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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

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
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
August 2018

Pets in the Office: Yay or Nay?

Written by Bakang Kganyago

Dog owners are familiar with the sad groans our pets give us whenever it’s time to say goodbye and head for work. We often spend long hours away from our little buddies, but what if we got to...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
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

[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

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

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