, from health and safety basics to specialist activities such as floor care, carpet care, and kitchen and washroom hygiene.
  • Adaptability: Ideally, course lengths would vary, with users able to train remotely at times that suit them. This allows cleaning operatives to dip in and out of short sessions or longer sessions, making learning highly flexible and accessible.
  • Reporting: The best e-learning courses will allow cleaning supervisors to remotely monitor the progress of students and generate reports based on the training they’ve received and their success. This documentation can help with bidding.
  • Supporting information: As well as certification of courses undertaken, ideally, e-learning providers would also supply a range of free supporting health and safety information, as well as technical data sheets, and product usage guides; if the training is offered in connection with the use of specific products.

E-learning should not replace the hands-on training approach, but rather offer an extra form of highly flexible and accessible training, with the aim of raising standards of health and safety in the industry.

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Our industry is not behind the times when it comes to innovation. Many professional cleaning operatives are alert to the benefits of new technology, and to how distance learning can directly benefit them. E-learning allows high-quality training to reach a large audience that may not otherwise have undertaken such a programme – and this can only be a good thing for raising health and safety standards in our industry.

Here at Jangro, we passionately believe that training should be high quality, easily accessible and cost-effective. In fact, we have just made our e-learning platform, the Jangro Learning Management Solution, even more versatile and accessible through the introduction of animated cleaning guide shorts in the form of Task Cards.

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Find out more about the Learning Management Solution here: jangrolms.net

Hand Hygiene saves lives!

It is Save Lives Clean Your Hands day on 5 May, an initiative by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to raise awareness about the importance of good hand hygiene. The focus is on healthcare, with a call to action to help fight against the spread of antibiotic resistance.

shutterstock_302159240.jpgGood hand hygiene is of course second nature to healthcare workers around the world, but it is also crucial that the message is heard by patients and visitors, if it is to be effective.

The WHO’s Save Lives Clean Your Hands campaign aims to demonstrate that hand hygiene is the gateway for reducing health care-associated infection and patient safety. It also aims to demonstrate the world’s commitment to this priority area of health care.

The WHO’s calls to action for the 2017 campaign are:

  • Health workers: “Clean your hands at the right times and stop the spread of antibiotic resistance.”
  • Hospital Chief Executive Officers and Administrators: “Lead a year-round infection prevention and control programme to protect your patients from resistant infections.”
  • Policy-makers: “Stop antibiotic resistance spread by making infection prevention and hand hygiene a national policy priority.”
  • IPC leaders: “Implement WHO’s Core Components for infection prevention, including hand hygiene, to combat antibiotic resistance.”

Find out more about how you can support these calls to action on the relevant section of the WHO website, which also includes tools and resources to support your campaign.

Here at Jangro we have given careful consideration to the hand hygiene products we offer through our network. Our new Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue gives further details of our latest washroom range, including perfumed and unperfumed liquid soaps, foams, sanitising gels and wipes all of which confirm to key standards including EN 1499, EN1276 and EN13727. The efficacy of hand hygiene products in tackling infections is a crucial factor in tackling the spread of infections.

At the same time, having a range of options available can increase the likelihood that a person will wash or sanitise their hands more regularly, and more effectively. We offer dispenser options to suit all preferences, as well as our specially-developed Jangronauts range of hand hygiene products for children, which includes free resources for parents and teachers to help promote the hand hygiene message.

We also offer a range of wall charts and posters, including a guide to hand washing, which can be downloaded for free and used in facilities as part of a hand hygiene campaign.

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Make time to find out about the WHO’s valuable Save Lives Clean Your Hands campaign, and remember – infection control is in your hands.

Best practice in sustainable cleaning

Every chemical or biological cleaning agent has some impact on the environment. And while the biggest effect that cleaning products have comes from the chemicals which they contain, the packaging they come in and how they are shipped also affect their environmental rating.

Jangro has developed an environmentally-friendly range of cleaning agents, including Enviro Concentrates, designed to reduce users’ carbon footprints. As well as using green cleaning formulations, such as bacterial washroom cleaners, the Enviro Concentrates range comprises high concentration and low dosage products, and the trigger spray bottle format makes it even easier to know how much of a product you are using.

