and scope of a workplace hazard, identify the risks caused by needle-stick and sharps injuries, and understand the five-step process of risk management.

They should also be able to identify the roles and responsibilities involved with managing sharps waste, and be able to list Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other tools, as well as understand why they are so important.

Expert training gets sharpened up

Independent janitorial and cleaning distributor Jangro is expanding its award-winning training platform LMS (Learning Management Solution) with the introduction of a new ‘Sharps Handling’ course.

For operatives working in areas where there are sharps (needles and other objects used to puncture the skin), cleaning can be extra hazardous. With the correct management, through the new ‘Sharps Training’ module on Jangro’s LMS exists, the risk of accidents can be reduced.

The course takes just 30 minutes to complete, and by the end of it, operatives should be able to understand the nature

National cleaning contract in the bag

for B38 Wakefield-based B38 Group’s in-house cleaning division Support Services has been awarded a national contract by luxury British footwear and handbag retailer Russell & Bromley to cover 38 UK high street stores.

The iconic brand has pioneered fashion-led design of shoes and accessories since 1880 and has become one of the UK’s best-known quality footwear retailers.

The four-year contract was awarded following a competitive tender. B38 will provide full ‘soft’ facilities management services covering daily cleaning, periodic cleaning and support at the Russell & Bromley stores, both on the shop floor and in staff breakout areas.

Rob Foster, Head of Retail for Russell & Bromley, said: “We were very impressed with the B38 Support Services management team, their knowledge, enthusiasm and energy convinced us that they were a good cultural fit and people we could work with.

“Russell & Bromley is a quality brand with a long tradition of

Joanne Gilliard, CEO at Jangro, commented: “Research in the healthcare sector suggests that the incidence of sharps injuries are likely to be under-reported. This could also be the case in the cleaning business, as there is no industry data related to operatives who have reported needle stick injuries as part of RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and

Dangerous Occurrences Regulations).

“Here at Jangro, we are committed to ensuring the safety of workers in our industry. We hope that our new Sharps Handling module will equip operatives with the knowledge to work more safely and thereby reduce their risk of sustaining an injury.”

As well as Sharps Handling, Jangro’s innovative, interactive LMS also features modules in Manual Handling, COSHH, Health & Safety, Colour Coding and Infection Control, Washroom Hygiene, and more.

customer care and it’s important to us that our customers enjoy the best possible shopping experience, and this includes ensuring that our stores are presented to the highest standards. As a national provider with experience in luxury retail, B38 Support Services ticked all of the boxes. We liked the fact that they had effective systems in place, but were continuing to innovate and grow. We also appreciated their positive, inclusive and respectful approach to all members of their team.”

Stephen Trott, from B38 Support Services, said: “We believe we secured the successful bid simply because we were the right company, able to do the right job at the right price. It’s fantastic news that we have won this prestigious contract and have been trusted by one of the best-known, quality brands on the high street." WHAT’S NEW? | 17

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