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In honour of global Hand Hygiene Day promoted by the World Health Organisation, we thoughts we’d focus on the workplace. Do you know the levels of bacteria that potentially are having a noisy party in your office area?

Office template company, Hloom, conducted a study to find out which were the most germ-ridden surfaces within an office. They swab-tested five businesses, ranging from small up to corporate headquarters, to get an average sample size.

Coffee Pot or Germ Hotspot?

Their findings showed a variety of high bacteria levels present on items such as door handles and photocopier buttons. Results from an office coffee pot handle produced bacteria levels 34 times higher than a school toilet seat. 99% of bacteria found, was gram-negative rod bacteria, which around 90-95% of this type can be harmful to human health and resistant to antibiotics. All on the handle of an office coffee pot. Pass the alcohol wipes, please.

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[Image from Hloom.com]

Keyboards: a Health Hazard?

A previous study within a London workplace office, found that computer keyboards were a haven for bacteria. Out of 33 keyboards that were swabbed, four were regarded as potential health hazards, and one was found to contain more bacteria than a toilet seat. A most grim finding.

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Both sets of results from these studies demonstrate the everyday items and surface areas within an office environment that have the potential to host and spread bacteria. And where there is bacteria, illness can be encouraged, especially in close proximities such as offices and shared points of contact, like door handles and telephones.

The University of Arizona carried out a research study in 2014 which suggested:

“…that viruses can be spread from an office door handle to more than half the workforce in just two hours. The research involved researchers planting a harmless bug with similar properties to Norovirus on an office doorknob at the beginning of a working day.

“They then sampled other surfaces such as light switches, lift-push buttons, coffee pots, taps and computers at two-hourly intervals. The study revealed that up to 60 per cent of the workforce in the building had been contaminated by the ‘bug’ in just two hours.”

The UK has one of the highest rates of absenteeism in Europe, with 25.9 million work days lost in 2015/2016 due to work-related illness: this makes sickness caught via the office environment, an expensive outlay.

Ways to Minimise the Spreading of Germs

There are ways to encourage colleagues and staff members to pay close attention to hand hygiene and minimise germ-spreading in the office:

  1. Wash your hands regularly! It may sounds very basic, but it’s an essential component of germ-reduction. For effective hand washing techniques, check out this guide from the World Health Organisation.
  2. Keep your desk, gadgets and equipment – including telephones and keyboards – clean. Use an antibacterial spray or wipes regularly.
  3. Have tissues on-hand to catch sneezes, instead of your hands! A sneeze can actually project inner fluids from a person’s mouth and nose, up to 26 feet across a room, thus potentially contaminating anyone in its wake.
  4. Use antibacterial hand gel if it’s available when hand-washing is not – after using a shared photocopier, for instance, where many hands have touched the surface. Bacteria will be present here.
  5. Make sure your workplace washrooms are well stocked with soap, functional hand dryers or paper towels to encourage good hand hygiene in the bathroom.
  6. If you’re truly sick: stay home. Don’t be the one who brings their germs to work to share with colleagues. You won’t be thanked!

 

 

Nexus Hygiene Ltd is a family-owned hygiene service company, based in Preston, Lancashire. We are specialists in all washroom services. Our areas of coverage include:

Accrington – Bamber Bridge – Blackburn – Blackpool – Bolton – Burnley – Bury – Chester – Chorley – Cleveleys– Clitheroe – Colne – Darwen – Fleetwood – Fulwood – Garstang – Heysham – Kirkham – Lancaster – Leigh – Leyland – Longridge – Lymm – Lytham  – Morecambe – Nelson – Oldham – Padiham – Penwortham – Preston– Rossendale – Runcorn – Skelmersdale – Southport – St Anne’s – Stockport – Warrington – Wigan – Wirral

business benefits of washroom services

First impressions last!

Have you ever walked into a washroom and an awful smell is the first thing you immediately notice? The impression of a clean and hygienic washroom must be a major priority for any business or organisation that hopes to to present a professional and lasting positive image.

Clean and well-supplied washrooms are also the mainstay of employee and visitor health – both encouraging people to use the facilities you have carefully thought about supplying, and also, to help improve hand hygiene in the workplace. This is especially relevant for businesses that are office-based.

Office Hygiene

A study within a London workplace office, found that computer keyboards were a haven for bacteria. Out of 33  keyboards that were swabbed, four were regarded as a potential health hazard, and one was found to contain more bacteria than a toilet seat in the same office! One keyboard, under orders from the microbiologist monitoring the study, was found to contain such a high level of bacteria, it was removed and quarantined for heavy cleaning: it tested positive for over 150 times the recommended safe levels of bacteria.

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Bacteria Spread and Health

You can see how the London office study demonstrates the opportunities for bacteria to rapidly spread from surface-to-surface. No doubt levels of bacteria on surfaces affects employee health and wellbeing. Limiting bacteria transmission in the workplace can help with fewer worker sick days, consequently increasing your business output. On average, UK workers take 9.1 days off sick each year.

Increase awareness and benefits of excellent hygiene practices in your workplace or establishment. Encourage scrupulous hand hygiene routines to prevent further germ transmission from the washroom into the workplace. Ensure computer users keep their own keyboard and computer area clean, especially if staff eat lunch at their desks.

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Benefits of Washroom Services

  • quality hygiene standards in a washroom
  • complete service management
  • positive workplace image
  • a fully-stocked washroom
  • a professional and valuable service to your staff and visitors

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For more information on professional washroom services from Nexus Hygiene Ltd, please contact us on 01772 671500 or fill in our contact form here.

