Alliance and Diversey Provide Sustainable Handwashing For Eden Project

The Eden Project has selected hand hygiene products from Diversey, supplied through Alliance, for the washrooms at its world-famous biome site in Cornwall. Alliance is supplying 170 of Diversey’s IntelliCare hand-hygiene dispensers for use with Soft Care Sensitive hand soap. These will be used by staff and thousands of visitors each day to clean their hands safely using sustainably-certified products. The Eden Project chose the products because they offered an excellent combination of performance, cost-in-use, and sustainability.

Sustainability is at the heart of what the Eden Project is all about and is a major part of the message it hopes to convey. The major visitor destination, opened in 2001, is nestled in a huge crater near St Austell and now welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Its massive biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, and exhibitions. They are a backdrop to contemporary gardens, summer concerts and year-round family events.

TRIAL PROVIDES EVIDENCE OF GOOD SOLUTION

Working together Alliance and Diversey approached Eden Project to offer trial products and dispensers for onsite evaluation. The two businesses were able to demonstrate the strength of their joint offering, with excellent products delivering sustainability benefits that matched Eden Project’s ethical and environmental policies. They were also able to show how their efficient supply chain could deliver results with lower cost-in-use and potential overall savings.

The trial arranged by Alliance and Diversey was a success and Eden Project made the decision to switch providers. In addition to the performance of the products, the buying team was impressed by the total package proposed by Alliance and Diversey. This included supplying the dispensers free of charge.

INTELLICARE AND SOFT CARE

The IntelliCare hand care system from Diversey helps facilities to improve infection prevention and hand hygiene compliance. The unique design of the dispenser helps maintain uninterrupted availability of soaps and foams. It also delivers a correct and consistent amount of product during each use to prevent wastage. Products are supplied in 1.3-litre pouches containing more doses than conventional systems. This extends the interval between replacements, saving operators time and money. It also helps reduce the risk of product running out so that users can wash their hands whenever they want. Standard-sized pouches across the Soft Care range supports total flexibility to choose the right formulation for specific requirements. The tamper-proof design utilises less plastic per millilitre of product than alternatives. All materials are fully recyclable.

At the Eden Project, IntelliCare will be used with Diversey’s Soft Care Sensitive. This is a mild hand wash with the Nordic Swan sustainability accreditation. It is a fragrance-free, dye-free formulation with a balanced pH for sensitive skins. It offers an ideal solution for settings where frequent washing is required and healthy hands are desired. The advanced formulation contains ingredients that are biodegradable and ethically sourced. It provides excellent moisturising capabilities, leaving hands feeling healthy and clean.

We Love Infection Preventionists

This week is International Infection Prevention Week and it has never been more important. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us yet again how quickly dangerous infections can emerge and affect our everyday lives. It is the latest addition to the list of potentially life-threatening infections that we must all try to protect ourselves against.

International Infection Prevention Week runs from 18-24 October and is organised by the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). This year’s event highlights the role of infection preventionists – the people who spend their lives working to prevent and eliminate infections. The title of the event is “We Love Infection Preventionists”.

The first International Infection Prevention Week was held in the USA during the 1980s to highlight the key role that infection prevention plays in patient safety and protecting public health. Since then it has grown to become one of the largest annual global events of its kind, bringing together healthcare professionals, administrators, legislators, and the public.

DIVERSEY – SUPPORTING INFECTION PREVENTION WEEK

At Diversey, we are actively promoting International Infection Prevention Week through our social media channels and direct contact with customers. We have also helped raise awareness by producing special posters and other media to share. In addition, we offer a complete range of hand hygiene products.

We know that many infections spread through personal contact and touching contaminated surfaces – and then touching our own eyes, nose or mouth. This is why surface disinfection and washing hands are always central to infection prevention.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how hygiene must become everybody’s business because of its critical role in preventing the spread of infection. As part of our duty as a leading cleaning and hygiene company, we continue using all of the opportunities at our hands to provide our communities with tools and resources that outline the best procedures and products to use for effective personal hygiene.

Diversey: Campaigning for Infection Prevention During October 2020

Are Your Hand Hygiene Products Up To Standard?

There has been a huge increase in demand for hand hygiene products during the Covid-19 pandemic. Existing suppliers including Diversey have increased their production capacity while companies from other industries have launched new products to help fill the gap. But how can businesses and their customers be sure that the products they are using are effective? The answer lies in checking that products meet international infection prevention standards.

