'Peepee ladies' of Paris fight back against modernity

7th of September 2015
'Peepee ladies' of Paris fight back against modernity

The survivors of a once numerous and feared profession - the dames pipi or "peepee ladies" who preside over public toilets in Paris - have been to court to defend their jobs from tourist-friendly progress.

A Dutch company has won the contract to manage the last four staffed public conveniences in the French capital. 2theloo plans to convert them

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Office workers give germs the elbow, says survey

3rd of September 2015
Office workers give germs the elbow, says survey

Two in five office workers have used another part of their body to exit the toilets at work to avoid getting germs from colleagues on their hands, according to a survey commissioned by Kimberly–Clark Professional.

The findings from the research, which was conducted among 303 office workers across England, revealed that most people who use

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Kyoto uses toilet etiquette signs in bid to flush out bad behaviour

1st of September 2015
Kyoto uses toilet etiquette signs in bid to flush out bad behaviour

Japan has gone to great lengths to welcome foreign visitors but for the locals of Kyoto - one of the most popular destinations - there has been a rather unwelcome side effect - stinking public toilets.

"We have seen an increasing number of people from overseas misuse our toilets based on their own cultural norms," said Chikashi Ono, an official

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ISSA names new executive director

28th of August 2015
ISSA names new executive director

Global cleaning industry association ISSA - which has its headquarters in the US - has appointed a new executive director to replace John Garfinkel, who has led the organisation for the past 25 years. He is John Barrett, who has worked in senior positions in companies including Frontenac, SMS Assist, Compass Group, Kimco Corp., York Management,

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Hygiene inspectors name UK's filthiest food stores

27th of August 2015
Hygiene inspectors name UK's filthiest food stores

The UK's filthiest supermarkets and shops have been revealed by hygiene inspectors. They have listed the 14 food stores which were given a 'zero' hygiene rating during routine checks aimed at protecting customers from food poisoning.

Among the culprits is a Tesco store in an upmarket part of London. In fact the survey results show Tesco and Asda

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Hand washing really does reduce infections, trial scheme finds

25th of August 2015
Hand washing really does reduce infections, trial scheme finds

A three-year study into the effects of hand washing on reducing illnesses has proved that the practice really does work.

The study, which involved 20,000 adults, is the first large-scale randomised test to confirm that increased hand washing leads to lower rates of infection. It looked at the impact of hand washing on rates of acute respiratory,

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