Alsco’s New and Improved Ecosafe Washer

New Ecosafe Washer in a warehouse

With growing concerns for the environment and workers’ health, it is important that businesses adapt to create new, innovative products which minimise any negative impacts.

Aqueous or water-based parts washers are becoming an increasingly popular and eco-friendly alternative for businesses. Compared to solvent washers which clean parts using petroleum-based contaminants (that are toxic, flammable and polluting), water-based parts washers are much safer and effective, since they use aqueous, non-toxic and water-based cleaning fluids. It’s high performance cleaning liquid cleans tough grease and oil and then recycles it into water and CO2, leaving you with clean parts and minimal waste.

By using a water-based parts washer, your business will also foster a safe and comfortable environment for your employees. You’ll minimise any harmful chemicals in cleaning solutions, which are notorious for causing adverse illnesses and hazardous injuries on workers such as breathing difficulties, headaches, skin irritations (dermatitis) and loss of motor function. 

How does it work?

A 100% natural alternative, Alsco’s Ecosafe Washer is the perfect water-based parts washer for your business. This unique Ecosafe washer utilises a process called bioremediation, where grease and oil are converted to carbon dioxide and water. 

Biological agents, such as microbes or plants, are used to neutralise hazardous substances and contaminants. This ensures a safer workplace where you clean mechanical parts without breathing or soaking your hands in dangerous hydrocarbons. 

The process of bioremediation is listed as one of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) innovative technologies.

The Alsco Ecosafe Washer is particularly ideal for engine cleaning and industrial parts cleaning. You won’t have to worry about your employee’s health being jeopardised since there are no harmful chemicals and fumes, while also being non-toxic and non-flammable. The non-solvent washer guarantees that there are no side-effects from volatile solvents. Even better, no waste disposal is required so you can significantly reduce your business’s eco-footprint! 

Many mechanics have been opting in for this amazing product since not only is it environmentally sustainable while prioritising workers’ health and safety, it also effectively cleans brake parts without damaging rubber seals or corroding metal. The Ecosafe Washer is easily transported around the workshop unlike solvent units. This makes it the ideal washer for reducing OH&S hazards around the workplace. 

The Alsco Ecosafe Washer contains a sturdy and robust tank which can hold up to 250kg of parts. There are no sharp edges on the sides of the tank, and its convenient height allows for easy loading and unloading of machine parts. 

Alsco’s Ecosafe Washer is the best solution for your business!

Why buy when you can rent? Alsco’s Managed Rental Service is designed to give you a peace-of-mind, with no large upfront costs. Under this program, you’ll pay a convenient and fixed monthly fee – no capital outlay required!

You don’t need to service, fix or maintain any equipment provided. Alsco will visit your business regularly to ensure that the Ecosafe Washer is working perfectly. Our weekly services include topping up liquid, checking the fluid temperature is optimal, checking pump, heater and aerator operation, cleaning the uni and a yearly desludge of the Eco Safe Washer.

So why hesitate? For a demonstration fill in the form or call 1300 136 784.

Food Manufacturing 101: Why Hygiene Matters

There’s no denying that food manufacturing demands strict hygiene. 

While many industries must comply with good hygiene practices to improve product quality and safety, hygiene and cleanliness is particularly vital in the food manufacturing realm. This is due to the type of environment that staff are constantly exposed to, meaning that it’s necessary to maintain their own personal hygiene to avoid contamination. 

More importantly, employees involved in food processing and manufacturing are responsible for the public health and wellbeing of consumers. If they are equipped with the proper hygienic procedures and cleaning products – whether this be washroom services, protective floor mats, industrial cleaning equipment or professional workwear – then the product quality and general safety to everyone will be considerably maximised. 

Let’s take a further glimpse into why hygiene matters in the Food Manufacturing industry!

Prevents Risk of Hazardous Contaminants 

Hygiene is obviously crucial in the production and manufacturing of food (or beverages). Not only do they ensure both quality control and quality assurance throughout the entire manufacturing process, it means that these foods and beverages will be adequately suitable and safe for human consumption amongst the general public. 

