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  • Keeping social distancing screens clean

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    A relatively new feature of many workplaces are social distancing screens. Whether used at to protect checkout workers and retail staff and customers or to separate colleagues in offices, their use is now widespread.
    As the purpose of these screens is to prevent the spread of virus as well as enabling people to see each other clearly, it’s important to keep these screens clean, hygienic and smear free. Here are some tips and products to help make that easier.

    What kind of screens?
    There are a wide variety of screens available, including hanging and freestanding screens as well as desktop dividers and portable, foldable screens which can be moved and stored easily. Some are transparent, some are frosted or fully opaque.
    The key requirement for social distancing screens however is that they can be effectively cleaned at least once a day and designed with no hard to clean areas, but smooth surfaces and joins.
    Perspex and acrylic screens are popular options. Glass screens are also used in some cases.
    Cleaning equipment and tips
    For Perspex and acrylic screens, it is important to use the right products. Cleaning wipes or solutions with at least 70% alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol, or other acrylic approved disinfectants are advisable.

    ALCOHOL SURFACE SANITIZING WIPES, BLUE 150 WIPE TUB, £9.99 ALCOHOL SURFACE SANITIZING WIPES, BLUE 150 WIPE TUB, £9.99

     

    These wipes are effective against bacteria and viruses and designed so they won’t scratch surfaces.
    You can also use appropriate disinfectants and solutions in sprays with microfibre cloths which are good for high shine, scratchable surfaces.

     

    MICROFIBRE CLOTHS, 40CM SQ RED, £8.32 MICROFIBRE CLOTHS, 40CM SQ RED, £8.32

     

    AX ULTRA VIRUCIDAL/BACTERICIDAL DISINFECTANT, 750ML X 3, £8.95 AX ULTRA VIRUCIDAL/BACTERICIDAL DISINFECTANT, 750ML X 3, £8.95

    AX Ultra is a proven virucidal/bactericidal disinfectant which is safe to use on all touch surfaces that are washable. It offers virucidal activity against all enveloped viruses including Coronavirus, Influenza and HIV and is certified to BSEN 1276 and BSEN 14476. Chlorine free.

    Due to a shortage of trigger heads these are sold only in 3's, you will get three bottles and one trigger spray head.

    Using well designed cleaning equipment, which incorporates microfiber cloths and well designed handles can also save your staff a huge amount of time and make it much easier to keep screens clean.
    Our Vikan Easyshine Kit comes with a Flexible Mop Frame which is ideal for cleaning high gloss surfaces such as social distancing screens, and is designed to make it faster and easier to clean curved surfaces.

    EASYSHINE MICROFIBRE KIT WITH FLEXIBLE MOP FRAME, GREY, £67.36 EASYSHINE MICROFIBRE KIT WITH FLEXIBLE MOP FRAME, GREY, £67.36

     

    If in doubt, our team are on hand to offer advice on the best cleaning products to make it as easy as possible to keep your workplace hygienic and safe at this time.
    Please contact our sales team on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com for advice relating to your specific needs.

  • How to keep your cleaning materials hygienic

    Low Section Of Male Janitor Cleaning Floor With Caution Wet Floo   It’s more important than ever to maintain excellent hygiene standards in all areas, and a key part of this is ensuring that cleaning tools and equipment are hygienic. In this guide we set out the key steps and share some helpful resources to help you do this.

    STEP 1: Ensure you have the right equipment

    If you have not already carried out a full review and risk assessment around cleaning in your business, now is the time to do that. Look at all the hazards that could potentially arise if your premises and equipment is not cleaned thoroughly and note them down. This will then help you to take the next step of writing down clear cleaning procedures, including which cleaning tasks need to be carried out and how frequently. Look at this list alongside your current equipment and supplies and you can then assess if you have all the equipment and cleaning supplies that you need. When checking equipment, consider the design, age and state of repair of the equipment. For example, brushes or buckets with scratches or grooves in the design can collect grime and bacteria. Some equipment, such as the Vikan hygiene tools we stock, are specifically designed to have smooth contours and detachable elements which make them easy to keep clean.

    VIKAN LARGE 20L HYGIENE BUCKET C/W HANDLE, £26.07 VIKAN LARGE 20L HYGIENE BUCKET C/W HANDLE, £26.07

    Click here to see our range of Vikan hygiene equipment

    STEP 2: Colour code items used in specific areas

    Different cleaning routines should be established for different areas of your premises. In particular, different procedures and equipment should be used for food contact and non-food contact areas. To avoid cross-contamination of areas, such as toilet areas and main entrances or food preparation areas,  must be easily identifiable and kept separate from those used in different areas. Color coding is often a simple solution but don’t use stickers which can come off or attract dirt as they disintegrate, it’s best to use cleaning tools which are colour coded. You can see a variety of differently colour coded hygiene equipment including sponges and scourers, brushes, mops and tubs in our brochure of hygiene tools and equipment. Failing that, you can also use labelling and tagging systems which can help to ensure the right cleaning tools are used in the right areas. Please call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com for more details.

