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For many years I've been saying that cleaning's a thankless task and while many of us in the industry are doing everything we can to encourage a healthy interaction between the general public and those doing the cleaning, we're not making anything like the headway our hardworking cleaners deserve.
Cleaners have to endure all types of abuse; from the physical and verbal (I can imagine how frightening it must be to be a lone cleaner at the mercy of some of the yobs I read about and see at large myself!) to the abuse of the facilities they're about to clean or have already cleaned.
Why do some members of the public think it's OK to leave rubbish all over the place for others to clean up, who'll drop food or leave it smeared over seats without any attempt to clean it up themselves, or even vandalise equipment and overturn rubbish bins?
Yesterday was 'Thank your Cleaner day', set up to recognise the hardworking cleaners who often work outside office hours, which means that as they're out of sight, they're out of mind too. I love the initiative, which is gaining attention and has consequently spread through much of the world. The idea that we can honour our cleaners on their own special day is an excellent one and as far as I'm concerned we really can't do enough to make them feel special.
But in terms of the name, I think we should be thanking our cleaners every day, don't you? I go out of my way to smile at and chat to any cleaners I come across, as they go about their work. I feel it's the very least I can do. I do hope you do the same and encourage others to follow suit, as it must be soul destroying for our cleaners to feel ignored by the very people they spend their working hours keeping safe and healthy, don't you think?
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The European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry (EFCI), represented by its president Juan Díez de los Ríos and its director Isabel Yglesias, took part in the Tripartite Social Summit yesterday on the theme 'Progressing on the social and economic dimensions for a competitive, fair and sustainable Europe'.
It is the first Social Summit to discuss a topic directly linked to climate change and its impact on the economy.
"Water UK is very clear - wipes manufacturers should not label or sell products advertised as 'flushable' if they don't pass the official 'Fine to Flush' standard.
Air-freshening innovator P-Wave has launched a new fragrance diffuser range under its recently created PW-Aroma brand. Produced in partnership with manufacturer Carpex, Scentaura fragrance diffusers are ergonomically designed, discrete and user friendly.
"Ideal for anyone looking to offer an upmarket experience in their venue, the new PW-Aroma Scentaura fragrance diffuser range features advanced micro-diffusion technology, operates silently, and creates a perfect ambiance of subtle fragrance," says P-Wave sales & marketing manager Mark Wintle.
The source of the refuse sacks and the material that is used in the manufacture of these sacks has now taken a step forward with the introduction of a range of sacks that will carry the EuCertPlast certification.
A survey recently carried out to determine contaminations found on ATM machines and money revealed 19 separate bacteria strains on ATM machines. These included; Bacillus, Micrococcus, Staphylococcus, Salmonella, Aeromonas, Pseudomonas, Enterobacter, Escherichia, Klebsiella, Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, Alcaligenes and E. coli.
Kimberly-Clark earned the SmartWay Excellence Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency for leadership in environmentally responsible shipping as well as two Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards for its social impact programs, 'With U She Can' and 'Toilets Change Lives'.
The building was officially opened in a recent ceremony featuring Pompano Beach Mayor Rex Hardin and city Chamber of Commerce officials.
Mitie has been recognised for its success in reducing the carbon emissions of its fleet, by being awarded Gold Certification by Masternaut. Across its whole fleet, Mitie cut CO2 by 770 tonnes - the equivalent to planting almost 800 trees.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Representative, The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and the worshipful Mayor of Halton, attended the 2M Headquarters in Runcorn, Cheshire, last month to present the 2M Group with the Queen's Award for Enterprise, International Trade 2019.
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