RECENT PRODUCT NEWS

Nothing stopping a culture change

Local Authority Building Control has called for the building industry to ‘work together to change its culture’.

Poll ‘confirms public support for stronger regulations’

A new survey by Rockwool, the manufacturer of non-combustible stone wool insulation materials, shows ‘overwhelming’ support (90 per cent) among the British public for all new high-rise and high-risk buildings to be clad and insulated in non-combustible materials only.

Well trained, well prepared

Topics covered by Eastwood Park’s fire safety training range from fire precautions in building design, to specialist guidance for hospital fire safety managers.

‘Established name’ takes Kentec reins

Life safety control systems manufacturer, Kentec, has appointed Kevin Swann as its new managing director.

Fire detector for ‘high-risk’ environments

Apollo Fire Detectors has launched a new, ‘unique’ low-profile fire detector – Soteria Dimension, which uses new optical sensing technology ‘in the form of a virtual sensing chamber’ that operates on the light-scatter principle.

Monitoring life safety assets

D rax Technology’s new asset tracking solution, AssetWhere, is designed to help locate and, if necessary, monitor the status of life safety-related assets ‘including, but not limited to’, fire extinguishers, fire doors, hose reels, or evacuation chairs.

Mobile decontamination unit for John Radcliffe

Vanguard Healthcare Solutions, which has recently launched a range of mobile endoscope decontamination units against a backdrop where demand for endoscopy procedures is set to rise by an estimated 10% year-on-year across the UK, has installed one of the first at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. The suite will be on site for nine months, supporting ongoing endoscopic procedures while the hospital creates a larger and improved permanent facility.

ProCure22 approval for flooring specialist

Forbo Flooring Systems has been appointed as an approved supplier on the Department of Health’s ProCure22 Framework for NHS and social care construction schemes in England – meaning that its floorcovering solutions, ‘from entrance to exit’, are approved for the healthcare environment. The flooring company said: “The ProCure22 (P22) process is designed to achieve improved value for money and reduce exposure to risk through a simplified procurement procedure. Committed to developing and offering products that contribute in a positive way to the health and comfort of the individual, Forbo’s floorcoverings are designed to be good for people, good for buildings, and good for the environment.”

A holistic approach to infection control

In England and Wales healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) claim thousands of lives every year, with many thousands more requiring additional care due to infection.

‘Amazing year’ for hospital showers

Finding ways to be more compliant, save time, and money, isn’t easy in healthcare, but, says Dupal UK, this is exactly what the company has helped 30 NHS Trusts do in the UK over the past year – through the implementation of its ‘L8 Shower’ scheme.

Resilient Compact Grade Laminate

The TLS Simplicity Washroom range from Total Laminate Systems (TLS) includes IPS units, cubicles, vanity units, and accessories, together with sanitaryware and taps, available on a ‘supply and fit’ or ‘supply only’ basis.

Rapid identification of bacterial contamination

The portfolio of ‘accurate, easy-to-use tests to identify waterborne bacterial contamination’ from leading specialist in water testing, IDEXX, includes Pseudalert and Legiolert – which facilities managers can use to reduce the risk posed by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Legionella pneumophila respectively.

City & Guilds-accredited Legionella training

Socotec, formerly ESG, the provider of testing, inspection, and compliance services, has recently been accredited by City & Guilds for Legionella training.

Lifetime antimicrobial protection

Dart Valley Systems say its DVS AntiMicrobial Range includes ‘some of the most innovative tap spouts, shower heads, and valves’.

Scaleable, reliable water management

Functional safety and ease of maintenance are a prerequisite for healthcare facilities. where systems must be kept running smoothly and germ-free.

Threaded shower head filter

Delabie has extended its Biofil terminal filter range with a new single-use antibacterial shower head which attaches directly to the shower hose.

‘Premium’ bathroom pod solution

Offsite Solutions says that, in launching a new ‘premium’ bathroom pod with a concrete base, it has becomes the UK’s only pod manufacturer to offer this type of factory-built wetroom.

Protective coatings extend resilient floorings’ life

Dr Schutz, a global floor care solutions specialist, offers a clear permanent PU coating applicable to all types of resilient floorcoverings – from vinyl and linoleum to rubber and other hard floors – designed to considerably simplify cleaning and maintenance, reduce staining and the potential for bacterial growth, and generally increase longevity and performance.

Apprenticeship programme

Develop Training reports strong interest in its new MOET (maintenance and operations engineering technician) apprenticeship programme, ‘designed to address the skills shortage across the engineering industry’ – in sectors ranging from mechanical engineering to the food industry.

Electric vehicle charger a ‘game changer’

Bender UK says it is penetrating the electric vehicle (EV) market further with the launch of the Chargespot Berlin – ‘an innovative smart commercial electric vehicle charge station’ manufactured by Berlin-based Bender Group company, Ebee.