    STEP 3:  Put clear written cleaning procedures in place -- including the decontamination and storage of cleaning tools.

    Having done the preparatory work, the next step is to set out clear written cleaning procedures and train staff accordingly. Training should happen at induction and be regularly reviewed. A key part of the cleaning procedures for each area of your premises should include cleaning and storing the tools used. The procedures need to be carefully considered but should include the following:

    • Clean and store the equipment correctly after every use ensuring it is thoroughly clean, sanitized and dry and ready for the next use.
    • Dispose of cleaning products that may have been contaminated.
    • Remove visible dirt and debris and pre-rinse
    • Wash the item using the detergent or product at the temperature recommended by the manufacturer for cleaning the item. The rinse clean again.
    • Check and sanitize. Make sure the item is well cleaned and sanitize using disinfectant or sanitizer where appropriate.
    • Dry and store in the correct place, in the correct way. Ideally, for example, brushes should be hung on hooks or stored in a way where they are not kept on the floor or in disarray. We do have storage solutions for hygiene tools and equipment available. Please contact our sales team on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com for more information.
    • Record that the item has been cleaned, checked and stored appropriately.

    STEP 4: Have scheduled times and records for cleaning processes

    Set out how frequently certain tasks need to be completed and how often items should be replaced. Cleaning cloths and sponges for example, should be replaced regularly. It may be that a brush used in a general area where there is no food preparation is cleaned and checked once a month. Write out the procedures but also ensure that reasonable records are kept by staff of who cleaned which items and who was responsible for doing so. There are many variations on the best processes for different businesses and a very helpful guide can be found from Vikan. Vikan cleaning tool maintenance guide Click here to view and download Vikan’s guide to cleaning tool maintenance   We can also offer helpful advice on products and systems which will make the task of keeping your cleaning equipment hygienic easier and faster. Please contact our sales team on 01726 74264 or at sales@cisafety.com for advice relating to your specific needs.

  • Keeping your computer clean

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    In February a range of organisations run clean your computer campaigns, but why is this important and how do you keep your computer clean? Our guide can help you to improve productivity and save money...
    Cleaning your computer regularly will help you keep it working properly and avoid expensive repairs.

    The keyboard
    It’s easy for dust, crumbs and liquid to end up on a computer keyboard. If these elements get stuck under the keys, they can stop the keyboard from working properly.

    To clean your keyboard, take the following steps:
    1. Ensure your computer is shut down and if necessary, unplug the keyboard.
    2. Turn the keyboard upside down and gently shake it to let dust or crumbs etc fall out.
    3. Use a can of compressed air to clean between the keys.
    4. Use a special computer wipe or moisten a cotton cloth or paper towel with rubbing alcohol and clean the keys. Don’t put any liquid directly onto the keyboard.
    5. Use a cotton bud with the wipe or rubbing alcohol to gently wipe the areas around the keys.
    6. Use a dry wipe or cloth to dry the keyboard.
    7. When the keyboard is dry, reconnect the keyboard if necessary.

    The mouse
    There are two main mouse types: optical mice which use light (LEDs) to track movement and mechanical mice which have small balls which roll over the surface on which you move the mouse.

    Optical mice require no internal cleaning because they do not contain any rotating parts; however, they can stop working well if dust or dirt collects near the light emitter.
    Mechanical mice are especially susceptible to dust and particles that can accumulate inside the rotating ball inside the mouse. This can stop the mouse pointer from working smoothly.

    To clean your mouse:
    1. Unplug the mouse if it is not wireless.
    2. Use a computer cleaning wipe or moisten a cotton cloth with rubbing alcohol, and
    use it to clean the top and bottom of the mouse.
    3. If you have a mechanical mouse, remove the tracking ball by turning the ball-cover
    ring counter-clockwise. Then clean the tracking ball and the inside of the mouse.
    4. Use a dry cloth or allow the mouse to dry before reconnecting the mouse.

    The mousepad
    Wipe your mousepad clean with a damp cloth, using water and a small amount of mild detergent. Allow to air dry.

