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Nathalie Leblond

I joined Rentokil Initial South Africa in 2004 as the PA to the MD, and after 6 months maternity leave I re-joined the Company in 2009 as the Marketing Co-ordinator for Rentokil. I'm now the Marketing Communication Manager for Rentokil Initial. I'm still terrified of cockroaches (Americana's only!) but the rest of the creepy crawlies we deal with don't really bug me (see what I did there?), so I guess I'm in the right industry! I am passionate about what we do here at Rentokil Initial and also write for our Hygiene Blog, which can be found at www.initial.co.za. Life outside of Rentokil mostly revolves around my daughter, who has just turned eleven, and my husband (who is a bit older). I love living in Cape Town and wouldn't trade living here for anywhere else in the world.
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April 2020

10 things you absolutely need to know about wearing a mask

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Recently I wrote a post called “Gloves on, or Gloves off” about whether the use of gloves by the general public can limit cross-contamination and one’s risk of contracting COVID-19.

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Cleanliness and Hygiene, Coronavirus Insights
April 2020

Glossary of Pandemic Terminology

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Here at Initial we take hygiene very seriously, in fact you could say we are the experts. And as the experts we do love to throw around hygiene jargon, both on our website and in our blogs.

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Hygiene Specialists, Coronavirus Insights
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, Feminine Hygiene
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

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