How to avoid the spread of the winter cold and flu

Having basked in one of the warmest October’s in history, its increasingly clear that winter is on its way. As well as digging out the winter warmers, the other thing that marks the change in season is the hordes of people sniffing and sneezing on your train carriage, on the street and in your office.

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read, chief medical officer for Bupa says: “The common cold is a mild infection that causes a blocked or runny nose, sore throat, sneezing and a cough. It’s caused by several viruses from lots of different families but the most common cause is the rhinovirus. Half of colds are caused by this but in the autumn it can cause up to 80% of colds. “Seasonal flu is caused by two types of virus: influenza A and B (C is a very rare type). The symptoms are the same as colds but more severe. You may also get a fever, shivering, a headache, a dry cough and aching muscles.” He adds, “Colds and flu spread the same way – through direct contact or through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. They can also be picked up when you touch a contaminated surface and then put your fingers near your nose, mouth or eyes.

It is a well-known fact that the flu virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours so practicing good hygiene is essential to helping prevent and to stop colds and flu from spreading. Read the following tips to help you get your cleaning routine into action.

  • Try to use wipes that have antimicrobial properties to help prevent the risk of infection from bacteria.
  • Wipe down the phone surface, paying particular attention to the buttons on the keypad, the mouth and ear piece.
  • Dirty screens can cause eye strain, nausea and headaches so we would recommend cleaning your pc screen three times a week using screen cleaning fluid, wipes or sachets to remove dust, streaks or marks.
  • Keyboards harbour many germs and bacteria which grow in between and underneath the keys. As many of us do daily activities such as eat food at our desks, it is especially important to clean keyboards at least twice a week using saturated surface wipes or an Air Duster to remove remants of lunch eaten at desks.
  • Your mouse is an important part of your PC and can harbour more bacteria than your keyboard so don’t ignore it when cleaning your equipment. Mice do get very dirty, especially when there is contact with the hands and skin so regular cleaning is highly recommended!

For further information about Durable computer cleaning products, please visit www.computercleaningmonth.co.uk

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DURAFRAME® – The Magnetic Signage Range

The DURABLE range of magnetic signage is updating its brand name to DURAFRAME®. Everything you know and love about the Durable magnetic signage range will stay the same with the bonus of some fantastic new additions.

This change will affect the existing ranges of MAGAFRAME™, FOTOFRAME, FOTOFRAME PLUS, FOTOFRAME DESK, Magnetic Frame and Magnetic Frame Security. No need to panic though, the new packaging will be phased in until the end of the year and from January 2015, this change will be reflected throughout the website and catalogues.

If you haven’t discovered Magnetic signage, now is the time to do so. Available in a number of sizes, colours and formats there is something for everyone, whether its notices, safety information, displaying posters or simply for protecting and displaying your favourite photographs, take a look at what Durable has to offer.

BRAND NEW – DURAFRAME® POSTER

Ever passed a shop window and seen a sign stuck on with sticky tape that’s gone a bit yellow and curled up at the edges? It doesn’t really give a good impression and tends to leave horrible sticky residue behind. Those days are well and truely over with the introduction of DURAFRAME® POSTER.  Transform window displays in style, and keep posters and POS in optimum condition. Poster frames are available in 3 large format sizes A1, A2 and 50x70mm and two colours black and silver.

DURAFRAME® Poster

DURAFRAME® Poster

DURAFRAME®

Formally known as MAGAFRAME™, the same pack sizes, colours and most importantly quality remains the same. DURAFRAME® is the professional and convenient way to display literature. Simply peel off the protective paper and apply the self adhesive back to any smooth, solid surface such as windows, filing cabinets and doors. You can even apply DURAFRAME® to glass and the information can be read from both sides, ideal for use in doorways, partition walls etc. The beauty about DURAFRAME® is that it is repositionable, so if you’re not happy with its application, simply peel it off the surface and start again. And if that’s not enough, it’s so easy to use – just lift up the frame to insert your message/sign/notice and close the frame and the magnetic seal will do the rest.

