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My daughter Melissa normally returns from trips to the town centre smiling thanks to the new outfit she’s picked up from the charity shop while donating her own unwanted things, but this week she came back decidedly disgruntled.
“Why should I search the entire shopping centre for a bin for my banana skin?” she demanded to know. “I ended up having to use the nappy bin in the toilets!”
I was still giving myself a virtual pat on the back over having brought her up rather well (not only regarding litter but also on the need to recycle) when she answered the question herself: “So terrorists can’t hide bombs in them – I know!” she said. “But what are we supposed to do with our rubbish?”
I know I’m always saying we need to take our litter home with us but when I do I’m thinking about dry things, such as packaging and sweet wrappers. I’d never considered anyone having to carry a sticky, smelly banana skin around and with more and more of us avoiding plastic bags and instead taking our own reusable cloth bags out shopping, that doesn’t actually leave us with anything decent in which to carry wet or sticky rubbish home, does it?
And with so many of our nation’s public washrooms closing down (the council has finally sold our toilets in the village and they’re being turned into two tiny apartments), how likely are we to be able to find one that’s actually open so we can deposit our rubbish in their bins, if the shopping centres have shut for the night?
The British Toilet Association has for many years campaigned to not only keep our public washrooms open, but to improve them, and it promotes a wonderful initiative that’s been running for almost 30 years – the annual Loo of the Year Awards. Organiser Mike Bone, tells me there are still a few seats available at this year’s awards extravaganza, so if you want to help celebrate the best in public washroom provision and learn more about joining the campaign to keep our nation’s washrooms open, don’t miss the news item below…
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Summaries of a study on the antibacterial ingredient Triclosan grossly misrepresent what the research actually found, according to the American Cleaning Institute.
Independent scientists at the UK-based Science Media Centre also took issue with some of conclusions of the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which claim that Triclosan could negatively affect human health.
The International Executive Housekeepers Association and Kimberly-Clark Professional have announced the launch of the Heart of Hospitality Programme, aimed at providing executive housekeepers with the tools and resources to educate, empower and recognise housekeeping staff.
As the cornerstone of the programme, an annual Heart of Hospitality Award will be given to recognise exceptional housekeepers who enhance the hotel guest experience.
At its recent plenary meeting, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement decided that its next major project will focus on enforcing REACH Annex XVII restrictions, the scope of which will be determined early 2015. Inspections will then take place during 2016. The final report will become available in 2017.
A smaller scale project will follow up specific cases where ECHA has identified deficiencies in harmonised classification and labelling. These will focus on substances with CMR or sensitising properties. The report is expected in the first half of 2016.
The 2014 Loo of the Year Awards Event will be held at the St Johns Hotel in Solihull on Friday 5th December (day time event) and this is an opportunity for all companies involved in providing or supplying to washrooms to promote their services, provide hospitality to prospects, clients or staff and also enjoy unrivalled networking opportunities.
At the sixth LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Awards ceremony held at the Institute of Technical Education College East to commemorate World Toilet Day, RAS, the Restroom Association (Singapore), introduced a new Happy Toilet six-star rating. The current four and five-star ratings have also been reviewed to meet higher public expectations. The three-star rating remains unchanged.
RAS also laid down plans for next year to initiate a World Toilet Day Fund and World Toilet Day Forum for schools and a 3-year public engagement campaign on clean coffee shop and hawker centre toilets. More details will be made available at a later date.
To mark World Toilet Day 2014 yesterday, Roca and We Are Water Foundation hosted a special event at Roca London Gallery that aimed to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation issue, while offering an opportunity to meet the architects, designers and engineers working to change the fact that 2.5 billion people don't have access to clean and safe toilets.
A survey of the Italian professional cleaning market relative to the year 2013, conducted by AfidampCom, shows the increase in the percentage of companies that claim to have suffered a decrease in revenue from 2013 to 2012: 44.4% in 2012 versus 51.5% in 2013, with a change of seven percentage points.
Despite these figures, those interviewed displayed cautious optimism for 2014 estimates. To grow their markets, cleaning professionals will focus on optimising sales, with a focus on new technologies, and on service.
Hygreen is collaborating with a number of hospitals and infection control professionals in the development of Ebola Preparedness Plans that incorporate HyGreen Hand Hygiene Recording and Reminding System technology.
"It is noteworthy that enveloped viruses are highly susceptible to good hand hygiene, hydrogen peroxide vapor and commonly used cleaning agents," says the company's president, Ron Youngblood.
Zehnder Clean Air Solutions, one of Europe's leading providers of energy efficient and healthy air cleaning systems, says its dust management systems can potentially reduce annual cleaning costs by up to 30% when using floorcare appliances and up to 70% when cleaning by hand.
Additional benefits include a reduction in absenteeism though improved indoor air quality for employees, decreased machinery maintenance costs, plus the improved performance of existing HVAC and dehumidification equipment.
President of TNT Unlimited, Tim Twitchell, has won the prestigious Thomas W. Valentino Achievement Award, presented by Vectair Systems at the annual ISSA/Interclean North America exhibition held this November in Orlando.
Vectair Systems is a global hygiene company operating in over 120 countries. In particular, Vectair Systems is an expert and innovator in odour control and aircare, skincare and hand washing, surface care, feminine hygiene sanitary waste disposal, infant care and products specifically designed for the 'away from home' washroom.
New research commissioned by PHS Group, a leading UK provider of workplace services, has revealed that 48% of people are unhappy with the hygiene standard of their workplace.
With 88% reporting that the standard of their workplace impacts on their productivity, PHS Group believes that it is now time for organisations to take note.
MITIE now has more than 25,000 of its staff using the EziTracker remote worker management service across the UK and Ireland. MITIE was one of the earliest adopters of the service in the facilities sector, first using it in 2005.
Within 18 months EziTracker was being used by 8,000 employees across MITIE's cleaning business and uptake has steadily increased to the point where it is now considered a vital component in the contractor's vast reporting programme.
One-quarter of workers in Europe report feeling stressed at work all or most of the time - and a similar proportion say that work affects their health negatively. Psychosocial risks; for example, monotonous tasks, high work intensity, tight deadlines, work-life imbalance, violence and harassment from the public or from colleagues, contribute to work-related stress.
A new report, published as part of a Europe-wide campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress gives a broad overview on psychosocial risks at European workplaces and gives examples on the way forward at political as well as company level -all illustrated with real-life examples and case studies.
Aitken Spence launches special technology from the German Saar region in Sri Lanka. A strategic partnership with one of Sri Lanka's largest trade and energy concerns, EcoCorp Asia, and Aitken Spence, has enabled Nanopool GmbH to massively expand its presence in Asia. This means that the German manufacturer's surface protection products will be used on a grand scale in diverse living and work sectors in Sri Lanka.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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