    The monitor
    Dirt, grease from fingers and dust can make your computer screen difficult to read.
    There are monitor-cleaning kits you can buy, but make sure you use the right kind of cleaner for the material your screen is made from. For example, some cleaning agents will work for glass screens but are not suited to LCD screens. The safest method is simply to use a soft clean cloth moistened with water.
    Avoid using glass cleaning agents as many screens have anti-glare coatings that can be damaged by glass cleaner.

    1. Shut down your computer or laptop.
    2. Unplug the monitor if it has a separate power source.
    3. Use a soft clean cloth moistened with water to wipe the screen clean.
    Do not spray any liquids directly onto the screen.

    Other computer surfaces
    Schedule time once a month to clean your computer case and the sides and back of the monitor to avoid a buildup of dust and dirt.
    ● Use an anti-static cloth to dust your computer casing. Do not use furniture cleaners or solvents.
    ● Use a can of compressed air to blow out debris from the air intake slots.
    ● Clean the monitor housing and case with a computer wipe or slightly damp cloth which you wipe downwards. Gently rub dry with a cloth or wipe afterwards.

    Dealing with spills
    If you spill liquid on the keyboard, quickly shut down the computer and disconnect the keyboard. Then turn the keyboard upside down and allow the liquid to drain.

    If the liquid is sticky, you will need to hold the keyboard on its side under running water to rinse away the sticky liquid. Then turn the keyboard upside down to drain for two days before reconnecting it. Please note that keyboard may not be fixable at this point, but the method above is probably the best option. To prevent this situation altogether, we recommend keeping drinks away from the computer area.

    Allow air circulation around your computer
    A computer can generate a lot of heat, so the casing has fans that keep it from overheating and it is important to allow good airflow around the device for this reason. Avoid stacking papers, books, and other items around your computer.

    If your computer is enclosed in a compartment or cupboard, make sure it is not pushed close to the sides and leave a door or panel open if possible to ensure good airflow.

    Helpful products

    TELEPHONE & VDU WIPES, £2.86 TELEPHONE & VDU WIPES, £2.86

    Multi- purpose wipes targeted for office use and are ideal for cleaning keyboards/ computer screens etc.

    MICROFIBRE CLOTHS, 40CM SQ RED, £8.32 MICROFIBRE CLOTHS, 40CM SQ , £8.32
  • How to take care of your hygiene tools

     

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    Once you’ve chosen the right hygiene tools for your business taking time to make sure they are used, cleaned and stored properly will not only prolong their life and maintain their quality and effectiveness but will help to ensure that you meet required health and safety regulations. Here’s our guide:

     

    Keeping it clean

    You might think that this goes without saying, but it’s always worth mentioning that a hygiene tool is only as good as its cleanliness. There are six main steps when cleaning your tools. Start with a  pre-clean during which you remove excess food waste by knocking, wiping or pre-rinsing the tool. Then, during the main clean, loosen surface waste and grease with a detergent. After this, rinse to remove loose food waste, grease and detergent. While this might seem like a good place to stop, you must now follow with a disinfectant or heat to kill bacteria before completing a final rinse to remove the disinfectant. Once this is all complete, you must let your hygiene tools dry completely, ideally through air drying, but paper towels or clean, dry cloths can also be used. Instilling these practices during training, policies and visible materials to remind staff of cleaning procedures will not only ensure that health and hygiene standards are maintained, but your tools will last longer and work more effectively.

     

    Keep to a schedule

    To ensure your tools are being cleaned consistently and to the correct standards, it might be beneficial to create a cleaning schedule and guidelines so that everyone knows what needs to be cleaned, how often and when they need to be cleaned and by who. Of course, instigating a ‘clean as you go’ ethic is also a good practice for any tools that are used regularly or which come into contact with food. Having a weekly, monthly or quarterly intensive clean can also be a good back up, particularly for items which may be forgotten or used infrequently.

     

    Read the instructions 

    It can be easy to lapse into a groove and assume all products can be cleaned the same way and with the same chemicals. Make sure staff read any instructions and labels before cleaning as some materials will be affected by certain chemicals and avoiding these chemicals will help to preserve your tools. This is particularly important for hygiene tools which come into contact with food as the plastic or polymers can be damaged by inappropriate cleaning techniques which in turn can cause a breach in health and hygiene standards.

     

    Store items correctly 

    Putting particular thought into how you store your tools might not be a priority but it’s worth noting that if you don’t store cleaning equipment in a hygienic manner it can result in a non-compliance according to the food safety standards set out by BRCGS (BRCv8: 4.11.6 – ‘Cleaning equipment shall be cleaned and stored in a hygienic manner’). For example, if you have colour coded hygiene tools, it is important to store each tool with tools of the same colour to avoid cross-contamination. When exploring storage solutions, keep in mind units that are designed to increase cleaning efficiency and reduce hygiene tool and cross-contamination.

