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.

Five New Year’s resolutions for a clean and hygienic leisure facility

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At this time each year, Google searches for gyms spike and membership purchases soar. With the increased footfall that this brings, gym, fitness and leisure facilities cannot afford to be complacent about cleaning. After all, the hygiene and cleanliness of your facility not only protects the health and safety of your members and visitors, but can also impact on its success. In this industry, a customer’s positive impression is essential to enhance the reputation of your brand and business, influencing their decision to return and recommend.

Here are our top five resolutions you’ll want to keep this year, to help keep your leisure facility clean, hygienic and safe:

1. Keep equipment clean:

Studies have found that the surfaces of treadmills, weight machines and other typical gym equipment are teeming with bacteria and other infectious germs.[1] Give customers the opportunity to wipe the equipment before and after their workout with Jangro sanitising wipes.

2. Make it easy for customers and staff to practise hand hygiene:

Reduce the risk of germs spreading within your facility by offering hand sanitising solutions. We supply a choice of dispensers, including popular touch-free models, which are even more hygienic due to the fact that no sweaty hands need to touch them to dispense the product

3. Make sure floors are well-maintained:

Floors in leisure facilities are exposed to high traffic so must be well-maintained. Ensure the correct pad is chosen for the floor type and the required job by checking against Jangro’s Floor Pad Guide, which includes a handy colour coding system for easy identification.

4. Don’t forget about the showers and changing rooms:

As well as ensuring fitness zones are clean and tidy, showers and changing rooms must not be forgotten. Our digital wall chart creator has a tool especially for this area. It allows customers to create their own bespoke charts with the products of their choice, and then streamlines all of the health and safety documentation, product user guides, and training modules – so the customer has everything they need in one place.

5. Invest in staff training for best practice:

Best practice can be accomplished easily with proper training. All Jangro customers and their staff have access to our award-winning online training programme, the Learning Management System  (LMS). It is highly flexible, free to use and has even been accredited by the CPD service, assuring you of its quality and relevance.

Following the above five resolutions will not only result in a sparkling and hygienically clean gym, but will also demonstrate your commitment to the health and wellbeing of your clientele.

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

[1] https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/your-gym-is-teeming-with-invisible-members-germs-heres-how-to-avoid-them/2019/07/26/404bf414-9f4f-11e9-b27f-ed2942f73d70_story.html

Ringing in 2020!

Christmas is over for another year, but here at Jangro we are excited to be entering 2020! Not only a new year, but a new decade to welcome – and with it, lots more innovation, excellence and celebrations. Although we can’t give too much away, here’s a teaser of what’s in store this year…

Jubilations!

2020 is going to be a big year for us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary! Jangro (which, in case you didn’t already know, stands for ‘Janitorial Group’) was founded in 1980 by Bryan Squires, who is now our Honorary Life President. Watch this space for news of our celebrations throughout the year.

A Manchester date

We are excited to announce that once again, we will be exhibiting at The Manchester Cleaning Show. Taking place on 25th and 26th March 2020, we can’t wait to welcome visitors to our brand new showstopper stand – stay tuned to our blog for more details soon. It’s always a pleasure to meet people in the industry and the show is a fabulous place to network, do business and talk all things Jangro. If you are planning to attend this year, do stop by our stand to say hello!

New innovation and launches

We are continually innovating and updating what we offer through our group, so watch out for more launches and news throughout the year. First up is an exciting addition to our digital wall charts – once all the finishing touches are in place, you’ll be the first to hear about it!

We are also looking forward to presenting our Virtual Reality platform at the CSSA Innovation showcase on 19th March. And look out for new courses and updates to our award-winning training platform, the Jangro LMS too. In case you missed it during the December madness, the LMS now has CPD accreditation, meaning that Jangro customers can now be even more sure that the training we offer is relevant, up to date, and of high quality.

Online training CPD accredited

A hat trick of awards!

Yes, we are thrilled that Jangro is currently shortlisted for three awards! Our LMS has been shortlisted in the Tomorrow’s Care 2020 awards, whilst our innovative Enviro Water Soluble Sachets, which launched last year, are a finalist in both the Tomorrow’s Cleaning and Tomorrow’s FM awards. Please share your support; click on the links below if you’d like to vote for us:

Fingers crossed!

Wishing all of our customers and suppliers a successful and prosperous year. Remember, all of our subscribers hear everything first – you can sign up here.