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Nathalie Leblond

Nathalie is the Category Manager at Rentokil Initial, and has worked in the hygiene and pest control industry for 12 years. Although after 12 years cockroaches still have the power to terrify her, she has learnt countless ways to defeat germs both in the workplace and at home. She is a passionate advocate for Global Handwash Day and the health benefits that can be derived from regular handwashing and hygiene practices. When not contributing to the Initial blog, Nathalie is writing press releases for sister businesses, Rentokil and Ambius. You can find her on LinkedIn.
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September 2018

Don’t buy that! How to grocery shop in an age of listeriosis

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Since the first reported cases of Listeriosis back in December 2017, the team at Initial have been following the unfolding story with a great deal of interest. I’ve written several blog posts on...

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Hygiene Specialists
September 2018

Why we celebrate Arbor month - part 2: the physical and psychological benefits of interior plants

Written by Nathalie Leblond

In part 1 of our Arbor month blog post we took a look at why we celebrate Arbor month and the environmental benefits that indoor plants provide, specifically with regard to improved air quality....

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Environment and Green Hygiene
August 2018

Why do we celebrate Arbor month: part 1

Written by Nathalie Leblond

The 1st of September is Arbor day, and in South Africa the first week of September is designated National Arbor Week, a week in which individuals are encouraged to plant trees and consider the...

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Environment and Green Hygiene
August 2018

Restaurant hygiene challenges, and how Initial solves them: Part 2

Written by Nathalie Leblond

The cardinal rule of cooking: your kitchen must be clean, and by clean I mean spotless!’ - Gordon Ramsay

In our previous blog post on kitchen hygiene, we looked at the risks associated with...

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Hygiene Specialists
August 2018

Restaurant hygiene challenges and how Initial solves them: Part 1

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Anthony Bourdain, famous New York Chef and food writer once said “I won’t eat in a restaurant with filthy bathrooms. This isn’t a hard call. They let you see the bathrooms. If the restaurant can’t...

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Hygiene Specialists
August 2018

UPDATE: The dangers of harsh chemicals, and why we clean with bacteria

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Long gone are the days when the smell and burn of ammonia-based products was embraced as the sign of a clean home or office!  People are becoming increasingly aware of the negative impact that...

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Ask the Expert
August 2018

Listeriosis: 5 months later, has anything changed?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

On the 12th of December 2017 I wrote a blog titled Listeria: what you need to know. At the time of writing, 557 cases of Listeriosis had been reported in South Africa, and there had been 36...

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Hygiene Specialists
July 2018

Does your business comply to sanitary waste disposal regulations?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

In a previous blog post, we looked at whether your company has to provide sanitary bins for female employees, and we concluded that whilst the law does not actually specify that employers have to...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
July 2018

Gastro and the drought: is Cape Town’s water crisis making you sick?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

If you live in Cape Town it’s probably safe to assume that either you - or someone close to you  - has had a bad case of gastro in the past 18 months. Certainly the subject of much speculation...

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Hygiene Specialists
July 2018

How I spent my 67 minutes: the launch of Hygiene Angels

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity, so each Mandela Day (celebrated annually on the 18th July) South Africans are challenged to give 67 minutes of their time...

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Technology and Trends

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