Personal contact and touching contaminated surfaces – and then touching our own eyes, nose, or mouth – are two of the main ways the virus can spread. Disinfecting or washing our hands frequently helps to prevent this and is something we can all do. Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is effective but there are many situations where this is not possible. An alcohol-based hand rub or gel that can be used on its own is an excellent option in these cases.

Professional hand hygiene products are tested against international standards to show they are effective. The UK and Europe use standards described in the EN system. Products that meet these standards must carry details on their packaging and in their documentation. Independent and accredited laboratories carry out this testing under strict conditions. This provides assurance that a product has been verified to meet a particular standard.

The EN14476 Standard

The most important standard related to the Covid-19 pandemic is EN14476. This covers the virucidal activity of chemical disinfectants and antiseptics. It applies to products – including hand rubs and handwashes – used in medical applications.

EN14476 is important at the moment because it includes a specific test against enveloped viruses (in the form of the vaccinia virus). This is the same type of virus as SARS-CoV-2 that causes Covid-19. Enveloped viruses are generally easy to kill so disinfectants which meet the requirements of EN14476 (specifically the “fully virucidal” or “virucidal against enveloped viruses” tests) should be effective against SARS-Cov-2.

The EN14476 standard stipulates a product must deliver a “log 4” reduction in the amount of virus. This is the same as a 10,000-fold or 99.99% reduction and must be achieved within specific timeframes. Hand rubs, for example, must work within at least 30 seconds but take no longer than two minutes, reflecting the need for speed and convenience. Retail or consumer products are rarely tested to these exacting standards and generally claim lower (eg 99.9%) reduction rates.

ASK SUPPLIERS FOR EVIDENCE

Suppliers should be able to show evidence their products meet relevant disinfection standards. They should also offer additional supporting documentation such as user guides and wall charts that encourage frequent and proper use.

Diversey products that meet EN14476 include the Soft Care Des E, Soft Care Med H5, and SURE Instant Hand Sanitizer hand rubs. Each is available in a range of formats including dispenser systems and portable bottles with built-in dispensers. Diversey also offers small bottles for personal use. This provides customers with complete flexibility to select the right combination for every situation to encourage proper and frequent use.

MoonBeam3 is Effective Against SARS-CoV-2 in Seconds

We are delighted to receive confirmation through third-party testing that our MoonBeamTM3 UV-C disinfection technology is effective in just seconds against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

MoonBeam3 is an ultraviolet-C disinfection device that adds assurance beyond manual cleaning and disinfection. This portable, powerful solution disinfects quickly, reliably and responsibly. MoonBeam3 is cost-effective and designed for fast disinfection of public and high-risk areas. The system offers three individually-adjustable arms that can be positioned at almost any angle, optimizing disinfection energy to allow dosing of both horizontal and vertical surfaces, in just three minutes.

MoonBeam3 has undergone third-party testing against several microorganisms including enveloped viruses, small non-enveloped viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores. These tests have demonstrated a significant log reduction in these key pathogens.

Since studies have shown that contamination of environmental surfaces in healthcare facilities with SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA is widespread, Diversey commissioned 3rd party testing of MoonBeam3 in the US, and has also partnered with the highly respected Fujita Health University in Japan, to test the effectiveness of the MoonBeam3 against SARS-CoV-2. The completed test results from Japan proved that MoonBeam3 was effective against SARS-CoV-2 under a range of conditions with contact times as low as 4 seconds for a 6 log reduction. This is equivalent to a 99.9999% or million-fold reduction in the number of virus particles.

This study validates that MoonBeam3 is effective against SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen that causes COVID-19.

More About MoonBeam3

Cleaning teams have been looking for new ways to enhance their infection prevention capabilities alongside existing processes during the Covid-19 pandemic. At Diversey we have been helping customers meet this challenge and implement the right products and equipment to enable highly effective solutions. One of the products that has caused a lot of interest is our innovative Moonbeam3 Disinfection Technology device.

Moonbeam3 Disinfection Technology delivers powerful UV-C light to provide fast broad area disinfection of high-touch surfaces. It is effective in as little as three minutes when used in conjunction with normal daily cleaning and disinfection processes. This is much faster than fogging and almost twice as effective as traditional cleaning and disinfection alone in destroying the pathogens that cause infections.

Moonbeam3 Disinfection Technology offers facilities a completely hands, chemical and fume-free way to complement existing processes with safer high-performance disinfection. The UV-C light produced by the device penetrates and destroys the DNA in the cells of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and spores. This stops them from multiplying and causing infections.

