Why the Colour of your Chef’s Uniforms Matter

Chef's in white uniforms by Alsco

Chef’s uniforms are integral to any food-related or hospitality establishment. 

Not only do they help protect your staff from any greasy liquids or bacteria, and promote a more hygienic work environment, chef’s uniforms are crucial for the overall business image conveyed towards your patrons. Even more interestingly, the COLOUR of your chef’s uniforms can play a major role in terms of how your restaurant is perceived by customers. In saying that, let’s briefly dive into the reasons why the colour of your chef’s uniforms matter! 

Create a Positive Impression on Customers 

The colour of your chef’s uniforms can actually create a great impression on your customers. And you’re probably wondering why – well, the answer lies in the intriguing psychology behind colour symbolism and its associated influences on customer behaviour. 

A traditional chef’s uniform usually includes a professional, crisp white jacket with a matching white cap. According to many psychological studies, the colour white evokes sensations of purity, safety and cleanliness. This makes sense because the absence of colours or any discolouration (stains and blemishes) can be easily noticed on a white shirt. This historical perception of strict hygiene and sterility even applies to the medical or clinical professions, along with scientists in their white lab coats! 

If your chefs are dressed in proper white uniforms, this undoubtedly evokes a strong pillar of hygiene and sanitation across the workplace, while customers will be more inclined to trust your staff with the handling of their food or beverages. The white uniforms means that your chefs are not trying to hide any suspicious stains, defects or grimy pigment – this generates a transparent atmosphere and enhances the positive impression of your restaurant. 

Enhances your Staff Professionalism & Branding 

Nothing conveys staff professionalism better than workplace uniforms. Traditionally, white chef uniforms conveyed a sense of prestige, admiration and expertise. Even today, many food, beverage and hospitality establishments still honour the classic white chef uniform as a tradition. 

Lower-level chefs, apprentices and waiters/waitresses also typically wear the colour white to further emulate this sense of professionalism, creating a cohesive branding aesthetic across the entire dining establishment. The use of colour to create a strong brand identity can be seen with the consistently crisp, white uniforms in restaurants. The colour white also evokes cleanliness and hygiene, associated with highly respected professions of medicine and science. 

While the colour white is often used in chef uniforms, it is not the only colour which can improve your staff professionalism. In fact, black is another popular choice for many restaurants, especially since it evokes stability and power, according to colour psychology. Additionally, black chef uniforms tend to appear very stylish and very practical in concealing food stains and spillages, making it an outstanding choice for various chefs and restaurant workers operating in exposed, open kitchens.

Effective Identification of Staff 

From a practical perspective, strategically using different colours or consistent branding across your chefs’ uniforms can ensure an easy identification of staff around the workplace. With so many restaurant staff rushing about, frantically taking orders and serving diners, while different-level chefs and cooking apprentices are bustling around the kitchen, it can be hard to keep track of who’s doing what in your business. 

That’s why the colour of your chef’s uniforms matters in any context. To properly identify and differentiate the different groups of staff, some restaurant owners can designate a specific colour scheme. For example, the head chef (and other main cooks) can be dressed in white uniforms, the prep cooks in black, while other kitchen staff can wear blue. 

Notably, it is quite common for lower-level and mid-level cooks to wear black-and-white checked trousers, while higher level chefs wear solid black. However, the colour of chef’s uniforms can certainly extend beyond just traditionally black and white colours – depending on your restaurant’s branding aesthetic and styling choices, you might want to opt with more vibrant hues, such as red or yellow, to signify urgency or enhance visibility for example. 

Need Stylish and Comfortable Chef Uniforms? 

If you’re in need of Chef uniforms and kitchen staff uniforms, then look no further. Alsco can take care of all your food and beverage garments so that your staff don’t need to worry about buying, washing, repairing or storing uniforms ever again. 

Under Alsco’s Managed Rental Service, we launder to the stringent Australian Laundry Standards AS/NZ 4146 2000 to provide you with hygienic, fresh, crisp and pressed uniforms, delivered right to your doorstep.

