Désinfection et sécurité à bord

Le groupe EWS s’occupe de la désinfection et de la gestion 3D à bord des navires de passagers en utilisant des produits certifiés d’hydrogène de peroxyde qui peut éliminer jusqu’à 99,9% des bactéries, champignons et virus. Le traitement est vaporisé avec des nébuliseurs professionnels afin de ne pas endommager les surfaces. Le traitement de désinfection a été récemment effectué sur un bateau de croisière en Italie.

On effectue deux différentes procédures à bord : l’une vise à empêcher une potentielle propagation de virus et bactéries et l’autre de sécuriser une zone après une contamination. Dans ces procédures, nos techniciens portent des protections professionnelles spécifiques PPE, qui se composent de chaussures avec des semelles antidérapante, une salopette waterproof, des gants et une protection intégrale pour le visage et des masques de filtre.

Contamination croisée

Lorsqu’il vient à sécuriser une zone contaminée, les techniciens commencent par vaporiser un produit désinfectant de la zone la plus éloigné à la sortie afin d’évité une contamination croisée. Afin d’améliorer le traitement de la désinfection, on utilise des atomiseurs professionnels afin d’atteindre toutes les surfaces.

Corriger La sécurité passe avant tout et surtout à bord. Avant d’embarqué, les techniciens passent un contrôle de température. Après cela, ils peuvent porter leur PPE et commencer le traitement. Avant de quitter le bateau, tout le personnel doit retirer leur gants et salopettes et les mettre dans un sac plastique spécifique. Tous les autres équipements et PPE sont soigneusement désinfectés afin d’éviter une contamination croisée.

Disinfection in restaurant Kamiano for homeless people

Kamiano in Antwerp is a restaurant of Sant’Egidio who look after homeless people. Those in need can get a meal for free. Pascale Bemelmans is one of the co-founders of this organization in Antwerp. “Disinfection treatment by EWS was very welcome and is a wonderful gesture.”

Pascale learned more about the Sant’Egidio organization in Rome while she was on holiday. She started the restaurant in Antwerp in 1994 together with some other people. Sant’ Egidio has grown into a large organization with  thousand volunteers in Belgium. “It’s all about more empathy in this society without judging,” said Pascale. The organization’s message is that poverty can happen to anyone. Kamiano’s approach is very personal. People will be helped by a warm welcome with great respect and in a family atmosphere. Did you know that 250 people come to the restaurant for a warm meal each week? We reach more than thousand people in distress.  In winter, soups and other hot meals are brought to various groups of homeless people by cargo bike. “The hot meal is an answer to a first and immediate need. But for those who want, there is also guidance in many other areas, ”explains Pascale.

Kamiano’s team consists of several professional counselors, including psychologists and social workers. They have numerous of serveral volunteers to. “Kamiano is co-financed by the city of Antwerp, but also relies on donations and volunteers. That’s why it was a nice gesture that EWS Group wanted to help us disinfect our restaurant and guidance center ”, says Pascale gratefully. “It was impressive to experience the disinfection treatment!”. According to EWS, this location was already very clean, because Kamiano has monitored this very closely because of the Corona measures. “Hygiene is very important to us, especially for these vulnerable people. We are very happy that we were able to disinfect the spaces professionally, because the mist reaches places that are difficult for us to reach and is also able to kill bacteria, “says Pascale. So you help us help!”

EWS IS TAKING THE WOODLOG LEAD BY OPENING FUMIGATION TERMINAL IN VENRAY

By opening another fumigation area with partner BCTN Terminals, EWS Group strengthens its leading position in Woodlog fumigation. As of today BCTN Venray will join the strategic locations at which EWS offers Woodlog Fumigation to its customers. Venray is located in southern in The Netherlands and is close to the Belgium and German border area. Fumigation teamleader Roy van Hattum and BCTN Terminal Manager Antal Rozijn welcomed the first containers to this new location. BCTN Venray is a fast growing terminal situated right next to the river Maas. It is expected that Fumigation capacity will develop accordingly.

