Sanitiser & Disinfectants – Which One should I use?

Sanitiser and disinfectants have now become a normal part of daily life. The question is, do you really know which is the right one for you and your business?

What is the difference between sanitisers and disinfectants?

If you are looking to remove dirt and grime you need a cleaner, however, if you are looking to remove microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses you need to look at sanitisers and disinfectants, but what is the difference between them?

Both sanitisers and disinfectants have to meet specific criteria in order to be called a sanitiser or disinfectant, in fact, some pass both sets of test and can be called a disinfectant sanitiser. These tests are set out in order to determine the level of pathology of the product against bacteria, viruses, moulds, fungi and yeasts. A sanitiser must kill bacteria in order to be classified as a sanitiser, however during the COVID19 pandemic, you will be aware that sanitisers have been used globally to help reduce transmission of the virus. This is because the alcohol within sanitisers will kill  ‘enveloped’ viruses (of which COVID19 is part of that family), by attacking the outer membrane of the virus and essentially popping it, exposing the internal cell structure to the air which ultimately kills the virus. For a product to be called a disinfectant is must kill bacteria, viruses, yeasts and fungi, a disinfectant is an ‘all-rounder’ compared to a sanitiser. Many disinfectants will claim to kill 99.99% of germs, where germs is a generic term for bacteria, viruses, yeast and fungi (moulds).

An important factor when comparing sanitisers and disinfectants is the reaction time taken to kill the bacteria/virus. You will find this can vary immensely from a few seconds up to a couple of hours. Be sure to check this for your chosen bacteria or virus as you may actually find the product does kill the virus however it can take 30 minutes, which may not be helpful depending on where you are applying the product, take a door handle, for example, you probably expect people to use the door within 30 minutes of you cleaning it.

Another consideration should be where you expect to use the sanitiser or disinfectant, if you are using it in a food preparation area you must ensure that it is food safe, or has specific application instruction that must be followed when being used in those areas, many will require a wipe over after use before those surfaces are exposed to food, this ensures that most traces of the product have then been removed and don’t make it onto the food. If you consider the fact that these products are designed to kill living organisms and we as humans fall into that category it goes without saying that these could also kill us if the concentrations become high enough. This is another reason these products tend to be brightly coloured liquids as a warning to people not to drink them, it is not water!

When it comes to your hands, you may think it does not matter whether you use sanitiser or disinfectant…well it does! Disinfectants contain powerful chemicals that can be dangerous to your skin and even your bodies. If using disinfectant wipes, it is always best to wash your hands afterwards or use gloves. Our hands are covered in different types of bacteria but not all of them are bad. Good bacteria also live on our skin so when cleaning your hands to do not want to use something that is going to kill 99.99% of pathogens. It is best to use a sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol or simply use soap and water for 20 seconds if you are able.

Does it really matter what sanitiser you purchase?

For sanitisers to work effectively, you need at least 60% alcohol. Leading microbiologists explain that the alcohol levels need to be between 60-95% to work against viruses, including COVID-19. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend that you use a sanitiser with 72% or higher alcohol content. And with all these types of products double check, it has been independently tested to do what it says!

If you are going to be using sanitiser on your hands repeatedly, it can cause skin irritation so you may prefer a formula that contains moisturising agents such as PoshChemie, which has added moisturisers added.

Liquid or gel – does it matter? In reality, it is down to personal preference. Both forms work well as long as they are applied correctly. Liquid Sanitiser is usually supplied in a spray bottle, this enables you to apply the sanitiser to a larger surface area using less liquid. Sanitising gel provides the best and most coverage on your hands and dries slower enabling you to tell if the sanitiser has spread to all parts of the hand.

You can find sanitisers on the market which can be used on hands and surfaces, these will typically be in a liquid or a wipe. Sanitiser Duo is an example of a sanitiser formulated to work on both hands and surfaces. These are ideal to use in establishments like hotels as you can provide small bottles in guestrooms, ensuring that your guests not only have sanitiser to use on their hands but they can also clean down any hard surfaces in the room giving them piece of mind that their environment is clean. It can also be a cost-effective option as you do not need to purchase different bottles of sanitiser for hands and objects.

Are all disinfectants the same?

The purpose of disinfecting is to remove any trace of germs and bacteria from the applied surface. Although disinfectants all have the same purpose, the way they are formulated can mean they work in different ways. Some products need to be left on the surface for 5 – 10 minutes to work effectively, always read the label and follow the instructions on the packaging. If you have visible dirt on your surface, it is always best to clean the dirty area first and then disinfect.

Most disinfectants need to be reapplied on a regular basis as they do not continue to kill pathogens for a period of time after application.

