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November 2019

Don't forget to clean before the holidays

Written by Bakang Kganyago

The holiday season is fast approaching and I know most of us are already thinking about our holiday plans and what we hope to get up to as the curtain closes on another hard year at work. In the...

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Health and Safety
November 2019

Is your spaghetti mop making you sick?

Written by Bakang Kganyago

We normally associate cleaning with good hygiene practices, but what if your cleaning methods and tools could actually be making you sick? There have been several studies over the years detailing...

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Health and Safety
October 2019

Is your handwashing routine making you sick?

Written by Bakang Kganyago

The 15th of October is Global Handwashing Day: an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of proper hand washing habits to help prevent the spread of infection and reduce...

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Health and Safety
August 2019

5 Rentokil Initial products that would make you more comfortable at the dentist

Written by Nathalie Leblond

If I had to do a snap poll of things that people put off doing (generally until it’s too late) I’m sure that going to the dentist would be fairly high up the list. Going to the dentist is the sort...

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Health and Safety
June 2019

How do you stay hygienic after a flood

Written by Lemay Rogers

It’s been 3 months since we heard about the devastating floods in Beira, Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal.  I remember the overwhelming feeling of relief when my family, colleagues and friends...

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Health and Safety, Ask the Expert
June 2019

Do I need a medical waste disposal service?

Written by Nathalie Leblond

We’ve talked a lot over the last few months about medical waste and how it should be disposed of to ensure that no harm comes to the environment or to people and animals that may be inadvertently...

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Health and Safety, Ask the Expert, Medical Waste
May 2019

4 important questions to ask your medical waste management contractor

Written by Nathalie Leblond

All healthcare facilities – whether a small private practice or a large government hospital - must comply with the guidelines set out in The National Health Act 2003 (Act No 61 of 2003): ...

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Health and Safety, Medical Waste
April 2019

A day in the life of a rat capturer

Written by Bakang Kganyago

A while ago, when I first started working for Initial, I took a trip with Rentokil’s pest control supervisor Bafana Nhlapo. The purpose of the trip was to experience a day in the life of a pest...

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Health and Safety
April 2019

The real costs of a cheap hygiene supplier

Written by Peta Florus

Growing up we always heard the saying "goedkoop is duurkoop" (translated as ‘cheap is expensive’). Sayings like these have - of course - become part of the ‘Rules to live by handbook’ and together...

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Health and Safety
February 2019

Health care waste: Terminology 101

Written by Nathalie Leblond

If anyone asked, “do you know the difference between infectious anatomical waste and hazardous chemical waste?” you’d be forgiven for answering “no”. Even those of us who work in the hygiene...

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Health and Safety, Medical Waste

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