Learn more about Woodlock Fumigation by clicking here.

Lockdown and development of bedbugs in hotel rooms

Bedbugs are a type of insect that feed on human blood, usually at night.  Their bites can result in several health impacts, including skin rushes and allergic symptoms. At room temperature de eggs of the bedbug hatch after 15 to 22 days and they only need one and a half month to reach adulthood. Bedbugs can live without food for up to six months. However, watch out!  After the lockdown they are extra active.

Shutdown
In March, many countries in Europe and UK adopted extra measures to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. As a preventative method, governments restricted air traffic and discouraged trips abroad. Because of these measures the occupation of hotel rooms drastically decreased.  Many hotel owners have closed their buildings and haven’t had guests for weeks. As long as the temperature in a hotel rooms fluctuates between 15-18°C, bedbugs can survive for up to 6 months without food.

 

Hunger

When bedbugs get hungry, they can travel relatively long distances hunting for new hosts. After the lockdown gets lifted the hotels will reopen. This means that at night the bedbugs in hotel rooms will be hungry for blood.  During the night bedbugs will be present in large numbers, ready to prey on the hotel guests, with all the unpleasant consequences for the guests and the hotels.

 

Prevention

In order to prevent this inconvenience, it is wise to thoroughly inspect (suspicious) rooms, before commissioning. This can be done by well-trained hotel staff, or by a specialised team of EWS Pestcontrol. The infested rooms can be proactively treated with a professional control plan, which saves future guests from this unpleasant experience and disturbance.

 

 

Proud despite hard times!

Only 6 weeks ago – which feels like an eternity – it became clear what was in store for us regarding measures in case of Coronavirus.  The first notifications came from our Italian colleagues about quarantines, possible lockdown, hundreds of infected, and the first people who died from this virus. Then it escalated quickly. We also had to prepare ourselves, which risks and impact this pandemic would have for our companies in the other European countries, where we operate. We involved our customers to know their vision for the coming months. Also new forecasts have been made and we did some research into reducing work time. Various scenarios passed. Precautions have been taken; cars from the operational staff have all been supplied with soap and water, extra cleaning has been scheduled, all the office personnel were asked to work from home. We try to follow one clear policy as hard as we can. Of course, with specific exceptions in each Country.

 

 

The fact is that this situation is showing how strong our organisation is: there is more cooperation than ever on all fronts, we have daily team meetings, where we keep each other informed about developments by video conference.  HR, QHSE, Sales and Operations have never worked that close and intensively before. Everyone has a lot of creativity and is motivated to answer to all our customers issues. The most important thing is we remain self-motivated.

This situation reminds me of a Dutch quote: “alone you go faster, together you come further.” This sentence certainly applies to us. We really do this together!

We have divisions that are struggling, so we are blessed that we also work in branches that continue to run their business. Logistic never stands still, pests cannot be held back by coronavirus and the demand for our services has never been higher in the food industry. New services, such as disinfection, have been developed and time has been dedicated to knowledge transfer. Multidisciplinary training of our colleagues has always been a high priority on our agenda, but due to constant growth and tight labour markets, this has been difficult to achieve. Nowadays, colleagues between the different divisions are exchanged more than ever before.

It’s often said in the news: there is a world before coronavirus and a world after it, and it will never be like before. I must tell you honestly that I hope so, because this extraordinary situation brought significant changes. I am proud, extremely proud of our colleagues, our partners (customers and suppliers). We all stand together, with patience and understanding. This is inspiring and give us the drive to go for it every day.

Take care, enjoy the little things and try to stay healthy!

Joren Nieuwenhuizen

CEO

Article as PDF: Proud despite hard times!

Container pollution

An article in 2013 already presented a first inventory on the pollution of shipping containers. EWS Group is present in France and can assist you in managing this issue. Read it here.