Until now…PureSuface+ is a brand new disinfectant with a difference! PureSurface+ is scientifically formulated to continue killing pathogens such as bacteria, viruses (including coronavirus), fungi and yeasts for up to 7 days or 200 touches. After application and once dried, a protective shield is formed. This shield has a UV trace which means the user can check the coverage and validity of the shield using a UV torch or Blacklight. The shield can also be checked during the 7 days to ensure it is still active or if reapplication is required. The solution has been independently tested and has received the following certificates, meeting European Standards: EN13727, EN1276, EN13624, EN1650, EN13697, EN14348, EN16777, EN14476 and AFNOR NF T 72-281.

This product is ideal for high contact areas and touchpoints such as door handles, stair bannisters, lift buttons and reception desks. The formula is non-toxic and food safe making it perfect for schools, pubs and restaurants, shops, supermarkets, salons, museums, amusement parks and factories, to name a few settings, oh and of course your home too.

The current pandemic has lead to a huge increase in the use of sanitisers and disinfectants. Using these products correctly will help protect your family, staff, customers, clients and visitors safe from harmful pathogens. Please stay safe!

How Can I Improve Waste Management?

We are all being made aware of the importance of Waste Management at the moment. It is all over the news and social media…stop waste…decrease landfill…say no to plastic.

Our waste has changed over the last hundred years which means traditional methods of disposal such as burying and burning are no longer feasible.

Waste management is a bit more than putting the bins out for the binmen to collect and take away. There is so much that you can do before collection which can save time, money and the planet.

The 6 R’s of Waste Management

The 6’s of waste management can help you manage your waste. They are:

  1. Reduce – There are things you can do to reduce your waste. Think…do you really need to print that email? If you do, does the signature of the email add an extra page of printing that you don’t need?
  2. Refuse – Simply say NO. Say no to plastic and other unrecyclable materials. Work with your suppliers and reduce packaging. In the canteen or company kitchen, say no to disposable cups and cutlery. If you have a watercooler, say no to the plastic cups and bring your own reusable cup.
  3. Reuse – Before you throw items away, have a think…can you use it for something else? Can you reuse packaging? Have you printed a page you didn’t need, use it as scrap paper. An old cup or pot, can you store things in it? It could be a new pen pot. Get creative, turn an old ladder on its side, mount on a wall and you have a new shelf or rack for extra storage.
  4. Recycle – There are so many schemes for recycling, have a look in your local newspaper and see what programmes are in your area. These schemes can cover clothing, metal, wood and more. You can also find recycling bins in your local supermarket car park.
  5. Repair – Repairing things when needed is a great way to reduce waste. Ripped workwear can be mended by stitching it back together. Superglue, nails and tape are other items you can use too.
  6. Resell – We have all heard the saying…’ one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. There are so many selling sites and pages now. Sites like eBay, Shpock, Gumtree and so many selling pages on Facebook and Facebook Marketplace. Of course, you can always stick an advert in your local post office as well. These are great ways of getting rid of unwanted items and you can make a little bit of money at the same time. You never know…you might find some treasure yourself.

Organising your Waste

If items are destined to be disposed of, then organise your waste, so that it can be disposed of or recycled correctly. How you do this, can depend on the industry you work in.

Schools

The biggest source of waste in schools is paper, followed closely by cardboard. Make it easy to sort waste by placing colour-coded bins in classrooms. You can have a blue bin for paper, green for recycling, red for plastics and black for general waste. Using these colours can encourage and make it easy for children to get into the habit of recycling. Why not have bins with transparent bodies so that the children can see their efforts?

Offices

Paper, cardboard, disposable cups and plastic make up the majority of office waste. Having coloured open-top bin for recycling paper and cardboard between a group or for an individual will make it super easy for staff to recycle. Each member of staff can have their own small lidded bin for general waste tucked under their desk.

Warehouses

Warehouses can produce vast amounts of waste, this could be cardboard, shrink wrap and pieces of metal. A standard waste bin would simply not be enough. Installing industrial recycling and waste sacks could be the answer! Have a different sack for shrink wrap, metal, glass, cardboard and general waste for easy disposal into larger wheeled bins ready for collection.

Clinical and Research Facilities

It is vital waste is sorted correctly in clinical and research facilities, especially when disposing of items such as chemicals and sharps. Installing clinical sack holder bins is an ideal way of sorting waste. Differentiate between the types of waste by having a different colour lid for each waste type. When disposing of chemicals and other liquids such as acids or even body fluids, try using granular absorbents. These granules absorb and neutralise liquids enabling them to be simply swept up and disposed of in the general waste. This can save time and a lot of money as specialist waste collections are not required.

When sorting your waste, make sure you come up with a plan and inform your staff so they can follow your procedures. Applying labels to your bins can help ensure procedures are followed, especially if you have visitors or patients who will not be aware of your waste management plan.

I hope reading this has given you ideas on how you can manage your waste.

