Jun 11

Swine Flu - June 2009

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CHEMEX PROVIDING PROTECTION AGAINST H1N1 AS WARNINGS ISSUED OF UK PANDEMIC

Cases of the virus H1N1 - misleadingly called swine flu – continue to escalate in the UK with forecasts that the virus will spread rapidly this autumn.

The Department of Health reported on May 31st that the cases had now reached 200 with more expected.

This view was reinforced by Prof John Oxford of Queen Mary School of Medicine, University of London who was reported in The Daily Telegraph as saying there was likely to be a flu pandemic as autumn begins.
He warned that a pandemic was likely to affect the UK before a vaccine becomes available, adding that the vaccine - which is expected to be ready in October or  November - would only cover about 15 per cent of the population.

The World Health Authority has raised the level of pandemic alert to five – one below the level for an actual pandemic outbreak.

The good news for Chemex customers is that we have a range of products that will all kill the virus and help businesses build up a defensive shield against it.

Chemex has a comprehensive range of disinfectants and hand hygiene products. Some businesses have started a regime of supplying hand sanitizing gels for their meeting rooms to stop the spread of the virus through shaking hands.

Our products include FAD, Bacticlean, Bacticlean XTRA and Bacteria X . These are all based on quats and will easily kill this type of virus.

Use these products at the normal in-use dilutions. Spray on and wipe off to clean and sanitise hard surfaces.

The virus is also killed by products such as Bactiwipes, Safe Hands and Safe Wash  and by alcohols such as ABC.

These products are in high demand and we recommend ordering in advance to ensure guaranteed supply.

The Health Protection Agency’s advice is that good general infection control practices and good respiratory hand hygiene can help to reduce transmission of all viruses, including H1N1. This includes:

• Stay at home if you have flu-like symptoms
• Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible
• Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully
• Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people
• Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a suitable sanitiser
• Making sure your children follow this advice.

Further Information is available via the Health Protection Agency (www.hpa.org.uk) or the Chemex Technical Team on 0121 56 56 300.

www.chemexuk.com

Apr 30

Swine Flu

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Technical Bulletin Influenza A Virus Subtype H1N1

30th April 2009

H1N1, misleadingly called ‘Swine Flu’ is the latest infectious illness which is expected to hit the UK in the coming days and weeks. The WHO has raised current level of pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5. Phase 5 is characterised by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries and is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent.

Flu pandemics occur about three times a century so – statistically speaking – the world is about due for another one. That is not to say a pandemic is inevitable.

Etymology

Flu is caused by a number of similar RNA viruses of the Orthomyxoviridae family and are classified by two surface proteins called haemaglutinin and neuraminidase. These proteins enable the virus to bind to the cell surface, and then release new viruses once replicated, respectively.

So, the different strains are classed by these serotypes: Avian Flu was serotype H5N1 and the current strain is H1N1 (the same as the 1918 Spanish Flu, coincidentally). It is the ability of these surface proteins to mutate that means the body only builds up limited resistance to flu: next year a different serotype will arrive and we start over again.

It is misleading to call H1N1 ‘Swine Flu’ as to date the virus has not yet been isolated in animals . Genetic analysis has shown H1N1 to contain mix of swine flu, bird flu, and human flu genotypes but as the first cases developed near a pig farm there has been speculation that there may be a connection. Pigs have been known to be a reservoir for flu viruses with other organisms as vectors.

Transmission

It should be noted that H5N1 Avian Flu was zoonotic (i.e. was transferred from animals to humans) but was not, by and large, transferred between humans by the usual means such as airborne transmission. H1N1 is different in that it is spread by human-to-human contact; coughs and sneezes will aerosolise the virus particles which can be either breathed in or – more likely – deposited on hard surfaces which are then touched by others and the usual hand-to-eye or hand-to-mouth infection routes take over.

Hygiene Control

The structure of flu virus means that it is easily killed by quaternary ammonium based disinfectants such as FAD, Bacticlean, Bacticlean XTRA and Bacteria X . These are all based on quats and will easily kill this type of virus. Use these products at the normal in-use dilutions. Spray on and wipe off to clean and sanitise hard surfaces.