We offer a fantastic range of Chef’s jackets and pants with a size range to fit – and even better, we can customise each garment with your brand to promote your company’s image and add different coloured trim for easy identification of staff. Contact us now for more details!

Creating a Greener and Cleaner Workplace

Clean towels

Creating a greener and cleaner workplace is the new norm. 

All businesses should strive to lower their negative environmental impact and promote sustainability at all levels. A greener and cleaner workplace means that your business can combine products, design, construction and initiatives to reduce your ecological footprint. 

Building a greener workplace means that you can optimise resources efficiently while creating healthier (and safer) environments for staff to work in. This can boost worker satisfaction and productivity, which trickles into better services and an amazing reputation to your customers. 

Although it can be an overwhelming process to shift your business into a greener and cleaner workplace, this article will give you some easy tips on how to improve your sustainability and recommends the eco-friendly hygiene products that are worthwhile to enhance your business’s work spaces. Check out our guide below! 

Reduce Energy Usage – Green Lighting 

Reducing your business’s energy use is an efficient way to create a greener and cleaner workspace. There are many ways to go about achieving this: you can invest in special sensors to control lights in low-use areas and incorporate timers for after-office hours. 

While optimising natural light is highly recommended throughout your office spaces, there are also other eco-friendly lighting alternatives, such as energy-efficient light bulbs that use LED technology, meaning that they are able to consume less power per unit of light emitted. This reduces greenhouse emissions from power plants.

Alternatively, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are a decent option for creating your greener and cleaner workplace, since they are recyclable, generate less heat and contain less mercury than incandescent lights. By building this green power, this will ensure that your workplace becomes more eco-friendly, safe and hygienic in the long run. 

You should also consider creating onsite generation of renewable energy such as solar and wind power, while also taking into account the heating or cooling facilities used within the office. Use sufficient insulation to reduce the need for artificial temperature controls, which will help lower your energy costs and create a greener, cleaner workplace.

Use Non-toxic & Protective Furnishings 

Having an eco-friendly design layout in your workplace will ensure that your business is properly equipped to improve sustainability and cleanliness. Unfortunately, many businesses often have poorly manufactured furniture cluttering their offices. Most of the furnishings and decor are not sourced sustainably, while the materials often emit harmful chemicals – these can severely affect the health and safety of your staff. 

That’s why investing in the proper furnishings to decorate your business spaces is crucial, while simultaneously fostering a greener environment. There are a broad, versatile range of eco-friendly furniture out in the market, from handcrafted rattan or custom-made bamboo pieces, sustainably sourced timber, recycled homewares, oxide-free ceramics and choosing non-toxic upholstery fabrics. 

Many businesses also often overlook the importance of flooring. Alsco’s Dust Control and Floor Protection Mats are specially designed to trap 80% of dirt, dust and water before they even enter the workplace. Not only does this make your spaces cleaner, it reduces floor wear and tear while minimising any slippery accidents. They are also environmentally friendly, made from recycled PET bottles – awesome right? 

Optimise Your Washroom Design

The key to creating a greener and cleaner workplace is to optimise your business’s washroom design. The washroom is undoubtedly one of the dirtiest spaces in your business – the good news is that there are so many ways to improve your washroom hygiene, leaving it aromatic and squeaky clean. Check out these innovative eco-friendly washroom products: 

  • Odour Control Designed for maximum circulation, Oxygen-based dispensers are a revolutionary product for your workplace. Not only do they help businesses reduce their carbon footprint, they use an oxygen-based delivery method to release pure natural oil-based aromas and eliminate malodours. 
  • Instant Hand Sanitiser – Hand hygiene is crucial for any workplace. With these Instant Hand Sanitisers wall-mounted in your business washrooms, you’ll never have to worry about bacterial infection and contamination. This gentle sanitiser kills 99.9% of germs, while being environmentally safe and waterless. 
  • Feminine Hygiene – Feminine Hygiene units are a hygienic and eco-friendly way to keep your business washrooms feeling cleaner and greener. These include compact sanitary bins with a lift-flap mechanism, which requires minimal contact for optimal hygiene. The anti-bacterial liner in the bin also kills 99.999% of germs.
  • Intense Biological Treatment – Professional deep cleaning is a must for any business. With the Fresh & Clean Intense Biological Treatment, you can eliminate persistent odours and grime plaguing your washrooms. The 100% biodegradable and environmentally sustainable hygiene solutions will leave your washrooms sparkling. 