Responsible usage and dosage control are key elements in reducing the environmental impact of any cleaning product. Designed to be very economical, Jangro also provides guidance on dilution rates – particularly useful when tackling dirtier conditions.

Prevent wastage

The idea is to prevent wastage through over-use of products, while getting the job done to a high standard. And the Enviro Concentrates range also boasts pleasant fragrances, proving that going green does not have to involve any kind of compromise on end-user experience.

Meanwhile, all Jangro products are now labelled under the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. Where hazardous chemical cleaning agents are present, red diamond-shaped hazard pictograms indicate this.

Jangro also uses the Wright Environmental Impact Rating (WEIR) system, which considers environmental issues during the selection process of raw materials, the manufacturing process and packaging.

The system also looks at the impact of the water used in the product, the impact of its use, its pH level, and the energy used for manufacture and shipping. The product in question receives a score for each of these criteria, and the lower the score, the lower its overall impact on the environment under WEIR.

Product lifecycle

This means that as well as considering cleaning products containing less harmful chemicals, we are looking at the lifecycle of the product, its packaging, and its overall carbon footprint. This allows us to compare many different variables when we ask ourselves whether there is another, more sustainable alternative to a product we are considering.

The green revolution isn’t just a nice slogan to talk to clients about, it is crucial for the wellbeing of our planet and should be considered a cornerstone of any forward-thinking business.

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ph Scale and Cleaning Agents

Hi all and welcome back to my blog! This week I’m going to be telling you all about the pH scale of the different types of cleaning agents you can use and their properties.

First let’s have a look at the pH scale:

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The pH scale measures varying degrees of acidity or alkalinity of any cleaning agent or solution, in simple, numeric terms, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline.

Acidic Products

Due to their harsh nature these are rarely used in the cleaning industry, but are certainly the go to product when you need to remove limescale from a hard surface. Acidic products can also dissolve salts that aren’t soluble in water.

Alkaline Products

If you are looking to remove greasy, fatty deposits from hard surfaces an alkaline product should be used. These kinds of products will have a typical pH value of between 11 and 12.5.

Emulsion floor polish strippers are much stronger and will have a value of around 13 while the extremely corrosive Caustic Soda will have a pH value of 14.

Neutral Products

General cleaning products such as washing up liquid and carpet cleaning solutions will be neutral with a pH value of between 6 and 9.

Throwback

Take yourself back to those science lessons in school and you’ll remember the litmus test. Using Universal Indicator Paper you can dip it into any solution to test the pH value.

The paper will change colour depending on the value. You can see what each colour represents in my chart above.

Cleaning Agents

The list is endless when it comes to cleaning agents that are available on the market. Our Jangro catalogue alone contains hundreds of different products that can be applied to various cleaning tasks. For a Jangro catalogue contact your local distributor or view an online version here 

Most cleaning products fall into one of the below categories that you might already be familiar with:

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How do they work?

To understand how cleaning agents work, we must first grasp the basic principles of soil removal. Water is generally a poor cleaning agent, however, when combined as part of a solution, will tackle most situations.

In order for soil to be removed properly a cleaning agent or solution must have the following properties:

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Detergents

This can describe any cleaning agent. However as there are so many, we tend to call agents with large amounts of chemicals ’Surfactants’.

Be effective

An effective detergent will have the following properties:

-Ability to reduce surface tension

-Ability to emulsify soil and lift it

-Ability to suspend soil in a solution

-To be soluble and remain effective in cold water

-To be soluble and remain effective in hard water

-To be harmless to the user when used correctly

-To not cause damage to the surface being cleaned

-To be easily rinsed from a surface and leave no streaks or deposits

-To be economical

You should have a clearer understanding of the different kinds of cleaning agents available. I will go into more detail into ‘Surfactants’ in a later blog but for now, if you have any questions about any of the above subjects please do give me a shout on my social media pages.