The device is ideal for surfaces accidentally missed during regular cleaning and for frequently touched, hard-to-clean surfaces and intricate equipment. In hospitals and care homes, it can be used in patient rooms, operating theatres, and bathrooms and on patient care equipment, keyboards, monitors, and workstations. In general settings, it can be used in almost any area to complement existing cleaning and hygiene processes.

Quick and Easy to Use

Moonbeam3 Disinfection Technology is quick and easy to use. It has push-button activation and short operating cycles. The three articulating, light-producing arms can be positioned independently to target light efficiently and closely onto surfaces. This high-efficiency dosing reduces disinfection times.
Areas to be treated require no special preparation and can be used immediately after the device has been turned off. This means rooms are out of use for much less time than required by many alternative processes. The speed and simplicity of the device make it suitable for more settings and typically allows one operator to treat more areas each day. This enhanced productivity means lower labour and operating costs. Periodic maintenance is limited to bulb replacement, with no tools required.

Although it was devised for hospitals and care homes, Moonbeam3 Disinfection Technology is suitable for almost any setting where fast disinfection is required. This is one of the reasons there has been so much interest from customers in public transport, cruise ships, prisons, and elsewhere this year.
The device is available on a monthly lease/rental finance plan. This spreads the cost of ownership over a fixed number of affordable monthly payments and does not require a capital expenditure decision. Customers can, of course, also purchase the equipment outright. We will be happy to provide more information or arrange a demonstration.

Washing Your Hands To Protect Lives

If we ever needed a reminder of the importance of hand hygiene there is no doubt we have received one this year. Covid-19 is a chilling example of how a new and deadly virus can emerge at any time. We know that personal contact and touching contaminated surfaces – and then touching our own eyes, nose or mouth – are two of the main ways the virus can spread. Washing your hands helps to break this chain of infection and is something we can all do.

On Thursday 15 October we are supporting Global Handwashing Day. This global advocacy day is organised by the Global Handwashing Partnership. It is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of washing your hands with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

Global Handwashing Day highlights how hand hygiene can stop the spread of infection and protect lives
Hand hygiene has never been more important

The theme of this year’s event is “Hand Hygiene for All.” This follows and aligns with recent global initiatives by the WHO and UNESCO calling on all of society to scale up hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap. It reminds us that we must work toward universal access and practice of handwashing with soap for now and for a healthy future.

HOW Hand hygiene impacts health and COVID-19

We have understood the link between hand hygiene and the spread of infections for generations. That is why we are all taught when we are children to wash our hands regularly, such as before eating and after going to the toilet. Medical and scientific advances mean we now know much more about how washing your hands can help prevent the spread of infections:

  • regular handwashing with soap can reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 infection by 36%, based on one study
  • handwashing can reduce acute respiratory infections by 20%
  • handwashing can reduce the transmission of outbreak-related pathogens such as cholera, Ebola, shigellosis, SARS and hepatitis E
  • hand hygiene is protective against healthcare-associated infections and reduces the spread of antimicrobial resistance
  • handwashing can reduce diarrheal diseases by 30% – 48%
  • hand hygiene may contribute to the reduction of Neglected Tropical Diseases

DIVERSEY SUPPORTING GLOBAL HAND HYGIENE DAY

At Diversey, we are actively promoting Global Handwashing Day through our social media channels and direct contact with customers. We have also helped raise awareness by producing special posters and other media to share. In addition, we offer a complete range of hand hygiene products.

The first Global Handwashing Day took place in 2008, when over 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries. Since then, community and national leaders have used Global Handwashing Day to spread the word about handwashing, build sinks and tippy taps, and demonstrate the simplicity and value of clean hands. The event has continued to grow. It is is now endorsed by governments, schools, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, individuals, and more.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how hygiene must become everybody’s business because of its critical role in preventing the spread of infection. As part of our duty as a leading cleaning and hygiene company, we continue using all of the opportunities at our hands to provide our communities with tools and resources that outline the best procedures and products to use for effective personal hygiene.

