Essential Back to Work Products

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With the emergence of COVID-19, it has never been more important to promote cleanliness and hygiene in the workplace. While social restrictions are relaxing and businesses are gradually returning back to work, Alsco has created a high-quality range of essential products designed to help you feel more confident about your work environment.

This product catalogue steps outside of our traditional portfolio and we are delighted to make them available to you, so that you can take precautionary measures which can readily prevent the spread of COVID-19, while also enhancing the health and wellbeing of all your stakeholders. 

If you’re interested in our Back to Work range (you can scroll down this article and browse for our recommendations or visit this page), then simply fill in this contact form and one of our friendly Sales Team members will get it touch! 

Message Mats 

Keeping your workplace safe, clean and hygienic is one of the top priorities right now. Yet, many businesses fail to properly enforce social distancing policies and hand hygiene reminders to their staff, which can make them more susceptible to the dangers of COVID-19.

There’s no better way to protect your workers than by using visual cues, captivating symbols and well-designed signs. Alsco’s brand new Message Mat enables your business to get back on its feet. We have 4 different designs for your choosing, each intended to promote physical distancing rules and remind employees to wash their hands.  These bold, attention-grabbing designs will effortlessly make sure your staff and customers maintain hygiene levels at all times. 

Hand Sanitiser & Stands 

Hand sanitisers are one the best defences against COVID-19. When a person coughs or sneezes, the highly contagious virus is released as respiratory droplets into the air, which can land on surfaces or objects. Since individuals often make physical contact with our surroundings, this can lead to a huge spread of infection. 

Safe Work Australia recommends that you get an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol as the active ingredient. The sanitiser must be used as per the manufacturer’s instructions when it is not possible to wash and dry hands. 

Alsco’s new Hand Sanitiser is available for your business’s back to work needs and meets all the stipulated hygiene requirements. We have even included a Hand Sanitiser Stand, which can be carefully placed around your workplace entrances and exits for optimal cleanliness. If you don’t have access to hand sanitisers, it is highly recommended that you place posters near handwashing facilities showing how to correctly wash (with soap and water) and dry hands. 

Washable Reusable Face Masks 

While single-use disposable face masks offer you protection against COVID-19, they are extremely wasteful and can become very costly in the long-run. Additionally, these face masks are used primarily for the pharmaceutical and chemical-processing industries, where they can be easily disposed of in a heavily controlled medical setting. 

As a result, reusable cloth face masks are being manufactured due to high demand and to reduce any supply burdens for those crucial health-related industries. By using a washable reusable face mask, you can return back to work with greater confidence with the knowledge that you are contributing to environmental sustainability and supporting the health sector. Check out Alsco’s washable reusable face masks and contact us for more info! 

Surface Sanitiser

Surface sanitisers act as an invisible armour cleansing the vulnerable spaces in your business and preventing your employees from becoming infected. These antibacterial sanitisers can be applied on all kinds of surfaces and equipment, a perfect hospital-grade solution for your back to work business needs. 

With Alsco’s brand new Surface Sanitiser, you are able to clean targeted areas of your workplace, including kitchen benchtops and sinks, food processing areas, office printers, industrial machinery, door handles, and so much more. Minimise the risk of infection and bacterial contamination by effectively cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting thoroughly. Combine this powerful solution with our premium, specially designed microfibre wipes

Infrared Thermometers

Infrared thermometers are unique digital thermometers that can measure the temperature of a surface from a distance ranging from a few inches to several feet. They must be verified by the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Most handheld infrared thermometers include a laser to help aim the device, meaning that your employees can be easily trained to use this tool around the workplace to detect any positive COVID-19 cases.

Infrared thermometers are often used as a cost-effective substitute for thermal imaging cameras, yet they perform just as well. Other than identifying whether any of your staff or customers have contracted COVID-19, they can be used to detect hot or cold spots on walls, ceiling and duct systems. With Alsco’s Infrared Thermometers, you can easily prepare yourself for the gradual return to business. 

Sneeze Guards 

A sneeze guard is another effective product which will prepare your business for a post COVID-19 work environment. It is a barrier (typically made out of plastic or glass) that is intended to curb the spread of germs, especially from sneezing or coughing, which are the main triggers for airborne virus contagion. 

Sneeze guards are effective for public spaces, such as salad bars, food counters and buffets in restaurants. They prevent food and people from being exposed to respiratory droplets, which are released via nasal or oral excretion. The guards are transparent, still enabling you to socialise with others while maintaining the necessary physical defences against COVID-19. If your business operates in the food preparation and hospitality industry, this product is highly recommended. 

