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July 2020

[UPDATE] What can you buy for R2.90 per day?

Written by Lemay Rogers
Workplace Hygiene

We all know that hygiene is important. You need to wash your hands before you eat and after using the toilet to protect yourself from harmful germs. You protect your company’s image by keeping your bathrooms neat and smelling fresh. Your business may even have some legislative requirements around hand washing.

As an employer you need to add an additional layer to this conversation as hygiene directly impacts your company’s rates of absenteeism. Without sounding insensitive, having colleagues off ill is expensive. If you need a reminder of how expensive absenteeism can be, check out our blog: Your business is losing 100s of days a year.

And now we need to add yet another layer to the hygiene conversation, thanks to the subject that currently defines our daily lives: COVID-19. Since the pandemic started there has been a drive towards greater hygiene awareness because washing and sanitising your hands is one of the key elements in fighting COVID-19, along with wearing a mask, social distancing, and regular surface disinfection.

When it comes to hygiene services for your company there are generally two options. Some opt for a professional hygiene service provider to keep their office environment hygienic while others rely on a do-it-yourself approach. I like to refer to the latter as a D-I-WHY solution. WHY would you want to do it yourself when you could have the experts look after your business?

Our hygiene experts face objections to the purchase of hygiene services on a daily basis. People argue that it’s not a specialist service and therefore a daily cleaner can do it, others say that their business is too small to warrant a professional hygiene service provider. But the main objection we always face is COST.

“To get a professional service is surely a lot more expensive than me buying some hygiene products at my local Supermarket?”

The cost of professional hygiene

I took it upon myself to debunk this myth. Looking at a medium sized business, one would generally expect 1 male bathroom, with 2 cubicles and 2 urinals, and 1 female bathroom with 2 cubicles to service an office of approximately 40 people. I included the basics in my quote - you would generally need the following;

  • Toilet and urinal sanitiser
  • A quarterly deep clean of toilets, basins and urinals
  • An ecocap for your urinals in the male bathroom
  • Feminine hygiene units in the female bathroom
    (this really should be done on contract by service provider due to legislation surrounding the disposal of sanitary waste products)
  • Hand soap
  • Hand paper (paper towel)
  • 2 ply toilet paper

I’m sure you’re already thinking that all of this looks like it’s going to be expensive! As a matter of fact, this hygiene solution would cost you as little as R 2.90 per person per day if you engage with Initial. It’s difficult to equate R 2.90 to anything these days, so to put it into perspective, let’s focus on the total daily cost* of R 115.90 to provide professional hygiene services to your employees - that it’s a bit more tangible.

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Getting a good hygiene solution from a reputable supplier doesn’t cost as much as you expected, right? You might say that it would probably still be cheaper to do it yourself. Another myth. Looking at our list of products and services you may be able to make a few substitutions to match the above, but there are a few items that might be rather tricky.

For example, with hand soap you may want to compare millilitre for millilitre. Because of the dosage difference and varying quality of soap, your DIY solution may actually work out more expensive just on these factors. To take it a step further, consider pilferage or the fact that the pump bottles may be disposed of when they still contain soap. You also need to look at the actual bottle. After a week that pump section starts getting grubby which makes me wonder if you aren’t just contributing to cross contamination.

You might also think that your daily cleaner can perform a thorough deep clean. Unfortunately your daily cleaner does not have the knowledge, the disinfectant fogging equipment, nor the bio enzyme preparations required to perform a proper Initial deep clean. Don’t see what the fuss is about? Why not book a survey and include a AHT demo?

You also need to consider other factors; for example you need to take the time to make a list of your hygiene needs. Then you need to drive to the shop or order online. If you’ve run out of an item you need to drop everything to arrange refills or to go and buy replacements.

After a shopping trip of my own, and taking minimum wage into account, I will be spending on average 15% more on my DIY hygiene solution than if I took a contract with Initial. So getting a professional provider won’t just save you money, it will also save you time. #winning

What about Disinfection and Hand Sanitising?

As a responsible employer, you want to ensure that your staff are safe by lowering the risk of COVID-19 infection in the office environment as much as possible. Although the cost of procuring hand sanitiser, surface sanitiser, and taking on precautionary disinfection services may seem daunting, it doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg.

Using the same office example as above, Initial could offer this customer a monthly precautionary disinfection service, hand sanitisers in strategic locations and 15 litres of surface sanitiser liquid for as little as R3.20 per person per day.

The cost of providing your staff and customers with world-class hygiene and disinfection services doesn’t need to break the bank. For a good basic hygiene and disinfection solution you will by paying R127.95 per day for your premises.

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Contact us today for a quote, or to book your free hygiene survey from our team of hygiene experts.

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*Daily cost: average taken of 21 working days a month

Lemay Rogers

Lemay Rogers

Lémay Rogers is the Marketing Manager for Rentokil Initial's Sub-Saharan Africa region. When not contributing to the Rentokil Initial blogs, she is the custodian of all things Marketing for Rentokil Initial Sub-Saharan Africa. As a frequent traveller AND mother of a pre-schooler, she is all too aware of how easily germs can travel with us, from one location to another and then back to our homes. Follow Lémay on LinkedIn for practical pest control advice and good hygiene practices, both at home and in the workplace.

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