Keeping this food manufacturing process as hygienic as possible involves eliminating hazardous contaminants that could present a fatal risk to human health. There are 4 main types of food contaminants – chemical, microbial, physical and allergenic. Every food is at risk of contamination from these types. That’s why food manufacturers have a legal responsibility to protect the consumer and must take stringent measures to ensure that their food preparation is safe for everyone. Here’s a list of specific hazards to avoid: 

  • Microorganisms (e.g. bacteria, viruses, parasites and moulds)
  • Toxins or metabolites produced by microorganisms
  • Chemical residues e.g. from cleaning and sanitising agents, agricultural chemicals (namely pesticides), heavy metals, antibiotics and veterinary drugs
  • Physical foreign matter (such as dirt, pieces of plastic and liquids) 

Hygiene matters in food manufacturing because if these potential hazardous contaminants manage to get inside the final product, then there could be severe consequences involved. This could include many health risks such as food poisoning, salmonella and staphylococcus. 

Minimise Food Spoilage & Negative Environmental Impact 

Food hygiene also prevents food spoilage and minimises wastage, while also reducing the negative environmental impact. If your business takes the necessary steps to ensure that your products are completely hygienic and safe for everyone in the first place, then there’s no need to conduct a widespread product recall or massive product disposal – which in turn, leads to enormous environmental consequences. 

Instead of contributing to environmental waste and pollution, you should invest in proper cleaning products and services to maintain food hygiene in the workplace, while also following industry-standard precautionary policies in the food manufacturing industry. This is a proactive way of ensuring that both food hygiene and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand. 

To reduce food waste, many food manufacturing businesses, retailers and other food service operators are taking improved measures such as tracking how much they throw away, donating leftover food and composting. As both laboratories and kitchens introduce these new processes, it is important that there are also strict food hygiene practices to minimise potential hazards, while also improving the industry’s eco-footprint.

Need A Clean & Hygienic Work Environment? 

The food processing industry should always prioritise hygiene. 

Alsco can provide solutions to help keep your food processing areas sparkling clean and hygienic throughout. Our economical regularly Managed Rental Services include food processing garments, tea towels, colour-coded food wipes, protective floor mats, and we can even help with your first aid requirements and washroom! Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information! 

Importance of having a Defibrillator in your Workplace

Cardiac arrests can happen anywhere – and if it’s not treated quickly, it can lead to death. It’s the number 1 killer in Australia. Every year, around 250,000 individuals suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital of which there is only a 10% survival rate. For every minute that passes after cardiac arrest occurs, without effective CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator, the chance of survival decreases by 10%. 

That’s why Defibrillators are incredibly important to have around the workplace. Even more importantly, the WH&S Legislation recommends that all workplaces should install an automated external defibrillator (AED) on-site. This will ensure that your workplace is properly equipped to deal with any sudden cardiac arrests, heart problems or loss of consciousness experienced by your employees. Keep reading to find out more about why having a defibrillator in the workplace is absolutely crucial!

Boost the Chances of Survival 

Defibrillators are important because they substantially increase the patient’s chance of survival. In fact, when a person suffers from sudden cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by 7-10% for each minute that passes without defibrillation! Additionally, when deployed within 3 minutes, defibrillators can enhance a person’s survival rate by a cardiac arrest from 6% to 74% if the casualty is in a shockable rhythm. There’s no doubt that AEDs can deliver a life-saving electric shock, which often means the difference between life or death. 

Respond to Emergencies Quickly 

Workplaces should provide defibrillators to reduce the risks of fatality from cardiac arrest and quickly handle any emergencies. While CPR can prolong life, defibrillation is the only way to actually restore a fatal heart rhythm back to normal. According to Safe Work Australia, any workplace which potentially exposes their staff to electrocution should consider investing in an AED to minimise these dangers. Even more, sometimes ambulances and paramedics can arrive late to the workplace – so by having an AED, and training your workers how to use them properly, your workplace will be adequately prepared in dealing with unexpected situations.