Disposable Gloves 

While washing your hands with soap and water (or using hand sanitiser) is still the best control measure against COVID-19, disposable gloves are also useful for certain practices such as food handling and preparation, cleaning, agriculture, healthcare and manufacturing. Depending on your business, you’ll need to undertake a risk assessment to examine if your workplace would benefit from using gloves. 

According to Safe Work Australia, if gloves are not used appropriately, they can pose a risk of spreading germs and endangering workers. When a person wears gloves, they may come into contact with germs which can be transmitted to other objects or their face. As a precaution, gloves are not a substitute for frequent hand washing.  

It is important that gloves are replaced regularly. Multi-purpose gloves should be washed and stored according to the manufacturer’s instructions or workplace policy. Disposable gloves should not be re-used and multi-purpose gloves should not be shared between workers. 

Check out Alsco’s disposable gloves in our new essentials range.

Personal Protection Kits 

With the prevalence of COVID-19 news and warnings, you may have come across the term Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This equipment basically includes essential garments and workwear designed to protect health care workers or any individual from getting infected. 

Some examples of PPE include: gloves, face masks, sterilised gowns, coveralls, overshoes (shoe covers), goggles, respirators, head covering or rubber boots. 

You can check out Cleanroom Garments for more PPE products. Alsco’s personal protection kits allow you to seamlessly return to work and get back to business. Our kits contain all the necessary personal protective equipment to help you manoeuvre these challenging times and create a safe, hygienic environment for everyone. Together, we can work towards rebuilding our businesses and fighting the coronavirus.

Don’t hesitate to contact Alsco for more info about these essential back to work products! 

Continuous Hand Towels: Are they a Hygienic Option?

Alsco Continuous Hand Towels

Hand hygiene is an absolute MUST for any business.

There are so many options available to improve one’s hand hygiene, ranging from hand sanitisers to soap dispensers. For industrial workplaces, hand hygiene becomes more paramount since workers often have to clean oily, greasy surfaces or machine parts on a regular basis. This means dealing with lots of harmful bacteria and chemicals which can damage your workers’ health and safety.

However, not many people understand that to eliminate these germs, we need to use effective hand-drying mechanisms. Not only does proper hand-drying remove dirt from the hands and enhance cleanliness, they also remove microorganisms from the skin surface which come from the initial hand-washing. In other words, this hand-drying prevents any dirt or microbes from being re-deposited back onto the skin.

That’s why Alsco provides businesses with the Continuous Hand Towel option – for quick, economical and hygienic hand-drying. When it comes to drying our hands, cloth towelling is a fantastic way to maximise comfort and absorbency. In fact, international research has actually proven that a majority of people prefer to dry their hands using cloth towels, rather than the paper towel alternative.

Compared to Continuous Hand Towels, hand dryers are also not the most effective and hygienic method since many people often leave the restroom with their hands still damp. This lingering moisture contains bacteria which means a greater chance of infection. On the other hand, Continuous Hand Towels enable your hands to be completely dry and bacteria-free. Additionally, unlike with disposable towels, the germs are contained within the cloth towel cabinet instead of the trash cans or on the floor.

By using Continuous Hand Towels, you truly are opting for a great hygienic option in the workplace. Alsco’s Continuous Hand Towels provide extremely quick drying for the hands, which ensures a more thorough clean and minimises the risk of bacterial cross-contamination.

Additional features of the Continuous Hand Towels include:

  • Absorbent, hygienic, fresh and soft
  • Easy to use cabinet system
  • Avoid overflowing bins and the inconvenience of empty dispensers
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Average of 200 uses per towel

These cloth towel dispensers also provide a more efficient method for people to dry their hands. They contain separate chambers for the new and used portion of the towel, which ensures that there is no contact and creates an unparalleled hygienic environment. During cleaning, towels are processed at over 150°C to ensure complete sterilisation.

Aside from being very hygienic and efficient, cloth towels are also immensely eco-friendly, with less than half the environmental impact of paper towels, using up to 63% less energy, and creating 48% less greenhouse gases and up to 79% less waste.

Since Alsco’s Continuous Hand Towels are manually operated and don’t use electricity (unlike hand-dryers), your business won’t have to spend excess costs on energy bills, while also reducing pollution and deforestation. Not only will you be picking the best hygienic option for hand-drying, you’ll be helping the Earth!

Need Continuous Hand Towels for your Business?

If you want to get your hands on our special Continuous Hand Towels, Alsco’s Managed Rental Service is the cost-effective alternative to buying.

We eliminate the need for large capital outlay and keep your equipment maintained, replenished and up-to-date. Our economical solution ensures that you will avoid any purchasing, re-ordering and storage costs, with the available supplies delivered punctually whenever you need it!

