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British Toilet Association makes the headlines

The British Toilet Association (BTA) has made national and international news with Managing Director Raymond Martin being interviewed multiple times by worldwide news media about all aspects of public toilet provision and cleaning.

It started when Raymond was quoted in an article by the Sunday Times on 24 May, about the future of public conveniences following the

Coronavirus pandemic. He stated that the BTA had been continuously giving advice and guidance to councils and companies about keeping public conveniences safe during the pandemic, with the continued need for the safety and health of all users. It was even predicted that it could well lead to a transformation in future provision.

Raymond told the paper that a range of new measures may need to be instigated around urinals and washbasins to enforce social distancing, thereby reducing the risk of Coronavirus transmission between users, perhaps leading to many public toilets featuring individual cubicles and being

upgraded to non-gender specific units.

He also alluded to other measures that might be designed or installed in order to stop the spread of the disease, ranging from foot-operated or electronic flushes, self- closing seats and integral sanitising systems being discussed by their members.

Raymond told the Sunday Times that publicly accessible toilets had always played a vital role in our nation’s health and wellbeing, social inclusion, equality and a desperate need for public decency and dignity.

The BTA is continuing to encourage the government to urgently recognise the importance of, and seriously focus and invest in, helping local councils to revolutionise the nation's toilets and washrooms as an urgent matter of ‘public health’ and to fight not only this current virus, but potentially any future threat of contamination.

Raymond said: “It's going to require a structured approach and careful planning to improve and sustain these essential facilities, and the BTA is ready and willing to support a government strategy.

“If we want to get our local economies re-established and flourishing, fully support our increasing visitor and tourist numbers and allow everyone to safely visit our villages, towns, cities, parks and beaches, then the government has to step in, bring back life and stability to this country. We believe firmly that publicly accessible toilets are a vital building block of that vision.”

Paul Thrupp, Chairman of the British Cleaning Council, added: “Well done to Raymond and the BTA. They have done a fantastic job of putting public toilet provision on the national agenda and raising the profile of the work done by the cleaning sector generally.” Incentive pays tribute to frontline staff

Incentive QAS has distributed more than 800 wellbeing packs to their staff all over the UK.

With half of the 800 strong company working throughout the pandemic, and the other half preparing to return after furlough, the leadership team expressed their gratitude during this unprecedented time.

The packs contain a variety of health and wellbeing gifts, including a branded cotton tote bag, aluminium re-useable water bottles, 125ml personalised bottle of hand sanitiser and washable face coverings. As well as sugary treats, it also includes an employee information guide to help staff prepare for a ‘new normal’ post-lockdown.

Incentive QAS have been closely reviewing guidance from the World Health Organization, Public Health England and other government agencies to work in partnership with clients and stakeholders.

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Jamie Wright, Managing Director at Incentive QAS, said: “The commitment of our teams across the country during this pandemic has been incredible. With many working in frontline critical environments, our staff have had to adapt quickly in largely unprecedented circumstances. The wellbeing packs are a way for us to say thank you to our teams as we begin to welcome back 50% of our workforce who were previously furloughed.

“We’ve developed and distributed a Returning to Work Brochure to help our employees return to business functions safely, efficiently and effectively. It’s critical that we support and protect employees, clients, visitors and customers, and by producing these guidance notes, we can navigate the challenges that lie ahead on our road to COVID -19 pandemic recovery.”

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