Diversey: Campaigning for Infection Prevention During October 2020

Infection prevention has never been more important. During October, Diversey is proudly supporting three international campaigns that highlight the significance of cleaning and hygiene in the fight against all types of infection:

October 10: Clean Hospitals Day

October 15: Global Handwashing Day

October 18-24: International Infection Prevention Week

Help Diversey Celebrate First Clean Hospitals Day

On Saturday 10 October we celebrate the first Clean Hospitals Day. This is an event organised by Clean Hospitals, a global healthcare environmental hygiene network. Diversey is a proud active member alongside a coalition of international stakeholders, academia, governmental bodies, NGOs, hospitals and industry experts. As active members, we work closely together to promote and support healthcare environmental hygiene through training, specialised working groups and committees, aiming to create awareness, look at research, innovations, new methods and support education to eventually make healthcare facilities safer through improved environmental hygiene.

Supporting the first Clean Hospitals Day

Diversey has been working with Clean Hospitals and all its partners to launch this first edition of Clean Hospitals Day, which has two main objectives:

  • To call on hospital management, decision-makers, and stakeholders to champion environmental hygiene, and to take action to make hospitals cleaner and safer.
  • Recognise key healthcare workers and give them the appreciation they deserve as their work is very important and often goes unnoticed and undervalued.

By raising awareness of the importance of cleaning, disinfection, and hygiene standards in the healthcare environment, we will all be contributing towards making healthcare facilities a cleaner and safer place. Help us spread the message and recognise the important work carried out by key healthcare workers!

Clean Hospitals: a win-win for all parties involved in healthcare environmental hygiene

Clean Hospitals provides a unique blend of experience and expertise around environmental hygiene coming from multiple stakeholders across regions. That enables this young platform to continuously seek the highest standards of environmental hygiene in a consistent and globally coordinated manner.

According to Victor Cegarra, Diversey’s CoE IP & Healthcare, Global Marketing Director: “Clean Hospitals represents a formidable platform for Diversey to join the dots about environmental hygiene, and ultimately help us make hospitals and patients safer. In Clean Hospitals, we have a venue to share and discuss current and future topics of concern with stakeholders and leading experts from around the world.”

The range of topics explored is very diverse but important for the evolution of environmental hygiene. Issues like fighting against antimicrobial resistance, fake news, or multiple safety concerns are being addressed.

At Diversey, we provide evidence-based solutions to reduce infections and improve outcomes for a healthier world. We partly do that with a broad selection of products to clean and disinfect surfaces effectively and responsibly for staff and end-users in many different markets.

According to Claire Khosravi, Diversey’s European Senior Microbiologist & IP Technical Lead: “Diversey has a global footprint as a key representative in the infection prevention world and is therefore useful for Clean Hospitals. Diversey and Clean Hospitals share the same goals to increase productivity and patient safety to ultimately create safer and more satisfying environments of care.”

Part of Diversey’s focus on improving infection prevention practices in healthcare globally

Preventing infection, especially in healthcare facilities, hands, and surfaces are two sides of the same coin of environmental hygiene.

According to Peter Teska, Diversey’s CoE IP & Healthcare, Global IP Application Expert: “Working on one at the expense of the other is self-defeating. In the same way, Diversey promotes effective hand hygiene through our participation in POPS (Private Organizations for Patient Safety), we also support Clean Hospitals to focus on environmental disinfection. Clean hands that touch dirty surfaces negates the value of hand hygiene. Touching clean surfaces with dirty hands negates the value of surface hygiene. Both must be promoted together to properly protect patients.”

In the last decade, a significant amount of clinical evidence has been amassed showing the role the environment plays in certain healthcare-associated infections. Clean Hospitals is an ideal organisation to help healthcare facilities operationalise this knowledge, working to improve cleaning practices and identifying areas of risk within the facility.

According to Jolanta Stasiewicz, Diversey’s European Healthcare Marketing Leader: “the COVID-19 pandemic has already changed global healthcare systems on many levels and we are entering a new era of patient care where preventing infection will play an even more important role. Creation of safe and hygienic environments is a mandatory action for healthcare stakeholders, but also a day-to-day challenge. And that is where Diversey, as part of Clean Hospitals, is committed to help. With more than 95 years of history and more than 50 years actively working with healthcare facilities, the Diversey team supporting this initiative is very excited to be part of it and committed to help healthcare facilities management get access to best in class and up to date guidelines, share and drive research, innovations, and training.”

Diversey: Campaigning for Infection Prevention During October 2020

Infection prevention has never been more important. During October, Diversey is proudly supporting three international campaigns that highlight the significance of cleaning and hygiene in the fight against all types of infection:

October 10: Clean Hospitals Day

October 15: Global Handwashing Day

October 18-24: International Infection Prevention Week