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An article in the news last week highlighted the enormous difference screening expectant mothers for GBS (Group B Streptococcus) can make to the health of newborns – and the comments beneath the article (which I read online) all called for screening to be offered in the UK, as, I gather, it is in such countries as the US, Germany, France and Spain.
The article focused on the results of a scheme trialled in London’s Northwick Park Hospital and the results echoed those of trials during which incoming patients, visitors – and, I believe – staff were tested for MRSA, the idea being that carriers could be treated with antibiotics to prevent further problems down the line.
The NHS decision-makers were, as you can imagine, slated for denying blanket testing because of costs, but I wonder whether the growing resistance to antibiotics and the fear that one day they will be useless, has anything to do with it?
Proper cleaning, as we all know, can save lives…
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James Briggs, one of the UK's largest independent aerosol and speciality chemicals manufacturers, announced yesterday that it has acquired the business and assets of Premiere Products, the renowned manufacturer of branded and private label janitorial cleaning products.
James Briggs can trace its roots back to 1830 and Premiere has a similarly strong heritage in the UK having been supplying products into both the commercial and consumer cleaning sectors since 1924. Premiere is one of the most respected and trusted names in the industry - distributing its products widely in the UK and Ireland, while also enjoying strong export sales across Europe and the Middle East, as well as into South East Asia.
Idexx, a specialist in rapid microbiological test kits for water, has announced the publication of a peer reviewed Pan European study, which demonstrates that its Pseudalert testing system is well placed to help in the fight against Healthcare Acquired Infections.
The paper concludes that the IdexxPseudalert/Quanti-Tray method, for the rapid detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa), produces confirmed results in a shorter time than the standard reference ISO 16266 and MoDW Part 8 PACN agar membrane filtration methods with no further confirmation steps.
Each year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by healthcare-associated infections as organisms are transmitted from patient to patient via the unwashed hands of healthcare workers - as well as by other sources. To help combat these infections, the HyGreen system actively reminds healthcare workers if they forget to wash before patient contact and wirelessly records all hand hygiene events in the hospital.
During trials over the past few days in Malpensa Airport, Milan, the Rosemor's Rotomac escalator cleaning machine produced such good cleaning results that the decision-makers have decided to purchase the latest version of the machine - the new Rotomac ET15B.
"The beauty of this machine is its ability to automatically clean the step right to the edges, working on both the horizontal and the vertical part of the step simultaneously," explains Rosemor's Efi Rosen.
A makeover and investment in new Girbau washers has transformed The Launderette in Stoke-on-Trent. Within weeks of opening, turnover has more than tripled, helping to deliver a rapid return on investment for investor Dave Robson, proprietor of Staffordshire Cleaning Solutions which took over the once-struggling business.
Sound advice and support from Girbau UK before the refurbishment project started, together with a swift and seamless installation of the new equipment, helped kick-start the successful turnaround at The Laundrette.
For many people, reaching 40 is a time to splurge on a sports car or a motorbike. However for Malcolm Lewis, 39, a business analyst from London, the ticking clock signalled a time to create rather than spend.
The useful result of Malcolm's mid-life creativity is 'MoppedUp', an ideal home cleaning solution, seamlessly connecting homeowners and their cleaning staff to create the perfect cleaning schedule.
The 2015 edition of the ISSA/Interclean Central & Eastern Europe exhibition ends tomorrow and with several Eastern European representations such as Neovision, Cormen, Dozit Plus, Fre-Pro and Zenit from the Czech Republic; Bokk Paper, Euro-Clear and Delta Clean from Hungary; Plasta, JSC BS Chemical and Higeja from Lithuania, and Roskosmetika from the Ukraine, attendees can expect a compelling overview of the Central & Eastern European cleaning sector.
The industrial and institutional cleaning chemicals market in India is witnessing increasing adoption in commercial, manufacturing, government and institutional end-use segments.
In addition, increasing consumer awareness regarding foodborne diseases and microbial infections is also boosting the use of cleaning chemicals. The demand for industrial and institutional cleaning chemicals has been growing exponentially over the last five years, with continuing growth being witnessed in the food & beverage processing and healthcare sectors.
We all know how important it is to get the best out of any cleaning machine, and using any type of cleaning machine correctly is all down to the training being delivered professionally and accurately.
This can be a very costly exercise - especially if the machine has been supplied by a company that is located a long distance away from where the machine is to be used.
UK cleaners have got their union involved in a couple of disputes this week, with one group currently on strike (unless the strike action has been averted between writing this piece and Cleanzine's subsequent broadcast).
In the first dispute, some 100 bin lorry drivers for Barking & Dagenham Council Environmental Services department were due to take strike action from 06:00 today until 22:00 tomorrow in a dispute over a £1,000 a year cut in contractual pay arising from what the union claims is the council cutting corners on the safety of refuse vehicles and those providing frontline services while creating four new "invisible posts that pay six figure salaries."
Some 10,000 members of the Federation of General & Special Workers in Iceland (SGS) are to strike in an attempt to win an increase in the minimum wage. The workers - 32% of whom work in cleaning services provision and tourism, will begin a series of stoppages next week, culminating in a general strike on 26th May.
Voter turn-out was just over 50%, but 94.6% of those voted in favour of the measure.
“Two main comments were made,” she tells us:
(1) Shops selling food and drink to be consumed on the premises should have a customer loo available – nothing fancy; just a clean loo and wash basin with toilet tissue, soap and drying facilities
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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.
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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.
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Hi Jan, Thanks for making those amendments to the article*, we've had statistics from The Cleaning Show who sent out the original email and they had over 5000 clicks on the link, with only 500 of them coming from their email, so potentially 4500 came from The Cleanzine which is great news.
I know that initially the link in the email didn't work so I just wondered if you had feedback from people who said they couldn't access it. If so, would you consider running the story again in the next edition of The Cleanzine? We can always provide new copy to keep the story fresh.
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