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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
The cost of using the wrong tape on the floors at the NEC (and other venues such as Excel, Earls Court, Olympia, etc.) can be a massive cost to your company if you use the wrong one! Hence; there are approved tapes for the job of sticking down flooring. Essentially the tape that is approved is ‘more sticky’ on the carpet bonding side (top), than it is on the floor side (the bottom). This means that your carpet or carpet tile joints will hold fast, but the floor side will peel off easily when you break down your exhibition without damaging the floor. If you were to use a non-approved tape you would not only find it harder to remove the temporary flooring but it may also damage the underlying floor or leave residue on the floor. Both of which will result in a fine from the Exhibition Centre as well as a potential cleaning or repair bill, sometimes these can run into thousands of pounds. Trade Shop Direct have such a tape, approved for use at the NEC and other exhibition venues, it is also guaranteed to lift from the floor without leaving residue, you can also recycle it along with your temporary exhibition carpet. Used by all the large exhibition companies this tape gives the piece of mind that you are not going to have a fine come your way. You can find it here https://www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk/exhibition-carpet-tape-nec-approved-yellow-38mm
With the improvement in weather and the start for the bank holidays around the corner, if you are a biker you are probably getting your iron horse cleaned up and ready for a blast in the sun!
Have you thought about adding some adhesive grip material to your tank? It is possible to buy sheets/strips of material to stick to the sides or top of your tank (and other areas of your bike) so that you can get a better grip of the bike when cornering etc. Be warned though we have found a number of people buying skate board tape or even anti-slip floor tape as a cheaper alternative. DON’T! This tape is like sand paper and will soon wear through your expensive leathers with no mercy! If you are looking for a cost effective solution without the need for new leathers every month then take a look at www.tradeshopdirect.co.uk.
Used by a number of sidecar racers this tape has a textured surface without being abrasive, it is clear and can easily be cut to length and shapes if needed, it also has waterproof adhesive. The passenger obviously moves around a lot during a race, with this tape in key areas they are assured of grip even in wet conditions. Typically it is used on the sidecar floor, on the top of the bike rear and down the side where the hand holds are so that the inner arm can grip, and with the tape being clear it blends in to the bikes livery.
The tape is sold in lengths from 1m to 18m and is 50mm (2” in old money) wide and available online with next day delivery.
It is amazing how many types of disposable gloves there are on the market, Nitrile, latex, vinyl, powdered, powder free and then there are the colours, which do you choose? With luck this blog will help explain the differences and allow you to make an informed decision on which to buy for the job in hand (punn intended).
Material – there are 3 types of material used for disposable gloves, Nitrile, Latex and Vinyl, but what is the difference?
Nitrile, is a synthetic rubber that contains none of the proteins that are present in natural rubber eliminating protein sensitisation that can occur in the wearer causing skin conditions and allergic reactions.
Latex, provides the characteristics of natural rubber in terms of being soft, pliable and strong, with exceptional elasticity, however there is a percentage of the population who are allergic to Latex, so this should be a consideration if buying for a workforce.
Vinyl, as with Nitrile Vinyl gloves do not contain the natural rubber proteins. Vinyl gloves are a cost effective solution if gloves need to be frequently changed.
Powder or Powder Free? Most of the time this comes down to personal preference, however there are other factors to be aware of. A powder free glove will be more expensive as they are harder to manufacture compared to powdered gloves. The powdered gloves make it easier to donn the glove and remove them afterwards, it will also help with perspiration. However, the powder free ensure less risk of contamination within a food or chemical environment and also lessen the risk of alergic reactions within the wearer.
Acceptance Quality Limit (AQL) – Gloves are tested within the factory using with air or water to check for microscopic holes. The AQL value is generated as a percentage of the chance that they might fail. If 100 gloves are tested and 1.5% have microscopic holes, then the AQL rating is 1.5. An AQL of 4 means there is a 4% chance of microscopic holes, so the smaller the number the higher the quality fo the gloves, if you are in a medical or chemical industry you would look to purchase gloves with the lowest AQL value.
Colour – This usually comes down to personal preference, however when it comes to the food or catering industry blue is required as any gloves that make it into the food can easily be visually detected you don’t find may food stuffs that are blue!
Still none the wiser in which glove to choose? You find the each industry has pretty much adopted their own colour and material, so other than the option of powdered or not, and the AQL value, this should help.
White Nitrile – Typically used in Dentistry, Hospitals and Pharmaceutical roles.
Black Nitrile – Typically used in the Automotive industry and Tattoo parlours.
Blue Nitrile – Used in most industries but a requirement for Food Processing and Catering.
Pink Nitrile – Typically used by Beauticians.
Latex – General cleaning usage, colour tends not to be important.
Vinyl – General usage as with the Latex, however the blue gloves are used in catering.