Following a plea from Caroline Burkie for an event logo to be designed for a charity she works for, Gloveman Design Services (GDS) stepped up to the mark.
The request was published by Caroline, who is a Fundraiser and PR Officer for The West of England School and College (WESC) on LinkedIn. Eager eyed head of the design department, Steve Champion, spotted it almost immediately.
“After talking with our Operations Manager at Gloveman, I approached Caroline and offered to do the work free of charge. She emailed me her requirements and gave me an example of the type of thing she was looking for; a hand-drawn, fun and vibrant font and imagery. The event is called “WESCfest” – an event specifically arranged to give ticket purchasers a fantastic day out and to raise awareness and finances.” Steve said.
Steve continued by saying “We support a lot of charitable events, locally and nationally. Just recently our MD took part in the Sports Relief Sponsored Run event. We also help families and wildlife in Sri Lanka where our latex plantations are, providing community employment and support. To support a local south-west charity with designing a logo for them was an easy decision to make.”
Caroline was delighted with the event logo. “Steve sent over the logo via email and I was thrilled at how he had understood the brief and the speed in which he turned the job around. I am truly grateful. I telephoned him straight away and thanked him.” The logo can be seen above.
In a major step towards further helping their customers, both old and new, Gloveman Supplies Ltd (GSL) have launched a new graphic and web design service.
The design department is led by former award winning agency director Steve Champion. Steve was employed last April with the goal of rebranding GSL and their website, and now all their packaging follows a corporate style that runs across the web and literature.
“When I started at GSL it was evident that branding had not been approached strongly enough in its initial inception. The major reason for this was all the packaging was created abroad, all at different locations – some at our own plantations and some at other factories. It followed a general style but was very weak. The new branding is strong, direct and easily noticeable whether it’s picked in the warehouse or selected by the end-user,” said Steve.
He added: “The new branding runs across the website and literature too. However, the department has been busy building two other GSL sites. One is a totally new site that will be launched in the next few weeks, and the other is a bespoke customer ordering system that will also be available in the next few weeks. The background work has been done and both sites are just waiting to go live. It’s a very exciting time as both online systems will work seamlessly with our accounting software.”
Steve personally oversaw each site’s development and creation, and he also designed and created the new design services website: http://www.gloveman.co.uk/newdesignsite/index.html. “The idea behind our design services site was to create something that totally differed from our usual style. The imagery in the background of the web site demonstrates the effectiveness of our imagination and gives the impression of being creative from the beginning. That’s what the department prides itself on; its creativity and conceptual ability.”
“No job is too big or small, and each customer receives the very best solution we have to offer both graphically and commercially” said Steve.
If you are interested in using Gloveman Design Services, you can contact Steve on 01209 310 209 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The entire range of latex gloves, manufactured by Gloveman Supplies Ltd (GSL) in Sri Lanka, now officially adhere to the guidelines set out by The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organisation was established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. Its main tools for achieving this are standard setting, independent certification and labelling of forest products. This makes GSL the only supplier and manufacturer in the country to win this accreditation.
The FSC has 10 Principles and associated Criteria that form the basis for all FSC forest management standards. These standards are called ‘locally-adapted generic standards’ or ‘interim standards’ and make up the majority of FSC's standards. FSC is in the process of creating its own generic standards to increase consistency and robustness of the FSC system globally.
With its 10 Principles and 56 associated Criteria, FSC offers a comprehensive set of universally applicable requirements for responsible forest management. The aim is to ensure that forest resources are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.
The FSC Principles and Criteria apply to all tropical, temperate and boreal forests and many to plantations and partially replanted forests. Though mainly designed for forest management for timber products, they are also largely relevant for non-timber products (e.g. production of natural latex form plantations) and other environmental services such as clean water and air and carbon sequestration. The FSC Principles are a complete package and their sequence does not represent an ordering of priority.
Principle 1: Compliance with all applicable laws and international treaties.