We will be back in the new year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

How Do I Keep Safe From Hazards At Work?

Over the last couple of months, we have been discussing different areas of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). We have covered respiratory protection, gloves, head protection, ear and knee protection. This month we are going to cover the topics of fall equipment, high-visibility clothing and eye protection.

Fall Protection

Fall protection is used in more industries than you may realise; It is used in construction, building maintenance, window cleaning as well as the emergency services to name a few.

It is essential that your equipment is tested regularly and meets current safety standards which can be found on the government health and safety website – https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg367.pdf

Fall protection is generally broken down into 4 categories ; Fall prevention, fall elimination, fall arrest and administrative controls.

Fall elimination means to discover a way to complete a task without the need for working at height and removing the fall risk completely.

If the elimination of a fall cannot be achieved then fall prevention applies. This would apply for any tasks that need to be carried out close to a fall hazard, like working on the edge of a building.

Fall prevention falls in to two sections. The first being to use barriers at the hazard point such as rails or scaffolding around the building. The second section would be to ensure personal protection equipment (PPE), for example a Restraint Positioning Lanyard and Harness is used.

Fall arrest, means to protect a worker who has fallen, from dangerous contact with the ground, in other words to catch before descending. Hitting the ground from any height can result in serious injury, shock or even death, fall arrest equipment will prevent fatalities.

Administrative controls are required when and where changes need to be made to reduce the risk of a fall. This could be as simple as adding warning signs or notifying staff.

Ensure you and your company follow the fall arrest ABCDE for good practice and for the safety of everyone:

A – Anchorage: A fixed structure, this could be part of a building.

B – Bodywear: A full body harness, ensure your harness meets the European standards EN361 & EN358 such as a 4 point restraint harness.

C – Connector: How your bodywear and anchorage are connected together such as a lanyard.

D – Deceleration Device: This is an essential component designed to absorb the energy from a fall to reduce injury. This could be an energy-absorbing twin lanyard.

E – Emergency Plan & Equipment: A clear plan of action should a fall occur and a rescue to take place. This procedure should be made known to all workers.

High Visibility Clothing

High visibility or high-viz clothing, is clothing which is highly fluorescent. The main colour is bright, usually yellow, pink or orange with reflective tape or banding and can be seen easily against any background. High-vis clothing is worn in many industries and environments.

The visibility is categorised into 3 classes, the amount of fluorescent material and reflective tape on a garment determines the category.

Class 1: This is the lowest level. The minimum amount of fluorescent material is 0.14 sqm and reflective tape is 0.10 sqm. These garments are usually worn on the lower half of the body. The most common class 1 garment is trousers. They are usually made from fluorescent material with two reflective bands on each trouser leg.

Class 2: This is the medium level of visibility. The minimum amount of fluorescent material is 0.50 sqm and reflective tape is 0.13 sqm. High-vis waistcoats usually fall in this category with reflective bands over the shoulders and around the torso.

Class 3: You’ve guessed it, this is the highest class. The minimum amount of fluorescent material is 0.80 sqm and reflective tape is 0.20 sqm. These items cover a larger area of the body, such as a high-vis jacket.

Risk assessments should always be conducted to decide which class of visibility should be worn. High visibility garments should conform to the International standard BS EN ISO 20471:2013+A1.

Eye Protection

Eye protection means the use of eyewear such as glasses or goggles to prevent injury to the eyes or loss of sight. It can also be achieved by using a full face covering.

Choosing the correct eyewear primarily depends on the potential hazard.

Protective Glasses: These provide protection against small objects, and can be used to avoid dust impacting the eye. Similar to prescription glasses in style with wider arms for additional protection. If you are working outside, smoke lensed glasses will provide the protection you need and act in a similar way to sunglasses.

Safety Goggles: They provide all-round protection against liquids and small particles. The deep rims ensure the goggles seal the eye area and can protect from liquids and small impacts. The elasticated strap ensures a comfortable fit for the user. Depending on your working environment, you may require vented goggles to prevent fogging.

Ensure that your safety glasses and goggles are CE Marked and are EN166 Compliant.

Full Face Safety Visor: If you are at risk from a greater hazard then you may need full eye and face protection. Safety visors can be used as well as safety glasses if required and can be worn for prolonged periods of time as they are usually fitted around the head for additional comfort.

Depending on the task in hand, the shield can be a clear PETG (Polyethylene terephthalate glycol) or could be a mesh.

This concludes our monthly discussions on PPE, I hope you have found them informative. If you require any further assistance in regards to PPE please feel free to contact us on 01353 665141.

How do I keep safe at work?

