Each year, millions of people worldwide suffer from foodborne diseases. Kitchen hygiene is a crucial topic that needs to be focussed on to highlight the problems and seek solutions that ensure sanitary conditions in this area. We all know what it should be and we all know what it really is. Clean India Journal decided to bring to the table, the issues that make it difficult to put the recommended and enforced regulations into practise. A panel of 10 dynamic and diverse individuals comprising of Hotel GMs, Chefs and Industry Experts participated and discussed Kitchen Hygiene at a round table conference which was moderated by Avril Sule, Hospitality Educator and Trainer.
Today, a large number of hospitals are looking at outsourcing their housekeeping requirements – fully or partially. But, more clarity is needed as to which are the areas that need to be outsourced and how the outsourced services can be managed to meet the required cleanliness & hygiene standards. A panel consisting of six experts both from the healthcare end and the cleaning industry discussed this pertinent issue across a round table during the Clean India Pulire 2011. Excerpts:
Till swine flu panic gripped the world, washing hands was considered to be the best way to maintain personal hygiene and protect oneself from diseases. But as fear of the disease started spreading, the importance of hand sanitizers came to the fore. Clean India Journal explains why hand-sanitizers play a vital role in a Smart Washroom.
While it is essential that hands are dried as one leaves the washroom to avoid accumulation of bacteria, it is equally essential to leave behind a clean washroom to avoid contamination and spread of bacteria. One major issue confronting most washrooms in India is the lack of right method of disposing off feminine hygiene products. It is either flushed down the toilet or is discarded in a common dustbin. The former results in choked sewer lines and the latter spreads contamination. The impact of leaving behind sanitary waste in a common bin that could be noticed by the next user or the janitors is demoralising. Corporate offices are slowly installing the feminine hygiene care (FHC) units and sporting a Smart Washroom, especially for their female staff. Clean India Journal spoke to some of the end users who are usings FHC units.
In nine out of ten cases, the criteria for choosing a hospital by any individual would be the medical facilities offered therein. However, when the situation is critical, any hospital in the vicinity becomes the first choice and in a life-and-death situation the scope for making a choice would be limited. Given a choice, how many of us would actually look at how clean the hospital is inside-out? Would we go for a private set up rather than a Government one because it is supposed to be “cleaner”? Are all private hospitals actually hygienic or do they just look “clean”? Mohana M explores…