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TOMORROW’S CLEANING DECEMBER 09
Teaching future generations
TOMORROW’S CLEANING EDITOR, CHARLOTTE TAYLOR,
LOOKS AT THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE ALBANY
HEALTHY SCHOOLS PROGRAMME.
We all know that the children of today are the What we established was that
future of tomorrow, so ensuring that they are there seemed to be a gap in
well-educated in personal hygiene now
the market and we wanted to
means that they will take this with them onto
empower that 60% and show
future generations.
them how critical a part they
This is why Albany Hygiene Facilities created
play in health and hygiene.”
their major new programme that aims to
So what about Max? Why have
improve hygiene in schools, reduce cross-
Albany decided to go to down
infection risks and train a new generation in
the roadshow route with this
better hygiene. The Albany Healthy Schools
friendly character?
Programme teaches children the importance
Managing Director, Mike Burton with Max and the Headmistress of
and the techniques of good hand hygiene with
St Catherine’s School, Sister Paula Thomas
“Why Max? Max had already been
the help of an animated character called Max.
created for a number of reasons. Firstly, used within the NHS, with a positive response
we have many educational establishments in over 250 hospitals and I had seen this first
Mike Burton, Founder of the Albany Healthy
that already use our services. Through trying
Schools Programme and Managing Director of
hand at Great Ormond Street Hospital,” adds
to improve our services, we found that many
Albany Hygiene Facilities, tells me a little bit more.
Mike. “I also knew that Health Protection
schools have educational issues when it comes
Agency had the licence to use Max in primary
“The government’s National Healthy Schools to looking at hygiene. Some didn’t even have
schools. I thought that this was the way forward
Programme currently allows 4 million pupils to cleaning management schemes in place. We
as it was well tested and well supported. But
enjoy the benefits of attending a ‘Healthy were providing services and products but they
we wanted to make the program far more
School’” explains Mike. “Unfortunately, this needed more help and support.
engaging for children, which is why we
programme does not sufficiently cover the
“It became apparent that a more holistic
decided to practice what we preach and visit
hygiene of the building environment that the
approach was needed, which hadn’t been done schools with the Albany Max Roadshow.”
pupils, staff and teachers inhabit. It also fails to
before. Schools can do one of two things when
encompass the critical area of infection control
As you can see from the video, from the visit
it comes to cleaning and hygiene; they can
within the school. Our programme aims to work
to St Catherine’s School in Twickenham, this
hire a contract cleaning company or they can
with and support the school’s needs.”
use in-house cleaning. As I believe,
really is a scheme that works. The children
“The Albany Healthy Schools Programme was approximately 60% of schools do the latter.
are engaged and having fun, and I bet you
will agree with me when I say that the Albany
Max theme tune is more than catchy. If
children can have fun, and learn about
correct hand hygiene, then this is surely a
recipe for success.
For more information or to have Max
visit your school, visit
www.albanyhealthyschools.co.uk
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