Controversy over Triclosan continues

29th of December 2014
Controversy over Triclosan continues

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have reported potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to the antimicrobial triclosan in a study published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study suggests that triclosan causes liver fibrosis and cancer in laboratory mice through

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ISSA/Interclean USA gives prizes for innovation

24th of December 2014
ISSA/Interclean USA gives prizes for innovation

During the recent ISSA/Interclean USA exhibition in Orlando, the 2014 Innovation Awards were presented in five categories: Cleaning Agents, Dispensers, Equipment, Services & Technology, and Supplies. Industry professionals voted to choose the winners.

3M took the prize in the Cleaning Agents category for its Scotchgard Resilient Floor

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Cleaning the large Hadron Collider is a mammoth task

23rd of December 2014
Cleaning the large Hadron Collider is a mammoth task

In what could be described as the ultimate specialist cleaning task, around 100 particle physicists recently donned hard hats and backpack vacuums and set to work on cleaning the Large Hadron Collider.

The eight-storey magnetic chamber - which is the size of the Notre Dame Cathedral - needs to be completely cleared of all extraneous bolts, dust,

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Handshakes and hygiene

22nd of December 2014
Handshakes and hygiene

Mike Sullivan, managing director of hand hygiene products supplier GOJO Industries - Europe writes his latest hand hygiene blog for the ECJ website. He discusses the potential hazards of the innocent handshake and asks whether we will all have to find a more hygienic alternative.

Read it here

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Study reveals that public washrooms are less ‘germy’ than expected

19th of December 2014
Study reveals that public washrooms are less ‘germy’ than expected

Many of us are fastidious about using public toilets because we fear they may be colonised by germs of multiple users.

But a new study published online in the journal "Applied and Environmental Microbiology" has revealed that the average public washroom is no germier than our toilets at home.

Microbiologists tracked viruses and bacteria at four

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Pop-up toilet puts man in hospital

16th of December 2014
Pop-up toilet puts man in hospital

A man in Amsterdam has been injured after a pop-up public toilet emerged from the ground unexpectedly.

The toilet sent a nearby moped flying through the air and this hit the unnamed man, who was taken to hospital with injuries to his abdomen.

The incident happened on Weteringschans, a main road in Amsterdam's city centre. Some witnesses who

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