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Jury chair Tanja Čujić-Koch, a member of the board of the Bundesinnungsverband des Gebäudereiniger-Handwerks and managing partner at Čujić Gebäudedienste GmbH, was able to draw some a positive conclusions from the competition:
"I am thrilled with the expertise of my fellow jury members and their valuable contributions in the jury sessions," she says.
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I remember learning about the benefits of colour coding back in the early 90s courtesy of the wonderful Colin Hasson, who was at the time heading up the British Institute of Cleaning Science. The concept was something I’d never come across before but once Colin had explained the ‘whys and wherefores’, I was hooked to the extent that I not only regularly wrote about the system but I started using it at home – and still do – as do several friends and family members who saw from me how much sense it makes. I was particularly enthused that as well as all the benefits regarding cross-contamination etc, colour coding – if the same system were to be adopted nationally, or even globally, it would allow those in our high-turnover industry and especially those working part-time for several contractors, to move from one workplace to another without fear of using the wrong coloured equipment for the job in hand.
You might imagine then that I was excited by the NHS Supply Chain’s announcement this week regarding the incoming National Health Service uniform colourways, to include all the allied health professions, healthcare sciences, midwifery, nursing and pharmacy. Currently uniforms are decided upon by individual Trusts, which has resulted in a range of styles, colours, embroidery and rank identifiers. “During the consultation it was clear that colour should be the primary identifier for different professions and roles,” it said. “The carefully curated colourways have been chosen for their ability to resonate nationally and create a coherent and recognisable system across the NHS. The chosen base colours and contrast trim for the smart scrub top will clearly denote each professional group.” Initially, it all made sense, but 27 different colours with contrasting trims? And gender neutral, “to ensure the fit of the garments are [sic] appropriate for use in a diverse workforce.” I don’t think so!
Standardising uniforms to enable patients and visitors to easily identify staff – not forgetting professionals thrown together to handle emergencies – is a great idea, but what’s in the pipeline sounds far too confusing. Likewise, using one supplier rather than the multitude currently used, is likely to save money, (around 30% of the current spend of around £23million annually, according to estimates). However, since adoption will still be down to individual Trusts there is likely to be little cohesion regarding either point and I’m now wondering how much will be spent on leaflets and posters telling folk what each base colour and contrasting trim signifies! And the environmental costs of people switching to new uniforms when their old ones are still perfectly serviceable, of course…
Now change the patient ‘uniform’, (the gown which does seem to be standard across the NHS) to one that’s less flimsy and which doesn’t require help to secure all the ties down the back but which still exposes the wearer’s backside and they’ll have a winner!
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Last week on 22nd September, the four-day international trade fair for cleaning & hygiene industry professionals reached a successful conclusion. After a four-year break, the fair took place for the 11th time on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds again and attracted more visitors than in any previous year.
In 2023, around 21,000 visitors attended the fair, compared with 20,000 in 2019. A total of 421 exhibitors from 25 countries presented an overview of the market for commercial cleaning systems (2019: 448/25) on an indoor and outdoor display area covering 31,000sq.m.
More than 40 projects across the UK have been allocated £1.8 million to make it easier for residents to recycle their electricals. The aim of the Electricals Recycling Fund is to significantly reduce the environmental impact of e-waste by making it easier for consumers to recycle their electricals, which are notoriously difficult to dispose of responsibly.
These projects will provide a variety of recycling methods, from kerbside collections to more drop-off points in schools, community centres and on-street bring banks. Overall there will be more than 400 new collection points plus kerbside collections for 5.5 million UK residents.
Together with the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU, a coalition of European Trade Associations representing 20% of the EU's manufacturing companies launched a debate on how a circular bioeconomy could facilitate a more competitive Europe, while at the same time helping the EU navigate global challenges such as the move away from fossils.
Opening the floor at the Coalition's launch event this week, Alberto Ruiz, counsellor for industry at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU, highlighted industrial competitiveness and innovation as the priorities of the Spanish EU Presidency, while also identifying the often-overlooked role bioeconomy and circularity actors already play in delivering on these priorities.
Self-cleaning cicadas could help design new tech which will make our vehicles cleaner, scientists say. A type of large insect known as a cicada is able to keep its wings clean of dust and dirt through a remarkable process which could be applied in modern technology.
The texture of the cicada wing is unusually repellent to water - known as being ‘super hydrophobic’. This means that morning dew is able to collect on the wing surface, forming small water droplets. As the droplets combine with each other, they collect dust particles and microorganisms - taking them with them as the water drops off the wings.
ISS UK & Ireland (UK&I) has been approved as an official training centre for the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) - the global professional body for individuals and organisations working, studying or interested in the environment and sustainability.
Certification as a training centre is a result of ISS meeting IEMA's rigorous standards, and will enable the business to provide certified sustainability training to both ISS colleagues and clients:
Nanobubble technology specialist, Moleaer, will be exhibiting at WEFTEC, (Water Environment Federation's Technical Exhibition & Conference) next month, with the company's senior water process engineer, John Crisman, also presenting a paper on the ways 'Clean chemistry lowers the cost-to-treat by improving wastewater treatability and increasing capacity: a case study on nanobubble pretreatment'.
The presentation will be held on 3rd October at 16:00, as part of the Design Tools & Technologies for Preliminary & Primary Treatment professional education track.
Sodexo's commitment to delivering a great 'Lived Experience' for the military has been a key factor in the retention of its contract with Aspire Defence Services for the delivery of cleaning services, catering, retail and mess management across all the garrisons of Project Allenby/Connaught.
The new contract is for a further 17 years and nine months (with a 10 year benchmarking clause) and is worth £730m over the initial 10 year period.
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