Practical infection control measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus

Coronavirus – it’s the highly contagious illness that is currently sweeping the world. Much like the flu, and indeed, other winter bugs and viruses, it is important to break the chain of infection. We, in the cleaning and hygiene industry, are at the forefront of this battle and can help to prevent its spread, by implementing a few basic infection control measures.

  1. Hand hygiene helps prevent the spread of bacteria

In fact, practising good hand hygiene is the most important method of protecting yourselves, families, staff and customers from becoming ill. Now is the perfect time to review your washroom facilities and check you are doing all you can to encourage best practice. Aspects to consider, include:

  • If hygiene products conform to key standards including EN 1499, EN1276 and EN13727 (proven to tackle pathogens effectively)?
  • If there is a range of options available? This can increase the likelihood of a person washing or sanitising their hands more regularly, and more effectively
  • If the facilities are suitable for children? Ensuring that there is at least one basin and dryer at a lower height can help little ones practise good hand hygiene. For settings where lots of children are present (e.g. nurseries, schools, soft play and leisure centres), why not consider installing a specially developed range of hand washing dispensers? The Jangronauts range helps children learn about the importance of healthy hand washing in a fun, interactive and educational way

 

  1. Cleaning & Hygiene help prevent the contamination of surfaces

Cleaning operatives can play a key role in infection control, by ensuring the cleanliness and hygiene of surfaces. By hygienically cleaning common surfaces, pathogens can be destroyed at the source, and prevented from transferring to, and infecting susceptible people. In order to do this successfully, however, businesses should:

  • Make sure that a colour-coding system is adopted. This ensures that certain cleaning tools and equipment are only used for specific areas or tasks, and will stop cross contamination
  • Consider the types of surfaces that require cleaning, and check that the right products are used. For example, luxurious hotels and cruise ships often feature plush, soft furnishings compared to the hard surfaces in a leisure or healthcare facility. Different products will need to be used to ensure a deep, hygienic clean is achieved.

For more information or advice, please call our friendly distributors on 01204 795 955 or visit www.jangro.net or www.jangronauts.co.uk

Going back to the future at the cleaning show

We are thrilled to announce that once again, we will be exhibiting at The Manchester Cleaning Show, which is taking place at Event City on 25th and 26th March 2020. This year we are excited to welcome visitors ‘Back to the Future’ at stand B10, so make sure you pop by to say hello!

2020 is a special year for us at Jangro. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary! Our stand is very much themed to reflect our evolution over the past four decades, as well as the progress the entire cleaning industry has made in that time, especially in terms of technology and innovation. So, in a marked change from last year’s lush ‘Jangro Garden’, our stand will incorporate a futuristic theme, demonstrating how we are continuing to shake off the ‘oldfashioned’ perception of the sector, and helping our customers to do so too.

As well as showcasing our Digital Wall Charts and Virtual Room Experience, there will also be a VIP Virtual Reality experience available. And if you need a spot to relax or refuel, then our famous barista service will be on hand offering refreshments. As always, these are 100% complimentary, but any voluntary contributions received will be donated to charity; this year to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Our friendly team will also be available to chat, and answer any questions – whether that’s queries about our products or information about the simple transition process to partner with us. They can also expand upon the many customer benefits once you are on board with us, from Health & Safety compliance, the reliability of Jangro’s national service and centralised fixed pricing, to the added value extras such as Jangro’s award-winning training programme ‘Learning Management Solution’ (LMS), Budget Control Software and Product Usage Guides.

We hope to see you there! To register for your voucher, visit www.jangro.net/mcrshow

Every day counts: Beat norovirus to help reduce absenteeism

It is vital that pupils attend school every day to gain the greatest benefit from their education. To that end, schools are expected to promote good attendance. Although the government doesn’t set specific targets, it is generally accepted that anything above 95% is considered ‘good’.[1]

But at this time of year, it can be a headache trying to achieve this thanks to the rise of seasonal bugs, such as the dreaded norovirus. Often referred to as the ‘winter vomiting bug’, it is an infection that spreads easily and rapidly – especially in schools and colleges.

After all, children have immature immune systems, play and work in close contact with each other, and often have a poor understanding of healthy hygiene practices. But did you know that as well as catching norovirus through direct contact with somebody who has it, you can also contract it indirectly, by touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them?

Here at Jangro we offer a wide range of solutions that help encourage healthy hand washing practice, including an innovative system designed with children in mind. Our Jangronauts range features four hand washing hero characters to help embed healthy hand washing skills from a young age, in a fun, interactive and educational way

 

In response to the increasing numbers of norovirus this winter, we have created a prevention kit to help our customers minimise the risk of contracting and spreading this notorious infection. It comprises everything you need from soaps, sanitisers, disinfectant wipes, and lightweight cloths, to educational resources, including guides on how to wash hands properly and infection control measures.

We also have a kit to help make cleaning up just that bit easier if the worst should happen. The bundle includes effective germ-killer, the BA053 Jangro Virucidal cleaner, which has been proven to kill the norovirus bug. As well as cleaner disinfectant and medical sanitiser, we provide everything you need to help you achieve a hygienic clean from aprons on a roll, nitrile gloves, sanitaire, and multi-zorb granules, through to pelican pumps, yellow mop buckets, heads and handles, yellow dust pan and brush, and yellow clinical sacks. It is crucial that the equipment employed is ‘yellow’ in accordance with the industry-accepted colour-coding system. This eliminates the risk of cross-contamination. Don’t forget the wet floor sign either to avoid a further health and safety mishap!

For more information, call our friendly advisors on 01204 795 955 or visit www.jangro.net or www.jangronauts.co.uk

[1] https://www.theschoolrun.com/school-attendance-explained

 

Stay Safe from the Coronavirus

What is Coronavirus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. WN-CoV is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans, it is not known exactly how the virus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread by cough droplets.

While the risk to the UK population remains low, this is a highly precautionary measure to limit the potential spread of infection.

Advice for travellers for Wuhan

If you have returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days: • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city If you are in Northern Ireland, call your GP. Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

If you develop symptoms

If you develop a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or difficulty breathing, you should continue to follow the advice above. Please do not leave your home until you have been given advice by a clinician.

Prevention and Control

WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:

Stay Safe

The death toll is rising, currently it is at 361, with the total number of cases there now above 17,000. The deadly virus has now made its way to the UK; two people, a University of York student and one of their relatives, became the first people to test positive for the new strain in the UK and are being treated at a specialist unit in Newcastle.

Staying safe and taking all the steps to prevent and control the virus is now more important than ever. Jangro have a plethora of hand washing items in our catalogue and helpful handwashing and infection control wall charts that will help you to keep your hands clean and prevent from becoming ill.

See our Coronavirus leaflet for more information.