Last month we started discussing the importance of PPE, we talked about face coverings, gloves and head protection. In this months blog, we are continuing this discussion by covering ear and knee protection

Lets start with…

Ear Protection

Ear protection should be worn if noise or sound levels exceed 85 decibels. Ear/hearing protection is designed to reduce the level of sound that reaches the eardrum to reduce the risk of hearing loss.

When you are looking at ear protection, it helps to understand the ratings so you can select the appropriate piece of kit.

The Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) is a measurement that rates the effectiveness of the device to reduce the sound exposure. The higher the NNR number, the better the noise reduction potential.

The Single Number Ratings (SNR) is an international rating system for noise reduction. Tests are carried out in laboratories that are independent of the manufacturer. The results determine the rating given.

NRR and SNR ratings show the number of decibels the item will reduce the noise level by. These ratings are measured differently so you may find the values are different but the general rule is the same, the higher the rating the better the performance of the item.

Ear Defenders or Ear Muffs provide protection by covering the ear with a cup. The outer shell of the cups is usually a hard thermoplastic with an acoustic foam layer. This foam absorbs the sound waves which in turn reduces the magnitude of the waves before they enter the ear. If you find defenders that are rated EN 352-1, this means that have been tested and meet the European requirements for hearing and performance protection. They must be labelled with the standard number, manufacturer and model number for identification.

Silverline compact ear defenders conform to EN352 and have an SNR rating of 27db. Each cup has a soft foam-filled cushion designed to provide comfort over prolonged periods of time. They fold up for easy storage on a work bag or workshop.

If you have little ones that are eager to help or if you are taking them to an event where noise levels may be high like a fireworks event, Junior Ear Defenders are ideal with an NRR of 26db. They offer a low profile and foam cushioned headband and cups for comfort.

Ear Plugs are another form of ear protection. They are able to offer a higher level of protection as they are inserted into the ear canal. They are used when the highest level of protection is required and because they fit into the ear canal they can be used with other types of PPE. They are extremely lightweight, easy to carry and store. Ear Plugs should conform to the EN352-2 European standard, however, this marking may only appear on the packaging. EN352-2 means that the plugs meet the requirements for EN352-1 as well as additional requirements such as design and minimum attenuation (loss of sound waves strength).

When you are considering ear plugs, you need to consider the environment in which you are going to use them. Do you require Corded Ear Plugs? It is very hard to tell if someone is wearing plugs, as they insert into the ear canal can be difficult to see them. Having corded ear plugs allows other people such as colleagues to see this item of PPE is in use.

Should you be working with machinery or in construction, corded ear plugs may be a hazard. Ear plugs without cords are available, try to get ear plugs that are bright in colour so that others may be able to see that ear plugs are in use.

Knee Protection

Knee Pads help to reduce the impact on your knees and provide cushioning when kneeling, to help prevent injuries. They may also protect you from sharp objects such as tools and nails. There are four types of knee protection:

Type 1: Knee protection which is not part of a garment. These are usually fastened to the knee by using straps.

Type 2: These knee pads are placed in pockets or attached to trousers in the area of the knee.

Type 3: This is completely independent and not worn as part of clothing, such as a kneeling mat.

Type 4: The knee protection for this level is incorporated into the design of a stand-alone item, such as a kneeling stool.

Each type of protection is defined by different levels of the European Standard EN14404. This standard measures the size, force distribution, penetration resistance and user testing.

Level 0 – Knee pads at this level are designed for working environments where working on your knees is minimal. They provide comfort when working on flat surfaces. Hard Cap Knee Pads provide this level of protection with a foam inner for extra comfort.

Level 1 – These pads provide protection against items 1cm or smaller which are on a hard and flat surface. They are ideal for those who are working on their knees in regular intervals. Gel Layered Knee Pads provide this level of protection. The gel layer compresses less than foam and gives greater comfort for longer.

Level 2 – Knee protectors rated level 2 can be used on flat surfaces as well as uneven surfaces in tough conditions, such as a building site or quarry. They must provide protection against a penetration force of at least 250+10 N. To get this level of protection, Hard Cap Gel Knee Pads are what you need. The pre-shaped flexible plastic caps and gel layer gives protection without reducing mobility or comfort.

Come back and have a read of our November blog when we will be discussing more PPE categories and keeping you safe at work.

Why is PPE so important?

The importance of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) has been highlighted in the news recently due to COVID-19. With members of the general public as well as professionals now required to wear PPE, the sales of items such as gloves, aprons and face masks have gone through the roof. But, do you really know what you are buying?

PPE is worn in addition to clothing to help to protect you and others from injury or cross-infections. PPE can provide full-body coverage or provide protection for a specific body part, for example; hands, eyes and feet.

Respiratory Protection

In other words, Face Masks.

In the UK, it is now a legal requirement to wear face coverings such as masks in shops and on public transport, and is advised when you cannot keep 2 metres apart.

