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With the spread of Coronavirus there is a lot of bad information out there and this includes the advice to use only alcohol based sanitisers. Alcohol based sanitisers at either 40% or 80% ethanol are still not as effective as our alcohol free sanitiser. Rigorous testing has meant our sanitiser complies to BSEN 1446 which is the standard European testing for virucidal effectiveness. We are currently undergoing testing to certify against Coronavirus and will add this to our list of certifications alongside the testing to kill Ebola. Alcohol based sanitisers are better than nothing but they are not as effective as...

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Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans. It is likely transmitted by cough droplets and spreads rapidly between people. There is currently no treatment for the virus and the symptoms usually include: a cough a high temperature difficulty breathing The World Health Organisation has offered this advice: 'Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.' Please note that not all hand sanitisers...

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It is no surprise that healthcare environments including hospitals, care facilities and doctors surgeries are among the most important places to control bacteria and viruses. However, advice is often out dated or insufficient and confusing as to how exactly to adopt best practice for hand hygiene.  The number one cause of infection in hospitals is poor hand hygiene and busy healthcare workers need the simplest yet most effective solution to carry out this vital yet routine practice.  NHS guidelines state the following in relation to alcohol based hand sanitiser. Alcohol hand rub (alcohol gel or foam) Alcohol hand rub can...

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Originally posted: august 25, 2014 This week's blog post was kindly provided by Robert N. Phalen, Ph.D. and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). Dermatitis is no fun. I should know because I have dealt with it personally. Twice. The first time was when I worked in the automotive industry and I noticed my fingernails were getting pitted and thinner. It turned out that one of the solvents or oils we worked with was damaging my cuticles and I was told that I had developed contact dermatitis. The solution…I wore washable cotton gloves, avoided skin contact with all chemicals, and the problem went...

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Norovirus, also known as winter vomiting disease, is on the rise again according to a report in the BMJ. A familiar set of warnings about ward closures and avoiding visits to patients in hospital was also issued, but why does this one virus cause the NHS such difficulty? While norovirus does occur year-round, there is a winter peak in cases that clashes with the winter rush on the NHS. The symptoms of norovirus – diarrhoea and vomiting – typically last a day or two. While you may spend those days wishing you were dead, the chances of long-term harm from...

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