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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers to serve on a consensus body for the development of the new BSR/IICRC S340 Standard for Professional Cleaning & Maintenance of Leather Furnishings.
Dr Sally Ferguson, a Hong Kong registered doctor who visits the Macau Grand Prix every year, was dismayed to discover that there was no soap in 'the ladies' at the Lisboa Bend grandstand for an entire weekend at the recent meeting. She spoke to cleaning ladies about the "serious health risk" this posed, but says they laughed and shook their heads.
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Members of our police force often (allegedly) refer to burglars and other criminals as 'slippery customers' but the term took on a whole new meaning this week when an intruder was rescued from a Californian restaurant's grease vent, in which he'd been stuck for two days. This picture, courtesy of the BBC, shows how dirty these vents can become and the fact that when clogged with grease they become a fire hazard, means they should be regularly cleaned. Also, being seen to have a vent in such a state as this, can't be that good for business! If you're involved in this type of cleaning and don't normally show potential new clients images of dirty vents, this one could be a good conversation starter!
Elsewhere this week the conversation has been about huge UK-based contractor Interserve, which seems to be handling its predicament sensibly with the help of a new scheme set up by Government to prevent a repeat of the chaos caused by Carillion's collapse early this year. The scheme requires public services suppliers to draw up plans to ensure continuity of services when things go wrong - and, where necessary, to enable another provider to step in and do the work.
On Monday, when Interserve revealed that it was in negotiations with lenders to give them shares in the business, which has debts of c.£650 - £700m, its share price plummeted, making the business worth just £10m. It's reportedly also trying to sell a business in the Middle East.
The Government is confident Interserve can turn things around, saying the company is taking the action early on that Carillion should have taken to restructure its balance sheet and improve its robustness, and that, unlike Carillion, it does not need new money; it simply needs to turn its debt into equity. One Minister told the Financial Times though that unlike Carillion, many of Interserve's contracts are "straightforward facilities management contracts, cleaning offices and staffing reception areas so easy to take in-house". Little does the Minister concerned know about cleaning and FM then! It's not just so the Minister doesn't have a rude awakening though, that I say I wish Interserve well and hope it's able to quickly return to its former position as one of the UK's leading contractors.
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ISS has revealed plans to cut 50% of its customers and some 100,000 jobs - representing a fifth of its global workforce - as it concentrates on key accounts and core services and leaves 13 countries that were among its least profitable markets: Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania. These represent just 12% of ISS's group revenue and 8% of operating profits.
The exit from non-core services will be concluded by divesting a number of business units across the group - entirely consistent with ISS's strategy of recent years.
The agency announced that it is formally seeking to 'obtain data, information, and comments that will assist the Agency in assessing the safety and effectiveness of food handler antiseptic drug products (i.e., antiseptic hand washes or rubs intended for use in food handling settings) for over-the-counter (OTC) human use'.
With 12 companies, a training college and 2,500 staff servicing the cleaning, hospitality, care, property, security, call centre and logistics sectors, Ozo Group is Malta's leading outsourcing company with a reputation for excellence across industry. Turnover this year is expected to be €18,000,000 and with a new European Business Award under its belt, it is hard to imagine that the company started life from anyone's bedroom - yet that is exactly what happened.
"It was 1996 and I was just one-year-old at the time," explains Fabio Muscat, the group's CEO. "The cleaning industry was starting to get some hype and my father, Mario Muscat, began by upholstering carpets. Back then, he did all the cleaning himself and ran the business out of my bedroom!"
JD Wetherspoon is the only entrant to have been awarded the overall Loo of the Year Awards Trophy for the third time in the Awards program's 31-year history. Wetherspoon is known for converting unconventional yet attractive premises into pubs which are individually designed. Part of this design is the provision of washrooms that are spacious and meet the needs of all types of users and the organisation was the UK's first pub chain to introduce Changing Places toilets.
Wetherspoon gained Platinum Award grade for 90% of its entries, nine national awards and was also awarded Corporate Provider and Space to Change UK trophies.
IEHA, the 1,300-plus member healthcare/hospitality cleaning sector organisation that was founded in 1930 and merged with ISSA in 2017, says its IEHA Sustainability Professional (SP) Credential now requires applicants to demonstrate practical competencies in waste management reduction and process improvement.
The revisions to the IEHA SP Credential now requires applicants to:
Given the expanding aviation industry combined with a significantly high number of passengers opting for air travel, the demand for aircraft cleaning chemicals has been observing a steady growth trajectory in recent years.
Global passenger traffic increased by 7.6% in 2017 - more than the average annual growth over the last 10 years according to the International Air Transport Association, and this is a key factor driving the global demand for aircraft cleaning chemicals, since aircraft fleet sizes are expanding to cope with the increased passenger numbers.
The IICRC is a US based standards and certification body for the cleaning & restoration industry and has a global presence with offices in the UK, Australia and Japan.
Dedicated soft services and contract cleaning specialist, Facilicom UK, has secured the contract to service the Dell office portfolio across the UK. The company is one of the world's largest technology corporations, employing over 100,000 people around the globe.
Facilicom will be responsible for the cleaning and janitorial servicing of over 350,000sq. ft space across Dell's seven-location office portfolio in the UK. This includes the Head Office in Bracknell with its VIP client showroom; the new high profile London office in Aldgate, and additional support offices in Brentford, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The commercial contract cleaning provider has relocated to Howbery Park in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, while four regional directors have joined the business to boost the company's presence in Essex and the south east of England.
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