One of the most familiar masks is 3 Ply Disposable Surgical Face Masks. Worn mostly by people in the medical profession, they are a comfortable fit and can be thrown away after use. These masks should always meet the European Standards EM:14683.

For a mask to meet the standard of EM:14683, it needs to meet the following requirements:

  • Bacteria Filtration Efficiency (BFE): >98% (Size of typical bacteria at 3-5 microns)
  • Particulate Filtration Efficiency (PFE): >99% 0.1 micron particle size
  • Differential Pressure (Delta P): <3.0 mm (Breathability – Pressure Difference, a low value is better)
  • Fluid resistance: 80 mmHg (Measure the ability to resist fluids at a specified pressure; level 1 = 80mmHg, Level 2 = 120 mmHg, level 3 = 160 mmHg)

You may also have seen Valved Face Masks. These masks are intended for prolonged use, as they allow exhaled air to escape from the mask whilst stopping dust, mists and fibres being inhaled.

Valved Face Masks are primarily used in trades such as Carpentry, Construction and Engineering. They are not used in the medical profession as the valve creates jets of exhaled air which can spread bacteria and viruses.

Gloves

Gloves are one of the most frequently used items of PPE; they can reduce the risk of injury and stop the spread of contaminants. With so many materials to choose from, which one is going to be fit for purpose?

Leather Gloves are designed to be hard-wearing and for repeated use. Rigger Gloves are one of the most familiar leather gloves. Designed for construction and general usage, these gloves are reliable with knuckle protection and safety cuff.

Welders Gauntlets; made from Cow Split Leather, protect the user from extreme heat. They conform to the European Safety Stanard of EN388, this means the gloves fabric or layers of fabric have the ability to resist heavy rubbing, cutting by a blade or sharp object, tearing, and puncture by a pointed object. The red colour of these gloves mean they can be used in areas of reduced visibility to provide a high level of safety.

Cotton Gloves offer comfort for prolonged use. The breathable material ideal for handling delicate materials such as brass, without leaving fingerprints. You may find cotton gloves have been dipped in Nitrile or PVC for extra protection against grease and oils.

Nitrile Gloves give protection without losing your sense of touch. They are perfect for clinical and research settings where you may be dealing with small components. Normally blue or green in colour, to allow the user to clearly see dirt to prompt change. Nitrile Gauntlets are designed for prolonged use and the smooth, non-porous material even protects the user from micro-organisms.

Vinyl Gloves are disposable and are used for short tasks where things are a bit messy! Available in different sizes to suit the user and also with or without powder. Powder-free Vinyl Gloves are increasingly popular as there is no risk of allergic reactions which can be caused by powdered gloves. These gloves can be an alternative to disposable Latex Gloves.

Head Protection

Head protection is a crucial part of PPE. It’s aim is to protect the users head from impacts and stop injury. The piece of kit you need fully depends on what job you are carrying out.

Face Shields with Safety Visors provide full head and face coverage and protection. The Mesh Safety Visor is ideal for gardeners and maintenance workers. It provides protection from debris whilst not impacting sight. This visor conforms to the European standard EN1731 which refers to the material specifications, design, performance and test methods for eye and face mesh protectors. The Forestry Hat and Faceshield with Ear Defenders meets the requirements for EN1731 & EN352. EN352 refers to the Ear Defenders making sure there is adequate hearing protection.

Another form of head protection is Safety Hard Hats. Primarily used on Construction sites. They are lightweight for prolonged used and are fitted with adjustable harnesses to ensure the helmet fits the user. These helmets should conform to EN397 which states the hat has been designed to protect the wearer from falling objects and debris.

Did you know that most people do not use their PPE correctly?

Over 50% of PPE is not used or managed correctly. This can lead to the spread of infection and/or injury.

The most common reason for this is knowing when to change your PPE. There is no set time for changing your PPE so you need to monitor it, if it is dirty, wet or damaged you need to change it and dispose of it properly.

PPE covers a very wide spectrum from welders’ aprons to ear defenders, please check back next month for my next instalment on how to keep you safe at work.

How to Reduce the Chances of Spreading Coronavirus- Know the Facts

How to stop coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, commonly referred to as SARS-CoV-2. Coronavirus is also known as novel coronavirus, which means it is a new strain of virus previously unknown to virologists.  The disease gets its number 19 from the year it was discovered.

Transmission of Germs

It is factual that; your hands are one of the main routes that viruses take to make their way from surfaces to your respiratory system, so keeping surfaces clean is one of the most effective things you can do to stop yourself contracting the virus. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for twenty seconds. If you can’t get to a sink, an alcohol-based hand sanitiser will do the trick.