The virus is also killed by products such as Bactiwipes, Safe Hands and Safe Wash by alcohols such as ABC.

Note that these products kill ALL strains of flu as the serotype of the virus is not relevant to the mode of action of the biocide. The products listed above would also kill H2N2, which caused Asian Flu in 1957 and H3N2, which caused Hong Kong Flu in 1968.

Face masks are not advised for a number of reasons—all detailed on the HPA website

NB Orthomyxoviridae are large, enveloped viruses. This type is killed by the products listed above. In comparison, note that Norovirus is a small, non-enveloped virus against which such protocols are generally ineffective and AntiBak should be used if Norovirus is suspected.

Food Handling

This is not a food-borne illness. Pork is safe! There is a statistically minute chance that the virus could be contracted from undercooked pork but the likelihood is of the same magnitude as winning the lottery for weeks in a row. As ever, more important is the hand hygiene of people handling food. Remember that transmission is most likely to come from the routes described above if someone handling food has the virus or has virus particles on their hands picked up from hard surfaces.


The Health Protection Agency’s advice is that good general infection control practices and good respiratory hand hygiene can help to reduce transmission of all viruses, including H1N1. This includes:

· Stay at home if you have flu-like symptoms

· Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible

· Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully

· Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people

· Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a suitable sanitiser

· Making sure your children follow this advice.

Further Information

…is available via the HPA (www.hpa.org.uk) or the Chemex Technical Team on 0121 56 56 300.

Mar 5

Warewash and Glasswash

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First Impressions

Chemex dishwashing products give you spotless, odour-free cutlery, clean crockery and crystal clear glassware. Table linen and furniture products ensure that evry point of customer contact is a positive experience, each and every time they visit.

The Chemex health-check includes:

- Ongoing training of washware staff

- Provision and maintenance of dosing equipment

- Monthly health check of warewash and glass wash machines - descaling, bacteria removal, nozzles unblocked, dosing levels checked and filters cleared.

- Provision of product

Outcomes for you

Protect and safeguard your business - maintain your reputation by delivering the service your customers expect. Control and minimise your costs.

Clean, dry tableware on time, every time

Large or small, your kitchen depends on the smooth running of your warewashing machine for an efficient supply of sparkling clean and hygienic tableware, pans and utensils.

Efficiency and speed

By minimising the need for re-wash and the risk of downtime due to accidents, the Chemex non-corrosive products increase your warewashing efficiency.

As leading application experts, Chemex can assess your organisation and help you set improvement goals. Our warewashing health check will support you to achieve and maintain the desired cost and efficiency levels.

Our objective is to provide you with high performance solutions that enable an efficient warewashing operation and optimised cost control.

Auto-dosed Detergents

Controlling the dosing of warewashing chemicals ensures a consistent result, avoids waste and eliminates direct handling of chemicals. A range of detergents are available to suit different warewashing types, local water conditions and types of operation. Clean plates every time come from exact dosing of a quality detergent.

For more information on how Chemex can assist you with the smooth running of your business please call on 0121 565 6300 or visit www.chemexuk.com

Nov 20

Cleaning and Hygiene

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Welcome to Janitorial Tips - the cleaning and hygiene blog for the UK. It is worth pointing out that this is not intended for general household cleaning tips. This blog applies to commercial applications that can be used to recommend commercial concentrated products to industry.

You can use this resource to ask questions. You have direct access to a well known cleaning company with representatives across the UK. Our chemists and advisors are on hand to help provide answers and possible solutions to the day to day problems that you might encounter in the course of running of your business.

This is not designed as a company website. With ever increasing legislation in the cleaning and hygiene industry, business owners need to find answers and solutions quickly. We hope you find this useful.

Sponsored by: Chemex International, Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane, Smethwick. B66 1BB.

Tel: +44 (0) 121 565 6300    Tel: +44 (0) 121 565 6303  Website: www.chemexinternational.com