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November 2021

Health and hygiene in mobile service businesses

Written by Bakang Kganyago
Food Safety and Food Processing, Hygiene Specialists, Technology and Trends

Following Covid-19's huge impact on traditional business, we look at hygiene standards for the ever- increasing sector of  mobile businesses and food trucks in today's blog.

In recent years there have been a big rise in the number of small mobile businesses, further stimulated by the growing unemployment rate in South Africa - especially amongst the youth.

Hygiene standards for mobile businesses and food trucks

In this blog we will be taking a look some of the different mobile businesses that steadily increased over the last few years. We'll shed some light on the various hygiene concerns that may be present in these businesses, and offer consumable hygiene solutions that are best suited to their unique circumstances.

Hygiene solutions for the food truck industry

hygiene for mobile food truck services

Food trucks have been steadily growing in popularity. Offering a lower cost to entry into the food industry, these establishments have really taken off, and are often found at events, fairs and other popular locations. A big hygiene challenge for food trucks is consistent or convenient access to clean water and soap, often depending on the location in which they choose to park their mobile business.

I’d recommend installing a wall mounted sanitiser dispenser in the truck, which affords you the ability to consistently sanitise your hands while handling customer’s food. You'll have the added convenience of our technicians refilling the dispensers regularly - although we'll need to know where you are parked! Additionally, I’d also recommend scheduling regular vehicle disinfection services.

Hygiene solutions for coffee carts

The same can be said about the ever increasing number of coffee cart operators that we are finding  outside of busy stores. However - in their case - I’d recommend they stock up on sanitiser bottles instead or opting for hand sanitiser stands.

Another thing to consider is pest control, because pests such as cockroaches could be a problem even though you’re mobile. Rentokil solutions for business vehicles would help prevent and solve such issues.

Hygiene solutions for event planners

hygiene solutions for event planning industries

I think we could consider event planners to be part of the mobile business sector, as they often travel to their customers and help them with their event requirements. There’s a lot to consider for event planners in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic - much of it being things that people never previously had to consider!  Things like the availability of hand-sanitising stations - in the form of hand sanitiser stands, but also air quality, should the event take place indoors. Initial has solutions for both of these with their hand sanitiser stands and range of VIRUSKILLER air purifiers.

Interested in learning more about the importance of air quality? Read our selection of air hygiene blogs. Or why not watch our webinar on Tackling Coronavirus in the Air to learn more about the technology behind our VIRUSKILLER air purification system.

Other 'quality of life' aspects to think of would be renting plants and pots from Ambius instead of outright purchasing, saving your business the capital outlay of plants as décor, but retaining all the benefits of interior landscaping. You may also be interested in our SaniGreen sanitiser from Ambius, which incorporates plants and sanitiser in a beautiful design. 

Hygiene solutions for farmers' market vendors

hygiene at the farmers market

No longer just a craze, farmers' markets have been spreading across many parts of South Africa, where people rent out stalls at different markets and sell their home grown foods and other natural products.

Hygiene is also really important in this sector. For stall providers I’d recommend regular disinfection services, and for the vendors themselves hand sanitisers would prove very beneficial as you're constantly dealing with food and customers. This will ensure that your produce remains safe for the consumers and protect both them and yourself from the possible cross contamination that’s present when dealing with many people. 

Other things to vendors to consider would be pest control - much like food truck owners. Rentokil’s pest control services will help protect against pests that might compromise the quality of your produce.

Hygiene solutions for mobile masseuses and nail technicians

hygiene for mobile service providers

Mobile beauty is a great business opportunity for trained massage therapists, masseuses and nail techs. However, the nature of the businesses call for strict personal hygiene practices in order to keep yourself and your clients safe. Hand sanitiser is a non-negotiable, 

Other mobile businesses that need to consider hygiene solutions include:

  • Makeup artists
  • Hair stylists
  • Flea market vendors
  • Cell phone repair services
  • Child care providers
  • Mobile retail stores

For further insights on hygiene solutions that can protect you and your clients, as well as improve overall wellness, find out more about our services across Initial, Rentokil, and Ambius.

Initial Hygiene Services

Rentokil Pest Control Services

Ambius Wellness Services

Bakang Kganyago

Bakang Kganyago

Bakang is a Digital Marketing Executive for Rentokil Initial. A germaphobe at heart, he's passionate about learning and sharing insights on how to defeat the enemy we cannot see. Join his journey as he writes about the impact of germs in our daily lives.

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