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Survey reveals that only 61% of UK office workers wash their hands after going to the toilet

UK office cleaning company SMC Premier surveyed over 5,000 UK office workers about their hygiene habits at work. The results revealed a disturbing statistic that only 61 per cent of respondents wash their hands properly with warm water and soap after going to ...

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Lotus leaf inspires scientists to create world’s first self-cleaning metals

Using inspiration from nature, a team of European researchers have harnessed new photonics technology to develop the first fluid-repellent, antibacterial, metal surface taking us a step closer to self-cleaning saucepans, toilets, and dishwashers. Taking their ideas from defence mechanisms found in ...

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Dirty office kitchens causing workplace rifts and disruption

New research from the professional division of Miele has revealed that dirty office kitchens are causing workplace rifts and disrupting performance, with nine out of 10 workers surveyed wanting improved facilities. Forty-four per cent of office workers also say that ...

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Survey finds handwashing habits leave a lot to be desired

As the world marks the 11th annual Global Handwashing Day (GHD), a new study from Initial Washroom Hygiene has shown that British families’ handwashing habits leave a lot to be desired. Initial’s survey of 2,000 families has found that almost ...

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Dirty money: Life threatening bacteria found on UK cash

Financial comparison website money.co.uk teamed up with the London Metropolitan University to put money under the microscope to discover what’s really lurking in your wallet – the findings are not for the faint hearted. Dr Paul Matewele, Professor of Microbiology at ...

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Vet practices admit they need to get tough on infections 

New research from the professional division of Miele has revealed that the majority of UK vet practices feel the need to get tougher in the fight against infectious diseases, with many currently struggling to follow hygiene best practice. However, vets ...

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P&G Professional survey reveals 85% of customers consider cleanliness equal to food quality

New research on customers’ hospitality experiences commissioned by P&G Professional (the away-from-home division of Procter & Gamble [P&G]), shows hotels and restaurants could increase revenue if they improved their hygiene standards. Cleanliness, often overlooked by business owners in the flurry of keeping up ...

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Unhygienic colleagues force 10% of workers to avoid using the toilet at work

A large majority of illnesses that result in employees needing time off work are contracted from dirty office environments. Poor hygiene and cleanliness in office bathrooms can intensify the problem further, and place workers’ health at risk. Thus, despite the ...

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Bad odours in the washroom damages business reputation

A study released by Initial Washroom Hygiene examined the state of air care in public and office washrooms, and the wide-ranging implications this can have on businesses. The global report (based on 5,000 respondents – 1,000 across the UK, Australia, ...

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Diversey partners with Eindhoven University of Technology on robotics research

Diversey is partnering with Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and a select group of other leading European industrial companies on pioneering research in the field of robotics. The vision of the research project is to provide mobile industrial robots with ...

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