Constructions of first container drive-through Spain started!

EWS Spain is constructing a container gas measurement drive-through station in the port of Barcelona. This will be the first gas measurement drive-through in Spain and we are already very proud. The first step of the construction is to clear the area of trucks and to define the terrain. In a couple of weeks, this is where our drive-through will be!

EWS Pest control receives the IPM & KPMB certificates again

After a successful audit, EWS Pest control has received the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and KPMB (Keurmerk Plaagdier Management Bedrijven) certificates again this year. The KPMB certificate shows that EWS is a specialized organisation of high quality. EWS Group also meets the requirements of ‘Rat control around buildings and food storage areas’.

Fosfine (ph3) in vacuum packaging cashews

More than 70 percent of all cashews are fumigated with fosfine right before they are packed. The goal of this is to kill stock harming insects. Cashews are almost always packed in vacuum plastic bags in boxes. Because of the vacuum, the gas can’t get out of the packaging. This brings along a huge risk for the people opening these boxes and plastic packaging afterwards.

Dangers of fosfine

Fosfine is ingested in the body by breathing it in. Fosfine is colourless, scentless and inflammable. It is also deadly in really small concentrations. The limit value of fosfine is almost everywhere in the world  0,1 ppm. Fosfine comes along with enormous health hazards, like shortness of breath, dizziness, drowsiness and even arrhythmias. People who are exposed to fosfine regularly can develop brochitis and anemia, among others.

The solution of EWS Group and NCP Group

EWS Group does not only carry out gas measurement of containers and open areas, but also measures between and inside the goods when there is a reason to do so. With our many years of experience, we measure a minimum of ten boxes in vacuum in a container of cashew nuts. The results of this are shocking. We regularly stumble upon concentrations of fosfine of more than 1000 times the statutory limit!

NCP Group, a sister company of EWS Group, has developed a service regarding the degassing of these batches of cashew nuts in a responsible and safe way. NCP Group rebags the cashews from the boxes in a big bag. We do all this with respiratory protection. The big bags are ventilated by means of an innovative extraction installation. With this installation, the detrimental gases are intercepted by carbon filters. We do this until the concentration of fosfine is below the limit value. After that, the cashews can be packed in any desired packaging.

Would you like to know more about the Gas measurement division of EWS Group? Go to: https://www.ews-group.nl/en/gas-measurement/. Are you curious about how NCP Group can help you? Visit https://www.ncp-group.nl/en/

Raised fines for not complying with Dutch Law on Working Conditions

The fines for violating the Dutch Law on Working Conditions have been raised. There still are many companies (half of the lawfully obliged companies) that do not have a risk-inventory and -evaluation (RI&E). Futhermore, the RI&E of companies that do have one, often is incomplete. An RI&E is legally required, but is also very important to guarantee the health and safety of the own employees and to work more efficiently. Read more about this in the article of Evofenedex (Dutch): https://www.evofenedex.nl/kennis/actualiteiten/boetes-voor-overtreden-arbowet-gaan-omhoog

RI&E mandatory

The raise of the fine (sometimes with 40 percent) is an interesting development. To prevent a fine, companies must draw up a valid RI&E. Since 2012, the gas measurement of containers is a mandatory part of the risk-inventory and evaluation. EWS Group can assist companies by drawing up a valid RI&E regarding the gas measurement of containers and the evaluation of gas measurements.

EWS can assist

To unburden the customer, we draw up a measurement protocol, in which containers are automatically selected for a gas measurement. This automation makes sure that containers are safe to enter. An important aspect to this is our online EWS Portal. This is a useful tool because of its’ clarity. In the Portal, the customer can find elaborate reports, measurement results and gas measurement certificates. Besides that, our clients get periodic reports every year, with which they can explain themselves to the Dutch health and safety service.

Would you like to know more about how we can help or about our online Portal? Do not hesitate to contact us or go to: gas measurement.