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We’re supporting period equality

Because of our day job (being the UK’s leading hygiene services company), period equality is a cause that is a natural fit for phs and something that we are passionate about supporting. That’s why we’ve created phs Period Equality, a programme of activity designed to do four things:

  • Raise awareness of the scale of the issue
  • Invoke action to meet the fundamental needs of girls who can’t afford or access sanitary products
  • Break through the stigma of talking about periods and period poverty
  • Create a practical solution to achieving period equity

As part of this phs Period Equality initiative, we’ve commissioned new research into the experiences and opinions of girls surrounding period equality and have kick started an awareness-raising campaign.

We’ve also been appointed to the UK Government’s official Period Poverty Taskforce with one common goal; eliminating period poverty. In partnership with Bloody Good Period, phs is leading one of just three workstreams tasked at improving access to period products for those who need it. We believe that bringing together our expertise, experience and resource will create a force to be reckoned with.

But we’re not just talking about period equality, we’re taking action too. In consultation with schools, local authorities and FM providers, we have developed a free-vend sanitary machine which we believe is the best solution in providing free sanitary products to girls. Located within washrooms, girls can simply open the vending drawer and take their choice of product whenever they need. It’s not only convenient, it’s also discreet and offers schools a managed and hygienic method of distributing products without the embarrassment of having to ask a teacher or staff member.

What’s more, we’ve pledged to offer the phs free-vend sanitary machines free of charge to the education sector.

We believe every girl should have access to free sanitary products – because they are a necessity, not a luxury. Together, we can make a difference and prevent periods from holding young people back.

We’re improving air quality

We spend 90% of our time indoors and around nine hours every day sharing spaces with others. We breathe in 10,000 litres of air every day and, when we are indoors, we are breathing in air which is five times more polluted than outdoor air. It can also create the perfect environment for germs and allergens to spread quickly – significant when you consider that sickness absence costs UK businesses £14bn a year.

phs air purifiers are designed to improve indoor air quality and clean the air free from contaminants and odours. Tests show that the filtration units within AERAMAX® PROFESSIONAL air purifiers remove 99.9% of harmful germs, allergens and particulates.

The benefits of clean air extend to everyone in a work and leisure environment whether within the workplace, school, reception area, washroom or kitchen. It is believed that improving air quality improves productivity, reduces absenteeism and common complaints such as odours, and creates a more positive and health-focused environment.

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