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Cleaning has been in the news a great deal more than usual this week – and particularly so yesterday with the dramatic rescue of a window cleaning team from outside the 69th floor of the World Trade Centre in Manhattan. I’m always saying that cleaning isn’t the easiest job in the world and while cleaning the windows of a tall building must have its benefits in terms of fantastic views and lots of fresh air - as well as providing the cleaners with the ‘wow factor’ when telling others about the work they do, that’s only as long as things are going well.
Well actually, that last point takes on even greater importance when things aren’t going well and I should imagine that those involved in yesterday’s drama will be dining out on their experience for months to come!
For those that missed it, the cleaners’ cradle appeared to have become dislodged and was left swinging in the wind, almost vertically on what appeared to be just one cable, with the two cleaners inside it. I can only imagine what they must have been going through while awaiting rescue, which came after about two hours when a hole was cut in a window to enable the men to climb from the cradle and into the building. You can see the action, at www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30031157
Elsewhere, Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, Scotland, has come under fire following three inspections by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate which allegedly discovered trolleys splashed with blood, ‘suspicious’ brown marks on a shower floor, faecal contamination on toilet walls and panels as well as on a call bell, equipment contaminated with blood and body fluids and 'significant amounts of dust and grime'. Worryingly, some of the dirty equipment was labelled as ‘clean’. Apparently the addition of the equivalent of eight full-time staff to the cleaning team following the first inspection, has failed to perfect the cleaning regime and the HEI has raised its concerns with the Scottish Government. I wish the cleaning teams the best of luck in rectifying the problems and good health to the people of East Kilbride until they do…
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Andrew Marshall, managing director of London specialist in contract cleaning, Julius Rutherfoord, highlights the impact of the Living Wage and calls for others to show their support during Living Wage Week. He explains how Julius Rutherfoord is working with its client, City University London, to support cleaning staff by paying the London Living Wage.
“Living Wage Week takes place each November and is a celebration of the Living Wage and Living Wage employers. The cleaning profession has developed greatly over recent years, but it is still seen by some as lagging behind other sectors when it comes to offering support and development to its employees.
ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is pleased to recognise the winners of the 2014 ISSA Innovation Award Programme, which were announced during the ISSA Excellence Award Ceremony at the ISSA/Interclean North America trade show last week.
This year's ISSA Innovation Award Programme featured more than 50 innovative products and services from manufacturers and service providers throughout the cleaning industry. Products and services were entered in five categories: Cleaning Agents, Dispensers, Equipment, Services & Technology, and Supplies. Industry distributors, wholesalers, and facility service providers voted to determine the award winners.
So, for those managers/building owners who are just now starting to think about mats, Adam Strizzi, marketing director with Crown Matting Technologies, offers the following suggestions for selecting and installing an effective winter matting system:
Medical Air Technology (MAT) is celebrating after its revolutionary ECO-flow product was shortlisted for both the 'Innovative Carbon Reduction and 'Sustainability' categories in the Building Better Healthcare Awards which took place in London last week.
The awards celebrate innovation, architecture, people, products and services that are helping to transform patient care across the UK.
The one day event was sold out well in advance and delegates were treated to superb array of keynote speeches written around the theme of the day 'changing perceptions.'
Designed to compete in the hands in 'blade' market, the Tri-Blade holds its own in terms of pure drying ability.
When 'using the loo' at work, do you know what is happening in the cubicle next to you? A new study released today by SCA, shows a surprising number of Americans have used their workplace washrooms for more than they were intended. Some of the oddest activities identified by the 2014 SCA Hygiene Matters Consumer Survey were eating (8%), exercising (7%), smoking (5%) and sleeping (5%) - all of which men are more likely to do than women.
One quarter of Americans say they have used their washroom at work to text (25%) and nearly as many have gone there to talk on the phone (23%), according to the survey.
