Hand sanitisers may increase Norovirus risk

30th of August 2011
Hand sanitisers may increase Norovirus risk

The use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers may actually increase the risk of Norovirus outbreaks in healthcare settings, according to a study.

A survey of 161 long-term care facilities in the US revealed a link between the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers for routine hand hygiene with an increased risk of Norovirus. Staff in facilities that

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African nations fail to meet their sanitation targets

26th of August 2011
African nations fail to meet their sanitation targets

Only four African nations have their sanitation on track, it was revealed at the Third African Conference on Hygiene and Sanitation in Rwanda.

More than 800 delegates and 35 African ministers attended the AfricaSan3 conference, which aims to improve sanitation and hygiene and prevent illnesses such as diarrhoea.

Officials highlighted the fact

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New remote lets guests watch television without the germs

25th of August 2011
New remote lets guests watch television without the germs

An anti-microbial remote control unit is being tested in the US in a bid to keep hotel guests safe from germs left by their predecessors.

The remote, being piloted by satellite television service DirecTV, has a germ-resistant coating claimed to be up to 99.99 per cent effective at protecting users from harmful organisms such as bacteria, mould

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Dirty hands in Europe's businesses

23rd of August 2011
Dirty hands in Europe's businesses

A European study into workplace hygiene carried out by service provider Initial shows that hygiene standards are severely lacking, with a high percentage of workers failing to wash their hands after a visit to the toilet.

Employees in France and the Benelux countries are the worst offenders: in France 83 per cent of men and 76 per cent of women

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CIRI symposium focuses on disinfectants

19th of August 2011
CIRI symposium focuses on disinfectants

The Cleaning Industry Research Institute International (CIRI) is to hold an autumn science and technology symposium entitled The Science and Efficacy of Antimicrobials, Disinfectants and Their Impact on Cleaning Technologies.

The event will take place at the Georgia Institute of Technology Hotel and Conference Centre in the USA from November

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Vatican concerned over papal toilet rolls

18th of August 2011
Vatican concerned over papal toilet rolls

The Pope is currently in Madrid for World Youth Day - but controversy surrounds a hygiene company's decision to produce a range of limited-edition toilet rolls to mark the occasion.

Manufacturer Ronova has launched twin packs of toilet rolls bearing the slogan "I love the Pope" across its packaging. The toilet paper itself is coloured white and

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