Healthier workplace, Healthy workforce

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There is no question that working environments have a significant impact on health and wellbeing. Productivity and morale in office-based staff can all be impacted by small changes in working conditions, for instance, simple features such as natural lighting and modern kitchen amenities can potentially have a big impact on the wellbeing of a team.

Of course, a top quality barista service would also make a nice upgrade to any office, together with a weekly back massage service – but that might be getting slightly carried away.

In fact, one of the simplest ways of supporting a healthy workforce is by ensuring that workplaces are kept clean and hygienic with regular, thorough cleaning schedules that use the most appropriate products.

This isn’t just for aesthetic reasons, although it is undeniable that clean and tidy entrance halls or washrooms give off a far better impression of a company than the dirty, unhygienic facilities. In fact, it is well-known that promoting hygiene and appropriate cleaning in the workplace can actually improve the health of a workforce and reduce absenteeism.

Sickness absence

It is estimated that more than 400 million working days were lost in the UK due to sickness absence between 2013 and 2015. In fact, the UK Health & Safety Executive says sickness absence is a key business issue, and an indicator of how well an organisation is managed. While workplace productivity can be affected by a number of factors, including stress and anxiety, infections can also spread rapidly in closed environments and also cause workers to take days off sick.

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A regular and thorough cleaning schedule throughout an office is essential, targeting key germ hot spots such as office phones, door handles and kettles, while maintaining high levels of hygiene in all areas from the office to the reception.

The washroom should also be considered a germ hot spot in any building, requiring extra attention and planning to keep to a high standard of cleanliness. After all, germs that make their way on to the hands here can easily be transferred to other surfaces throughout a building.

And the majority of infections can be carried and transmitted by the hands – at any one time a thriving community of well over 300,000 species of bacteria dwell on each palm. But while it is widely known that you should clean your hands thoroughly after using the washroom, many people still do not comply.

Give workers options

Office washrooms should offer a range of soap and sanitiser dispensing equipment, so that there is something to suit the personal preferences of every worker and visitor. Some people prefer to use touch-free dispensers, for instance, while others will always use paper towels over hand dryers, or prefer to use gel rather than foam soap.

Our latest Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue includes details of our new Washroom Dispenser range as well as additions to our Jangronauts children’s dispenser range, among many other product updates.

On our website, you can also find helpful resources to support your facilities cleaning and hygiene programme, including a washroom cleaning schedule, a wall chart promoting proper hand washing technique, video product usage guides, and full free training programmes through our Learning Management Solution.

Keeping things spick and span is a practical and simple way of boosting the health of a workforce. Once this fundamental is perfected, then it might be time to think about the in-office massages, upgraded coffee stations and beanbag breakout areas.

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Jangro is proud to pay the Living Wage

As a newly-accredited Living Wage Employer, Jangro is committed to fair pay that reflects the real cost of living

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Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial distributors in the UK and Ireland, is delighted to announce that it has received accreditation as a Living Wage Employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Jangro, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.45 in the UK or £9.75 in London. Both of these rates are significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually, and employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis.
Jangro Operations Director Joanne Gilliard said, “We are committed to fair pay that reflects the real cost of living. The dedicated team that works at Jangro are our greatest business asset, and accreditation as a Living Wage Employer means we are fairly reflecting their hard work and the value that they bring to our business, and to our customers. Being a Living Wage Employer is vital to maintaining a strong, motivated team.”

Director of the Living Wage Foundation Katherine Chapman said, “We welcome Jangro to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. Responsible businesses across the UK are voluntarily signing up to pay the real Living Wage now. The real Living Wage rate is annually calculated to reflect the real costs of living.”

“We are a movement of over 3000 UK employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on. We have lots of small businesses as well as big household names like; IKEA, Aviva, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more.

“These businesses recognise that the Living Wage accreditation is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Jangro join us, because they too believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

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.

Inside our new catalogue

Have you had chance to leaf through our newly-launched Cleaning and Hygiene Supplies 2017/18 catalogue yet? Catalogue1It is packed full of our latest innovative products for Washroom, Housekeeping, Kitchen Hygiene, Floor Care, Waste Management, Industrial Cleaning & Wiping, Nursing & Care, Health & Safety, PPE and Workwear. We service all away-from-home premises, from the smallest organisations to multi-location national companies.

