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The American Cleaning Institute released the following statement in response to a final rule issued by the US Food and Drug Administration concerning consumer antibacterial soaps and washes:
Global food safety auditing, training and consulting organisation NSF International, has completed the acquisition of Euro Consultants Group, the Wavre, Belgium-based food safety and quality service company.
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The 15th September 2016 marks the date of the BICSc Annual Awards, celebrating excellence in training and assessment within the cleaning industry. As a special addition to this year's annual awards, The British Institute of Cleaning Science will be hosting an exclusive cleaning industry educational programme and exhibition.
"The event will be a place for professionals from all levels of the industry to learn, feel inspired and network with some of the leading suppliers in the industry," notes Tracy Rinaldi, commercial director, BICSc.
This Autumn the global cleaning giant will have a new home in the UK - and it's streets ahead of the old facility, if not streets apart. Kärcher UK's brand new, purpose-built UK headquarters opened for business at Banbury's Brookhill Way on Tuesday.
The move has been a long time in the planning and, as the new site includes a Kärcher Centre shop, a large Academy for customer and employee training, and in phase two a Wash Centre for the public, the move is expected to make a difference to staff, customers and the local community alike.
Investment in a new Chinese operation is already paying dividends for a Leicestershire manufacturer of cleaning and maintenance products. Arrow Solutions, which is based at a factory in Moira, has marked the first three months of trading in Shanghai with news that it has secured a string of new contracts to supply Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Beijing Metro.
In this article, Peter Forshaw, of recruitment specialist Maxwell Stephens, discusses the effect robots may have on the facilities management industry, highlighting how they have had a positive impact in one hospital by and reducing cross infection, saving time and enabling those they have replaced to carry out more interesting work.
Speakers at the British Safety Council's Annual Conference 2016 will share insights and experience of managing health in a changing world and one of the sessions that is particularly pertinent to the cleaning industry, is:
'How should the industry accommodate workers with limited English?' But there's plenty more for those working in our industry, wherever they're based in the world...
BPI Recycled Products is urging buyers to look for Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association certified refuse sacks to make sure they always benefit from products that conform to the highest industry standards.
The company is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of refuse sacks, recycling 65,000 tonnes of scrap polythene each year and supplying over 270,000 tonnes of polythene products to customers worldwide.
In partnership with eight key clients, Mitie is taking part in WRAP's (Waste & Resources Action Programme) Recycle Week. The week is designed to improve general awareness of recycling and this year's theme - 'The Unusual Suspects' - encourages people to be more diligent when it comes to the disposal of everything from drink cartons, coffee cups and lids to plastic drink bottles and food containers.
These are items used every day, but they often don't get recycled properly, instead ending up in general waste or the wrong recycling bin.
Frye Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint hospital, recently added Tru-D SmartUVC, a germ-eliminating UV disinfection robot, to its already robust checklist of disinfection routines aimed at ensuring patients have the highest quality, safest care possible.
"The acquisition of this technology is simply another way that we're working to safeguard the wellbeing of every single patient who walks through our doors and protect the integrity of our healthcare environment," explains Gar Atchison, CEO of Frye Regional Medical Centre.
"This is the way nature would make floor pads: from primary feedstock or sugar, using no oil, and no genetically modified materials," says the manufacturer. "The manufacturing process releases 60% less greenhouse gases than comparable 'green' pads.
Healthcare resource integrator Shanghai Newsummit Biopharma and infection control technology company HandInScan, have signed an agreement to introduce HandInScan technology in China through validation with leading hospitals and key opinion leaders.
NIC Services Group has been awarded a circa £50m contract with Yorkshire-based supermarket chain Morrisons. The contract will see NIC delivering cleaning services across the North of the England and Scotland.
NIC is one of the pioneering contractors that has worked closely with Morrisons to see the retailer outsourcing its services for the first time in over 100 years of trading. Morrisons is a Yorkshire-based food retailer serving customers across the UK at more than 500 stores with 117,000 colleagues working in the business every day.
Heineken, one of the largest beer breweries in the world, has selected ISS Facility Services in the Netherlands as its integrated facility services provider for four key locations (three breweries and one soda production site) as well as nine distribution centres.
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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.
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