How to Clean Your Business during COVID-19?

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With the rapid spread and growing clusters of COVID-19 in various restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues around Australia, maintaining hygiene procedures and cleanliness is extremely important for businesses. 

According to the Australian Department of Health, COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through microscopic respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. This highly contagious airborne virus can be contracted by touching an infected surface and then touching your own mouth, nose or eyes. 

While not touching your face and social distancing is recommended, it’s not enough. You need to ensure that your business is properly cleaned and disinfected. To succeed in the battle against coronavirus, there are more stringent precautionary measures to be undertaken within your business. This involves effective routine cleaning procedures and the use of proper advanced cleaning equipment. 

Cleaning & Disinfecting – What’s the Difference? 

Cleaning means to physically remove any impurities (germs, dirt and organic matter) from surfaces. However, cleaning does not actually eradicate germs; it only reduces them and the associated risk of infection. This means that cleaning alone will not be effective in killing any of the germs that already exist on the surface. 

Proper cleaning works by using a detergent and water solution, which is designed to break up oil and grease, combined with water. Any products that have been labelled as a detergent can be used to clean.

On the other hand, disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill the germs on surfaces and objects. This process does not necessarily ‘clean’ dirty surfaces, therefore it is important to clean before disinfecting, as having dirt and grime on the surfaces can reduce the disinfectant’s ability to kill the germs. Disinfectants typically contain a minimum of 70% alcohol, which is acceptable to be used on hard surfaces and any labelled disinfectant can be used.

A combination of cleaning and disinfecting is the most effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 or other infections around your business. 

How to Clean? And When and Where should I do it? 

Firstly, you should carefully clean surfaces or objects with detergent and water, beginning from the cleanest to dirtiest surface to reduce the transfer of germs. This should be followed by disinfecting with a bleach based solution with a minimum of 70% alcohol. Ensure the disinfectant claims it kills viruses (usually chlorine based disinfectants) and is not an anti bacterial cleaner.

Different surfaces require different cleaning methods and products so ensure you do not damage any of your business items, furniture or decor with abrasive chemicals. 

When you’re cleaning, it is preferable to use single-use gloves to minimise infection. If you have reusable gloves, these should be washed with detergent and water after each use and should only be worn with hands that have been thoroughly washed before each cleaning session.

Workplaces should be cleaned everyday, whenever possible. Depending on the type of business, more frequent and rigorous cleaning may be required, especially if your workplace operates on a shift roster with many individuals entering the premises at different times.

It is important to clean and disinfect the frequently touched surfaces within your business, such as tabletops, door handles, light switches, office desks, printers, staircases, bathrooms, toilet doors, and kitchen surfaces. All objects or surfaces that are used frequently throughout the day should be repeatedly cleaned if possible. Safe Work Australia offers a comprehensive guide on the optimal areas to focus on for intensive cleaning. 

Recommended Cleaning Products for Your Business 

Photo Credits @ Kelly Sikkema 

Cleaning and disinfecting your business is the best armour against the invasion of COVID-19.

However, there are additional cleaning products to use in order to optimise your business’s hygiene and sanitation, particularly in high-traffic areas around the work space. Washrooms in particular need special attention, since many employees do not adequately practice hand hygiene, which is essential for combatting the coronavirus. 

Washroom Services 

A clean and hygienic washroom is essential for all kinds of businesses. Unfortunately, bathrooms can be an easy source of infection and contamination, since people are in close contact with many harmful germs and bacteria on different surfaces. This makes COVID-19 easier to transmit. 

To avoid this, it is highly recommended that your business invests in a premium customised washroom service, which provides technologically advanced cleaning products tailored for your workplace. With these managed rental services, you won’t even have to refill supplies or fix damaged hygiene units since it’s all done for you! 

  • Hand Hygiene – Hand hygiene acts as the front-line defence against COVID-19. Get access to the best, superior-quality hand hygiene products, including instant hand sanitisers, hand soap dispensers, along with disinfectant and moisturiser barrier hand creams.  
  • Washroom sanitisers – Designed to eradicate harmful germs and dangerous invisible microbes, washroom sanitisers are one of the best ways to keep your business spaces clean and healthy. Toilet seat sanitisers and Urinal/WC Digital Sanitisers are powerful and designed for maximum efficiency against grime. 
  • Clinical Service – Alsco’s Sharps Containers and Clinical Disposal Bins for business washrooms ensures the disposal of hazardous waste and unsanitary objects. This will minimise any risk of contamination with body fluids, blood, toxins and chemicals. 

