Dualflow® Hand Dryer – Graphite Black

Fast. Efficient. Stylish.

The new Dualflow in Graphite Black looks Stylish, striking and state of the art. If you need a hand dryer with low energy costs, carbon footprint reduction, quiet noise levels of 62dB, fast drying times and a great price tag. Then look no further than the most stylish hands in dryer on the market.

In celebration of the Graphite Black Dualflow® Hand Dryer we are practically giving away this excellent hand dryer at the ridiculous price of £399

To find out more about this sleek and stylish hand dryer visit: http://www.principalhygienesupplies.co.uk/product.php/1719/dualflow__plus_hand_dryer_black

Please note this offer applies only to the – Graphite Black Dualflow Hand Dryer and no other Hand Dryers.

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Machflow® Hand Dryer – Graphite Black

Style, Efficiency and a Great Price

The new Machflow in Graphite Black looks both striking and stylish, if you are considering hand dryers for your washroom it has to be the Machflow it ticks every box, with an 80% reduction in energy costs, a 50% annual carbon footprint reduction, a noise level of just 67dB making it one of the quietest hand dryers in its class, anti-vandalism features, designed for high traffic use, is extremely reliable and the cherry on the cake has to be its great price point.

What’s not to love about the Machflow Hand Dryer?!

To celebrate the launch of the Graphite Black Machflow® Hand Dryer we are offering this new Graphite Black hand dryer at a ridiculous giveaway price of only £185 + vat

To find our more go to: http://www.principalhygienesupplies.co.uk/product.php/1718/machflow__hand_dryer_sensor_operated_steel_hand_dryer__black

Please note this offer applies only to the – Graphite Black Machflow Hand Dryer and no other Hand Dryers.

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HAND DRYERS VS PAPER TOWELS

The debate between which is better: hand dryers or paper towels has gone on for a while now. Whilst at first it may appear to be a farcical debate, surely they do the same job so there’s no difference right? That couldn’t be further from the truth as depending on the environment they are found the issue can be matter of life and death.

Hand drying is a critical phase of the hand cleaning process, as wet or damp hands are far more likely to help the spread of harmful bacteria. This means that in environments where people are more vulnerable to infections such as hospitals, nurseries and nursing homes, drying hands correctly can save lives.

FACTS DON’T LIE OR DO THEY?

A study carried out in Australia by researchers from the Queensland University of Technology in 2012 found that paper towels were better than hand dryers for drying hands. The study concluded that paper towels: dry hands faster, remove more bacteria and are less likely to cause cross-contamination. So paper towels are better then right? Well details of the methods used in the study where never actually revealed. This makes it difficult to discern whether or not paper towels are indeed better.

Plenty of studies have shown a wide range of results from conclusions such as: jet air dryers and hot air dryers increase the number of bacteria to hot air dryers are better the best kind of dryer to remove rotaviruses and E. coli.

WHICH ONE TO USE?

In the end preventing the spread of bacteria and infection from wet hands comes down to one thing: proper hand drying procedure. If you make sure everyone who uses the washroom follows these steps:

  1. Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
  2. Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub well, making sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Continue to do so for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands well under running water,
  5. Dry your hands thoroughly using paper hand towels or a hand dryer.

Then you will almost completely remove the danger of bacteria spreading. In the end the choice of which one you use will be dictated by numerous factors. Mainly (as so many things are these days) it’s a matter of price you need to know roughly how many times your washroom is used each day then take into account the cost of waste removal and maintenance for either solution. It adds up!

If you are struggling to decide which is the most cost efficient  hand drying solution for your business then give Principal Hygiene a call on01772 817600 we stock both the latest hand dryers and a wealth of paper towels so you can get the best for your business.

