Helping you with Workplace Hygiene

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We would like to reassure our valued customers that Alsco remains open and operating, and will continue to support essential services in keeping our country operating. With the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impacting individuals, businesses and communities across Australia, we want to provide information on how we are working to help mitigate its effects.

Alsco plays an important role in maintaining clean hygiene standards for all our customers in all industries whether it be food manufacturing and processing, healthcare, corporate or industrial. These organisations are still providing critical functions for their local communities and the economy and are also often critical in maintaining public health. In addition to our normal procedures and processes, Alsco has taken steps to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and the communities we call home.

Alsco ensures it’s adherence to the stringent Australian Laundry Standards AS 4146 2000 and our HACCP accredited plants ensure that our customers and our community have the very best in clean hygienic product and that our staff work in a hygienic and safe working environment.

Our local branches will continue to provide on-time, complete deliveries and are empowered to make decisions to ensure that we are doing so in a manner that reflects our commitment to employee, customer and community safety.

We are committed to providing the highest levels of service, safety and hygiene to all of our customers and through this commitment we will continue to contribute to the safety and welfare of the communities we serve. If you need to discuss your service further please, do not hesitate to contact the account manager of your branch. Should you find yourself in need of customer service or solutions to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, please contact us on 1300 659 892.

HACCP Accreditation
Adherence to Australian Laundry Standards AS 4146 2000

Food Processing Garment Services
Industrial Workwear Services
Floor Care Services
Continuous Towel Services
Hand Hygiene Services
Managed Washroom Service
Washroom Sanitiser Service

For additional information about COVID-19, visit the Australian Government Department of Health https://www.health.gov.au/

What Protective Clothing Should Be Worn When Preparing Food?

Chef Uniform

Employees should always be wearing protective garments when working in the food industry. Not only does protective clothing promote a safe and healthy workplace, they make the staff look very professional.

Below is an overview of the main protective clothing that should be worn when preparing food. 

Chef and Kitchen Staff Uniforms 

Chef uniforms are an absolute must for every kitchen employee who spends lots of time preparing food. Chef and kitchen staff uniforms should comply with Australian Laundry Standards AS/NZ 4146 2000. 

With a clothing rental service, businesses can reduce the hassle of purchasing, laundering, repairing and ironing their own uniforms, while ensuring that their employees look elegant and professional at all times. These garments can be customised to promote the company’s image and businesses can add different-coloured trim for easy identification of staff. 

There is a diverse and versatile array of chef uniforms which suit every businesses needs:

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Chef Garments
Vast range of chef jackets available for rent.
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Skull Cap
Keeps hair in control and looking smart.
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Trousers
Checked or Black Drawstring trousers. Perfect for the kitchen.
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Food Processing Garments 

Preparing food can also involve food processing, manufacturing or packaging. In these industries, it is crucial that frontline staff are protected against nasty germs, contamination and infection.  

Businesses can sign up for a food processing garment rental service to receive fresh, crisp and hygienic food processing garments delivered to their doorstep. These garments are laundered to strict HACCP regulation standards, acting as the perfect long-lasting antibacterial defence against dirt and germs. Here are some of the food processing garments that every workplace should have: 

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White Food Coat
Knee-length style with concealed press stud closure, elastic cuffed sleeves with a back pleat for greater mobility. 
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Alsco White Food Shirt With Neck Gusset

White Food Shirt
Soft and comfortable shirt with neck gusset, collar and elasticated cuffs – perfect for food processing staff. 

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White Food Coat Mandarin Collar
Long food coat with elasticated cuffed sleeves and soft poly cotton fabric, ideal for the kitchen.
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White Drawstring Pant
Food coats can come with crisp, white drawstring pants. These have internal pockets and soft, comfortable poly cotton fabric.
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Aprons

When it comes to protective clothing for food preparation, aprons are the most essential item for kitchen staff or food processing workers. A simple apron can improve hygiene levels in the workplace and establish a professional tone for service. 

Aprons can shield the employee’s garments from food splatters, stains and burns, acting as the ultimate form of protection. They also act as a fantastic barrier against dangerous substances used in the kitchen environment, such as chemicals, hot grease and oils. 

Like with any food preparation clothing, aprons need to adhere to stringent Australian Laundry Standards AS/NZS 4146 2000. 

Alsco offers various kinds of aprons for different business needs and kitchen staff roles.

