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News hit us this week that London's Croydon Council is potentially about to go bankrupt, with, no doubt, many other local authorities in a similar position thanks to the pandemic... Plus of course decades of trying to balance budgets whilst ensuring the coffers are emptied each tax year so the council is awarded the same funding next time.
My daughter, a central government worker, has grumbled that the public sector pay freeze is definitely going ahead and when I said that this was the right thing to do; that she's earning enough as it is, she asked why I felt this way. I told her that money is really tight and that if anyone were to be given a decent pay rise it should be frontline workers, such as nurses - and cleaners of course.
Our conversation reminded me of an email I sent to my local council this week, in response to the news that my replacement recycling bin would be with me within five days. I don't normally respond to such emails but the nation's finances are obviously worrying me...
"We've had thee bins over a very short period. The one you're replacing was broken during the first collection and it's been made steadily worse over time, recently ending up shattered on the pavement where it's generally thrown down, rather than put down. My daughter tore a treasured pair of trousers on the last one & has also cut herself on one of the broken parts. We keep our bins next to our front fence so don't abuse them in any way ourselves. I realise the refuse collectors are in a tearing hurry but if they took more care of the bins there would be more money in the pot for potential pay increases. Wondering if that's worth mentioning to them?"
After pressing 'send' I pondered over the cost of replacing damaged items such as bins, versus the labour costs for those who handle them. Surely there comes a point when by giving refuse collectors (and others in a similar position) a little extra time to complete the day's work, less damage will be caused to local authority property and a better job done? And what about the environmental factors? Does anyone ever do the maths, or are we all working at such a pace that we can't see the wood for the trees?
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Since the start of the pandemic, more companies than ever before have been producing and selling hand sanitisers. With so many new brands on the market, it is important to choose a product that kills germs effectively, and is both pleasant and safe to use.
Here Bunzl Canada’s team of cleaning and hygiene experts explains how to select hand sanitisers that are safe and effective for any facility…
As the pandemic continues to disrupt business operations worldwide, Bureau Veritas is advising businesses to combine compliance inspections where possible, so that one assessor can inspect multiple-sites in accordance with Covid-secure guidelines.
It comes as recent research shows that over half of UK companies expect the pandemic to lead to an increase in their risk profile, with health & safety posing the greatest threat. What's more, reputational risk and ethical stance was cited by firms as a bigger driver than fear of regulatory fines.
"They say you are only ever 6ft away from a rat - and in typical 2020 fashion it's now more likely than ever this year!", says Jenny Rathbone from UK Pest Control company Pest.co.uk
A Yorkshire Dales doctor's surgery has updated its waiting room to help keep its staff and patients safe. Reeth Medical Centre, near Richmond, has had its seating reupholstered with an easy-to-clean, antimicrobial surface to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
The work was done by Ghyll House Upholstery & Design which has worked with several GP practices to redesign their patient waiting areas.
Commercial cleaning specialist Incentive QAS has urged the sector to prioritise training amidst the pandemic. Last month saw Channel 4 send a team of scientists around the UK to test more than 170 surfaces throughout six towns and cities as part of ‘Dispatches: How Safe Is It Going Out?'
The aim was to find out how clean big brands are keeping their stores in light of the pandemic and found that some commercial spaces fell short of the expected standards.
John, Paul, George and Ringo (or their effigies at least) got a proper spraying of Prochem's D500 Microsan biocidal cleaner from start-up sanitising specialist Vaxinol, fast-becoming the most famous go-to solution for Coronavirus treatment in the North West.
Jangro, the UK and Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has expanded its comprehensive range of solutions to help businesses in the food industry continue trading throughout (and beyond) these uncertain times.
Manchester-based OneSpray, which is supplying surface sanitiser for Transport for London's full fleet as it works to keep passengers safe from Covid-19, has seen a 2,000% increase in turnover this year.
Founded in 2018, the business had grown steadily but saw a huge surge in demand after the outbreak of Covid-19 prompted a sharp rise in interest for the business' high efficacy products.
Biotech and microbial control company, Zonitise, has launched an antimicrobial surface treatment proven to kill harmful bacteria and viruses including TGEV coronavirus - the model virus for SARS COV 2, for up to 12 months after one application.
Nano technology is used to bond quaternary ammonium within the coating, which kills harmful bacteria and microorganisms to ensure hospital grade cleanliness on surfaces and touch points that are treated.
The cobot Leobot, a collaborative robot that works side-by-side with cleaning operatives, won the Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020. Out of a total of 86 submissions in four different categories, it was a cobot that took the prize home.
What makes this innovation so unique and what does cobotics mean for the future of the cleaning and hygiene industry? In this article, Interclean’s brand marketing manager, Hilke de Vries, helps us to dive into the world of cobotics.
In December last year, Danish-manufacturer Egholm introduced the new City Ranger 3070 to the market which is now followed up by four efficient ‘Winter’ attachments - a snow sweeper, snow plough, snow V-plough and salt and sand spreader.
City Ranger 3070 is a large and multifunctional utility machine. With a total weight of three tonnes, an engine capacity of 67 HP and a new innovative sweeping system, the machine has become the preferred choice by many organisations involved in urban cleaning.
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