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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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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
July 2018

Menstrual hygiene products: a basic human right

Written by Nathalie Leblond

On the 1st April this year VAT in South Africa went up from 14% to 15%. Like most people, I made all the right horrified noises, but secretly I thought to myself, “What difference is 1% really...

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Technology and Trends
June 2018

10 Quick ways to make your office look better and be more inviting

Written by Nathalie Leblond

The office; your home away from home or a place you’d do pretty much anything to avoid?

The answer to the above has likely got a lot to do with how welcoming, clean, pleasant and hygienic your...

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Workplace Hygiene
June 2018

Why Vinyl flooring is the more hygienic choice:

Written by Nathalie Leblond

In this guest blog, we talk to Wendy Mitrovich, Brand Manager at Polyflor SA about why vinyl is such a hygienic choice, especially in hygiene sensitive areas such as hospitals, food preparation...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
May 2018

Hygiene trends of the future

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Back in February I wrote a blog post called The Future of Hygiene which I took a look at some of the advances I thought might be coming our way in the hygiene sector. I focussed mostly on the use...

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Technology and Trends
May 2018

Initial celebrates Menstrual Hygiene Day

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Periods. The curse. That time of the month. Aunt Flo. Shark Week. I could go on and on with euphemisms for menstruation. In fact Health App Clue did a survey which found that there are “over 5,000...

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Environment and Green Hygiene
May 2018

Are hand dryers unhygienic? We asked the experts at Dyson

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Towards the end of last year I wrote a blog piece entitled Paper Towels or Hand Dryers: which are better, in which I looked at the pro’s and con’s of using paper or hand dryers to dry your hands...

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