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You can’t put a price on hygiene. Customer trust and goodwill that can take so long to build, can be destroyed in an instant due to poor hygiene. Customer complaints and bad reviews can have a devastating impact on your business and reputation. Worse still, serious food contamination and illness issues can result in closure of your business.
From kitchens and food preparation areas through to eating areas and washrooms - hygiene is non-negotiable. The health and safety of customers and staff is paramount and by making hygiene a top priority, catering managers and owners can drive customer confidence and loyalty and ultimately business success.
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We all have hand contact with literally hundreds of objects each day – from door handles to cash machines - and each time we are exposing ourselves to a host of microbes, many of which can survive on the hands for a considerable time. Influenza lasts 10-15 minutes, Herpes for up to two hours, the common cold for up to one week and Rotavirus, which causes gastro-intestinal infections, for up to 60 days. Hence practicing good hand hygiene is crucial in minimising the spread of infection.
Effective hand washing and drying by all those involved in food preparation and serving, is the first line of defence in preventing infection and cross contamination. The whole process should take at least 20 seconds. Hands should be washed and dried thoroughly following the handling of different types of meats and foods, and of course after a visit to the bathroom.
The second line of defence is to ensure that your customers are also practising good hygiene – particularly after a visit to the washroom.
sciencesupports single-use towels
Scientific studies demonstrate single-use towels offer superior hygiene. Expert microbiologists have measured the impact of different hand drying methods - including paper towels, roller towels, warm air dryers and jet air dryers – on the spread of pathogens and overall washroom hygiene. Studies can be reviewed here.
hospitalsrecommend single-use towels
In hospital washrooms – where upholding hygiene is paramount – experts advise single-use towels for hand drying following hand washing:
- German hospitals recommend single-use towels be used for hand drying following hand washing in public washrooms due to their excellent hygiene properties;
- the French Society for Hospital Hygiene, SF2H1, strongly discourages the use of electric hand dryers as the method of hand drying in hospital washrooms and recommends the use of paper towels as the most effective way to dry hands and minimise the spread of infection following a visit to the washroom.
governments & hygiene authoritiesadvise single-use towels
In washrooms adjacent to kitchens and food preparation areas, public hygiene standards require that single-use towels are provided as the means of hand drying. Jet air dryers would never be considered due to their propensity to contaminate air and surfaces. Your customers deserve these same standards and respect.
Tissue paper has applications to suit the hygiene needs in every area of your business:
and toilet rolls
wipers and kitchen rolls
and delivery businesses providing napkins/serviettes
Scientific studies on exposure and migration show that the quantity of tissue paper used in food contact is very limited and for a short period of time. The Council of Europe has concluded that the use of kitchen towels and napkins in a food environment does not pose a risk to health and that any migration is undetectable or very low.
Washrooms must offer proper hand washing facilities, with soap, followed by a hygienic method of hand drying that will minimise the spread of infection. Single use towels are proven to offer this.
Supporting the development of standards and best practice
ETS encourages the development of standards, performance measures, and continual improvement in best practices for forest ecosystems. Our member companies are committed to supporting the sustainable management of forests based on responsible forest management, social responsibility and economic viability. We fully endorse the work of the EU and other organisations in ensuring that only products from legally sourced wood are sold in the European market, regardless of where it was sourced and the Second Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, held in Helsinki in 1993.
Upholding certification systems
ETS follows the development of different Forest Certification Schemes at both international and national level and encourages third party verification or certification of compliance with sustainable forestry practices. In particular we applaud the two leading forestry certification systems - PEFC 3 and FSC – as reliable methods of ensuring that fibres used in tissue production come from sustainable forests. They have both contributed greatly to the improvement of forests around the globe.
ETS shares and supports the view of the European Parliament which stated in a resolution on implementing EU Forest Policy that it: " welcomes the efforts of European forestry undertakings to give consumers assurances concerning sustainable forest management which takes account of the multifunctional role of forests, notably by means of certified wood products;” “considers the FSC and PEFC certification systems to be equally suitable for this purpose;” “calls for mutual recognition of the two certification initiatives to be promoted".
Our member companies will continue to work with both systems to further expand their development and continually improve their processes. They are convinced that utilisation of certification systems is one of the best ways to ensure the continuous development of one of the main raw material sources: sustainable managed forests.
- building customer trust and assuring return business.