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Need for clean & safe toilets for women in Delhi slums

This article is by Shahana Sheikh, a student at Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, who worked on a research paper titled: “Public toilets in Delhi: An emphasis on the facilities for Women in Slum/Resettlement Areas” during her Summer Research Internship 2008 at Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi

Choosing right cleaning agents

Acids to chemicals to bio-products – all cleaning agents are intended to clean, disinfect and sanitise. But lack of proper knowledge of the ingredients in each agent & their properties and also the amount to be used for different applications can very often prevent the cleaning processes from achieving optimum results. Mohana elaborates on the need for appropriate and efficient use of cleaning products.

Clothes that clean themselves!

When it comes to stain-free clothes, it has always been a tussle with chemicals, detergents and equipment. Researchers experiment with nano-crystals that clean and do away with stains once the fabric is exposed to sunlight.

The chlorine factor

Although chlorine is the cheapest disinfectant and still being used in most countries, free chlorine, if not removed or controlled, can lead to serious health hazards

Hygienic maintenance of Ventilation systems

Modern building users expect a high degree of comfort and safety and the successful employer will strive to achieve high standards to ensure the optimum health and productivity of his employees. HVAC systems form an important component of the building and can represent up to 35% of the cost of a new building. Despite this the hygienic maintenance of the major HVAC component, the ductwork system, is often ignored, perhaps because the systems are ‘out of sight and out of mind’.

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