Available in both print and digital versions, the catalogue is easy to navigate so you can quickly find the section and product you are looking for. The digital version uses page-turning technology and has a search function to help you get there more easily.

Highlights in the catalogue include our new Washroom dispenser range, our new Workwear range, additions to our Jangronaut children’s dispenser range, rebranded toilet rolls, and additional enviro concentrates, plus much more. We are committed to offering a choice of high quality products from top manufacturers, backed by a customer service team always pleased to help with enquiries.

Safety is our highest priority, and each product comes with its own code which links to its corresponding safety data sheet, also available on the Jangro website. We also offer a range of wall charts and risk assessment sheets to help you get the job done as safely and efficiently as possible.

And because we have more service points than any other UK distribution network – we have over 40 distribution and sales sites across the UK, Ireland and the Isle of Man – we also provide consistent and competitive pricing.

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Don’t waste effort while cleaning

The term ‘cleaning’ covers a myriad of challenges from carpet stain removal to high-reach window washing; professional oven cleaning to waste management, and much more besides.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach that will tackle each individual task, and while there are effective multipurpose cleaning products on the market – including Jangro’s quick-acting, all-purpose concentrate – time, effort and products can be wasted if cleaners are using the wrong solution or process for a task.

Proper training and scheduling are crucial to establishing an effective cleaning protocol for any facility; allowing a high standard of hygiene and maintenance to be sustained over the months and years. At the same time as knowing which products to use and when, cleaning teams should also have access to up-to-date information on the best ways to use these products, access to the latest health & safety requirements, and contingency plans in the event of an accident or spillage.

Here at Jangro, we’ve used our deep knowledge, experience and insight into the cleaning market to develop a finely-tuned offering designed to make sure customers choose the right product for the job, and know how to use it effectively and safely. This way of thinking extends to how we’ve designed our website – products are easily navigated by category, business sector and cleaning task.

When it comes to cleaning tasks, for instance, we’ve broken this down further into categories, and grouped products together that are designed to tackle these tasks. The five core categories are:

It couldn’t be easier to find the groups of products associated with specific cleaning challenges. At the same time, we offer video Product Usage Guides as well as our free Learning Management Solution training courses. We’ll even help with planning your cleaning – offering free cleaning schedule posters, for instance our washroom cleaning schedule.

There is really no excuse for using the wrong product or wasting time and effort cleaning inefficiently – we have designed our catalogues, website and training programmes around helping you select the most effective products for the job, every time, from a single source of supply.

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What a show!

Huge thanks to the many visitors who came along to our stand at The Cleaning Show 2017, which took place from 14 to 16 March at Excel London. We had a fantastic time – it was an unmissable trade show, not least thanks to the vintage double decker London bus that was the highlight of our stand, and indeed something of a show stopper for the whole event.

The busJangro1 proved hugely popular with both customers and exhibitors, boasting a full barista service on the inside as well as meeting space and a VIP area.

We launched our new Cleaning and Hygiene Supplies 2017/18 catalogue at the exhibition, and received a great reception from visitors and journalists alike. In fact we had to order a fresh delivery of catalogues after the first day, such was the interested iJangro2n our latest ranges.

We also showcased updates to our popular Jangronaut children’s dispenser range, which visitors were particularly impressed with.

Our expert representatives were also on hand to answer questions about all our latest products and innovations, including our award-winning suite of free e-learning training courses, Learning Management Solutions (LMS).

The Cleaning Show 2017 was Jangro’s busiest show ever. We are exploring a record number of leads Jangro5from the exhibition, and all in all we were delighted with this fantastic networking and business opportunity.

Huge thanks again to all those who helped make the event a success for Jangro! It was a pleasure meeting you all, and don’t forget to visit our website for our latest news and updates.

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The Cleaning Show Countdown

It’s just around the corner – we’re excited to be attending The Cleaning Show 2017, which takes place from 14 to 16 March at Excel London. Visitors won’t be able to miss our stand F05 – we are celebrating this London event by installing a full vintage red double decker bus!

Do pay us a visit, come and look around this iconic vehicle and find out about the new products and services we offer.

In and around the show-stopping vintage bus, visitors to our stand will find information and examples of our latest products and innovations, including our new Cleaning and Hygiene Supplies 2017/18 catalogue. Visitors can find out about our new Washroom Dispenser range, the new Workwear range, and additions to our popular Jangronaut children’s dispenser range.

