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Pall Mall introduces solution to prevent slips on rainy days
The benefit of using entrance matting to
prevent serious slip hazards can be lost
through the use of wet umbrellas, points out
commercial cleaning manufacturer Pall Mall.
Rainwater collected on umbrellas can drip
to the floor as they are carried through a
building, creating puddles on the floor.
With this in mind, Pall Mall created
a solution for the end-user to prevent
serious slip hazards forming in a business’s
workplace on rainy days.
Pall Mall’s umbrella bagger is designed to
be placed at the entrance of a building on
days when rain is expected so entrants can
bag their wet umbrellas and avoid creating a
slip hazard when walking into the building.
In addition to safety, the wet umbrella
wrapper can help facilities meet hygiene and
customer experience enhancement goals,
says the marketer.
Mould and mildew are two important
health concerns that property owners must
take care of, particularly during months of
In addition to floor mats that keep shoes
from spreading rainwater, products like
the umbrella bagger are vital in preventing
facility guests from tracking water through
The marketer also added that umbrella
baggers can enhance customer experience.
Forward-thinking businesses understand
the power of first impressions, and helping
guests to stow a wet umbrella is a simple
way of showing appreciation for their safety
The umbrella bagger has two slots side
by side, each holding a stock of bags.
Wet umbrellas are simply pushed into the
appropriate slot, one slot holding bags for
long umbrellas and the other slot holding
bags for short umbrellas.
When the umbrella is pulled out of the
slot, it emerges efficiently bagged to stop
any drips. On exit the bags can be easily
discarded in an appropriate tidy bin.
Pall Mall’s umbrella baggers are available
in a choice of polished or matt stainless steel
or a black powder-coated external surface.
Almost 20 years to the day it first began,
the Professional Executive Housekeepers
Network (PEHN) celebrated its 20th
birthday on 24 June at the RACV club
in central Melbourne, where members
reminisced about old times, caught up on
the present and shared lots of laughter over
a couple of glasses of champagne.
The PEHN was the very first executive
housekeepers’ network to be formed
in Australia back in 1996. Since its
establishment, the association says its
biggest achievement has been the longevity
of the network.
“The dedication of past and present
office bearers and committee members who
believe in PEHN’s goals is to what we owe
our success,” explained PEHN founding
secretary Barbara Sargeant.
“The PEHN is a not for profit
organisation and committee members meet
after an already long day to plan their
objectives for the benefit of all members.
The PEHN gives a feeling of belonging,
similar to that of a family, so that issues
many new to the role face can be solved by
seeking guidance and opinions of those with
PEHN members come from far and wide,
and comprise of executive housekeepers,
assistant housekeepers, senior supervisors,
housekeeping attendants and associate
members who are suppliers to the hospital
industry. And while there is healthy
competition between hotels, no problem
is unique and a problem shared within the
network is a problem halved.
“The challenges of an executive
housekeeper are different from those of a
cleaning manager,” pointed out Barbara.
“Whilst a knowledge of staff management
and the labour market is paramount to
PEHN celebrates 20th birthday
this role, so is the need for knowledge
on safe cleaning methods, caring for
fibres and fabrics, security, managing
contracts and budgets, the need to know
more about technology and the need to
recognise the impact our industry has on the
“An executive housekeeper role is
multifaceted and whilst there are no formal
training courses for this role, the PEHN
endeavours to keep members abreast of
changes in the industry and new products.”
Looking to the future, Barbara hopes that
the PEHN will continue to grow its’ member
base and strive for better recognition for
executive housekeepers everywhere.
“The biggest challenge that still exists
is being recognised by the hospitality
industry for what we do every day. Whilst
there has been some baby steps made, the
ultimate goal for the PEHN is to establish
a recognised qualification for executive
housekeepers,” said Barbara.
“Whilst hospitality colleges tend to
focus on the more glamorous side of the
industry, the impact of good housekeeping
practices cannot be understated. No matter
the star rating of a hotel, cleanliness is always
at the forefront of guest expectations and a
lack thereof is extremely detrimental to the
reputation of the hotel; particularly in this
age of social media and instant critique.”
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