Invest in Greener Cleaning Products 

  • Non-Solvent Parts Washers – Alsco’s EcoSafe Washer is a 100% natural and eco-friendly alternative to harmful solvent washers for your business’s industrial cleaning needs. It uses aqueous, non-toxic and water-based cleaning fluids, which powerfully cleans the grease and oil through a unique process known as Bioremediation. This neutralises hazardous chemicals and minimises contaminants.  
  • Industrial Wipes –  Reusable wipes are an affordable and eco-friendly way to clean just about every surface. This makes them a perfect industrial cleaning solution for all kinds of businesses operating in different industries. Made from 100% cotton, Alsco’s uses advanced filtering techniques and complies with Australian standards, so contaminants are recycled or disposed of under the right processes.
  • Continuous Hand Towel – Cloth towels dry the hands quicker and more thoroughly, which means reduced risks of bacterial cross-contamination. They also have separate chambers for the new and used portion of the towel, which ensures no contact and optimal hygiene. Compared to paper towels, they use 63% less energy, create 48% less greenhouse gases and up to 79% less waste. 

Outsource Your Garments & Workwear 

Our society is becoming more environmentally conscious, so consumers and businesses alike have adapted accordingly. A great way to create a more hygienic and greener workplace is to outsource your laundry to a company that uses environmentally-friendly equipment and actively incorporates going green into their services. 

At Alsco, we’ve decreased the energy usage of our newest facilities by 63%. We’ve also researched and improved our water reuse systems, meaning that we use up to 50% less water and 30% less chemicals. Choosing Alsco means choosing a brighter, greener future for our environment. Not only that, it also means creating cleaner, healthier Australian workplaces.

A high-quality, well designed and maintained uniform can improve staff motivation, brand image and customer service. Alsco offers a flexible range of industrial workwear and work uniforms that combine style, comfort, durability and safety to ensure your staff look and feel their best. Through our Managed Rental Program, we supply the freshly cleaned uniforms you select for your business, which are regularly washed, dried, pressed and re-delivered to your door on a weekly basis. 

Creating a greener and cleaner workplace has never become easier with Alsco’s professional hygiene products and rental services. For more information, contact us now!

Office Safety: Why Floor Mats can Increase Your Staff Wellbeing

Floor mats used to substantially improve staffs’ wellbeing

The workplace environment has a huge impact on your employee’s wellbeing. If businesses can create comfortable spaces, this can yield great results for the overall happiness and productivity of staff. And yet…we rarely ever consider the potential of floor mats in creating the most optimal workplace. Find out below why floor mats can substantially improve your staffs’ wellbeing! 

They reduce fatigue and discomfort 

Staff may be constantly on their feet all day long, whether this be in a corporate office or industrial warehouse. People who work in certain occupations will have it tougher than others, yet every employee will ultimately go through this discomfort at some point. Even standing in the same spot for extremely long periods can negatively impact your staffs’ wellbeing! This includes fatigue, leg and back pain, tiredness and aching muscles. 

By installing anti-fatigue floor mats in your workplace, particularly in critical spots such as high-use industrial areas and high-traffic areas in building entrances or exits, you can enhance your staff’s overall comfort, safety and wellbeing. These anti-fatigue floor mats are specially designed with underfoot cushioning, textured grip and bevelled edges for maximum safety. 

They keep you safe and sound

Floor mats not only reduce fatigue, they are a fantastic way of keeping your workers safe and sound. Wet Area floor mats can minimise the risk of any accidents by making wet areas and slick floors less slippery. This feature is especially advantageous around bathroom or kitchen areas, where there tends to be a lot of moisture and liquid substances. Every business can benefit from having wet area floor mats in the workplace, especially those dealing with food and beverages, or chemicals.