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The who, what, why and where of Washroom Hygiene

It’s time for my next blog post and this week I’m here to make sure you know the specific cleaning regimes to practice in any washroom area.

Toilets and hand washing facilities are known to be hotspots for harmful germs and bugs, therefore the highest standards of hygiene need to be maintained to prevent these pesky bugs spreading to other parts of your workplace.

Did you know that the condition and cleanliness of the washroom facilities in any pub or restaurant Is dependent on whether or not customers return to that specific venue? Taking this into consideration it’s clear you should take no prisoners when meeting cleaning standards in these areas.

I’ll touch base on all of the different hazards created by processes that occur within a washroom and how you and your employees can deal with them effectively.

I also have a nifty instruction manual up my sleeve to help you clean thoroughly, minimising the spread of infection and to keep you on top of your washroom hygiene game.

Define hygiene!

Hygiene is the practices and procedures that are essential to the maintenance of health and the quality of life.

I’d say there are two classes of hygiene, which are of equal importance.

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It wouldn’t make sense if the person cleaning didn’t have the highest standards of cleanliness themselves. If their personal hygiene is to a low standard there may be the risk that they are introducing further germs and bugs to the washroom.

It’s important to note that normal, day-to-day, cleaning products aren’t strong enough when it comes to killing harmful bacteria found in washrooms. Typically, Germicidal or Bactericidal cleaners will kill 99.99% of all bacteria found on a washroom service.

With this in mind, you still need to consider the following when choosing the correct product:

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These factors will have an impact on of the level of disinfectant you will use as well as how frequent the processes should be implemented.

Jangro Genius’ approach to washroom cleaning

Reducing the spread of harmful bacteria is the main aim when it comes to washroom cleaning. A long as this is your overall objective when implementing your regime I don’t think it really matters what procedure you and your employees use.

But to ensure your approach is adequate in effectively removing bacteria I have a few simple steps that if carefully followed show give you the basis for a tip-top regime whether you follow it daily or periodically.

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Make sure all the equipment and products you are going to need are placed within easy reach.

The area that is being cleaned should be prohibited during this time. Cleaners should ensure warning signs are in place before anything else.

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You should flush all toilets before you start cleaning, using the loo brush to make sure no dirty water lines build up.

The solution should be sprayed and left for a reasonable amount of time on all toilets, urinals, surfaces, fittings and fixtures in the washroom to allow the surfaces to be treated.

  1. Empty bins

Keep yourself busy whilst the anti-bacterial solution works its magic and use this time to remove all rubbish from the area and empty all the waste bins.

  1. Clean toilets and urinals

Use a toilet brush to work the solution into the surface of the bowls and urinals. Urinals should flush automatically but remember to flush the loo with fresh water to rinse away any residual products.

It’s important toilet brushes are rinsed using the flushing water rather than a separate bucket or bowl.

  1. Clean all fixtures and fittings

The solution should be wiped off using a well wrung-out colour coded cloth. Remember to pay close attention to areas that come into close contact with the body such as toilet seats and flush handles.

Other typical fixtures and fittings within the washroom include hand-dryers, light switches, sanitary boxes, toilet roll and towel dispensers.

Cleaning products should be applied to a colour-coded cloth rather than directly to the surface when cleaning light switches or electrical appliances. With stubborn stains and marks put your back into it with a nylon abrasive cloth.

  1. Clean wash hand basins

You’re now ready to clean the remaining items in the washroom. Clean sinks and drink fountains using the same techniques I have mentioned above ensuring you thoroughly rinse the cleaning product from the tap.

  1. Check list

Time to admire all your hard work and check you have covered all of the different areas within the washroom. You might have a checklist at your workplace, these are great and provide evidence to users of your cleaning standards.

  1. Clean the floors

Finally, you can clean the floor. Use a dust control mop to dry mop the floor to remove any dust and then sweep up and empty into the bin.

Mop the floor with appropriate disinfectant solution, starting from the furthest point away from the door, making sure you have covered all areas evenly. You should then rinse the floor using clean water and leave to air dry.

