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As part of our commitment to charitable causes, every year Arrow County Supplies selects a Charity Partner who become the focus of our company fundraising activities. The charities we support cover a wide range of causes, and many of these relate to circumstances that have directly touched the lives of our staff and friends. It’s another way in which we can support our team, and to us, every donation is a cause to celebrate.

This year, we’ve partnered with The Brain Tumour Charity.

Despite over 102,000 people currently living with a brain tumour, survival rates remain at just 11%. They are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 – yet in spite of this, In spite of this, research into brain tumours receives less than 3% of all cancer research funding.

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families, funding pioneering research, and provide essential support for those affected to improve quality of life. They rely 100% on voluntary donations and we’re passionate about supporting this charity to drive forward cancer research, treatments and cure.

That’s why we turned the sale of our company jackets into an Arrow-wide charity initiative, with all proceeds going directly to The Brain Tumour Charity. So far, we’ve raised over £460 – an incredible achievement that the team should be hugely proud of.

And this is just the beginning! We’ve got lots more exciting activities that we can’t wait to launch – just watch this space.

To learn more about this charity and the amazing work they do, click here.

View our letter of thanks here.

Arrow County are proud to announce that we have been awarded a Silver EcoVadis Medal, placing Arrow County in the 92nd percentile of over 75,000 companies assessed by EcoVadis.

EcoVadis is the world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, intelligence, and collaborative performance improvement tools for global supply chains.

Head of Operations Marc Bailey commented:

“As a team, we were absolutely delighted to achieve the Silver Medal in our first assessment. The fact our work in sustainability has been officially recognised by EcoVadis is a huge achievement, and it doesn’t stop here – we’ve already starting work to achieve Gold standard in the very near future!”

This prestigious rating recognises our continued focus on providing a more sustainable way of working in an industry typically associated with harmful chemical and plastic use. The Ecovadis Silver Award is a great complement to our existing ISO14001 accreditation, and a fantastic way to recognise the hard work our team has been putting in to get this far.

We’re committed to developing a line of alternative products that reduce packaging waste, chemical use and plastic content, and our EcoVadis assessment has been a huge help in identifying further ways to develop our sustainability performance. Even better, we’re now able to share this result with our customers, and use our insight in sustainable practice to help build new relationships nationwide.

 

As we take the first cautious steps out of lockdown, now is the time to consider just what your ‘new normal’ will look like.  Cleanliness has always been important, but now cleaning is part of a business’s survival strategy.

As we learnt last year, maintaining hygiene is one of the best lines of defence against coronavirus. Post-pandemic, cleaning times and procedures are rapidly spiralling out of control, and now it’s only those who shift tactics and clean smarter, not harder, who will be able to keep their facilities truly ‘safe’.

That’s we we’ve partnered with Zonitise to bring you their new Surface range. It’s the UK’s first antimicrobial coating leaving surfaces constantly self-sanitising for over 6 weeks per application – now available in 500ml and 5L sizes.

More than simply a disinfectant, the Zonitise coating provides the same protection as physically disinfecting your surfaces every 10 minutes – and with proven efficacy against harmful pathogens including SARS COV 2, MRSA and norovirus, its ‘constant kill’ action helps reduce surface bacteria load by a whopping 90%!

You’re not just creating a new normal but better normal for everyone.  Want to find out more? Join our Zonitise webinar on the 23rd of April by clicking below – we look forward to seeing you!

For more information or advice, simply call us on 01743 283600 or email [email protected].

Here at Arrow, charitable work is one of our key company values, and we are committed to supporting charities locally and nationally.

That’s why this month we’ve joined in with the RRT’s Food Box initiative to support families facing food poverty. It’s the first time for three months that our children have gone back to school, but for many children – shockingly – it’s going to school hungry. With millions of workers across the UK remaining furloughed or out of work, food poverty levels have skyrocketed – and as our children return to school, it’s more important than ever that they have access to the food they need to grow and learn.

With over 32,000 food boxes delivered during the Coronavirus pandemic, and containing enough food to support a family of four for a week, these food boxes really are a lifeline for families struggling. That’s why we’re so glad we’ve been able to support our community during this difficult time. It was great to take some time out to deliver these, and understand just how much they will benefit our children every day.

Disinfecting – whether short-term to address the issue of maintaining hygiene standards as people slowly return to work, or longer-term stopping localized outbreaks of the virus – is now a topic of huge public interest. No matter what we choose to do, the ‘new normal’ for post-COVID-19 cleaning routines look very different.

There are several ways to deep clean, but fogging is rapidly emerging as a highly effective control measure for workplaces and public facilities alike. As the term suggests, fogging uses a disinfectant sprayed from a fogging machine to create a ‘fog’ – tiny droplets of disinfectant – that effectively ‘coats’ and disinfects everything it meets.

It is a top-level disinfection process to be used in addition to your standard cleaning and disinfecting practices – particularly effective in higher-reach or difficult to access areas that may otherwise be missed.

However, the biggest advantage of disinfectant fogging is its ease. Traditional spray-and-wipe disinfectant applications have a limited area of effect and, in larger areas like hotel lobbies, school corridors and office entrances can take a huge amount of time. Foggers – with an average 3m range – disinfect areas in a fraction of the time and, when done regularly, can reduce the number of pathogens present in the building – lowering overall infection risk.