Promote a Safe Workplace 

Every business in any kind of industry should be actively promoting a safe workplace. This will ensure that your employees’ health and wellbeing is constantly maintained, while also conveying a supportive workplace that values reassurance and security – this will then facilitate better worker satisfaction and stronger productivity. There’s nothing more important than emphasising your staff’s protection and promoting a safe work culture by installing an AED in your workplace – especially in areas where it is clearly visible, accessible and not exposed to extreme temperatures. 

Why Choose Alsco’s Defibrillators? 

Alsco’s portable defibrillators (AEDs) are practical, durable and lightweight (just over 1kg only!) to minimise any workplace hazards and injuries. They also have simple press-button technology and step-by-step voice instructions, which make it suitable for both professionally trained medics and even untrained staff. 

Our HeartSine Samaritan 500P is an incredible defibrillator which contains easy to follow visual and voice prompts, including any necessary changes to CPR or shock delivery, along with a two-button operation that simplifies the whole defibrillation process. Check some other awesome features listed below: 

  • A System Status Indicator notifies you when the entire system is ready for use, while having its own weekly self-check for safety and operation purposes
  • The advanced technology of the HeartSine 500P features SCOPE™ and cardiac arrhythmia detection technology, allowing the most effective shock delivery for the patient to be delivered safely and quickly
  • It’s very durable due to its shock, dust and moisture resistance, meaning that it is incredibly resilient and versatile for even the most dangerous workplaces

Within 5 minutes into a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the chance of survival decreases by 50%, so why hesitate when having a defibrillator is clearly a must in ANY workplace? When your business chooses Alsco’s managed defibrillator service, you can be rest assured that your staff will receive the best treatment during a cardiac emergency. Every minute matters because every life matters.

The Importance of having a Clean Uniform in the Healthcare Industry

Pharmacist

Having clean uniforms sets a professional tone for your company, regardless of the industry. However, due to the nature of work in the healthcare industry, it is even more important to have a clean uniform than any other industry such as retail, where there is less chance of contamination.

It is quite common to see nurses, medical technicians and other workers in the healthcare industry out in public in their scrubs or work uniform. They’re out grocery shopping, catching public transport or walking home. What you can’t see on their uniform is the amount of bacteria that could seriously harm the public. Although it may appear visibly clean, healthcare uniforms are great hosts to various bacteria and viruses. 

A clean uniform has many definitions. Although most people perceive clean as having no stains on their uniform, is it truly clean it contains bacteria invisible to the naked eye? It is recommended that healthcare uniforms be washed in a minimum of 60 degree heat, for 10 minutes in order to kill most of the bacteria. However, most staff are unaware or were not provided with the correct uniform laundering guidelines and are returning to work the next day with uniforms still covered in bacteria.

Hospital acquired infections are on the rise. With healthcare workers wearing uniforms outside of clean, sterile environments, they are increasing the chance of contaminating other surfaces, causing more infections than necessary. 

The risk of contamination can also affect the health of the worker and their families. Another study on nurses uniforms found that, when soiled uniforms were washed with other sterile items, a number of E-coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria survived, and contaminated the other items. This poses a large risk to the health of the workers’ families, as usually the uniforms are washed with the families laundry, resulting in all of the items in the laundry being contaminated. 

Having a clean uniform can also increase patients’ confidence. When individuals arrive at a healthcare facility, such as a hospital or a rest home, they expect a clean and sterile environment, thus increasing their confidence that they will be well looked after for their medical procedures and needs. If the environment is messy or dirty, or the staff’s uniforms are not clean, patients feel uneasy and unsafe.

When you use a managed uniform rental service like Alsco, you can guarantee that all of your staff’s uniforms will be laundered to the highest standards, ensuring that your staff will always look their best with freshly washed, clean uniforms. Get in touch with us to organise your uniform needs today!