Our dedicated representatives will also be on hand to answer any questions about Jangro’s other activities – including our award-winning suite of free e-learning training courses, Learning Management Solutions (LMS).

The LMS is a fully interactive selection of carefully thought-out e-learning and m-learning modules which are available over the internet. We are constantly expanding the LMS offering, with the latest update in the form of a new manual handling course to teach cleaners about how to safely and efficiently lift, lower, push, pull or carry in the workplace.

As well as finding out about our other LMS courses, and our fantastic product showcase, further reasons to visit stand F05 at The Cleaning Show include:

  • The chance to ask questions to our team of experts
  • A top-quality Barista service for those in need of a caffeine kick
  • Some great London-themed merchandise

We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors to our stand. It is a great opportunity to network and share ideas on best practice and innovation, so come and meet the team, see what we are bringing to the cleaning industry, and join in the debate about what the future holds.

See you at The Cleaning Show – stand F05!

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Serious about training

As many of you may be aware, Jangro has developed an innovative free e-learning platform – the Learning Management Solution (LMS). We think training in the cleaning industry should be accessible and free, and identified a clear need for a high-quality method of reaching a large audience.

Well, this ground-breaking initiative is proving to be very popular – already there have been 1,800 completed courses all gaining their very own Jangro certificate, while another 800 keen students have nearly completed their courses.

It makes us so proud and satisfied to know that we are helping to drive forward training in our industry, and we are delighted with the level of interest in LMS. But it shouldn’t be a surprise – after all, the LMS is a fully interactive suite of e-learning and m-learning modules which are available over the internet.

Here is the full list of the courses on offer through LMS:

We are passionate about improving health & safety in the cleaning industry, and wanted to improve standards and highlight best practice through training. However, LMS is not a replacement for accredited courses from respected providers. BICSc, for example, offers very special, intensive courses. We are trying to help compliance where companies can’t afford that level of cost or training.

One of the biggest advantages of the LMS is that it doesn’t take cleaners away from their day-to-day jobs to train. We understand that in cleaning there’s a high turnover of staff and they can’t always be spared off-site for a day of training.

The LMS is free for every organisation employing cleaning staff and will ultimately save money in getting the job done the right way, the first time, using the right products. The LMS is accessible on any laptop, palmtop, tablet, BlackBerry, android phone or iPad.

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Hands up for hygiene!

A recent news report in the Guardian highlighted advice from the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence pointing to the fact that young people should be taught how to wash their hands property to reduce the risk of infection.

We recognise this need as vital in improving the health and well being of the school environment, preventing the spread of infections. A few years ago we launched the Jangronauts, four hand-washing hero characters created to help teach children about the vital importance of hand hygiene in a fun, interactive and educational way.

The colourful characters feature on a range of washroom dispensers, and are also the stars of a variety of free education resources and support materials, including a story book, posters, masks, puzzles, stickers and much more.

We worked with educational experts to carefully develop a co-ordinated hand hygiene campaign for children, combining vibrant and fun learning resources with hand washing dispensers in their setting. This way, there is a clear link between learning about the hand washing message, and practical application.

Learning & application

Central to the concept is that, after learning about hand hygiene, children can then find the familiar characters again in the washroom. This not only serves as a reminder to wash their hands, but can also provide a confidence boost for children who may be cautious about using dispensers. Using colourful, fun characters is a way of communicating to children that they are OK for them to use.

Now we’ve expanded this range to include new dispensers and soap options. The expanded Jangronauts range includes a new manual model soap dispenser (BK038 FMX) and a touch-free model (BK039 TFX), available with colourful backboards and graphics, together with a wide range of soap options, including fragrance-free foam hand wash, and mild antimicrobial hand wash.

As well as in schools, Jangronaut dispensers can also be used in hotels, restaurants and shopping centres, to name just a few, while anyone can download the resources, so facilities managers and parents can spread the message far and wide.

Easy & effective

Hand hygiene is easy, effective and affordable and should be part of everyday life for children and indeed for us all. Washing hands at key times such as after using the washroom, or before preparing/eating food, can stop bacteria and viral infections from spreading and leading to illness.

Helping children to really understand the importance of good personal hygiene, not only for their health and wellbeing, but for everyone around them too, is a valuable life lesson!

Go to http://www.jangronauts.co.uk/ to find out more about the range, and download your free hand washing resources.

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