The Benefits and Downsides of fogging

As we have explained above, fogging provides users with a wide range of benefits:

  • Safely and effectively disinfect areas, including high-level surfaces, small, confined spaces, or large vertical surfaces
  • Effectively reduces airborne contaminants – as the disinfectant passes through the air, it actively combats airborne pathogens
  • Ease of use – Minimize cleaning time and increase overall cleaning effectiveness with longer-range foggers
  • Routine fogging helps reduce the overall surface load
  • Some foggers, such as our ULV Fogger, can produce a dry fog suitable for use in electrical or textile heavy environments

However, fogging does have certain limitations:

  • It has no impact on closed areas
  • It does not replace standard cleaning practices
  • Only electrostatic foggers such as our Electrostatic Fogger – will coat the underside of horizontal surfaces
  • Fogging is not as effective on vertical walls – gravity can mean the disinfectant applied can drip off vertical surfaces if the fog is too heavy. We recommend using a fogger with an adjustable flow rate to ensure maximum surface effectiveness.

Interested in finding out more? Our team are happy to help – simply contact us on 01743 283600 or [email protected]!

One of the main preventive measures that individuals can take in the fight against Covid-19 is to wash their hands regularly with soap and water and, where soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitiser gel.

But what about organisations working tirelessly to prevent the spread of the virus in workplaces and public spaces? The advice is to increase how often and how thoroughly they normally clean these areas, as well as cleaning surfaces they do not normally clean.

We all understand what cleaning is, but now we’re looking at taking our cleaning routines to the next level. We want to do the right thing, but how do we know whether this is sanitising or disinfecting – and what is the difference between these two terms anyway?

‘Sanitising’ and ‘disinfecting’ are referred to pretty much interchangeably, but there is a subtle difference between the two and where they can be applied. Here’s why:

Cleaning removes visible dirt, soil and debris from surfaces and, while it may help reduce germs by removing ‘contaminated’ matter, it doesn’t necessarily kill them. Don’t underestimate the importance of basic cleaning – it’s the foundation of any effective sanitising or disinfecting processes.

Sanitising goes a step further than cleaning and reduces the number of germs on surfaces or objects to ‘safe’ levels, as set by public health agencies. Required for all food preparation areas, sanitising effectively decreases the infection rate using certified sanitisers – and while sanitising will kill some viruses and bacteria on a surface (and sanitising products are required by the EPA to kill at least 99.9% of germs on contact), it’s disinfection that’s the stronger process, killing a required 99.999% of germs!

Disinfecting actively kills germs – including viruses – rather than just reducing their numbers to a safe level. It’s a level of cleaning that we would typically carry out yearly during the cold and flu season, but with COVID-19 we’re living in this season on a permanent basis!

It’s time to adapt our cleaning routines to suit the environment we’re living in. Here at Arrow we not only have the right products for cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting, but we also offer a consultative approach to your cleaning requirements. If you need more information we’d be happy to help – simply contact [email protected] with any additional questions you may have!

Introducing our new partnership with Zonitise!

COVID has had a huge impact on the cleaning industry. Cleaning time has increased exponentially as teams work to keep touchpoints and other surfaces safe across facilities. Cleaning regimes have been completely reinvented to support decontamination and sanitisation, leading to huge increases in cleaning time and spend.

Physically, it’s exhausting. To be effective, every surface must be clean. Manual cleaning processes are enormously time consuming and must be repeated time and time again to ensure a consistently safe environment. As a result, cleaning times have almost doubled: to manage this increased demand, facilities are having to employ increasing numbers cleaning staff, leading to cleaning costs spiralling out of control.

For most workplaces, this approach is unsustainable – and that’s why we’re partnered with Zonitise.

Here at Arrow we’re always looking for innovations that make your everyday cleaning processes easier. Zonitise is a unique, fully-certified surface treatment, combing cutting-edge nano-technology with cleaning specialism to not only deep clean surfaces, but leave them constantly self-sanitising for up to one year per application.

It’s a completely new approach to surface cleaning and, with proven efficacy against harmful microbes including TGEV Coronavirus, MRSA, E.coli and influenza, it gives you peace of mind that your working environment is safe, clean and protected.

Requiring no maintenance other than your standard cleaning regime, Zonitise is the perfect solution for any workplace.

Visit https://arrowcounty.com/zonitise/ or contact our team at [email protected] for more information!

 

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They say a picture paints a thousand words, but sometimes having a visual really is the best way to understand something.

Advice surrounding whether to wear a face mask has become increasingly confusing, but one volunteer – Dr Davis from the Sacred Heart Medical Centre in Washington – decided to show us the real story.

In his demo, he placed agar cultures close to his face to show how many respiratory particles transferred while talking, singing, sneezing, and coughing with and without a face mask. The results are clear. Just one sneeze without a mask fills the culture with bacteria colonies that form where the respiratory droplets fell. Coughing has a similar effect, and even singing and talking for one minute caused bacteria transfer. Meanwhile, all the masked cultures remained clean.

And yes, as Dr Davis reminds us, bacteria are not viruses. But it is respiratory droplets such as these that spread the viruses: although no measure by itself will completely prevent the virus,

with this simple experiment, we see just how much liquid comes out of our mouths, even when simply talking – and just how much of this is stopped by wearing a facemask. It’s time to face the truth. Given the spread of coronavirus, isn’t this reason enough to keep a face mask handy?

Providing hygiene for humanity – it’s our company vision. Get your face masks now!

To all students and teachers, a huge ‘WELCOME BACK!’ from the Arrow team.

More than 690,000 students have returned to school, and we’re so pleased that they’re back. Education is so important in every young person’s life, and to have been able to help our schools re-open safely is hugely rewarding for us.

Over the past few weeks we’ve focused our efforts on helping everyone get back to school safely. We’ve sold sanitiser stands, supplied floor stickers and distributed hygiene equipment to schools up and down the country, working round the clock to bring our schools the products and advice they need.

Now, going forward, we’ve made our core COVID-19 products available in handy classroom sizes to make stocking your school easy. Visit our dedicated Working Safely During COVID-19 flyer to see what we have available!