Biohazard breeding ground

Washrooms are a paradise for germs and bugs to fester. Why not read my Biological Hazards blog here to understand the who, what, where and when of any biohazard?

I hope I’ve given you all the tips and tricks on how to clean a washroom properly and efficiently.

Remember, I’m always around on my social media pages so don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you may have about washroom hygiene.

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Introduction to Cleaning

Welcome to my blog! I’m the Jangro Genius and I am here to answer all your cleaning and hygiene questions and queries.

Each week I will focus on a different subject, product range or issue. If there’s anything in particular you would like me to cover just let me know.

Cleaning is key

First things first though, here’s my introduction to cleaning.   

With a value of over £10billion, cleaning over 26,000 units and employing in excess of 850,000 people the UK, cleaning is one of the largest industries in the country and is a vital contributor to the economy.

I believe that cleaning operatives across the UK and indeed, the world, are the backbone to our society.

They are the unsung heroes of British business and work busily in the background creating a pleasant and hygienic environment for people to work and rest in.

Keeping things clean is fundamental to make a good impression, create a safe and healthy environment, boost efficiency and productivity and protect surfaces from the elements.

Dishing the dirt

According to my research, about 80 per cent of dirt in buildings comes on the bottom of shoes. The resulting grit and dust can then damage the surface of the flooring.

It doesn’t stop there though! Any soiling on the floor can create potential slip problems and any airborne debris that comes from the floor can then settle on surrounding surfaces.

Any spillages can add to this issue and activities such as cooking can leave oil and fat residues.

Bacterial, germs and other hazardous materials that can cause illness and decrease productivity also need to be removed.

Getting it right – planning is crucial

A well thought out cleaning schedule should be item one of your agenda.  Conduct a thorough audit and outline what will be cleaned, when, how and by whom.

Look at what precautions you need to take and examine what materials and products would be the most suitable. Finally, assign supervising responsibility to ensure regular checks are made and schedule is being adhered to.

Cleaning considerations

There are a huge amount of elements to be considered during the planning stage. Here are some suggestions.

1.   What does the customer want?

2.    What activities are being carried out in each area?

3.    What is the best time of day to clean?

4.    What materials and finishes are in the building?

5.    What is the level of soiling?

6.    What is the traffic flow like?

7.    How much furniture is there?

8.    What is the layout of the building?

The answers will form part of your overall cleaning schedule and will help you to assess and choose products, equipment and safety measures.

Setting the standard

A major element in the cleaning decision making process when it comes to is the standard to which different business, buildings and specific areas need to cleaned. Here is an overview of setting standards in the cleaning industry:

Running like clockwork

It goes without saying that the higher the standard of cleaning needs to be the more frequently it should be cleaned. The following provides an example of frequencies that can be incorporated into a cleaning schedule to provide consistent standards of cleaning:

Routine – Clean on a daily basis. To be used in areas where hygiene is critical such as toilets and washrooms.

Check Clean – Clean when necessary. Staff can check and judge whether the area needs cleaning. To be used in either in areas that aren’t used very often or those that are used heavily.

Weekly – To be used for areas that are cleaned a specific number of times a week, such as floors.

Ad Hoc – These tasks to be carried out only when necessary and aren’t part of the routine cleaning schedule.

Periodic  – To be carried out on a regular, but not weekly basis. This could include stripping and redressing floors.

In safe hands

So far we have covered staff, standards and schedules, which brings me to the critical element of safety. Here are some golden rules to follow:

• Always use the appropriate personal protective equipment including the right safety clothing and sensible shoes.

• Position warning signs where they can be most effective.

• Follow the colour coding system for your place of work.

• Ensure electrical equipment has been PAT tested and check that it is fit for use before and after work.

• Never ever leave equipment where it may cause a hazard.

• And make sure you know how to safely make up and use cleaning agents at the correct dilution ratio.

So you see, cleaning isn’t just a case of whipping round with a duster and vacuum cleaner. It requires an in depth knowledge, experience, planning and staff that are passionate about what they do.

I hope you have enjoyed my first blog and remember, if you have any questions about this blog, or any other burning cleaning issues just drop me a line.

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