Safer hand hygiene

29 March 2016

Food safety, cost reductions and sustainability remain constant drivers for the food industry and no one is more aware of that than East Yorkshire based supplier Needlers.

The family-run business is a leading specialist supplier of hygiene, PPE and workwear products to the food manufacturing industry, and counts a number of high profile branded manufacturers amongst its customers including Greggs, Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire Puddings and Bettys and Taylors Group, manufacturer of Yorkshire Tea. 

One of the key issues that customers look to Needlers for help with is hand hygiene in the food production environment. The company worked with Metsä Tissue to fine tune a combined hand hygiene and wiping offer tailored specifically to the food industry. It was imperative that the solution was strong, absorbent, food safe and BRC approved, but also offered excellent cost in use. The solution chosen was the Katrin Inclusive Hand Towel System, with the Katrin Basic Blue Hand Towel roll from Metsä Tissue. 

Mark Dewick, MD for Metsä Tissue, said: “The Katrin Inclusive Hand Towel System offers excellent cost in use features. The product has self-presenting measured sheets of towel offering sufficient paper for an effective hand dry, and each roll provides a massive 850 sheets of paper. More than this, the dispensers provide an inbuilt automatic stub roll function, so each roll is used right to the end, eliminating any wastage." 

He added: "Not only does the Katrin System reduce the consumables required, but it also lowers the cost of labour – dispenser refilling time, which is often the most expensive part of the process."

Another key selling point for the dispensers is that of their “inclusive design”, which takes into account the needs of a wide selection of users, including those who are visually impaired or have physical disabilities. 

The Katrin Blue roll is certified as food safe, and made in premises certified to ISO quality and environmental standards, as well as to the exacting BRC Global Standards – a leading safety and quality certification programme – that the food industry demands. The paper also carries the Nordic Ecolabel, guaranteeing least environmental burden.