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Indian hospitals introduces colour-coded
bedsheets to enhance hygiene
Hospitals in a northern Indian city
are replacing their white bed linen
with rainbow-coloured alternatives.
Two government-run healthcare
institutions in Gurgaon near
New Delhi are to colour-code
their sheets in a bid to improve
cleanliness and hygiene.
Under the scheme the two
hospitals will use violet bedsheets on
Monday, indigo on Tuesday, blue on
Wednesday, green on Thursday, yellow on Friday, orange on Saturday and peach on Sunday.
The new colour scheme will be adopted in all wards across both hospitals.
“Each bed sheet will have a day imprinted on it to ensure that the sheets will not be re-used
and will be washed when necessary,” said Gurgaon health chief, Kanta Goel. “The white
sheets are regularly cleaned but the initiative will help us to differentiate between clean and
used bedsheets and also to establish an infection-free environment in the hospital.”
The two hospitals in the colour-coding trial are the 200-bed Civil Hospital and the
100-bed Sector 10 Civil Hospital. More than 500 bed sheets are currently used in each
institution every day.
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talks to buy
German chemical and consumer
goods company Henkel is reportedly
in talks to buy Sealed Air’s cleaning
division Diversey Care, with the sale
price anticipated to exceed $3 billion,
according to The New York Post.
Sealed Air announced in October
last year its plans to launch a spin-off
of its Diversey Care division and the
food hygiene and cleaning business.
At the time of the announcement
the company said the spin-off would
take effect in the second half of 2017.
However, sources told The Post
Sealed Air is also pursuing a sale of
Diversey Care as part of a dual process.
“Private-equity firms want to bid
for it, but Henkel is in there” and it
may pay more, one source said.
“This could be a spin, but it sounds
to me like a sale is even more likely,”
a Sealed Air analyst said.
VR to train staff
Gom, the Dutch cleaning division of
Facilicom, is using virtual reality (VR) to
Marco Konter, who is responsible for
innovations and new concepts within Gom,
said: “We have been testing VR in our
department for some time. We are seeing
many opportunities and together we believe
that providing support in training our
people is one of these opportunities.”
“VR is a valuable addition to our practical
training programs. It enables our colleagues
to take another look at a hotel room -
conveniently at home, at a time that suits
“Our people are provided with a
cardboard VR unit and can then use their
own device at home to literally look around
360 degrees in the hotel room. The hotel
room is not drawn in a computer program,
but instead is a real photo and you are
standing right in the middle of this photo.
“The initial response is highly enthusiastic.
Of course we are aware of the fact that ‘fun’
contributes to learning performance and this
is once again evident here as well.
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European Cleaning Journal
rolls out fleet of
for waste clean-up
New York’s most iconic park will soon
convert the majority of its waste collection
carts to electric vehicles.
According to The New York Times, The
Central Park Conservancy, a not-for-profit
organisation that manages Central Park under
contract with New York City, is set to spend
$US1.94m on the fleet of eco-friendly 52
Cushman electric cars (48 two-seaters and
four four-seaters), and a charging station.
The electric vehicles will replace the park’s
current fleet of 86 small carts. Central park
uses a zoned management system whereby
employees are responsible for cleaning a
specific area of the park, with the waste
collected taken to centralised collection points.
This system is currently being trailed at
Crotona Park in the Bronx, with the city
planning to expand this model to other parks
this year. Today, 42 million people annually
visit Central Park, generating 2000 tons of
trash and 58 tons of recyclables each year.
Japan’s Narita international airport has
installed what has been dubbed ‘toilet paper
for smartphones’ in toilet cubicles at the
airport’s arrivals terminal.
According to local newspaper The
Mainichi, the dispensers have been installed
in 86 stalls at seven restroom facilities and
are located next to the regular toilet rolls.
The trial of the cleaning paper was
spearheaded by Japanese telco NTT Docomo
in response to recent studies that claim
smartphone screens carry more germs than
toilet seats. The sheets also bear the message
‘Welcome to Japan’ and include travel
information such as Docomo Wi-Fi locations.
Photo courtesy: The Mainichi
Photo courtesy: European Cleaning Journal
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