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Bad hygiene risks laid bare

Published 14th December, 2009 by Neil Nixon

Bad hygiene risks laid bare

Mike Burton, managing director of Albany Hygiene Facilities, and Dr Ron Cutler of Queen Mary, University of London, explained in graphic detail the risks of poor workplace hygiene, and some remedial measures to reduce their impact, at a meeting of the Home Counties Region of the British Institute of Facilities Management in Winnersh, Berkshire recently.

The audience of facilities managers and their guests heard Dr Cutler, a leading microbiologist and expert on infectious diseases at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, explain the mechanisms of cross infection and describe how the latest techniques of hand drying, as well as better hand cleaning techniques, can take a major role in the prevention and control of infection. Dr Cutler, who has been seen recently on Sky TV and BBC Breakfast News offering expert opinion on the problems of E.coli infection arising from children’s petting farms, described what remedial action should be taken following an outbreak of infection.

Mike Burton then spoke about the measures that can easily be taken to improve the hygiene of business premises and thereby the health of those who work there. He explained that effective hygiene can achieve a reduction in absence from work of up to 50% while saving thousands of pounds in unnecessary costs each year. He also demonstrated how to reduce a building’s environmental impact by adopting some simple practices and using the correct products and services.

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