Principle 2: Demonstrated and uncontested, clearly defined, long–term land tenure and use rights.
Principle 3: Recognition and respect of indigenous people’s rights.
Principle 4: Maintenance or enhancement of long-term social and economic well-being of forest workers and local communities and respect of worker’s rights in compliance with International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions.
Principle 5: Equitable use and sharing of benefits derived from the forest.
Principle 6: Reduction of environmental impact of logging activities and maintenance of the ecological functions and integrity of the forest.
Principle 7: Appropriate and continuously updated management plan.
Principle 8: Appropriate monitoring and assessment activities to assess the condition of the forest, management activities and their social and environmental impacts.
Principle 9: Maintenance of High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) defined as forests containing environmental and social values that are considered to be of outstanding significance or critical importance.
Principle 10: In addition to compliance with all of the above, plantations must contribute to reduce the pressures on and promote the restoration and conservation of natural forests.
All their packaging, when printed in the future, will carry the 100%, well managed Forest FSC logo. Plus with the relocation of their import and distribution warehouse to Suffolk, this means GSL are further reducing their carbon footprint with less air pollution as its located closer to the docks in Felixstowe.
Door handles can pass germs and viruses easily between human to human. So what's the best defence against this? Gloveman Supplies Ltd may have found the answer.
Following a long negotiation period to ensure we can offer this unique and latest innovative device for infection control at the best price possible, Gloveman Supplies Ltd have now pleased to add to their extensive range of products the D3 Micro Automatic Door Handle Disinfecting Device.
Door handles are known to be havens for countless types of potentially harmful bacteria and are the most susceptible contact point for human-to-human transmission of many forms of pathogens, viruses and diseases. Regardless of whether or not you keep your hands clean, it only takes one person to contaminate a door handle and put everyone else who uses that door handle at risk. People can easily contract the common cold, flu, or other diseases by inadvertently exposing themselves to unsanitised door handles.
The robust device fits on to any door either with the self-fixing adhesive strips or with screws at least 12” above any handle that needs to be disinfected. Working from 3AA batteries, the device can be either set on 24 hour operation, just day time hours and at 15, 30 and 60 minute intervals to spray a fine mist over the handle. There is also a battery power level LED indicator display, so you know exactly when to change the batteries and the whole device is lockable to prevent tampering.
The D3 Micro delivers a burst of a quick-drying, alcohol and quat-based formula that covers the door handle, killing 99.9% of all germs.
Matthew Cox, Sales Manager at Gloveman Supplies Ltd said “We are delighted to be offering this product to our clients, old and new. We carefully looked at this product and were reassured once reading the literature how economically viable and critical it is for hospitals and care homes. It can even be used in day nurseries, public washrooms, gymnasiums and schools. We have tested the device thoroughly at our premises and we can say that everyone has been impressed.
Matthew added “Our concern as a major provider of infection control products and healthcare essentials is that ‘Super-bugs’ like MRSA and highly contagious viruses are kept at the lowest level possible, and Gloveman believes this product will help in implementing this directive.”
In April 2011 the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH) has issued a paper on entitled “The infection risks associated with clothing and household linens in home and everyday life settings, and the role of laundry”.
The introduction states primarily that the evidence presented in the 2009 IFH review on the global burden of hygiene-related diseases shows that infection outbreaks in the home and everyday life settings, particularly gastrointestinal (GI) infections, respiratory infections (RT), and skin, wound and eye infections, continue to exact a heavy toll on the health and prosperity of the global community.
Reading through the paper it’s easy to understand why hygiene is the first starting point to reduce the spread of infection such as MRSA and the community-acquired Panton Valentine Leukocidin. The breakdown of how infection spreads starts with hands. From there on in, it is contact form hands to surface, food contact surface, cleaning cloths and utensils, clothing and household linens, toilets and bathroom facilities, and finally floors, walls, furniture, etc.