A question raises its head, regarding the quality of sanitisers.  Some have low alcohol content.  Medical grade sanitiser is over 70% alcohol (Ethanol or Isopropyl) this substance is intended to destroy or make harmful organisms like bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus, inactive.  The WHO (World Health Organisation) recommend just that.  According to the available evidence on efficacy, tolerability and cost effectiveness, WHO recommends using an alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitiser) for routine hand antisepsis in most clinical situations.  It would logically follow that a high alcohol hand sanitiser would be more than adequate for general usage by the general public too.

Hand Sanitiser compliant with the WHO is available here https://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/hydroalcoholic-hand-sanitising-gel-min-70-alcohol

Effectiveness of Wipes

Dr Clare Lanyon a biomedical scientist from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne was speaking to The Telegraph after conducting an experiment for the BBC programme, Trust Me I’m A Doctor, which found “dramatic growth” of microbes within 12 hours of cleaning with a regular kitchen surface with wipe.

This then raises the question regarding the wipe itself.  ‘are general surface wipes good enough to protect us?’  Looking at general surface wipes they are not only as effective as Dr Clare Lanyon states, but; they also contain plastic, making most of them last for years instead of breaking down.

The Answer

PoshChemie® has a product sold by Trade Shop Direct, called Alcohol Based Anti-Bacterial Surface Cleaner.  This has an alcohol content of 73.4% minimum, which makes it medical grade.  It can be sprayed onto hard surfaces to kill 99.99% of bacteria and virus (including coronavirus) on the surface.  The surface can be wiped with a paper towel to dry if required.  Paper towels contain no plastic, so these are compostable, and break down unlike the majority of general wipes.

High Alcohol Surface Cleaner without the ‘Plastic Wipe’ https://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/alcohol-based-anti-bacterial-surface-cleaner

Virus Hygiene

COVID-19

Regardless of where we live in the world, we are all now well aware of the new strain of Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is making its way into all of our lives in one way or another.

While we don’t yet know all there is to know about this virus, there are some very basic steps that we can take to help ensure that ourselves, our families, workmates and people around us are as protected as possible from coming into contact with, or spreading, this virus.

Not only that, but if we keep to our new hygiene regimes, we will also help limit the spread of any other conditions such as colds and flus etc.

Government guidelines are continuously changing and updating, but the one constant piece of advice is that you must keep your hands clean and avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth.

Soap and water are the best way to keep your hands clean. Make sure you use a ‘hand-washing’ routine to ensure you get to every part of your hands and fingers. Singing a song to be sure you have spent enough time at the sink is a great idea. Staff may sometimes need a little prompt to keep up the routine regularly, so a poster informing them of the best way to wash their hands can help. Letting people know that you are on top of the situation, by placing a ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ sign is also another great idea. Keep your staff and customers safe and informed.

If you do not have easy and regular access to a sink, you can use a hand sanitiser gel. Make sure that it is over 60% alcohol / Ethanol content, to ensure that it will be effective. A range of 70% medical grade sanitisers are available here.

We are all hoping that this latest outbreak will disappear as quickly as it has arrived, but if you do need any help with signage or sanitising hand gel, TradeShopDirect can help.

Clearing Snow & Ice – Can I get Sued?

Falls on Icy paths can be prevented

I am sure you have heard someone say that by clearing snow and ice from your property leave you liable if a member of the public subsequently slips over, well this is a myth, however like all myths it is based on some truth.

If you are going to clear snow and ice you need to ensure that you do not deposit the snow on a public footpath or on a road, as that is illegal. You must also ensure that your method of clearing the snow and ice will not result in the area becoming more dangerous, or you can be held liable. If you were to clear the ice using hot water for example, that water will later freeze and become black ice, making things more hazardous. As long as these factors are taken into account there is no issue with snow and ice clearance.

If you are a business there is legislation to consider. The Occupiers Liability Act 1975 (amended in 1984) obliges the owner or occupier of private land to ensure safe access for staff and visitors. So, clearing the snow and ice will ensure safe access as long as it is done thoughtfully and sensibly using the correct products and equipment. In addition to the outside of the building you need to keep in mind that Health & Safety at Work and The Workplace regulations require you to ensure internal floors aren’t slippery too.

Gritting Paths
Brown or White Gritting Salt will reduce the risk of slips

When it comes to gritting salt you have a choice of white or brown, the brown rock salt is what councils use on the roads and can cause a bit of a mess in your entrance. White salt is cleaner and ideal for pedestrian areas, leave the brown salt for vehicle areas such as car parks.

TradeShopDirect has a range of both Winter Maintenance products to ensure you and your customers make is safely through the winter.

A Solvent-Free, Biological Parts Washer Degreaser. How To Become More Environmentally Friendly and Make Savings. A Helpful Guide.

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A new generation parts washer/degreaser for multiple application and industries. It uses concentrated biologically rich microorganisms to digest the oily wash water to constantly regenerate the bath. Safe for the operator and the environment.

