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EUnited Cleaning, with the support of the European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) and the International Association for Soaps, Detergents & Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E) is launching a campaign called the European Cleaning Days (ECD).
The International Facility Management Association's FM credential programme has earned accreditation and seven commendations from the American National Standards Institute. ANSI, which oversees thousands of standards and guidelines that directly impact businesses in a range of sectors, accredited IFMA for the Facility Management Professional (FMP) and Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) credentials.
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Most of us are well aware that cleaning isn’t the best job in the world. It’s hard, tiring work, it tends to be underpaid for what’s involved and it generally means working anti-social hours. It can also be soul destroying in as much as a selfish facility user can – within minutes of a cleaner finishing work – completely destroy the cleanliness, hygiene levels and ambience of the area that’s been cleaned.
Then, just imagine the indignity of being ignored by those about you, or having to deal with the abuse that some cleaners have to suffer as they go about their work, and you’ll have some idea of why cleaners were deserving of a special mention in the newly released Office of National Statistics report on how people’s jobs impact on alcohol-related death.
I was surprised that cleaners were singled out in the report, but all things considered, it’s perhaps not surprising after all (and if you’re wondering where your job role features in the statistics, you can read the report below).
In another report released today, the OSHA’s (European Agency for Safety & Health at Work) ‘Second European survey of enterprises on new & emerging risks’, notes that 6% of establishments in the EU-28, report having employees who have difficulties understanding the language spoken at the premises. Am I the only one thinking this will be the cleaners?
Further, it lists risk factors – in order of importance – as: having to deal with difficult customers; tiring positions; repetitive hand or arm movements; risk of accidents with machines or hand tools; lifting or moving heavy loads; time pressure; chemical or biological substances; increased risk of slips, trips & falls; irregular working hours; poor communication; employees’ lack of influence on their workplace or work processes and discrimination… which all tend to be experienced by cleaners.
I always make a point to speak with those at the sharp end of our industry, whether they’re emptying dustbins, cleaning washrooms, directing users at the local tip or collecting beer cans, plastic glasses and picnic remains at gigs and festivals. They’re doing a great job and without them the rest of us wouldn’t be able to function and showing our appreciation may do more good than we previously realised…
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The Office of National Statistics has just released its latest analysis on the socio-economic and gender inequalities in alcohol-related deaths and it's not the best news for those that clean for a living.
The latest analysis of deaths data shows substantial socio-economic and gender inequality in alcohol-related deaths among working-age adults (16-64 years).
Betadine products have been used for skin disinfection and surgical skin preparations around the world for over 50 years and are known to have a broad antimicrobial efficacy.
Although the US Environmental Protection Agency has declared that the flu outbreak this year may be one of the worst in recent history with many schools across the nation seeing record absenteeism rates, Paulding schools in Georgia and the Faith Family Academy in Dallas, Texas have documented a significant reduction of more than 10% in absenteeism rates through the use of GenEon's fast response technology.
Two firms have been prosecuted after a worker suffered a broken leg when he deliberately steered his ride-on cleaning machine into a balustrade when the brakes failed, in an attempt to avoid hitting pedestrians in Stansted airport.
Carl Marshall, 28, of Little Dunmow, Essex, was forced to veer into the central dividing balustrade after brakes on the scrubber dryer failed to respond as he rode down a sloping passenger ramp.
Targeting hospitals, healthcare environments, multi-site property portfolios and other large facilities at risk of waterborne diseases, Legionella Control International has revealed need to know tips on how to select the best candidate.
The superior hygiene performance of tissue products and the benefits they present will be discussed by ETS chairman, Roberto Berardi, as a guest speaker at Tissue World, which is taking place from 17th - 19th March 2015, Fira Barcelona, Spain.
The presentation will take place at midday on March 17th and will reference the latest scientific studies which showed that some jet air and warm hand dryers can disperse bacteria into the air and onto users and bystanders. This has significant implications for cleaning, facilities and hospitality managers responsible for equipping washrooms in public places.
Kyran Bracken, Former England Scrum Half (boasting 51 caps) and ITV's Dancing on Ice champion in 2007, will present a motivational Keynote Presentation on the opening morning of the Cleaning Show 2015, to - potentially - visitors from 57 nations, since an analysis of the 5,000 people who have pre-registered to attend the show, shows a spread of visitors from 57 different countries.
Though plagued with injury, Kyran earned 170 Saracens caps and 50 for England, including his major contribution to England's World Cup win in 2003.
If there was any doubt that 'tech' hygiene was one of the major story lines of last month's CES 2015, the electronics and technology show, it was put to rest this week with the announcement by Canadian manufacturer Whoosh! CEO Jason Greenspan that an estimated 10,000 mobile device screens were cleaned and polished with Whoosh! Screen Shine throughout the four-day event.
The address will consider groundbreaking changes taking place in the cleaning industry, particularly the impact of agile working practices on commercial property and emerging technologies. It will also examine how cleaning contractors and their workforces need to widen their skill sets to cope with the changes.
The expo will be taking place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 25th and 26th February 2015, and is the only event 100% dedicated to the ever-expanding portable sanitation sector.
A news report on Bulgarian TV that a train's cleanliness had been so poor that it had forced some passengers to seek an alternative means of travel has led to some much needed changes, reports the Focus Information Agency.
"We will improve the control and organisation connected with hygiene on trains," said Dimitar Kostadinov, manager of the passenger services division at Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ), speaking at a press conference. "A separate cleaning department was established last July with its own director and administration."
Headquartered in France, cleaning & FM giant Sodexo has been ranked, for the eighth consecutive year, as the best-performing company for Economic, Social and Environmental performance in the benchmark RobecoSAM 'Sustainability Yearbook 2015' as Industry Leader and Gold Class.
For each industry, the company with the highest score is named the RobecoSAM Industry Leader, and is considered to be the company within its industry that is best prepared to seize the opportunities and manage the risks deriving from economic, social and environmental developments.
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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.
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