Luckily enough, Gloveman Supplies Ltd offers a sealable laundry bag. The whole bag can be placed in to an industrial washing machine without taking the clothes or linen out. The laundry bag then dissolves and the laundry gets washed thoroughly as normal. The bag ends up a small ball of plastic that can be disposed of easily. This method reduces the risk of cross contamination.
Laundry of clothing and linen within the home, care home or nursing environment has the potential to act as vehicles with the spread of infection. From donning clothes that have failed to be cleaned correctly, or where highly contaminated linen or towelling that has been washed with other laundry with disease being passed between items, to sharing bedding (pillows, sheets) and even sitting on contaminated on a bed can cause the spread of micro-organisms.
Here’s a ‘literal’ example of how infection from bedding can spread, not just in a single environment, but into the outside world: An elderly relative has been admitted to hospital, and loving relatives visit to show their concern and support. On numerous occasions, these relatives, and their off-spring, will sit on the patient’s bed. Now imagine if that patient has contracted MRSA. This has spread onto the linen and been picked up by the clothing and hands of their relatives. On their return home, the visiting relatives will then pass on the MRSA contamination to furniture, further bedding, and laundry.
This may seem slightly far-fetched, but as the paper explains in detail this is exactly why the cleaning of clothing, towelling and laundry effectively is so critical in infection control. The paper fully addresses procedures and identifies fungal, bacterial and viral strains, how contamination occurs and its potential for spreading. More importantly, once highlighting the risks and their origins, it deals with the fundamental issues of the correct procedures to tackle the problems raised.
This paper is essential reading matter for all care and nursing home managers, healthcare facilities and healthcare associations.
Gloveman Supplies Ltd now stock and sell No Rinse - Waterless bathing products that allows you to wash without any water. They were originally developed for the NASA space programme as they are liquids, not powders, designed for long term use. Simply apply, massage to lift dirt and grease, then remove by towel drying.
Highly innovative in approach and formulated specifically for the elderly, disabled, those who have recently had an operation or suffer from, Dementia, Parkinson’s, MS and Arthritis.
With the shampoo and shampoo cap range hair can be cleaned hair without water or rinsing. No Rinse Shampoo is an 'alcohol free' and a 'hospital approved' hair cleanser that leaves hair fresh and clean. The shampoo can also be used safely by any age bracket by simply applying, massaging into a lather and towelling dry thoroughly. No Rinse Shampoo caps are an excellent and convenient way to clean your hair too. Each cap contains a generous amount of both shampoo and conditioner. They can be warmed in a microwave for approximately 10 - 15 seconds, with no mess or fuss, which helps the cleaning process and offers the user a more comfortable experience. No Rinse caps are widely used by medical staff, care workers, mobile hairdressers and are ideal when bending causes neck pain or it’s difficult to get in or out of the bath.
Also available is the No Rinse Hair Conditioner is a ready to use solution that instantly eliminates entangled strands of hair, leaving it soft, silky and easy to manage. It does not require water or rinsing and leaves no residue or greasiness. Absence of alcohol ensures that your hair does not lose its body, shine or moisture.
A ready to use solution that’s both effective and safe providing personal hygiene, No Rinse Body Wash leaves skin clean, refreshed and odour free. No Rinse Body Wash also moisturises your skin whilst cleaning it and is formulated and effective, but gentle and does not contain alcohol.
Also newly offered by Gloveman Supplies Ltd are No Rinse Bathing Wipes. A convenient alternative to bathing, you can clean and deodorise yourself with thick luxurious anti-bacterial bathing wipes enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E! Documented to Kill: E. Coli, Staph, Salmonella & Strep. Hypo-allergenic disposable cloth wipes that clean, deodorise and remove all odours to leave skin refreshed and clean. They are effective, easy to use and suitable for all parts of the body. With no alcohol content they will not dry out the skin and, like the Shampoo Cap, can warmed prior to use in the microwave for 30-45 seconds for a pleasant and soothing experience. Just peel back label & microwave. Remember to check temperature before use.
