Toxic shockers

Toxicity refers to a substance or product’s ability to cause adverse health effects to human (or other organisms).

Some cleaning products contain substances that are toxic to humans. Their effects can be felt immediately or for days, months or years after exposure. Toxicity is acute when the effects are immediate and chronic when they appear after repeated exposure.

Toxic substances can damage a person’s health in several ways: exposure by inhalation, skin contact, swallowing or irritation to the eyes.

Once breathed in, some substances attack the nose, throat or lungs, whereas others enter the body through the lungs and wreak havoc with other organs such as the liver.

Skin can become contaminated by direct contact with the substance. Further risks are posed by airborne dust particles that land on the skin, or by contact with contaminated surfaces – such as inside protective gloves.

When people transfer chemicals from their hands to their mouths by eating or smoking without washing their hands, they risk exposure by swallowing, while some vapours, gases and dusts are irritating to eyes. Aquatic toxicity

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With the UK now heading into full back to work mode, there may be some concerns what needs to be done as businesses reopen. InnuScience has developed a series of guides to help, focused on the need to keep things simple and to maintain the safety of staff and customers with the need to keep the environment from being heavily contaminated by an inappropriate use of disinfectants – or Justified Disinfection, as we call it.

Contact your InnuScience salesperson to get the guide for your business and talk to us about Justified Disinfection or complete the form

InnuScience UK launches a 250ml Nu-Kleen Smell dosing bottle!

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Innu-Science UK has launched a 250ml dosing bottle to cater for smaller sites that do not require as much product onsite and have a smaller budget to work with. Using Nu-Kleen Smell, you will be able to cover all your cleaning needs in your offices, bathrooms, meeting rooms and lounges – just about anywhere! Our product combines biotechnology, safety and minimal environmental impact, offering a unique performance in the marketplace.

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Interesting new study from Imperial College London, Cleaning jobs linked to asthma risk

A new study has found strong evidence for a link between cleaning jobs and risk of developing asthma.

Researchers at Imperial College London tracked the occurrence of asthma in a group of 9,488 people born in Britain in 1958. Not including those who had asthma as children, nine per cent developed asthma by age 42. Risks in the workplace were responsible for one in six cases of adult onset asthma – even more than the one in nine cases attributed to smoking, according to the analysis.

There are many occupations that are thought to cause asthma. In this study, 18 occupations were clearly linked with asthma risk, four of which were cleaning jobs and a further three of which were likely to involve exposure to cleaning products.

Occupational asthma is widely under-recognised by employers, employees and healthcare professionals.

– Dr Rebecca Ghosh, MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health

Farmers, hairdressers, and printing workers were also found to have increased risk, as previous studies have reported. Farmers were approximately four times more likely to develop asthma as an adult than office workers.

Besides cleaning products, flour, enzymes, metals, and textiles were among materials in the workplace identified in the study as being linked to asthma risk.

The study was led by Dr Rebecca Ghosh at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London. Dr Ghosh said: “This study identified 18 occupations that are clearly linked with asthma risk, but there are others that did not show up in our analysis, mainly because they are relatively uncommon. Occupational asthma is widely under-recognised by employers, employees and healthcare professionals. Raising awareness that this is an almost entirely preventable disease would be a major step in reducing its incidence.”

The study, published in the journal Thorax, was funded by Asthma UK and the Colt Foundation.

Malayka Rahman, Research Analysis and Communications Officer at Asthma UK, said: “This research has highlighted a new group of people, specifically those working in occupations related to cleaning, such as cleaners or home-based personal care workers, who may have developed adult onset asthma due to exposure to chemicals they work with on a daily basis. We advise anyone who works in the industries highlighted in this study and who have experienced breathing problems to discuss this with their GP, and we urge healthcare professionals to make sure they consider possible occupational causes in adult onset asthma and tailor their advice to people with asthma accordingly.”

Around 5.4 million people in the UK have asthma, some of whom suffer as children and some of whom develop the disease in later life.


R.E. Ghosh et al. ‘Asthma and occupation in the 1958 birth cohort.’ Thorax, 22 January 2013.

InnuScience re-enforces Ecocleens credentials

“We were introduced to the InnuScience team by our product distributer as we were looking  for new innovations to support our green and modern cleaning credentials. We have worked closely with Nick and his team for the last year and they have truly committed to get the products into our customer base.

I have never seen such personal support from a product provider and we are really seeing the benefits of this fantastic product range. It is clear that the range re-enforces our Green credentials and we are delighted to have found a true service partner.”

Sean Taylor

Managing Director