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Poor Hilary Clinton… she can’t win, can she? No – I don’t mean like that, but whatever she does, people are having a go and she can’t even command sympathy when she’s unwell.
What has this to do with cleaning and hygiene, you may ask?
Well – an opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post is slating her for bad hygiene at the Ohio rally, with the writer saying, “I cringed when I saw her poor cough hygiene.
“Clinton may not be able to keep a secret, and may inadvertently (we hope) have spread sensitive, classified information to enemies of the US – but did she have to get up on national TV and show millions of people how to spread the plague? How can the American voter not cringe when sputum is flying into the microphone, into the air, into her hand which will shake a few hundred people’s hands only moments later?
“Even the bottle of water that she will hand to her unwitting aide – who will then open a door, use a pen, a cell phone and then drive home to her family? Whatever Clinton has, now lots of other people have it too. Maybe they won’t get symptoms right away (but) if we hear about a flu or pneumonia outbreak in Ohio, epidemiologists should investigate whether Democrats are getting sick more than Republicans. People who attend her rallies and line up to shake her incubator hand may be the first to get sick.
“Perhaps the better question is – where was Clinton’s hand sanitiser?”
The author reminds us that portable sanitiser bottles need a wipe down too, since they will have been handled while our hands were contaminated. She also questions the teaching that we cough into our hands rather than into the air, saying we then transfer the germs on our hands to door handles, car doors, steering wheels, supermarket trollies and baskets, remote controls, phones, pens, food items, credit cards – and, of course, to those with whom we shake hands.
She says that while coughing into a tissue is now more acceptable, moisture (and with it the germs) on the tissue, will spread to our hands and beyond, so coughing into our shoulder or sleeve is a better option, since this will hold the germs on a surface that’s rarely touched by other people.
And with flu season about to hit, it’s a lesson worth remembering, isn’t it?
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This Week's News
Genetically modified enzymes used to create aromas/ flavourings and boost the power of cleaning products and medicines, are "potent allergens" that immediately sensitise those occupationally exposed to them, concludes research published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. But as yet there are no commercially available diagnostic tests to monitor the potential health risk posed by these new enzymes, say the researchers.
Professor Guy Poppy, the Food Standards Agency's chief scientific adviser, published the latest edition of his Science Report yesterday. It examines the science behind antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, and presents the latest findings around the role that food plays in the problem.
The report is published as the President of the UN General Assembly convenes a one-day high-level meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss AMR.
With stubbornly low levels of growth and continued lack of competiveness in many European economies, social dumping is a burning issue. This is when enterprises undermine local traditional labour markets and their social levels by using cheaper, often migrant workers for production, or by moving production to a low-wage third country, then importing their products. Employees pay the price of certain governments' inaction in the face of needed structural reforms and the social dumping that unfortunately exists in Europe.
One of the highlights of the cleaning industry calendar, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's annual Golf Day, which took place last week at Oulton Hall, Yorkshire, raised a record breaking £6,500 for the Chairman's charity, Helping Treat Cancer Together.
The evening dinner was hosted by BBC TV's Dan Walker and its fund raising credentials attracted former Premier League and England footballer, Ian Wright.
Floorcare in food service establishments can be very difficult. Food service floors are often blanketed with high volumes of grease, oil, and food debris. Few cleaning systems are designed specifically for cleaning food service floors...until now.
The Sustainability Dashboard, a tool that measures and monitors six key performance indicators - energy, water, waste, transportation, products such as cleaning products, and human resources, to help users monitor and report efficiency improvements, now adds a new programme, 'Energy Star Integration Assistance' so that the data from the Sustainability Dashboard can be easily transferred into Energy Star's Portfolio Manager.
Delta-Q Technologies, The Canadia-based battery charging solutions provider for electric drive vehicles and industrial equipment worldwide, this week announced the debut of its lithium integration kit to battery companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and battery management system manufacturers at The Battery Show in Novi, Michigan.
Hugh Crane (Cleaning Equipment) is holding an Open Day at its newly refurbished site in Whittlesey, Peterborough, on 30th September. This major investment shows the business strategically placed to meet the ever-increasing demands from customers along the A1 corridor.
"We have been operating from the site since October 2001 and when the option of acquiring the site next door became available in 2014, we decided that now was the right time to expand," says Jim Saunders, Whittlesey branch manager.
All Care, which is based in Veenendaal, The Netherlands, has announced plans to widen its business scope into the UK. Currently, the company offers a wide range of washroom dispensers and related products to Benelux and more generally across Europe. Now, for the first time, its full range of European manufactured products will be offered to leading wholesalers and distributors in the UK and Ireland.
Mike Ziolek has been appointed to lead All Care in the UK and looks forward to bringing a highly respected brand into the UK.
Tomorrow, Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, will begin his tour of the Far East, starting in Singapore.
Residents of Likoni, Mombassa were urged to be conscious of their environment and be 'the champions of their surroundings' during the launch of a biannual clean-up exercise at the ferry offices, which entails cleaning the entire areas accessed by ferry commuters on both the island itself and the mainland.
Incentive QAS, the specialist cleaning business, has been awarded a £1m, three-year contract by property management company, Workman Group, to provide cleaning services at the Pentagon shopping centre in Chatham, Kent.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Incentive QAS team of 14 staff will be providing a 24/7 cleaning service at the centre, which attracts over 225,000 shoppers every week.
Mitie, which has been providing facilities management services to the Scottish Government since 2012, has helped it retain its unique status as the only government in the world to hold the Carbon Trust Triple Standard. This follows the successful recertification of the three awards which were first gained in 2014.
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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.
Some 15 years ago I helped organise the Annual Conference for the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers and the venue was Haigh Hall - the home of this thoughtfully fitted-out washroom.
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