Dust Control & Floor Protection Mats 

Floor mats are a great option to provide complete floor protection in your business, as well as maintain dust and dirt control. With evidence showing that pre-existing lung problems (such as asthma and lung cancer) can substantially worsen the respiratory effects of COVID-19, it is important that businesses create a safe and clean environment for those who are especially vulnerable or immune-compromised. 

This involves minimising potential asthma triggers including pollen, dust mites and tobacco smoke. Luckily, Alsco’s Dust Control & Floor Protection Mats ensure that 80% of dirt, dust and water are captured before even entering the workplace. These highly absorbent mats not only keep your workplace cleaner, they also reduce floor wear-and-tear while mitigating the risks of accidents and workplace injuries, keeping your clients and staff safer. These mats can be strategically placed around the busiest and dirtiest areas, where there is often high foot traffic including doorways, hallway entrances and work areas. 

Continuous Hand Towels 

Proper hand-drying procedures are often overlooked when maintaining hand hygiene. However, in order to completely and effectively eliminate these germs, hand drying is an essential weapon against COVID-19. 

Hand-drying removes dirt and microorganisms from the skin surface which come from the initial hand-washing, therefore preventing them from being re-deposited back onto the skin. Alsco’s Continuous Hand Towels enable you to dry your hands quickly and economically, meaning improved cleanliness and reduced chances of bacterial cross contamination. 

Our cloth towel dispensers have separate chambers for the new and used portion of the towel, which ensures no contact and an unparalleled level of hygiene. During cleaning, towels are processed at over 150°C to ensure complete sterilisation.

Return to work with confidence with the help of Alsco. Our back to work range of essential products can help your business return to work with confidence with message mats, safety mats, sneeze guards and personal protective equipment for your staff. Get in touch with us today to organise your back to work essentials!

The Importance of Clinical Waste Disposal

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What is Clinical Waste?

Clinical waste is defined as any waste generated by health care industries such as medical, dental, pharmaceutical and other clinical related activity. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 15% of medical waste produced is considered hazardous as it may be infectious, radioactive or contain chemicals that have the potential to cause further injury, infection or offence.

What are the different types of waste?

Waste and by products of waste, can include:

  • Infectious waste – waste contaminated with blood and other bodily fluids (e.g. from discarded diagnostic samples) or waste from patients with infections (e.g. swabs, bandages and single-use medical devices)
  • Pathological Waste – human tissues, organs or fluids, body parts and contaminated animal carcasses.
  • Sharps Waste – syringes, needles, disposable scalpels and blades, etc.
  • Chemical waste – solvents and reagents used for laboratory preparations, disinfectants, sterilants and heavy metals contained in medical devices (e.g. mercury in broken thermometers) as well as batteries.
  • Pharmaceutical waste – expired, unused and contaminated drugs and vaccines.
  • Radioactive waste – such as products contaminated by radionuclides including radioactive diagnostic material or radiotherapeutic materials.

Why is it important to separate the waste?

It is important to understand the different types of waste and how to separate them in order to protect the environment and individuals from harm. Risks associated with medical waste include:

  • Health Risks – clinical waste can contain infectious agents, radioactive materials or hazardous chemicals which could infect patients, health workers and the general public if not disposed of properly.
  • Sharps Related – Around 16 million injections are administered by syringe or needle each year. Of these 16 million, a large portion are not disposed of in the correct manner. This can cause further injury and re-infection. An individual who accidentally encounters an injury from a needle used on an person infected with HIV has a 30% chance of being infected. 
  • Environmental Impact – Incorrectly disposing medical waste can lead to health risks through the release of pathogens and toxic pollutants which then spread into the environment. Untreated health care waste can also lead to contamination of underground soils and drinking water, affecting the wider population and putting the general public at risk.

How to dispose of medical waste correctly?

Due to the potential health and environmental impact medical waste can have, it needs to be disposed of correctly. This is to ensure the waste is treated so that it no longer has the dangerous properties of medical waste and can be reclassified. After treatment, the waste must no longer be injurious, infectious or able to give rise to offence in order for reclassification to occur.

At Alsco, we have a sharps container and clinical disposal bins for workplace washrooms that have been designed while keeping the ease of use and the privacy of the user in mind. Our secure sharps bins disposal service ensures disposal of hazardous waste and sharp objects in accordance with EPA regulations.

Sharp Waste Bin

Sharp Waste Bin

  • Suitable for syringe and needle disposal
  • Secure steel container with dual locking system
  • Available in 1.4 litre and 7 litre containers

Waste Disposal Bin 

  • Suitable for medical waste disposal
  • Units available in a range of sizes
  • Complies with local and federal legislation

Get in touch with Alsco today to organise your rental service for your clinical needs!