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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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April 2020

Ask the expert: A day in the life of a GP during the COVID-19 pandemic

Written by Nathalie Leblond

The 7th of April is World Health Day: a global health awareness day celebrated annually under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization and other related organisations, and a day which has...

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Ask the Expert
March 2020

[UPDATE] Gloves on, or gloves off?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Towards the end of 2018 I wrote a blog post about the use of nitrile or latex gloves in the food industry as a way of preventing food-borne illnesses. You can read the original post here, but I...

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Health and Safety
March 2020

2020 and beyond: Hygiene trends of the future

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Over the lifespan of our Initial Insights page we have - a few times - tried to determine what the hygiene trends of the future might be, now we are taking a look at trends beyond 2020. 

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Technology and Trends
February 2020

Is your fingerprint scanner making you sick?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

My husband recently started a new job at a company based in Cape Town’s CBD. The offices are beautifully appointed, with state of the art technology and security including a fingerprint scanner to...

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Cleanliness and Hygiene
January 2020

What does our legislation say about Sanitary Waste Disposal?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

In February last year I wrote a blog entitled Does your business comply with sanitary waste disposal legislation? The blog has been one of our most popular, however, we were recently asked by a...

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Hygiene Specialists
November 2019

World Diabetes Day: What you should know

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Recently, a friend of mine’s Grade 1 daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She had been unwell on and off and was eventually hospitalised after spiking a fever, at which point the diabetes...

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Medical Waste
October 2019

What is HACCP?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

In this blog we will cover:

1. What is HACCP?2. How does a food business become HACCP compliant?  3. South African HACCP legislation4. Other HACCP protocols5. HACCP and hygiene6. Other industry...

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Hygiene Specialists
October 2019

3 good reasons why Initial should be managing your sanitary waste

Written by Nathalie Leblond

In previous blog posts, we’ve looked at whether your company has to provide sanitary bins for female employees, as well as how to ask your boss that awkward question about new sanitary bins.  It’s...

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Medical Waste
September 2019

Odour Remediation vs Scenting: is there a difference?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Smell is the most powerful of our five senses and it is thought that up to 75% of the emotions we generate on a daily basis are affected by smell.  We’ve written about the emotional and...

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Hygiene Specialists
September 2019

Can colour encourage better bathroom behaviour?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Have you ever felt anxious when walking into a room and not known why? Or perhaps you’ve felt inexplicably calm and relaxed in a different space? The artist Pablo Picasso once said that "colours,...

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Hygiene Specialists

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