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California has adopted a new workplace safety and health regulation to prevent and reduce work-related injuries to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry. This is the first ergonomic standard in the nation written specifically to protect hotel housekeepers. The new standard, which will be enforced by Cal/OSHA, was approved 9th March by the Office of Administrative Law and will become effective 1st July.
This year's awards event - the 12th in the series, has seen the number of categories grow from three to four, adapting to the ever-changing nature of innovation in the professional cleaning and hygiene industry.
Chem-Dry Carpet and Floor Cleaning has received top honours in the 2018 Global Franchise Award competition, winning the 'Best House & Office Franchise' category. The awards showcase excellence in international franchising. Winners were announced at the 2018 International Franchise Association convention in Phoenix., US.
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In today’s news, below, you will see that the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service has been placed on special measures due to what are considered serious lapses in hygiene and infection control measures, in parts of the service, over time. In researching the news, I came across reports of continued aggressive attacks on the ambulance staff by the very people they’re trying to help – both at the pick-up point and during transport to hospital, where patients physically abuse staff and sometimes attempt to damage lifesaving equipment. Crews have been threatened with fake firearms. Attacks continue at a rate of more than eight a week.
I also discovered that because of increased demand for ambulance services, the crews’ ability to reach the most serious calls within the eight-minute target is declining year on year, as our graph shows.
The special measures put in place, require implementation of a framework to provide “robust assurance of best practice in hygiene, cleanliness and Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) across the organisation” and that documentation relating to auditing of environment, vehicles, reusable patient equipment and cleaning equipment is completed, submitted and reviewed by the Trust risk manager. Action plans must be developed and implemented to address sub-optimal performance.
Further, potential patient safety incidents must be identified. Incident forms must be completed and reported promptly when a potential risk is identified, e.g. if vehicle equipment and interior surfaces are not cleaned after each patient journey, at the end of every shift and ‘stepped down’ weekly for a complete clean. Finally, patient safety incidents relating to hygiene, cleanliness and IPC must be reported and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Trend analysis reports must be collated and action plans developed to address performance shortfalls.
I’m probably going to be slated for saying so, but if I or one of my loved ones was going through a health emergency and needed urgent help, I wouldn’t be happy to learn that our lives had been jeopardised because the crew was cleaning the ambulance. I know members of our local service and on occasion they have to leave one emergency they’ve been attending, in favour of another that’s deemed more urgent. While resources and funding are in short supply, I’m not surprised that standards are dropping. Sometimes we have to accept that cleaning needs to take second place. Also, attacks on crews need to be stopped somehow.
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This Week's News
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service is being placed on 'special measures' over hygiene lapses uncovered during unannounced inspections by the Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority. The lapses were of such concern to the RQIA that it recommended that the special measures be put in place and the Department of Health has accepted its recommendations.
In a press statement issued this week RQIA announced:
Public Health England's latest quarterly epidemiological commentary on trends in reports of MRSA, MSSA and Gram-negative bacteraemia, and C. difficile infections, mandatorily reported by NHS acute Trusts in England up to October to December 2017, has been published.
MRSA and C. difficile are showing downward trends while MSSA incidences are increasing.
According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, 'Hand sanitizer market by product, distribution channel, and end use: global opportunity analysis and industry forecast, 2017-2023,' the hand sanitiser market size was valued at $919 million in 2016, and is projected to reach $1,755 million by 2023, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 9.9% from 2017 to 2023.
North America was the largest contributor in 2016, accounting for around 35% of the market share.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers to serve on consensus bodies for the development of three new fire and smoke damage restoration Standards:
BSR/IICRC S700 Standard for Professional Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration;
SEBO, a leading name in quality domestic and commercial vacuum cleaners, is now a patron of The Carpet Foundation, the industry's leading trade body when it comes to consumer advice on all things carpet!
The Foundation comprises 450 retail members which all adhere to a Code of Practice which is approved by Trading Standards. These members offer impartial advice based upon the customers' requirements and are rightly seen as experts in specifying carpets, installation and aftercare products.
From super heroes to fairy godmothers, this year's top 10 finalists for Cintas Corporation's Janitor of the Year Contest are extraordinary individuals. In its fifth year, the Janitor of the Year Contest aims to draw attention to the everyday heroes that wear invisible capes and go above and beyond their job description to make schools a clean, healthy and fun learning environment.
Now through April 20th, the public is encouraged to vote for their favourite janitor or custodian.
Diversey's leadership in protecting and caring for people every day by pioneering future focused cleaning and hygiene technologies will be vividly brought to life at this year's Interclean Amsterdam Show. Taking centre stage in the display will be Diversey's MoonBeam3 and IntelliLinen - both of which have both been shortlisted by the jury of the 12th Interclean Amsterdam Innovation Awards.
The MoonBeam3 - a game-changing solution for targeted disinfection in hospitals and healthcare locations (pictured):
On 26th April, Maureen Marden will be installed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners during the annual ceremony at St Olave's Church, Hart Street, in the City of London.
This is Maureen's second time as Master, having been the third woman to hold the position in 2013.
The Boston Red Sox incorporated the Clorox Total 360 System into its current cleaning and disinfecting protocols for the 2018 season to optimise its efforts to prevent the spread of illness-causing germs amongst players and staff, and is now using the system to disinfect the clubhouse, visitors' clubhouse, training rooms, weight rooms and medical areas.
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