Constructed from durable, quick-drying, anti-microbial rubber, these mats are highly resistant to oils, solvents and water. Aside from eliminating potential hazards, wet area floor mats also typically have incredible anti-fatigue properties, which can alleviate any stress felt by your staff. Enhancing the wellbeing and safety of your workers should be one of the biggest priorities of any business, so why not install a wet area mat to help you achieve these goals? 

They improve hygiene and cleanliness 

Many commercial buildings and facilities have a lot of foot traffic, meaning that all kinds of harmful dirt and liquids can be brought inside. Not only does this endanger your employee’s safety by increasing the risk of slippery falls, it generates nasty bacteria and germs which could seriously harm your employee’s health and wellbeing in the long-run. 

Floor mats can tackle this issue because they possess unique absorption properties that enable them to trap 80% of dirt, dust and liquids in your workplace. These dust control and floor protection mats can be strategically placed in your front doorways, hallway entrances and busy work areas. With these floor mats, your staff (and clients) will be protected from accidents, while your workplace will look more sharp and professional. 

Want to increase your staff wellbeing and boost productivity? 

Alsco’s Floor Care solutions will provide your business with the essentials – this includes floor protection, dust and dirt control to anti-fatigue options. These high-quality and innovative floor mats will reduce cleaning costs while keeping your staff happy, safe and comfortable above all. 

Our managed rental service means that your mats will be laundered, dried and delivered straight to your door on a regular basis — a great way to keep your workplace clean and your staff safe!

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! 

Essential Back to Work Products

Woman putting on a mask while outside

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!

Why the heat of the wash matters when working in the Medical & Pharmaceutical industry

Pharmacists working in Lab

Washing laundry the correct way is crucial when working in the medical and pharmaceutical industry. But what is the correct way? Is it colour sorting? Is it washing contaminated items separately to uncontaminated clothing? 

It is commonly known that microorganisms can survive on inanimate objects and surfaces for extended periods of time. These surfaces and objects then play host to growing bacteria before an unbeknownst individual walks past and comes into contact with the bacteria themselves.

A study conducted by the Infectious Disease Research Group by De Montfort University, studied contamination levels on nurses uniforms when they took it home to launder themselves. Contaminated uniforms that were washed with sterile items at 40 degrees were found to have a small amount of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on them and also contaminated the other sterile items in the wash. 

Out of the four hospitals investigated, there were discrepancies between the organisation’s recommendations on temperature of the wash cycle, large variations between the instructions regarding use of detergents, the process of drying the uniforms and washing contaminated uniforms with other items. 

It was found that 26% of staff also wore their uniforms for an average of two shifts before washing it, increasing possible contamination between shifts. It is recommended that uniforms are washed after every shift. The study concluded that trusting employees to wash uniforms correctly was impossible to monitor, as staff may not always follow correct procedures when laundering. 

A few key factors for washing uniforms at home include, washing uniforms immediately after each shift for a minimum of 10 minutes at 60 degrees. Uniforms should also be stored separately from other clothing, regardless if the uniform is cleaned. A laundry detergent should also always be used.

Don’t want to rely on your staff for the health & safety of your work environment? Outsource your laundry!

At Alsco, we have a managed uniform rental service, which is a cost effective solution to purchasing uniforms and relying on your staff for a clean work environment. We will provide you with an agreed amount of garments, and will come and collect the soiled, used laundry while providing you with a freshly laundered set of garments. 

All of our garments are laundered with strict adherence to heat of wash, ensuring that your staff are not hosts to unknown bacteria between shifts. Get in touch with us today to organise your staff’s uniforms needs!

Decrease contamination by outsourcing your uniform laundry needs

Chef wearing uniform

Cross contamination in the health care and food and beverage industries is steadily increasing and causing significant health concerns. Employees are wearing their uniforms outside of their work environment, uniforms are not being washed correctly and surfaces are not being cleaned regularly.  But how can you guarantee hygienic uniforms are available when you need them?