  • Adaptable Bib Apron
  • Reversible Denim Apron 
  • Striped Butcher’s Style Apron  
  • Classic Bib Apron
  • Wrap Waist Apron 

Gloves 

When handling and preparing all kinds of food, workers should always wear protective gloves. The main types of gloves are listed below: 

  • Rubber dishwashing gloves: Helps to protect workers’ hands from hot water or abrasive chemicals used in dishwashing soaps, detergents or sanitisers. Also minimises contact with harmful germs and bacteria
  • Cut-resistant gloves: Made from strong, durable materials that prevent skin from being sliced open by sharp knives, scissors or glass during food preparation
  • Freezer gloves: Insulated gloves with strong grips that protect the hands from frostbite, which can occur when workers spend long periods of time in freezers or refrigeration storage units 
  • Disposable vinyl gloves: Protects hands from hot irritant foods such as chillies 
  • Oven gloves/mittens: Safeguards the employee’s hands when handling hot cookware such as baking trays and pans that have been in direct heat with an oven or stove

Anti-Slip Shoes 

Anti-slip shoes (or slip-resistant footwear) can reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents in the workplace. For the food processing industry, this is especially important due to the possibility of liquid/chemical spills and harmful substances falling to the kitchen floor. 

The shoes provide adequate friction on dangerous slippery surfaces, with specific features designed to enhance the employee’s balance and grip. These include a well-defined tread pattern with more edges to improve grip, bevelled or rounded heel edge, and rubber soles which offer more slip resistance.

Tread patterns are suited to the size and type of contaminants. For example, indoor work on smooth floors with thin liquid contaminants may have flexible soles with fine thread. On the other hand, shoes used in rough outdoor areas require deeper treads and perhaps an addition of special studs/cleats to provide extra traction.

Want to ensure that all your employees are sufficiently protected from kitchen accidents? Alsco’s Managed Uniform Rental Service has got you covered with amazing food preparation garments to improve the safety and welfare of all your workers! 

Our services use a sophisticated barcode system which tracks every delivery in the most efficient way, ensuring that all your food garments and equipment are washed properly (and regularly) on time. With the Managed Garment system, Alsco is able to provide customised services for your business.

CALL US on 1300 659 892 to organise uniforms for your staff now!

Wiggles star, Greg Page, highlights the importance of First Aid Training and Defibrillators

Having recently experienced a heart attack on stage while performing for bush fire relief, Greg Page has thanked the community and vowed to learn CPR and complete First Aid Training, which ultimately saved his life. Due to the quick thinking of a nurse attending the show, in addition to the Castle Hill RSL having an Alsco Automated External Defibrillator, he was brought back to life and is now comfortably recovering at home. 

So how likely is someone to have a heart attack?

According to the World Health Organisation, Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) are the number 1 cause of death around the world. Although these include coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease, 85% of all CVD deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes. In Australia, heart attacks claimed 7,813 lives in 2017 which is about 21 deaths each day.

Many cases occur while individuals are not at home, and statistically, the chance of someone having a cardiac arrest at work is high. 

Timing is Critical

  • Due to the severity of a heart attack, response time is crucial to prevent fatality
  • Sudden cardiac arrest victims have less than 10 minutes to receive defibrillation and CPR treatment before these will prove ineffective.
  • Ambulance response times in Australia, however, have been cited as greater than 10 minutes, well beyond this in busy metropolitan areas.

Having the correct knowledge and equipment readily available, can save lives.

What is an Automated External Defibrillator?

Essentially, it is a portable electronic machine that can automatically diagnose irregular heartbeats and treat it through electrical therapy, much like giving the heart a jump start. It’s much more effective than CPR, which just sustains life before a defibrillator can be found.

Using a Defibrillator

But that’s not to say that training is not necessary. Knowing immediately how to operate an automated external defibrillator greatly increases the chances of saving a life.

Research has shown that for every minute that a person in cardiac arrest is not treated, the chance of survival falls by 7%, and after 3 minutes, it falls further to 10%. So, speed is of the essence.

Although the method seems straightforward, there are some important basic facts to bear in mind.

  • Clear the Way – defibrillators can’t work through clothing; electrodes must touch the skin.
  • Dry the Area – the conductive gel on the underside of the electrodes is effective on dry skin
  • Machine Power Up – an AED needs a little time to power up, so basic CPR is necessary while waiting
  • Electrode Position – electrodes must be placed high on the left and low on the right of the heart – think 10:20 on a watch face.
  • Apply Pressure – operators need to apply pressure on the electrode (11kgs); touching the skin is not enough

Of course, a certified training course will provide far more detailed instructions on how to operate an Automatic External Defibrillator than the list above, so be sure to sign yourself or selected staff up to participate in one.

First Aid Training

Everyone should know basic first aid, regardless of age or occupation. Accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. As with the situation with Greg Page, the need to administer CPR correctly and quickly was crucial. Luckily, the Wiggles’ crew were quick to administer CPR while the off-duty nurse firstly located and then administered the defibrillator.  

Alsco provides various training, including first aid for workplaces. We tailor our courses to your business. Whether you require general first aid or defibrillator operation, we can get you sorted.

Get in touch with us today!