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Author Description

Nicole Horne

Nicole is a Digital Marketing Executive at Rentokil Initial Hygiene in Johannesburg. A self-proclaimed germaphobe, her love for hygienic environments and curiosity of all things “beneath the surface” fuels her enthusiasm for writing about the impact of germs in the workplace. She is passionate about creating awareness and sharing her knowledge on the impact of good hygiene practices. Follow Nicole on Twitter and LinkedIn for updates on the the good, the bad and the germy.
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September 2018

What to do when a bird gets stuck in your office

Written by Nicole Horne

I’m certain this kind of thing has happened at least once in your lifetime. Well, it has happened to me and in the sitcom, The Office!, although in that case it was a bat (of course, a less...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
September 2018

The results are in: should you bring your pets to the office?

Written by Nicole Horne

Over the past weeks there has been a lot of debate around whether pets should be allowed in the office and whether it’s a good idea or not to have pets in the workplace.

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
August 2018

Pro pet: I love office pets!

Written by Nicole Horne

Have you ever brought your fur companion to the office? There is a rising trend amongst office workers of bringing their pets to work with them, and many benefits have been reported from doing so. 

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
July 2018

[Update] 10 tips for sharing a communal kitchen

Written by Nicole Horne

Aside from the open plan office space, the office kitchen is the most frequented space in a company. It’s an area that receives a lot of visitors; from the first morning cuppa, to tea breaks,...

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Workplace Hygiene
July 2018

Toxic people: the case of Typhoid Mary

Written by Nicole Horne

Throughout the ages, various people have been in the spotlight when it comes to the spread of diseases and epidemics. Consequently, these individuals tend to be perceived as toxic; spreaders of...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
July 2018

Johannesburg recycling made compulsory

Written by Nicole Horne

As of the 1st July 2018, the City of Johannesburg has made recycling mandatory to a large number of residents in selected suburbs of Johannesburg. Residents are now legally required to separate...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
June 2018

An interview with a Technical Hygiene expert

Written by Nicole Horne

In our seventh installment of our “Ask the Expert” series, we interviewed Deon Lubbe, our very own technical hygiene expert for Initial hygiene, based in Port Elizabeth.

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Ask the Expert
June 2018

Fact or fiction: Deep cleaning myths

Written by Nicole Horne

Possibly one of the most debated topics involving cleaning is deep cleaning (also referred to as “Ablution Hygiene Treatment”), a subject which receives a great deal of interest and speculation.

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
June 2018

Healthy habits: home and work

Written by Nicole Horne

A huge portion of our day is spent at the office. In the face of the average work-day demands.  With a fast paced day, a high stress environments, and limited time, it’s easy to say “I’ll have a...

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Health and Safety
May 2018

Fact or fiction: Athlete's foot

Written by Nicole Horne

Athlete’s foot is an infection that gets debated often: is it contagious or not, do people with poor hygiene levels get athlete’s foot, do only athletes suffer from athlete's foot?

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Cleanliness and Hygiene

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