A range of useful tips and articles from Astral Hygiene regarding all things clean and more so why not grab a cuppa, sit back and read about some of our nifty time-saving tips, we hope you enjoy! And don’t forget, please do let us know which tips and tricks you’ll be using in your business or home.
Part 5 - Environmental Health
Part 5 - Environmental Health
15th November 2019 | By Anna Armstrong
You were probably taught at an early age that first impressions were really key in terms of setting up the relationship to set you up for success. If you are laying the foundations incorrectly resulting in a tumultuous relationship with your EHO - you're starting off on the back foot. So let’s get right into it then……..
There is a place for common sense.....
Using your common sense when it comes to your EHO visit will really help to build a good relationship with your EHO. Keep walk ways clear, keep floors clean and dry, keep slip hazards non-existent, make sure your kitchen floors are free of grease and slippery substances by using a good degreasing chemical floor cleaner. Make sure that everything looks tidy, and has the appearance of clean. Make sure your raw and cooked foods are stored separately, your oven trays are not covered in a film of grease and that all pests and vermin are kept out of your premises.
Bins are really important, and waste control is critical in managing the perception with your EHO.
Your EHO will probably not change for a long time, so it is definitely worth developing a good working relationship with them and treating them with respect to ensure you are treated with respect and ultimately have a nice friendly unstressful relationship with your EHO. If you are following all of the guidelines and are using your common sense, you behave professionally and courteously there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t have a great relationship with your EHO. We have customers here at Astral who have had quite a spikey relationship with their EHO, and having had some coaching and training from our team here at Astral have ended up having a great relationship with their EHO.
Partner with a good hygiene firm!
Choose someone you trust, someone who really knows what they are talking about. That firm doesn’t necessarily need to be us, but you will get a vibe from your Account Manager about how much they actually know about hygiene regulations.
Make sure you trust them because you are actually putting the future of your business in their hands and buying the products that they recommend, based on their credibility with you. Advice and questions at Astral Hygiene are always free, and we don’t pretend to be a team of chemists, but we have been around for a long time, we are a third generation family business, so we have a wealth of knowledge and experience at our disposal.
If we don’t know the answer to your question, we will never ‘blag’ it; we will consult with our team of chemists and microbiologists who supply our chemicals to us and find out the answer for you. We have been doing this fact finding for over 25 years, which is why we are so informed, we invite every single person who works for us to speak to our chemists and microbiologists, so that every one, in every department can give you advice and guidance when they are asked.
Ask our delivery team a question, they will be able to answer it for you! If you need any advice or support, just phone us, ask to speak to myself or any member of my team. We sell nationally across the UK, and love to delight our customers, with our helpful and friendly demeanour.
Preparing to return to work .... shared kitchens 1st Aptil 2021 | By Anna Armstrong In my latest blog series “Preparing to get back to work safely” last week I discussed the implications around making sure your office chair is both clean and sanitised. If you missed it you can have a read here . It is important to make sure that as an employer or building manager the area you expect employees to come back to is both safe, and hygienic. There are so many disinfectants on the market claiming to kill Coronovirus, bacteria etc, but to really know what it kills you have to practically be a hygiene professional! Let’s drill down a bit here on this point........ Coronovirus is an umberella term which basically covers everything from COVID 19, SARS-COV-2 to the common cold and flu. So even if a product only kills the common cold; which is quite easy to kill - it can legally have on its label KILLS CORONAVIRUS.... which is technically true.... but doesn’t mean that it kills COVID or even
Are all hypochlorous products made equal?? 7th April 2021 | By Anna Armstrong | Hygiene Not all Hypochlorus Acid is created equal... can you be sure your HOCI is in the right state to kill bacteria and virus - or if it is just salt water? Since 2020 the popularity of Hypochlorous Acid has increased exponentially, and its explosion can only be testament to the benefits of this biocide that effectively bottles the same capability the human immune system uses to fight infection. This chemical is amazing, and in the right formulation, and in the right chemical state it can kill up to 99.9999% of pathogens quickly and safely. IF it is the right formulation, HOCI can be used effectively on hard surfaces, on skin and hands, in fogging machines and in some cases, babies bottles and dummies. This incredible chemical, in it’s pure form has been proven to kill E. coli, Salmonella, C. difficile, Coronaviruses and Norovirus faster than other disinfectants and requires no special handlin
Public Bathrooms….protect yourself….. 9th May 2022 | By Anna Armstrong I’ve written about how sharing spaces with others means increased risk of cross contamination. So it’s no great surprise that sharing amenities such as toilet seats, toilet rolls, sinks, and taps with strangers have been linked to health risks. Here I break down the credible claims, and dispel the myths. Within this article, I talk around what kind of infections and viruses can be caught from pubic washrooms and importantly provide ways in which you can protect yourself. Due to the volume of people passing through public washrooms, it is a sensible conclusion to come to that these areas are as veritable hot bed for bacteria and other nasties to lurk. Clinical trials,including ones Astral Hygiene has been part of have demonstrated that there are any number of bacteria and viruses that could be lying in wait in public toilets – including streptococcus, E.coli, salmonella, typhoid fever and Hepatitis A. We hav