The importance of waste bins and effective cleaning

January 14th, 2016 Category: Local Authority & Housing

Improper cleaning is leaving many businesses in grave danger, according to new findings. 

A report published by the National Association of Air Duct Cleaners UK (NAADUK) revealed that thousands of firms are risking catastrophic fires and huge fines because they are failing to comply with cleaning regulations.

Its study found that of the 24,000 accidental fires per year in commercial properties, around 6,000 are attributed to cooking and extraction systems.

Furthermore, the vast majority (more than 80 per cent) of kitchen extract ducts in the UK are never cleaned. 

The report highlights the importance of effective cleaning and protocol when it comes to maintaining appliances and devices.

NAADUK has published a technical guidance document outlining how businesses must comply with the regulations. 

Reducing hospital infection rates

Hydrogen peroxide vapour technology can help to reduce infection rates in hospitals, new research has found.

A report published in the American Journal of Infection Control revealed that the introduction of HPV room disinfection and improvements in hand hygiene resulted in a 47 per cent drop in C.difficile infection rates.

Researchers analysed the impact of the implementation of HPV room disinfection combined with improved hand hygiene on discharge in patients infected with C.difficile, MRSA, VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci) and ESBL (extended-spectrum β-lactamase).

It was found that VRE cases have reduced by 95 per cent, while there was also a 94 per cent drop in ESBL due to enhanced hand hygiene.

Speaking about the findings, authors of the study said: “We report substantial and sustained reductions in the rate of key hospital pathogens including CDI, VRE, and ESBL associated with the introduction of HPV and improvements in hand hygiene."

Better bins

A new campaign has been launched to increase the number of hygiene bins in men's toilets. 

Vectair Systems in the UK is helping to take the lead in the campaign, which aims to raise awareness of urinary incontinence.

It highlighted research conducted in Germany, which found that more than five million men in Germany (12 per cent of the male population) are suffering from urinary incontinence.

Unfortunately, less than two million of those dealing with the condition seek medical treatment.

In addition to trying to raise awareness about men’s conditions, Vectair has also partnered with the women’s charity The Eve Appeal to highlight the issue of  gynaecological cancers.

Vectair is trying to see more bins placed in both men's and women’s toilets.

Speaking about the findings, managing director Paul Wonnacott explained: "In the UK 55 women are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer every day and 21 die. Despite these grim statistics, gynaecological cancers are neither a well-profiled nor a well-funded cause. Part of the problem is that women are too embarrassed to discuss gynaecological cancers. In the same way, men see urinary incontinence as a subject that is taboo, and so it often goes ignored.

"We have taken steps to help women and we would like to help men too. We hope that, through spreading the word about men's washroom needs, we can encourage public places like hotels, restaurants and offices to provide a suitable and discreet solution for men's sanitary waste."

Hand hygiene underline

A new study has highlighted the different trends when it comes to hand hygiene.

For example, a Gallup International study revealed that Bosnia & Herzegovina is one of the most hygienic places in Europe, with 94 per cent of people  claiming to automatically wash their hands after a bathroom visit.

There was also a high handwashing rate in the UK and Ireland, which scored 75 and 74 per cent respectively.

In contrast, only half of those surveyed in the Netherlands said they washed their hands after using the loo, while 57 per cent in Italy automatically washed their hands.

The report also found that in Spain and France, the figures were 61 and 62 per cent respectively.

Dr Myriam Sidibe, hygiene and nutrition social mission director for Unilever, said that although the findings were encouraging, she suggested there was still some way to go in order to educate people about the importance of hand hygiene.

She  commented: “We know that there are around 11 occasions in a day where we should wash our hands with soap. However in general, soap is only used about once or twice a day and sometimes as little as once in a week."