Environment And The Law

There are a number of laws and commitments that every business has to adhere to, it just depends on what type of business you are. For instance, if you’re a company who produces a lot of chemical waste which could be damaging to the environment, you’ll obviously be held to a lot stricter standard than an organisation, for example, delivering letters.
The type of waste from old parts washers has to be disposed of in specially-managed waste facilities. It is not possible to dispose of hazardous liquid waste down drains or landfills in the UK.

Why You Should Buy This Biological Parts Washer?

There’s an ever-increasing need for us all to abide by the law and become more environmentally friendly and aware, It doesn’t use chemicals and solvents, It ensures the health and safety of the operator and well-being of the planet because the microorganisms constantly clean the bath. It also reduces and saves you money in waste disposal.

Industrial Biological Parts Washer

This advanced Industrial biological parts cleaner degreaser solution for washing and cleaning industrial and commercial parts and components is warmed to 38°C, an ideal cleaning temperature for cleaning and degreasing parts
(and using boost mode, you can increase this to 43°C if required), it has around a 30L bath and a brush for cleaning thoroughly between the parts. It’s a large parts washer, yet compact and robust. The heated parts washer benefits from a secure lid to limit any evaporation.

The biological degreasing parts washer solution, along with a microorganism concentrated tablets provides you with around a month of cleaning, at which point you add another microorganism tablet. The microorganisms continue to clean the solution, breaking down the contaminants, so you don’t have to drain the bath like you would a regular old fashioned parts washer.

The solvent-free biological parts washer and degreaser is designed with the operator in mind, has a bath level indication and a very easy to drain, the integrated system included.


The microorganisms continue to clean the fluid and break down contaminants, so you don’t have to drain the bath like you would a regular old fashioned parts washer.

Where Can This Parts Cleaner Degreaser Be Used?

The advanced, new generation parts cleaner degreaser is designed for use with many industries and applications where thorough cleaning and degreasing of oils and contaminants of parts is required, here are a few:

Industry

Metal Working; For cleaning and degreasing all types of parts, tools.
Glass Works: Cleaning grease moulds, cutters.
Electrical/Electronics: Degreasing of motherboards, electrical components, housing.
Textiles: Cleaning combs and looms, removing textile oils, weaving filters.
Vocational Training: Degreasing components and parts for cars, motorcycles, agricultural machinery.
Plastics Manufacturers: Cleaning moulds, extractors, bearings, removing hydraulic oils.
Paper Manufacturers: Removing ink from conveyor rollers, press rolls, degreasing casings and gears.
Printing/Screen Printing: Removing ink, cleaning rollers, ink wipers, ink mixers, spray rollers, various surfaces.

Transport

Motorcycles: Degreasing housing of engines and transmissions, cylinder heads, pistons, valves, chains, sprockets, carburettor manifolds, forks, and shock absorbers and cleaning of other mechanical components.
HGV’s: Degreasing gearboxes, diesel oil centrifuges, engine blocks and housing, cylinder heads, pistons, valves
and cleaning of other mechanical components,
Rail: Spark plugs, wheel bearings and cleaning of other mechanical components.
Shipyards: Cleaning of mechanical components and engines and cleaning of other mechanical components.
Public Transport: Fleet maintenance, bus, underground, tramway maintenance and cleaning of other mechanical components.
Car: Timing covers, oil pans, clutch housing, gearboxes, cylinder heads, pistons, valves, chains, sprockets, carburettor manifolds, forks. alloy wheels, and shock absorbers and cleaning of other mechanical components.

Leisure

Boats/Jetski: Maintenance of mechanical components, engine maintenance.
Bicycle: Degreasing of chains and chainsets.
Ski Resort: Degreasing and cleaning of rope grips for cable cars and chair lifts, cleaning of internal components and springs.
Golf Courses / Racecourses: Maintenance of mowers, removal of oils, grass stains and cleaning of other components.
Campers and Caravans: Highly effective on for removal of black marks on bodywork.
Motor Sports: Timing covers, oil pans, clutch housing, gearboxes, cylinder heads, pistons, valves, chains, sprockets, carburettor manifolds, folks. allow wheels, and shock absorbers and cleaning of other mechanical components.

Medical

Degreasing of titanium prostheses.
Removing polishing compounds.

Public Bodies And Authorities

Army & Police: Degreasing of arms and weapons and components, including barrel and breech.
Cemeteries: Equipment Maintenance.
District Councils: Cleaning of maintenance equipment, Refuse lorries, sweepers, mowers.
Local services: Fleet maintenance, cleaning mower blades, hedge cutter blades, plastic housing, carburettors,
chains, guides and casting on chainsaws, air filters and cleaning of various equipment,
Forestry: Cleaning mower blades, hedge cutters, plastic housing, chains, guides and casting on chainsaws, air filters and cleaning of various equipment,
Public Swimming Baths: Cleaning pumps, boilers and apparatus.
Water Treatment Plants: Cleaning pump, filters and pipes.

