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Under Chakachak Mumbai, Viacom18 will work to beautify 36 Suburban Railway stations in Mumbai. This includes implementation of sanitation necessities and behavioural change for good hygiene practices among the public. Viacom18 has also adopted three suburban railway stations namely Andheri, Vile Parle and Ghatkopar.

The event ‘Hamaari Station, Hamaari Shaan’ organised in this regard engaged in creating attractive designs on the toilet walls with messages to stress the importance of cleanliness and hygiene in stations, art work for the signage to transforming them to be poster stations for the cause. A public service message is also flashed across the network to pump the awareness. Anil Kapoor, Gaurav Chopra, Faisal Khan, Ayub Khan from Colors and Gaelyn from MTV and Nicktoon Shiva were some of the celebrities who were present in the station.

Earlier this year, the Textiles and Textile Products technical panel of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) revised EN 14065, improving the standard’s guidelines for laundries in establishing their own risk analysis and bio-contamination control (RABC) processes. Individual nations’ CEN affiliates and their respective certifiers can add provisions to the Europe-wide standard similar to the Hygienically Clean requirements. August 31 is CEN’s deadline for its national affiliates to present EN 14065 to their constituencies. Neither TRSA’s norms nor EN 14065 specify the CCPs for laundry processes. The EN 14065 only distinguishes between basic and critical control points.

“Hygienically Clean’s approach of requiring launderers to apply general best practices but not mandating specific techniques fits well into the EN 14065 model,” says TRSA President and CEO Joseph Ricci.

Hygienically Clean, on the other hand, goes on to specify microbial content levels for laundered textiles and laundry work surfaces without specificity on processes to achieve them. The recent European standard revision offers a framework without specific hygiene levels. Key additions besides CCPs, he says, include quantitative risk analysis (upgraded from semi quantitative) and improved definitions of process validation, verification and monitoring.

“As before, the standard does not contain any specific requirement levels, leaving a lot of flexibility in terms of how principles are applied,” observes Eoin Flavin, the UK-based member of TRSA’s Hygienically Clean Advisory Council who directs wash chemistry supplier Washing Systems Ltd’s European operations. “We continue to need this flexibility to cater to different requirements in different sectors and countries.”

The TRSA and Hygienically Clean members are meeting in November, at Nashville, Tennessey at the TRSA healthcare conference.

There they will put their heads together to identify the risk so as to protect the healthcare consumers and laundry.

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