For the best hygiene and the best results, use one wipe per one body area. The individual wipes are made in a generous size (20 x 20 cm) that allows a very thorough cleansing of an area.
No Rinse Peri-wash is a safe perianal wash that cleans urine, emesis and faecal matter. Ready to use with absolutely no rinsing required, leaving skin clean and refreshed and odour free. No alcohol meaning no dryness and gentle on sensitive skin, this is a safe and effective perianal cleanser that moisturises as it cleans.
To help prevent the spread of disease, viruses and infection in a care environment, a superb chemical range is now available from one of the UK’s top healthcare supply specialists. Gloveman Supplies Ltd (GSL) have partnered with a renowned chemical company and can now offer to customers, old and new, the opportunity to add high performance cleaning products at low prices to their orders.
All chemical products carry the necessary regulatory standards, so users can be confident that the products will do their specific jobs thoroughly, effectively and safely. From single items to bulk orders, GSL can cater to customers’ requirements, and the range available is extensive; washing-up liquid, sanitising detergent, floor gel, anti-bacterial spray, general detergent, rinse-aid, bleach, carpet and upholstery cleaner, disinfectant, glass cleaner and fabric softener.
David Dinneen, National Sales Manager for GSL said “We are really pleased that we have added to our already strong portfolio of healthcare products with this chemical range. We have negotiated hard on our customers’ behalf ensuring we can offer these essential chemicals at the best prices possible.”
“Another advantage to this range is that we can facilitate any quantity, giving our customers’ reassurance that their stock levels can be maintained efficiently” he added.
Gloveman Supplies Ltd have been one of the leading suppliers of latex gloves along with synthetic, nitrile and vinyl gloves, disposable items, aprons and continence products, and therefore this chemical range will hopefully not just give their customers confidence in dealing with just one supplier but it will also help them to offer a more stable and lower pricing structure.
Gloveman Supplies Ltd is unique in the way they supply latex and synthetic latex gloves to the care and domiciliary industries. Owned by latex producer Lalan in Sri Lanka, Gloveman can offer a total supply process literally from “Tree to Carer”.
Lalan commenced operations in the mid 1940’s and moved in to the production of centrifuged latex and manufacturing of gloves during the mid 1980’s. Since then Lalan has expanded its glove manufacturing capabilities and now produce all types of gloves – examination, household and industrial - using both natural and synthetic latex.
In early 2003 the company acquired over 7,000 hectares of rubber plantations, became a unique vertically integrated operation that manage the entire process through the value chain. The main focus of the company is to manufacture and supply gloves to cater and fulfil the diverse needs of end users across the globe. The company currently employs over 5,000 high quality staff from various disciplines to annually produce over 1 billion examination and around 50 million household and industrial gloves to meet the needs of a variety of users across many industries.
Mike Peck, Managing Director of Gloveman Supplies Ltd, stipulates the importance of not just being a supplier of latex gloves but also the manufacturer. “In today’s market place it’s important to the end user where their medical or examination latex gloves come from. We have strict procedures in place which means we can govern the sourcing of the latex from our own plantations, the manufacturing of the gloves to the correct safety standards, and also we can supply the gloves from our UK outlet, Gloveman Supplies Ltd”.
Mike added “We can, if required, trace each box of gloves back to the trees in our plantation. The whole process guarantees a top quality latex glove for carers, nurses, domiciliary workers and care homes.”
Lalan acknowledges its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) also. CSR could only be achieved by ensuring that as a company Lalan can conduct their business in a transparent and sustainable manner. Hence, they undertake to focus on a transparent and sincere effort to embed CSR in all that they do.
Mike continued to say “At Lalan, they have always cared for the 'Society' and 'Nature' and work towards enhancing the 'Quality of Life' in all aspects, most importantly the environment we live in. Lalan is practicing a Green Policy in many of its operational areas - from estates to the manufacturing plants. Their factories which are situated within special Industrial Zones strictly monitor the 'permeable level of chemicals' that are allowed to be released into the 'Effluent Treatment Plants' at the zone. We take pride in protecting the nature and circle of life”.
