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Sanitiser donation keeps European Tour safe

An award-winning Scottish luxury whisky brand, a prestigious golf tour, and a Northamptonshire sanitising product manufacturer have been drawn together by the events of 2020.

Loch Lomond Whiskies has donated more than 1000 litres of Shield Guard hand sanitiser, made with alcohol produced at The Loch Lomond Distillery, to the European Tour UK

Swing and this is a story of innovation and agility when faced by an unprecedented challenge.

It all began in February when Loch Lomond Whiskies took a decision to manufacture hand sanitiser to protect their own distillery staff. It soon became apparent that there was a huge need, and the distillery donated 32,000 bottles to nearby organisations for their frontline staff.

When Nick Winstone, CEO of Towcester-based Healthguard Hygiene Ltd, saw an update from Loch Lomond CEO Colin Matthews on LinkedIn, he contacted their production team with a request to help keep Healthguard’s supply chain going.

Tony Brewerton, Operations Director of the Loch Lomond Group, explained: “We did some due diligence on the enquiries and selected Healthguard Hygiene as the partner we’d most like to work with and support. A call was set up, a relationship quickly formed and within two weeks the first load of alcohol bound for Healthguard Hygiene was leaving the distillery.”

This alcohol is loaded into 1000 litre containers and trucked to Healthguard Hygiene. There it’s used to manufacture the Shield Guard range of sanitisers to the highest ISO9001 standards. In May 2020, Shield Guard products were tested and found to be compliant with EN 1276, 1500 and 14476A:2019, which means that they are effective at killing a range of pathogens.

With the European Tour beginning again with the newly launched UK Swing and in the wake of lockdowns across many countries, and the need to protect golfers and support staff, the opportunity was obvious. The Loch Lomond Group is donating over 1000 litres of Shield Guard hand sanitiser to the tour to keep golfers, caddies and support staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tony reflected: “My hope would be, between the Loch Lomond Group and Healthguard Hygiene, that we would have played a part in keeping frontline workers and the public safe when they needed to be kept safe the most and that we continue to do so for years after. Shield Guard would be seen as the market leader and a brand of safety for everyone.”

Nick Winstone added: “What began as a partnership to meet frontline demand has evolved into a long-term business partnership between both groups, for Healthguard Hygiene knowing the providence of our raw material alcohol and ensuring our supply chain is completely UK-based.”

22 years of Gold for Lita Group

Lita Group Facilities Management is celebrating winning an internationally-recognised award for outstanding health and safety standards.

The company has received a RoSPA Gold Health and Safety Award for ensuring that all staff operate in a safe manner, protecting themselves and clients, and ensuring that they get home safely at the end of every working day.

This will be the 22nd consecutive year the company has achieved the accolade – the only UK-based FM and cleaning company to do so. The company has retained its Order of Distinction, originally awarded after the 15th consecutive Gold Award.

Organisations receiving a RoSPA Award are recognised as world-leaders in health and safety practice. Every year,

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nearly 2000 entrants vie to achieve the highest possible accolade in what is the UK’s longest-running H&S industry awards.

Nick Rastelli, Sales and Commercial Director for Lita Group, said: “What a fantastic achievement, and one we are very proud of. To retain our Gold Award standing is one thing but to have retained our Order of Distinction for over seven years, is quite another. It’s just brilliant news.

“This shows that for us, health and safety are not merely words but a complete way of thinking and operating. A big thanks to all of our staff for putting safety first and foremost and to Sally Evans and our H&S team for ensuring compliance all year round.”

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