THAN EVER In 2015 the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) audited more products than has ever been the case, with Scheme members achieving near perfect compliance.

Martin Yates, the CHSA’s independent inspector, made over 70 visits to Scheme members in 2015, testing over 600 products and almost 1,400 labels for compliance.

With such clear evidence of the impact of the Schemes, Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the Accreditation Schemes is calling on buyers of soft tissue products, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops specify Scheme membership in their tenders.

He said: “Buyers of these products should demand the very best, product accredited within the Association’s Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes.

“The CHSA is absolutely determined to drive up standards and so we have invested to enhance


RANGE Deb has launched its new Deb Stoko®

range – the broadest range

of products designed specifically for occupational skin care across a variety of industries and working environments that Facilities Managers are responsible for.

The portfolio of Deb Stoko® pre-work

creams, hand cleansers & hand sanitisers and after-work restore creams have been formulated to minimise the risks of skin disease and spreading of germs that are common in the workplace.

Facilities Managers perform their duties across numerous scenarios, but the threat of employees or visitors contracting a form of occupational skin disease on their premises is universal. Grease, oil, solvents, detergents, soapy water, dust, paper and cardboard – exposure to these common

workplace materials can be damaging to employees’ skin if the issue is disregarded.

Whilst costly for an organisation economically, for the employee, the consequences of contracting such skin conditions can be costly on an individual level too – both in terms of lost income resulting from a prolonged absence from work, as well as the impact on their personal life and general well-being.

Through the use of Deb Stoko® products and by implementing

our Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes.

“We’re delighted to report members responded positively to the increased rigour of the Schemes and achieved near perfect compliance in all areas.

“Now more than ever the only way buyers of these products can be certain that ‘what is on the box is in the box’ is to buy product stamped with the relevant Accreditation Scheme Marque.

“Better still our advice is that they join a growing band of organisations specifying Accreditation Scheme

membership in their tenders!”

Scheme members are audited at least twice a year and failure to meet the standard, would ultimately result in expulsion, a sanction the CHSA has not been applied in recent years.

The CHSA is building on the success of its Accreditation Schemes with new initiatives, each of which is designed to showcase the ethical approach of members and the way in which they operate to the highest standards in the industry.

a 4-step skin programme in the workplace – protect, cleanse, sanitise, restore – Facilities Managers will be able to maintain a happy, healthy workforce. The new Deb Stoko®

range offers a number of

products that are well-suited to many common working environments.

In addition to the most expansive range of occupational skin care products available on the market, Deb provides employers and employees with training and supporting educational materials to help encourage stakeholder buy-in on an issue that is largely overlooked amongst staff and their employers.

“Occupational skin disease is a serious health issue that goes largely unreported in the workplace: an invisible threat that affects both an organisation’s efficiency and the health and well-being of its employees,” said Paul Jakeway, Marketing Director at Deb UK. TOMORROW’S FM | 11

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