 

Air Freshener Service

What do your business or premises washrooms look like? What would be the first thing a customer or client notices, upon entering the washroom?

Survey

A survey of over 1000 adults conducted in the USA, found that 94% of the respondents would avoid a business in the future if they encountered dirty washrooms. Survey respondents said that they would avoid these types of business if they judged them to be dirty:

  • Restaurants: 79 %
  • Hotels: 79 %
  • Healthcare Facilities: 77 %
  • Supermarkets: 50 %
  • Retail Stores: 45 %
  • Fuel Stations: 45 %
  • Car Dealerships: 39 %

 

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A later survey showed that perceptions of washroom hygiene were critical. Women respondents were show to be more sensitive to poor washroom hygiene than male respondents.

Concerns

Issues that rated highly as concerns were.

  • Paper towels or toilet paper on the floor – 80%
  • Lack of toilet paper – 67%
  • Empty soap dispensers – 55%
  • Water around the sink area – 42%
  • Old or outdated soap dispensers – 29%

How often are your washrooms checked during the day? If your premises have a high footfall through the toilet area, more regular monitoring is needed. Perceptions of washrooms are crucial to a person’s overall view of your business. Your washroom can look incredibly clean and tidy, but any hint of a dirty smell will change the experience to a negative one.

Social Media Shaming

The age of the internet is well and truly upon us. Furthermore, if you provide a poor service like dirty or inadequate washrooms, photos can be broadcast across the ether in a matter of seconds. Customers are swift to take to social media in order to endorse, or worse, condemn, businesses in a full public view.

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Make sure your washrooms are of the highest standards and provide quality services for your staff, customers and guests. It reflects on your business operations as a whole and it could make a big difference to your ratings and image!

 

*Since 2008, Nexus Hygiene Ltd have provided professional and reliable washroom services to customers across the North West. From the point of installation, we efficiently deliver everything as promised, which is just one of the reasons why our existing customers remain loyal to us year after year.

Please call us on (01772) 671500 or (07958) 764499 for more information, site survey or direct price comparison: we’re always happy to help!

Areas of Coverage

Accrington – Blackburn – Blackpool – Bolton – Burnley – Chorley – Cleveleys – Colne – Fleetwood – Garstang – Lancaster – Leyland – Lytham St Annes – Morecambe – Nelson – Preston – Skelmersdale – Wigan

 

 

Warm Air Hand Dryer

This week, The Guardian published an article on the battle between the mighty blade style hand dryer and paper towels in public washrooms and workplaces.

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The article stems from a recently published piece of research from The Journal of Applied Microbiology. They focussed on the comparison between a warm air dryer, a jet air dryer and paper towels. The results suggest that the blade-style dryer spreads germs further than either the standard warm air dryers or paper towels.

Results suggested:

60 times more germs than standard air dryers, and 1,300 times more than standard paper towels.”

Warm Air Hand Dryers

At Nexus Hygiene Ltd, we prefer our standard warm air dryers over the blade style models and paper towels. We have found during our extensive research and testing, performance and maintenance levels of the warm air dryers far surpasses the blade-style drying systems. Paper towels are an acceptable form of hand drying in public washrooms but produce waste in large volumes. They also require constant monitoring for topping-up and storage.

Warm Air Hand Dryer

Our serviced warm air hand dryer are the most economical method for washrooms. There is no requirement for the refreshing and monitoring of paper towel stocks, emptying any blade dryer reservoir or cleaning up water spillages from the floor or wall areas. The surface area for fitting is also small and less intrusive than a blade-style dryer.

Overall, we feel warm air hand dryer produces the best solution for washrooms. The dryers are both hygienic and economical. Other benefits include minimal-to-no intervention needed by businesses in-between our service visits.

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*Nexus Hygiene Ltd is a family-owned hygiene service company, based in Preston, Lancashire. We are specialists in washroom services, including: Sanitary Bin Service, Air Fresheners, Warm Air Dryers, Water Management Services, Hygiene Vending, Sanitiser Service , Soap Dispensers and Dust Mats. 

Our Areas of Coverage include: Accrington – Blackburn – Blackpool – Bolton – Burnley – Chorley – Cleveleys – Colne – Fleetwood – Garstang – Lancaster – Leyland – Lytham St Annes – Morecambe – Nelson – Preston – Skelmersdale – Wigan

 

Water Management Systems

What are Water Management Systems?

Water Management Systems are small pieces of equipment designed specifically for washrooms. They are manufactured to reduce the water consumption within a gents’ washroom. Nexus Hygiene Ltd use two different types of Water Management Systems, each designed to meet our customers’ needs: a sensory motion unit and a timer unit.

How does a washroom urinal system work?

An unmanaged urinal cistern will continuously fill with up water and flush automatically for 24-hours a day. This creates a problem as water is wasted at times of the day when the urinal will not be in use. For example, during hours of business closure and at night time.

What happens when a Water Management System is installed?

Nexus Hygiene Ltd’a service engineer will install and program the Water Management System to provide a controlled flush every 30 to 40 minutes, in accordance with water bylaws. We will also ensure that the unit distributes a sufficient amount of water which will provide high standards of washroom hygiene at all times.

How does a business benefit from a Water Management System?

 There are several benefits of businesses having a Water Management System. These include:

  • Washrooms remaining fresh and pleasant-smelling.
  • Optimum high standards of washroom hygiene.
  • Reduction of water wastage, therefore protecting the ecosystem.
  • Saving money on water bills.

For further information on our Water Management Systems or to arrange a free no-obligation site survey, please contact Simon Woodhead at Nexus Hygiene Ltd on 01772 671500 or email.