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First aid at work

A readily available first aid kit can save lives

First Aid Kit

First aid is a requirement in all work environments, and its initial objective is to preserve life and then to ensure the continuation of life. A person can suffer a heart attack or stroke or other serious life threatening illness whilst at work. Workers may have conditions or disease and choose to continue working whilst in a remission stage when they feel capable and want to continue working in their job. Incidents can also occur at work causing injuries to workers where first aid is the first response.
The type of first aid provision is dependent upon the work environment: an office environment, which is low risk, will require very basic provisions whereas a healthcare environment such as a care home will require more complex provisions.

Legal requirements of first aid
The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 requires employers to provide adequate first-aid equipment, facilities and competent first aid personnel, also providing information about first-aid arrangements to their employees. This can be done through visual displays of where first aid equipment is located, and details on first aid provision in the work environment should be communicated to all workers during induction
Need Advice to find out if your business is compliant? Call Principal Hygiene 01772 817 600, we stock a range of First Aid Products and supplies from Basic First Aid Kits to Defibrillators…….

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Infection Control

The hidden dangers of mould – part one

Health Check
How healthy is your building? Mould is usually an indicator of hidden damp issues caused by leaks, poor ventilation, the spore released by mould can cause health issues to employees/staff.
Moulds release spores that, like dust allergens, can cause allergic reactions in people. Spores are microscopic particles released by moulds into the atmosphere in their thousands. Spores come into contact with skin and nasal and bronchial membranes, causing symptoms such as rhinitis, itchy eyes, eczema and, most importantly, asthma. Several conditions, such as Farmer’s lung and Sauna-taker’s lung, are caused by mould allergy.

Mould can easily grow in areas like this

Mould growing on a wall

Causes of damp and mould
Mould growth is caused by excess moisture due to condensation, leaking pipes, rising damp in basements or ground floors or rain seeping in because of damage to roofs or around window frames are major causes of damp.
The following are the optimum conditions for mould to thrive:
• Moisture (e.g. water leaks, humidity, cooking)
• Oxygen in the air
• Mould spores already present
• A food source for the mould spores (e.g. rotting food, paper, wood, cotton)
• Darkness (mould can’t grow under ultraviolet light)
• Warmth (mould can’t grow in freezing temperatures)
• Enough time (most moulds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right)

Recommendations for the prevention of mould
The following are recommendations to prevent condensation and the optimum conditions for the growth of mould in a building:
• When cooking, use extractor fans and cooker hoods which are vented outside to manage the amount of condensation produced from steam.
• Good insulation and adequate heating will keep a building warm.
• Regular ventilation of rooms will prevent stale, moist air which can lead mould growth.
• Planned preventative maintenance, such as repairing any leaks, will help contain the spread of mould.
• Thoroughly cleaning kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms will help prevent the conditions for mould growth.
• Thorough cleaning of walls behind kitchen units and cupboards will help prevent the conditions for mould growth.
• Thorough cleaning of food preparation areas and refrigerators, particularly refrigerator seals, is required. Do not let food decay.
• Leave wardrobe doors ajar to ventilate clothes as mould can begin here.
• Check tumble dryers are vented outside during use, or use a condenser-dryer to ensure good ventilation.
• Get rid of old foam pillows and mattresses where mould spores can begin.
• Mould has a tendency to start under wallpaper that is beginning to peel. Tackle any areas of dampness on walls and remove wallpaper. It may be better to paint the walls.
• Remove piles of old papers/stored documents where mould can begin and then spread to other areas.
• Keep indoor plants to a minimum and change the soil regularly as mould grows on the surface of the soil.
• Do not use humidifiers as humidity will encourage mould formation.

Adequate ventilation
Adequate ventilation is necessary but containment of spores is essential. Open the windows but keep doors closed to prevent spores spreading to other areas of the building. Put up safety signage and ensure no person is allowed to enter the room whilst cleaning is being completed.

Prepare the environment
Prepare the environment and remove any items of materials such as soft furnishings, clothes etc that are mouldy. Dispose of any items that are not easy to clean.

