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Through the ‘Learning Management Solution’ (LMS) website, companies can ensure all staff are fully trained in correct products and working procedures following a quick and easy online registration process.


TRAINING MODULES Jangro has kicked off 2016 with a brand new website for its award- winning suite of training modules.


BREAKTHROUGH Consumers often make purchasing decisions based on the ability of a product to reduce or eliminate unpleasant odors, from household cleaning products to personal care items. Many brands make their ability to combat malodour central to their brand promise, whether it is to remove all traces of unpleasant smells such as stinky socks, mildew, cigarette smoke, or worse.

This is an area of consumer goods where ongoing innovation has created many new categories to combat odor from smokers, pets and other offensive personal hygiene and household odors. But how does a brand work out, in a consistent and robust manner, what formulations of fragrances work with consumers in terms of covering up or eliminating the malodour. And how does a researcher or consumer evaluate this without smelling up a site or themselves?

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The invention of the qPOD, the first mobile fragrance and aroma evaluation system in the world, is transforming such testing. QRS, sensory research specialists, designed the qPOD in collaboration with engineers outside of the research industry. By isolating the aroma through the qPOD’s unique construction it’s now possible to test the performance of a fragrance to combat malodour without the danger of cross-contamination of the different product fragrances and/or malodours, a major issue with traditional methodologies, with previously unachievable consistency or ‘in-use’ like performance.

Through sophisticated validation studies, QRS has been able compare qPOD with the more traditional means of testing for malodour. QRS found in tests to reduce or eliminate the perception of cigarette smoke and many other difficult odors, that the qPOD is an ideal tool for ranking and

The system works remotely so it can be carried out at times to suit the user, covering everything from ‘Kitchen Hygiene’ and ‘Carpet Care’ to an ‘Introduction to Cleaning’ and ‘Housekeeping’.

The distance-learning programme originally launched in 2012 and consisted of eight different modules with two more being introduced last year by popular demand.

Joanne Gilliard, Operations Director at Jangro, said: “Since we launched LMS modules in 2012 we have had

some really great feedback on the programme from both users and employers, who now have the peace of mind that their staff are being trained through a quality training programme.”

Each module has a different operating time, varying from 50 to 90 minutes. The training programme also allows for employers to monitor the progress of each employee.

Jangro’s LMS training modules include: Introduction to Cleaning, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Awareness, Introduction to Equipment, Kitchen Hygiene, Carpet Care, Washroom Hygiene, Floor Care, Housekeeping, Colour Coding and Infection Control and Health and Safety.

screening, providing little to no risk in the testing facility being contaminated through the research process, providing an opportunity for sensory research and clients to have consistent quality studies with cost savings and reduced clean-up operations.

Malodour studies have been important in the new product development process for many brands and up until now, the primary methods for testing the management of difficult and lingering nasty smells have been with traditional booths or test rooms. One big downside has been the possibility of contaminating the facility or evaluator while testing with strong and unpleasant smells. More often than not, it does not make sense to have the consumer or researcher see what they are smelling (due to bias or unpleasantness), which is something that can happen with traditional methods but not with the qPOD.

Another has been the problem of projecting a consistent odor and getting a consistent response to different formulations and fragrances in terms of covering up or eliminating the malodour. Innovation in sensory research in general, and in testing malodour, has been very slow. The invention of the qPOD, therefore, stands out as a breakthrough.

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