Essentially when examining a patient or animal you need to be confident that the glove you use conforms to the necessary standards. You have to be assured that you will prevent the spread of infection and also to be satisfied you will not contract any infection, parasite or bacteria. Latex gloves are generally preferred by most users, but increased latex prices have put a strain on buyers. However, a new Nitrile glove is available from Gloveman Supplies Ltd
Manufactured from nitrile butadiene, thus reducing the risk of hypersensitivity and allergic reactions, the gloves are available in different sizes, and are fully tested to comply with Medical Devices Directives 93/42/EEC and European Standards parts 1,2 and 3, EN374. The gloves have been specifically designed for medical procedures, offering high quality and are totally safe for use.
Amongst other testing the nitrile gloves are visually inspected for holes and minor defects, plus random samples are filled with 1000ml of water and thoroughly examined for leaks. Added to this they are tested to AQL 1.5 (Acceptable Quality Level) freedom from holes, ensuring safety with spills from chemicals, fluids and bloods.
The gloves are mildly chlorinated and thoroughly washed, are low in residue thus reducing the risk of contact dermatitis. They offer a typical break force is at 9 Newtons, but moreover the gloves are textured for improved wet grip, have beaded cuffs for added strength and easy donning, and are flexible for improved feel and fit, reducing fatigue during extended wear.
Following the hottest April on record in the UK, air-conditioning will start to be used earlier than usual in care facilities and nursing environments. And now as summer approaches it’s time pay attention to air-conditioning system or units. A few healthcare facilities may have already done so, but most probably haven’t. This overhaul and cleaning of such systems is essential to help prevent the contraction of Legionnaires’ disease.
On the whole, Legionnaire’s disease is thought of as being ‘rare’, but in actual fact, with over 500 cases per year in the UK (figures for 2006 show 551 reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease in England and Wales), it’s more of sporadic disease, only affecting one or two people in a facility at a time. These cases usually get overlooked by health organisations and never logged officially. However, Legionnaires’ is still serious disease with devastating consequences should an outbreak occur.
Legionnaires’ is a bacterium known as Legionella pneumophila. The disease and the bacterium were discovered following an outbreak at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976, hence the name. Water droplets in the form of an aerosol somehow contaminated the hotel's air conditioning system allowing the bacteria to come into contact with the convention guests.
It is important to note that the disease cannot be passed from person to person and it is a type of pneumonia which usually affects the middle-aged and elderly more severely. People who have a pulmonary or breathing disorder, e.g smokers or asthmatics, can also be affected regardless of age. As the pneumonia develops there may be chest pain, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea, and hallucinations.
Naturally Legionnaires’ exists widely throughout natural water systems such as rivers and ponds, but it’s the rise in temperature that’s critical to its growth. And it is in warm or hot water of artificial water systems such as heating plants, whirlpools or evaporative condensers that it can really thrive. In such conditions it forms into a biofilm, or layer, of living bacteria over artificial structures and surfaces. Cooling systems like air-conditioning are probably the most common cause of distributing the disease. Droplets of water containing the bacteria are spread over a wide area, quickly and easily filling a room with the disease which is inadvertently inhaled by its occupants.
1 out of 10 people who contract the disease results in fatality, however most cases can be helped with the prompt treatment with antibiotics, although specific types of antibiotic must be used as the bacteria can hide inside the cells of the respiratory tract, and the antibiotics must be able to penetrate the cells.
The most annoying thing about the disease is that it’s preventable. The risk of catching Legionnaires' can be reduced with appropriate maintenance and cleaning of possible sources, such as air conditioning systems. So take the time and effort now to ensure the care home or nursing environment remains as disease free as possible, and help protect those who deserve the uttermost of care.