The WoolSafe Organisation has announced the first WoolSafe Approved product to pass the stringent EGTS 1502 environmental standard: nKapper from Carpet Cleaner Industries CCI GmbH.
The new standard aims to satisfy demand for carpet care products that are both effective and safe for the environment, with WoolSafe teaming up with Enco Global Testing Services (EGTS) to test the effectiveness and the environmental impact of products, respectively.
Designed as part of a solution to work in conjunction with regular cleaning procedures, the products are made with an antimicrobial additive embedded into their construction to help keep switch and wallplate surfaces cleaner.
Manufacturer of specialist cleaning and maintenance products, Arrow Solutions has given train operating companies (TOCs) some peace of mind as the temperature drops by developing a new Winter Grade Screenwash for use in the rail industry.
The screenwash maintains the same high level of performance as previous strengths, but ensures effectiveness down to minus 20 degrees Celsius.
The Havering Business Awards aim to celebrate business excellence and showcase the innovation and entrepreneurial character within the London Borough of Havering business community, where there are over 7,000 businesses.
Standing at 5 feet 2 inches tall, US Air Force Hospital Langley's newest staff member doesn't initially have a commanding presence. However, after five minutes, its impact has the potential to save countless lives around the world.
The 633rd Medical Group recently received a germ-zapping robot, nicknamed 'Saul', which harnesses the power of technology to destroy viruses - including the Ebola virus.
Office Care had serviced the former Pride Park Stadium between 2002 - 2013 and is thrilled to have been re-awarded the contract for 2014.
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Reintec (part of the HSS Group) are a specialist Hire, Sales and Service cleaning equipment provider who support customers throughout the UK. As the business continues to grow, we now have fantastic opportunities for two National Account Managers to join our team covering both Northern and Southern UK.
A new position has become available for a Technical Manager to join the British Institute of Cleaning Science. The successful applicant will take the lead in developing a new range of training and learning programmes, using different methodologies including classroom, practical and online. These new products and services will contribute to the increase in training and membership sales and other related business in both the UK and Internationally. The role will include delivering consultancy services to our customers when appropriate.
Quality Care Cleaning has an exciting opportunity for a Strategic Operations Manager to join our team in Cambridge. We offer a OTE salary range of £40,000 - £50,000 per annum plus benefits We are a professional, commercial cleaning company with over 30 years' experience, looking to employ a Strategic Operations Manager on a full time, permanent basis to manage our service delivery. We require an experienced, professional, quality driven individual that shares our commitment to customer care, team work & high standards to effectively manage an established team.
The Strategic Operations Manager Job Description
Swift Office Cleaning Services Limited is an ISO9001 & 14001 accredited company that has an excellent opportunity for a Field Sales Executive to join their team. You will be visiting potential clients' premises covering London, Herts & Essex to discuss their requirements for daily office cleaning and various associated services.
A proven sales record in the cleaning industry is essential and you will be able to understand the clients' needs thoroughly, allowing enough time for our cleaning staff to complete our proposal that caters for the clients requirements at the budget they are prepared to spend. Telesales is also a vital part in this role, so experience in all aspects of lead generation is essential.
We are looking for the right person to join our sales team. This is a very rare opportunity to join our small, friendly team and sell our unique, premium quality floor cleaning equipment in the central area of England.
Vectair Systems is a multi-award-winning technological innovator, manufacturer and supplier of commercial 'away from home' washroom equipment. Founded over 25 years ago, we manufacture leading international brands including Airoma, Micro Airoma, Sanitex MVP, V-Screen, Vectair V-Fresh, Babyminder, Quadrasan, Prozone, Femcare, MVP and V-Air SOLID.
With an EMEA Head Office in Basingstoke, UK, Vectair Systems also offers unique OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) services, allowing companies to design their own style of coordinated washroom products and dispensers, using the latest manufacturing technologies from state of the art facilities.