Protect the health of your employees, customers and the public by outsourcing your uniform laundry needs. At Alsco, we have a managed uniform rental service, which sees us providing clean uniforms for your staff. When the items are soiled, Alsco will return and pick up the dirty uniforms and provide you with clean ones, all processed by one of our HACCP accredited facilities.

Most companies don’t realise how easy it is to cross contaminate their clothing or other materials. So why don’t we run through a typical day of, for example, a waiter who works in front of house at a restaurant.

They wake up, eat breakfast, have a shower and get dressed. If their work clothes were not washed correctly (washed at a minimum of 60 degrees for 10 minutes, with laundry detergent), their uniform is already contaminated from the previous shift and has probably already contaminated any other item it was washed with. Given that most domestic washing machines have “quick” cycles, often on cold wash or 30 degrees, this is a hidden issue that is often ignored.

The individual then leaves the house, uses public transport to get to work. While on the bus, their clothes will have most likely picked up other bacteria, pet hair and germs commonly found in public environments. They have now arrived at the restaurants’ kitchen, ready to start their shift. They may put an apron on (if brought with them from home, this is most likely contaminated as well), on top of their clothing that looks visibly cleaned, however is far from it.

Bacteria and germs can then be passed to customers, through shaking hands with customers, when their meals are served to them or when the table is set before the customers have sat down; as well as to other staff in the restaurant both in the kitchen and on the floor, depending on the layout. This is just the journey of one restaurant waiter, with countless other possibilities of cross contamination that could have also happened.

If laundry of the uniforms were outsourced, staff are required to leave the uniforms in their work environment, ensuring that they are not bringing any of the bacteria on their uniforms, with them on their journey home. Uniforms are also washed at the correct temperature, ensuring the maximum possible amount of bacteria has been killed. Any new uniform they wear at the start of their shift, has been professionally cleaned.

By using a uniform rental company for food & beverage wear, pharmaceutical garments, medical wear or industrial workwear, you are able to better protect the public. Decision makers in these industries need to consider the risks against the benefits. Although it may be cheaper for employees to purchase their own uniforms, is it worth harming the public for your benefit?

Let Alsco handle your uniform needs and thus decrease countless cross contamination possibilities and increase the health and safety of your workers!

An Eco-Friendly Solution: Why Choosing Alsco is good for the Environment

2020 is the year of the environment. More and more individuals are becoming aware and eager to learn about the fragility of the environment and how they can protect it. 90% of Australians are concerned about the environment and its sustainability. With 85% of the Australian population living along the coastline, we’re surrounded with natural beauty everywhere. Companies are scurridly assessing their input resources, outgoing products and business processes, examining if they can be more environmentally friendly in any areas of the business. Individuals are willing to spend more on certain brands if they are environmentally friendly, allowing them to believe they’re doing their part to help the planet. 

Our latest environmentally friendly actions include:

  • Decreased energy usage of our newest facilities by 63%
  • Using up to 50% less water and 30% less chemicals by improving our water reuse systems
  • Creating and using more optimal delivery routes for lower gas consumption, emissions, and overall carbon footprint
  • Offering 100% PVC-free mats and facility products and adhering to the strict standards and certifications of Green Seal, Eco Logo, Design for the Environment, Enviro Kleen, and the National Floor Safety Institute.

We’ve also created an Ecosafe Washer, where oil and grease are turned into water and carbon dioxide (bio remediation). Reducing the need for harmful solvents, our Ecosafe Washer ensures a safer workplace where you can clean soiled parts without breathing in or touching dangerous hydrocarbons. With the non-solvent, there are no possible side effects which can harm individuals, while reducing the need for waste disposal and any further contamination. Alsco’s Ecosafe Washer is the safer, economical solution for cleaning oils and greases off mechanical parts without harming the environment.

At Alsco, we also provide a managed rental uniform service. Our rented uniforms are washed and repaired professionally, ensuring they last longer than traditional uniforms or any uniforms maintained by your employees. Having uniforms that last longer is one way of conserving resources and taking care of the environment. 

We are all about helping Australian businesses, the community and the environment. We are constantly working on how we can improve our products and services to help the environment. We’re here to help you create cleaner and healthier workplaces, which benefits your staff and the environment.