Agriculture / Agro Food

Horticulture: Maintenance of agriculture equipment,
Processing: Cleaning of pumps, milk treatment equipment, degreasing of metal moulds, degreasing of housings, plant maintenance conveyors, degreasing of gear reducers and effective cleaning of frying oils.
Abattoirs: various cleaning of components.

Construction & Civil Engineering

Quarries: Cleaning of conveyors, degreasing of hydraulics systems, maintenance of site machinery and dust removal.
Equipment Hire Companies: Maintenance of heat appliances, dust removal from housings and filters.
Motorway Construction Companies: Vehicle and equipment maintenance.
Tunnel Construction: Cleaning of conveyors, degreasing of hydraulics systems, maintenance of site machinery and dust removal.

Questions To Ask Yourself

Operators Health

Is it solvent free?
Are there optimal hygiene and safety conditions? Remember that solvents affect health. Short-term effects of solvents can include; irritation of eyes, lungs skin, cause headache, nausea, dizziness and light-headedness.

Savings

Does It have consumable cost control and is it a low cost to run?
Are there microorganisms that continue to clean the fluid, breaking down the contaminants so you don’t have to drain the bath like you would a regular old fashioned parts washer?

Environment

Does it minimise waste?
Is it kind to the environment?

How To Buy The Parts Washer Degreaser

Finding the right environmentally friendly alternative to traditional solvent-based cleaners, couldn’t be easier,

Trade Shop Direct has always been at the front of offering great new products and support for our industrial and commercial trade customers and we are proud to say that we the UK reseller for the industrial biological parts washer and environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions. We have a great choice for the modern and savvy user of today.

We’re excited to now sell this new advanced biological parts cleaner and degreaser. Buy this Biological Parts Washer from us here and just leave the concentrated, biologically rich microorganisms, digest the oily wash water to constantly regenerate the bath in an environmentally-friendly way.

Matting Helps Your Workforce

Millions of employees in the UK spend their entire working day standing. Although being active does, of course, provide many health benefits. Working in a job that requires standing on your feet all day can cause a number of issues too. Both sides of the story:-

  •  On average, workers who stand all day exert 20% more energy compared to those who sit down, therefore becoming fitter than those who sit.
  • According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), an average of 131 million days are lost to sickness absence every year. 24% of these are due to back, leg or foot pain – the biggest cause of staff absences even over coughs, colds, stress, anxiety and depression! Now that’s a big number.
  • A study from Loughborough University found that it takes just 90 minutes for fatigue to set in and only 50 minutes for concentration to decrease because of it.

Some jobs are naturally more active and will require workers to stand for long periods of time. Whilst this may be unavoidable, there are a number of things that employers can do to help protect the health and wellbeing of their staff. Which is a legal responsibility.

As the name would suggest, anti-fatigue mats are designed to reduce fatigue caused by standing for long periods of time on a hard surface. They can help staff to feel more comfortable as well as increase concentration and efficiency whilst of course providing additional safety in the workplace.

They are ideally suited to customer service counters, reception desks, hotel concierge, bar areas, supermarket counters, workstations, despatch departments and many more. There are a number of benefits of investing in anti fatigue mats including:

Increases productivity

Quite simply, our bodies are not designed to stand for long periods of time which is why workers who are on their feet all day are usually a lot more tired than others.

Anti-fatigue mats can help to improve staff productivity in a number of ways. They improve concentration, insulate against cold floors and reduce energy use by relieving tension and supporting the muscles which are being used.

Reduces pain

Anti-fatigue mats are made up of small cushioned air domes which help to stimulate cyclic muscle contractions. This encourages foot and body movement, promotes posture changes and stimulates blood circulation.

They also make natural, frequent and minor changes to your standing position which helps to prevent joint stiffness. Furthermore, they reduce headaches by easing tension in the neck and shoulders.

Anti-fatigue Matting will help your workforce

Back pain is a common complaint amongst workers who are on their feet all day and anti-fatigue mats can really help to prevent this from happening in the first place as well as relieve existing symptoms. They do this by relieving pressure on the spine and reducing the strain on the muscles in the back.

Offers better health and safety protection

 Anti-fatigue mats absorb the shock due caused by walking. This cushioning effect reduces foot pressure, fatigue and the likelihood of injuries occurring. Their textured or ribbed surface also helps to prevent slips which means that as an employer, you are less likely to have a claim made against you.

Please feel free to browse our range of anti-fatigue mats as well as non slip and swarf mats at https://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/workplace-matting or contact Andrew on 01353 665141 for more in-depth information.

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