Summary: Are you a rainmaker? ISSA is looking for a proven leader who will provide strategic direction and manage tactical plans to provide education, training, certification and business tools for Europe, Middle East and African member companies of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry trade association, www.issa.com. This person will be accountable for planning, management, execution and communication at several levels within and outside the association to meet education and certification revenue and participation goals to satisfaction. Expected to support the EMEA Director in achieving ISSA'S overall strategic goals for the EMEA region. Submit CV in English.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Sales Representative to join our team based in the area of Manchester, UK. The role will be a full time position working 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Typically you will be out on the road 3 days + 2 days at the office.
For more details and info please contact email@example.com by sending your CV and we will get in touch.
Base salary £30,000 OTE £42,850
The Company Kaiser+ Kraft (KK) is an industrial B2B equipment and hardware reseller via catalogue. KK supplements this with Key Account Managers / Executives to provide a knowledgeable local face with the aim of becoming the preferred supplier of Maintenance, Repair and Operation hardware to its clients.
Founded in 1972 and based in Welwyn Garden City, we provide high quality cleaning services operating inside the M25, Herts, Beds, Bucks & Essex. We enjoy an outstanding reputation operating within the Education, Office Cleaning and Leisure sectors predominantly. We employ in excess of 1000 staff providing services for over 200 extremely satisfied customers. As we continue to grow, we are recruiting for a Sales Exec / Trainee Sales Exec with experience of the Cleaning, Washroom services or "soft services" environment.
Please send your CV to Paul Nixon, Director:
Wanted to run office and scheduling for all contractors, sales work & logistics. Needs experience in window cleaning. Knowledge of London & South East Region, Health & Safety helpful. Must be competant in using computer and with good customer relations.
CCS Cleaning are currently recruiting for a full-time Area Manager to look after our sites throughout the United Kingdom. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in the cleaning industry and have a very good knowledge of the business. The successful candidate will receive a competitive salary, full training and will be mentored by our Group Operations and Development Manager. Company phone, car and tablet will also be provided.
About the company: Cleanology is a dynamic and fast-growing commercial cleaning, security and facilities management company, providing professional services to offices, restaurants, retail outlets, schools and other businesses around London. The company employs 400+ staff.
Ramon Hygiene Products, based in Leicester, are one of the UK's and Ireland leading suppliers of cleaning products and equipment to the professional hygiene and janitorial trade as well as cash and carry wholesale and retail sectors. We offer a wide range of branded and own label cleaning products into both sectors, coupled with an extensive range of professional cleaning equipment.
Vileda Professional is the leading global solutions provider of innovative quality cleaning systems for the Professional user. Our UK business is seeking an exceptionally talented individual for the position of Regional Account Manager covering the Central England, East Anglia, Home Counties and North London areas You will assume responsibility for the achievement of sales targets within your region through development of new business in the healthcare, FM and local government sectors in conjunction with partner distributors Skills
We are a professional, commercial, cleaning company with over 30 years' experience looking to recruit a Commercial Contracts Manager who will be responsible for the effective management of a dedicated team providing a cleaning service to designated clients.
GreenZone Cleaning & Support Services is a growing, dynamic organisation offering our clients a unique service delivery, providing a green cleaning service. Although we are a young Battersea based company we have the knowledge & expertise to deliver exceptional levels of service.
VERMOP is one of Europe´s leading manufacturers of cleaning systems and accessories. We achieved this through many years of competence, excellence in innovation and the personal motivation of our employees. Our production site in Germany stands for tradition, quality and consistent customer orientation. Due to continued expansion and growth we are now looking for a driven Area Sales Representative to join our team.
This Dutch family-owned business manufactures, converts and distributes its innovative products to customers throughout Europe. In the above position you will be responsible for the commercial results of Wecovi Ltd in the UK & Ireland. Therefore, you will draw up a concrete sales plan each year. Your focus will be on the professional cleaning sector as well as on the leisure sector.
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