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News Sponsored by CHSA calls for priority testing


The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) has written to the Health Secretary, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, asking for employees of manufacturers and distributors of cleaning and hygiene products be eligible for priority coronavirus testing.


Anyone over the age of


five who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 – a temperature, cough and the loss of the sense


of taste and smell – is now able to secure a test for coronavirus. Essential workers in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland can apply for priority testing through GOV. uk. These tests are prioritised over those made available to the wider public through the NHS.


In his letter to the Secretary of State for Health, CHSA Chair Lorcan Mekitarian said: “These individuals produce,


pack and distribute the products being used by cleaning operatives working in hospitals, care homes, schools and other essential locations, including offices being prepared to get the economy moving again.


“The products include essential items such as clinical waste sacks, gowns, aprons, gloves, masks, hard surface sanitisers and hand sanitisers, non-woven wipes, tissue and other related products.


“Without priority testing, manufacturers and distributors may be affected by employees unknowingly infecting colleagues. The consequence could be an impact on the ability of the companies to manufacture and distribute the essential products.


“We are delighted cleaning has been acknowledged as an essential service and those who work in the industry – cleaners, and the distributors and manufacturers of the products they use – are starting to get the recognition they deserve. We ask you to build on this recognition and specify employees of manufacturers and distributors of cleaning and hygiene products as eligible for priority testing for the coronavirus.”


www.chsa.co.uk


Award-winning washroom advice


Mike Bone, Managing Director of the Loo of the Year Awards, has shared some insight into washrooms and the spread of COVID-19.


The Coronavirus can live for hours to days on surfaces like toilet cubicles, WCs, washbasins, hand-dryers, and entrance door handles. How long it survives depends on the material the surface is made from.


Washroom providers, employers and cleaning or FM companies must ensure the washrooms and workplaces that they are responsible for are cleaned regularly and effectively to pre-defined schedules. This is especially true for frequently touched objects and surfaces, i.e. WCs, toilet tissue dispensers, washbasins, urinals, cubicle and toilet entrance door handles, hand dryers, soap dispensers, sanitary waste dispensers, vanity shelves etc.


Local cleaning management must ensure that the date and time each washroom is cleaned is recorded, including details of any remedial work that is required and when it is completed e.g. defective hand dryers, toilet tissue dispensers or soap dispensers. This will help support their ‘duty of care’.


Following unannounced inspections during August and September, 2020 Loo of the Year Awards entrants will receive an independent assessment of their washroom cleaning and washroom management provision, and can receive a written report with recommendations for


(https://www.loo.co.uk/49/Toilet-Design)


improvements. These would include recommendations for the provision of non-touch operation of hand washing, water, soap dispensing, hand drying, WC flushing and sanitary waste disposal. Further evidence of a pro-active approach to excellent service.


If you visit the Loo Advice tab on the Loo of the Year Awards website, you can find information and advice on Toilet Design, Best Practice and Cleaning Guidelines for washroom providers.


www.loo.co.uk


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