     

    Click here to see information about Vikan Shadow Boards Click here to see information about Vikan Shadow Boards

     

    Some of our suppliers, including Vikan have storage equipment such as wall brackets, shadow boards and colour-coded brackets that can help you to implement effective storage solutions.

     

    It’s also helpful, when designing your cleaning procedures, ensure your storage accommodates only the tools required for cleaning each specific area of your site.

    If you would like more information about this, our sales team are happy to help and suggest options that would suit your business needs. Call us on 01726 74264 or email sales@cisafety.com

  • Measuring & storage: scoops and buckets

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    Nearly every food processing plant uses buckets and scoops in a variety of day to day tasks. Although they seem to be common and fairly insignificant items of equipment, investing in the right products can make a big difference to profit margins and to compliance to food safety regulations. Here’s our guide to key features and good products which are available.

    Key features to look for in scoops

    Choosing the right scoops means you can ensure that you measure the right quantities easily and efficiently, saving time, reducing wastage and ensuring you meet regulations.

    Here are some key features to look for:

    • Ergonomic design: lightweight scoops which are easy to hold mean staff can work more quickly, efficiently and with reduced risk of Repetitive Strain Injury. A spout on each side of the scoop, means the scoops can easily be used by both left and right-handed staff.
    • Hygienic design: Particularly when used for chemicals or foodstuffs, choosing scoops which are made in one piece, and which have smooth surfaces means lower risk of bacteria gathering or residue substances remaining.
    • If plastic, made with food safety approved polymers. Click here for more guidance on food contact materials.
    • Colour coding: In all areas of food production, and for general manufacturing, colour coding makes it easy for staff to avoid cross-contamination of scoops.
    • Easy to read measures: Accurate measures mean less waste while adhering to weights and measures regulations.
    • Durability: Investing in scoops made from durable materials means you don’t have to replace equipment, but also, there’s lower risk of contamination from bacteria gathering in damaged edges.

     

     

    Vikan Square Hand Scoop, 1 Litre, £2.59 Vikan Square Hand Scoop, 1 Litre, £2.59

     

    Our Vikan range of scoops come in a variety of colours. They are lightweight and durable, and designed with hygiene in mind. The smooth surface makes it extremely easy to clean, ideal for use in food production areas for moving food ingredients.

    Key features to look for in buckets

    The humble bucket fulfills so many roles. Common uses include the following:

     

    • Storing dry or wet ingredients
    • Small cleaning tasks using a chemical solution and a brush, cloth or pad
    • Storing/dosing chemicals that have to be placed in a safe area
    • Soaking cleaning tools or small spare parts, such as couplings or scrapers
    • Segregating allergens
    • Waste collection (often in black buckets)
    • Gathering up glass debris (along with a bench brush and a dustpan)
    • For washing hands

    Depending on what a bucket is to be used for, the following features can be hugely beneficial:

     

    • Ergonomic design: handles which easy to hold mean it’s easier to carry heavier contents without hurting hands and less risk of dropping or spilling from the bucket. Extra handles can make it easier to pour from the bucket. Some buckets, such as those from our Vikan range also have scoops to make it easier to fill buckets with dry materials and spouts to enable more accurate pouring.

    Click here for more information on our Vikan range of buckets and scoops.

    • Hygienic design: Particularly when used for chemicals or foodstuffs, buckets which have durable, smooth surfaces are easier to clean thoroughly. A self-draining base also means water won’t collect when a bucket is stored upside down.
    • If plastic, made with food safety approved polymers. Click here for more guidance on food contact materials.
    • Colour coding: In all areas of food production, and for general manufacturing, colour coding makes it easier to avoid cross-contamination.
    • Easy to read measures: Accurate measures mean less waste while adhering to weights and measures regulations.
    • Durability: Investing in buckets made from durable materials means you don’t have to replace equipment as often, and there is lower risk of contamination from bacteria gathering in damaged edges.
    • Signage. Some buckets, such as our green mop bucket and ringer are not only ideal for mopping floors but come with Wet Floor hazard signage to reduce the need for extra equipment.

     

    Mop bucket and wringer, green, £9.35 15 litre Mop bucket and wringer, green, £9.35 15 litre

     

    If you would like more information on products that would suit your workplace, feel free to email us at sales@cisafety.com or call 01726 74264.

     

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