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New study reveals clean hands are good for business and wellbeing

Hand washing does not only protect us against disease – it can also bring happiness, wellbeing and business gains. This emerged in a new study commissioned by Tork manufacturer Essity in the run-up to Global Handwashing Day on October 15. ...

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Treating health like we treat safety

The business case for occupational hygiene interventions is strong and convincing. So why are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK still made ill by their work each year? Mary Cameron, occupational hygiene team leader, SOCOTEC, discusses the potential ...

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BCC backs new research project to reduce injury risk caused by long reach equipment

A revolutionary research initiative which could greatly improve the safety and wellbeing of cleaning operatives who use long reach washing equipment has been given a boost by a British Cleaning Council grant. The BCC has awarded BCC member the Federation ...

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Ill? Keep the germs at home!

With three strains of flu currently making their way around the UK, this year has so far seen record levels of sickness in the workplace. In far too many cases, sick employees still attempt to make it into work, particularly ...

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Is Norovirus now the ‘summer vomiting bug’?

The outbreak of Norovirus at the World Athletics Championships in London is the latest in a spate of reports of the ‘winter vomiting bug’ making an unseasonal appearance. Traditionally associated with the colder winter months, the highly infectious illness has ...

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Promoting healthy workplaces

Something as simple as increasing the frequency and effectiveness of hand washing can have a big impact on the wellbeing of a workforce and even help to reduce absenteeism, says Mike Sullivan, managing director of GOJO Industries-Europe Sometimes the smallest ...

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Schooling cleaners

Cleaning in schools and colleges is very different from cleaning a normal office, there are a whole host of specific rules, regulations and advice to take into account. CHT casts its eye over some of the most important According to ...

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Boosting business through training and development

Jan-Hein Hemke, managing director of soft services and contract cleaning specialists, Facilicom UK, looks at how businesses can reap the benefits of developing the people who work with them Training and development is great for the individual concerned, helping them ...

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Fair deal for cleaners

As a member of two of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Cleaning Task Force’s working groups, Phil Smith, corporate relationship director at Facilicom UK is well placed to explain its campaign to improve the working conditions of those ...

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Beat the winter blues

Yes, it’s that time of year again. We all know what is coming. Along with the enjoyable excesses of the season we know that the inevitable cold and flu viruses are on their way too. Being that your staff spend ...

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