Pink Hygiene Solutions Release Ten Tips to Wash Away the Spread of Swine Flu

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With increasing numbers of Australians falling ill from swine influenza, Pink Hygiene Solutions has a handful of practical tips that can help reduce the risk of transmission of swine flu and similar winter illnesses.

Effective washroom hygiene, especially hand washing and drying, reduces the risk of swine flu infection and is a key to containing the spread of bacteria and viruses

With increasing numbers of Australians falling ill from swine influenza, Pink Hygiene Solutions has a handful of practical tips that can help reduce the risk of transmission of swine flu and similar winter illnesses.

"Effective washroom hygiene, especially hand washing and drying, reduces the risk of swine flu infection and is a key to containing the spread of bacteria and viruses," said Vivian Oppl, Marketing Manager of Pink.

"Most people don't realise that hand drying is just as important as hand washing, with damp hands shown to transfer up to 1000 times more bacteria than dry hands," Ms Oppl said.

"By providing hygienic workplaces and public environments coupled with practical information on the importance of proper hand hygiene, Australian organisations can play an active and responsible role in reducing the spread of viruses."

5 steps to defend against swine flu

1.    Wash your hands frequently with anti-bacterial soap and water, ensuring your hands are completely dry after washing.
2.    Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately after use.
3.    Clean hard surfaces, such as door handles and work benches frequently using a normal cleaning product.
4.    Sanitise office equipment such as phones, and keyboards regularly.
5.    If you feel unwell, avoid the risk of cross-infection by distancing yourself from other people.

5 steps to proper hand hygiene

1.    Turn on the tap and let water cover hands. 'No touch' taps with sensors are ideal.
2.    Apply soap, preferably a liquid or foam soap, as bacteria thrive in the warm moist conditions that bar soap provides. Cracked bars of soap can also trap germs and harmful bacteria.
3.    Rub hands together for at least 20 seconds, ensuring a good lather of soap suds.
4.    Rinse hands with water removing all soap residue.
5.    Dry hands thoroughly, with paper towel or hand dryer or clean dry cloth towel if at home.

The H1N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine Flu) virus can survive on surfaces such as tables, door handles, telephones, desks for 2 hours or longer.

By touching these contaminated surfaces and then touching the eyes, mouth or nose, people may infect themselves and carry the infection onto other surfaces they touch, spreading the virus.

For excellent workplace and public venue hygiene protection, consider the following products and services from Pink Hygiene Solutions:

1.    Hand sanitiser service - ideally suited to washrooms, receptions, canteen areas as a way of disinfecting hands after contact with others, after the toilet and before eating and drinking. Pink's ethanol based hand sanitiser kills germs without the need for water. The added aloe vera moisturises hands so they don't feel dry.
2.    Touch-free soap service - drip free, measured dose soap dispensers that help reduce wastage as well as the spread of harmful bacteria.
3.    WC and urinal hygiene treatment program - helps stop bacteria and scale build up in your washroom to create a fresh hygienic environment above and below the waterline and right through the system. At end of each flush a measured dose of Pinks' special biological formula is dispensed to coat the bowl and help prevent new deposits.
4.    Toilet seat sanitiser service - offers peace of mind by wiping away the risk of cross infection. Pink's sanitising spray kills bacteria on toilet seats and can be used on other contact points such as the flush button and toilet door handles.

For further information on swine flu:

World Health Organisation
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html
http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_04)29/en/index.html

FAQs on swine flu
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/faq/en/index.html

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/

About Pink Hygiene Solutions
Pink Hygiene Solutions is a leading provider of [washroom hygiene services and products.

For more information contact Pink on 1300 73 1234

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