DURAFRAME® A4

DURAFRAME® A4

 

DURAFRAME® PHOTO (formally Fotoframe)

When space is at a premium or you can’t nail frames into your walls then DURAFRAME® PHOTO is the solution. A range of self adhesive, slim-line picture frames with a self adhesive back and magnetic frame allowing for easy insertion of your favourite photos. DURAFRAME® PHOTO is available in black and silver and various size and display formats and don’t forget repositionable!

DURAFRAME PHOTO PLUS – Have you ever looked back at a picture and forgotton where and when it was taken? DURAFRAME® PHOTO PLUS has a unique labelling window that sits within the frame which can either be hand-written or printed so your memories will never be forgotten. Also suited for team or individual award notices within the workplace.

DURAFRAME® PHOTO DESK – We can’t ignore that many people like to add that personal touch to their desk or workspace, so by combining DURAFRAME® PHOTO DESK with attractive aluminium frame for photos in portrait or landscape format. Fast exchange of photos thanks to folding magnetic front. Can be used either as desk sign or wall picture.

DURAFRAME® PHOTO

DURAFRAME® PHOTO

DURAFRAME® SECURITY

The all-new DURAFRAME® SECURITY is a welcome addition to the magnetic signage range and is ideal for displaying all types of safety and warning information. Use in medical, industrial and retail settings. Available in 3 frame colour options

DURAFRAME® SECURITY

DURAFRAME® SECURITY

For further information, please contact Durable Marketing at marketing@durable-uk.com or phone 01202 893799.

Preventing Germs in the healthcare sector Part 2 – Computer Cleaning

A YouGov survey found that most people consider hospitals to be the dirtiest shared environment. As an employee, despite appearances, your workplace may be dirtier than you think and in an environment that contains a large number of people such as hospital or doctors surgery, it is a veritable breeding ground for germs. Surfaces that experience human contact on a regular basis can build up harmful bacteria that can cause illness such as Salmonella or Ecoli. This is because unseen to the naked eye, bacteria can build up on surfaces which are regularly used caused by the grease, dead skin and saliva stuck to our hands, which can nourish the germs found on items such as telephones, desks and surfaces causing them to thrive, multiply and spread.

Hard surfaces such as buttons on fax machines and printers contain thousands of bacteria as they are touched by many different people each day but are not regularly cleaned. Monitors, printer housings and desktops should be cleaned at least once a week  regularly using SUPERCLEAN Surface Cleaner to ensure that these harmful germs are kept to a minimum.  Another hotspot are telephones and mobiles which are found to be one of the biggest contributors for the transition of bugs, bacteria and diseases causing ear, nose and eye infections. A study by the University of Arizona found that 25,127 germs per square inch are contaminated on a telephone, where as a toilet has 49 germs per square inch. You don’t know who uses your telephone when you’re away from your desk, so try and build a daily clean into your routine.

DURABLE hard surface cleaners and telephone wipes contain Bact-O-Clean, an antimicrobial component that offes 99.9% protection against germs and viruses including the common cold and influenza viruses, E-Coli bacteria, Salmonella, MRSA and Listeria.  Take the following tips into account when you next sit at your desk and do your bit to reduce the spread of germs.

  • Try to use wipes that have antimicrobial properties to help prevent the risk of infection from bacteria.
  • Wipe down the phone surface, paying particular attention to the buttons on the keypad, the mouth and ear piece.
  • Dirty screens can cause eye strain, nausea and headaches so we would recommend cleaning your pc screen three times a week using screen cleaning fluid, wipes or sachets to remove dust, streaks or marks.
  • Keyboards harbour many germs and bacteria which grow in between and underneath the keys. As many of us do daily activities such as eat food at our desks, it is especially important to clean keyboards at least twice a week using saturated surface wipes or an Air Duster to remove remants of lunch eaten at desks.
  • Your mouse is an important part of your PC and can harbour more bacteria than your keyboard so don’t ignore it when cleaning your equipment. Mice do get very dirty, especially when there is contact with the hands and skin so regular cleaning is highly recommended!

For further information about DURABLE Cleaning Products, visit the website here

Durable Cleaning Products

Durable Cleaning Products