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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
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

5 Employee wellness ideas to improve mood and morale on a budget

Written by Bakang Kganyago

Employee wellness programs have become common in many organisations, with large organisations such as Google investing heavily in programs that are aimed at boosting employee wellness and morale....

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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
March 2019

World Health Day: A quick guide to responsible medical waste disposal

Written by Bakang Kganyago

The World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Health Day on the 7th of April. The purpose of World Health Day is to build awareness about health care, and, through training and backing,...

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Hygiene Specialists, Medical Waste
February 2019

[INFOGRAPHIC] Send us your bandages, not your thumbs…

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Towards the end of last year we did an Ask the Expert  interview with Tobie Muller, our resident medical waste expert. In the interview, Tobie mentioned the different types of medical waste and...

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Hygiene Specialists
January 2019

Food Hygiene 101: Point of production

Written by Bakang Kganyago

Store-bought food, be it pre-packaged or prepared in-store, has become such a feature of modern life that it’s unlikely we give too much thought to whether said food items are safe to consume....

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Hygiene Specialists
October 2018

Dishing the dirt on pests [update]

Written by Lemay Rogers

Summer is officially here with temperatures across South Africa reaching the 30 degree Celcius mark.  This heat wave brings with it a wave of summer pests. You are sure to see more flies,...

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Hygiene Specialists
October 2018

Food Storage Best Practices

Written by Bakang Kganyago

Having to decide whether or not to eat that last bit of butter chicken (after a hefty serving for dinner) in order to avoid having to look for Tupperware with a matching lid can be frustrating....

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Hygiene Specialists
September 2018

Don’t buy that! How to grocery shop in an age of listeriosis

Written by Nathalie Leblond

Since the first reported cases of Listeriosis back in December 2017, the team at Initial have been following the unfolding story with a great deal of interest. I’ve written several blog posts on...

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Hygiene Specialists

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