Cleaning Technique
• Use a wash basin containing water and a 1-to-8 bleach/water solution. In addition there are chemical solution products on the market for to help with cleaning mildew and mould. Ensure that the instructions are followed carefully.
• Contain the mould with the wet cloth and carefully wipe the mould off the wall. Be careful not to brush it, as this can release mould spores. The bleach in the cleaning mixture kills the mould.
• If the mould doesn’t disappear after light scrubbing, reapply the cleaning mix for a couple of minutes. Then lightly scrub again.
• When the cleaning is finished, use a dry cloth to remove the moisture from the wall. Dispose of all cloths used on the cleaning of the mould.
• Don’t mix ammonia or any detergent containing ammonia with bleach. The combination forms a poisonous gas.
• As a further precaution all the surfaces in the room should be thoroughly cleaned by wet wiping to remove any spores.

For more advice on how to tackle mould contact Mary at Principal Hygiene on 01772 817600 or email her at mary@principalhygiene.co.uk.

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Infection Control

Legionnaire’s disease

The CQC say employers have a duty of care to their healthcare workers and service users and this duty includes the control of Legionnaires’ disease.

Legionnaire's disease can lead to fatal conditions

Legionnaire’s disease

What is Legionnaires’ disease?
Legionnaires’ disease is normally contracted by inhaling small droplets of water (aerosols), suspended in the air, containing the bacteria. Certain conditions increase the risk from legionella when:
a. the water temperature in all or some parts of the system may be between 20–45 °C, which is suitable for growth;
b. it is possible for water droplets to be produced and if so, they can be dispersed;
c. water is stored and/or re-circulated;
d. There are deposits that can support bacterial growth, such as rust, sludge, scale, organic matter and biofilms.

Legislation applicable to the control of legionella
• Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
• Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
• The Management of Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2006
• The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013
• The Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977
• Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 19966

Legal duties of duty holder
To comply with legal duties, duty holders should:

a. Identify and assess sources of risk. This includes checking whether conditions will encourage bacteria to multiply. For example, if the water temperature is between 20–45 °C, if there is a means of creating and disseminating breathable droplets, such as the aerosol created, e.g. by cooling towers, showers and spa pools; and if there are ‘at risk’ susceptible people who may be exposed to the contaminated aerosols
b. if appropriate, prepare a written scheme for preventing or controlling the risk
c. Implement, manage and monitor precautions – if control measures are to remain effective, regular monitoring of the systems and control measures is essential. Monitoring general bacterial numbers can indicate whether you are achieving microbiological control and sampling for legionella is another means of checking that a system is under control;
d. keep records of the precautions
e. appoint a competent person with sufficient authority and knowledge of the installation to help take the measures needed to comply with the law
Most businesses will appoint an external company to carry out a Legionnaires’ risk assessment and be the named competent person ensuring the above points are covered.

Risk assessments
There are several risk factors that that the duty holder must assess and review. Section 41 of the ACOP states:
There are a number of factors that create a risk of someone acquiring legionellosis, such as:
a. the presence of legionella bacteria;
b. conditions suitable for growth of the organisms, e.g. suitable water temperature (20°C–45°C) and deposits that are a source of nutrients for the organism, such as sludge, scale, rust, algae, other organic matter and biofilms;
c. a means of creating and spreading breathable droplets, e.g. the aerosol generated by cooling towers, showers or spa pools;
d. the presence (and numbers) of people who may be exposed, especially in premises where occupants are particularly vulnerable, e.g. healthcare, residential and nursing homes.

Risk assessment
The duty holder must ensure that a risk assessment is undertaken. The risk assessment can be done by an external specialist. The duty holder is the person who is either the employer, self-employer or the person in control of the premises. Section 28 of the ACOP states that a suitable and sufficient assessment must be carried out to identify and assess the risk of exposure to legionella bacteria from work activities and water systems on the premises and any precautionary measures needed.
Have you carried out a risk assessment on your premises?

Principal Hygiene have a team of Legionella Risk assessment professionals call us for a quote or for some easy to follow advice…….Call Mary on 01772 817600 or email her at mary@principalhygiene.co.uk.

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