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Cleaning staff contracted by WeWork through Jones Lang Lasalle in New York, have been instructed to continue to go into work during the Coronavirus pandemic and must use their paid time off or limited sick leave if they become ill, according a story in the Guardian newspaper. The publication claims to have had sight of ‘an internal document’ provided to cleaning staff on how to respond to inspectors who visit WeWork office buildings to ensure that essential work is being carried out.
New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, ordered the shutdown of all non-essential businesses in the State on 20th March, but WeWork has allegedly kept most of its offices open, claiming that some of its tenants operate essential businesses - despite the fact that most are now empty and that there are reports of Covid-19 cases at some properties.
“The emergency has made clear the importance of sanitising, in particular in hospital environments, to safeguard the health of users, patients, and of sanitary personnel,” it says.
FROM THE ORGANISERS... "In view of the recent developments as a result of the global spread of COVID-19 and, after consulting its exhibition committee, key stakeholders, exhibitors and visitors of the cleaning & hygiene industry, Interclean Amsterdam will be rescheduled. The new dates will be confirmed by 20th March.
The Love Recycling research initiative is bringing together professionals involved in recycling, waste management, cleaning and sustainability initiatives – including facility managers, procurement officers and C-Suite executives.
During the well-known TV show UnoMattina, journalists from the main national broadcaster spoke about Idrobase and the fight against the spread of Coronavirus and other pathogens.
Micro Clean helps to reduce the soiling caused by flood damage and reduces the need for replastering.
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Strange times we're living in, aren't they? I'm sat here chuckling to myself as for only the second time in the 20 years I've lived in my house, I'm aware that there's a woodpecker about. Whenever I hear its surprisingly loud tapping on next door's dead tree, I rush to the window to see if I can spot it.
I've just done the same thing, having heard a plane fly over! I didn't at the time think that it may be the last time I'll see one above me (I live in the bit where planes circling to land at Gatwick or Heathrow just avoid one another overhead) but who knows what's going to happen in the future - or not, as the case may be?
Last Thursday something else unprecedented happened when the nation's cleaners were lauded in Parliament - a statement repeated in various forms by heads of state all over and in the European Parliament too.
That evening something else odd happened in the UK. Residents from all over, stood outside their homes and workplaces, at windows or on balconies, clapping and cheering for the NHS and other care workers for putting their lives at risk to look after us. Tonight, when we're all out there again, I'm going to be applauding the cleaners, too. I do hope you'll join me...
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While European institutions are unanimously calling for solidarity and collaborating to develop an EU-level response to the common challenge, EFCI, the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry, is calling on decision-makers at EU and national level to provide the sector with the necessary tools to continue developing its crucial role throughout the crisis and to ensure the continuity of its companies for the duration of the outbreak as well as after it ends.
On 18th March, the Association published a first statement to address the urgent need for national and European authorities to:
General cleaning products:
While Governments advocate soap and water as a primary defence in the fight against Covid-19 it's 'business as usual' for InnuScience's biotechnological products. You should continue cleaning with InnuScience's biotechnological products as usual.
The British Safety Council has developed a series of Live Online courses to help remote workers continue their health, safety and environmental training and learning as the nation changes its working habits to meet the threat of Coronavirus.
The courses will be delivered live online by the same tutors who deliver British Safety Council face-to-face training.
Digital Barriers, a leading provider of edge-intelligent surveillance and security technologies, has announced the release of a real-time remote fever scanning solution that adds remote monitoring to this capability. Fever scanning cameras help safeguard frontline workers against potential infection.
The addition of Digital Barriers' government-grade remote monitoring enables this to be carried out without the need for close human contact, thereby cutting the risk of transmission.
Right now, most of the supply chains serving the professional cleaning, packaging, and related industries have not been seriously impacted by Covid-19 (Coronavirus). However, that could change very quickly, according to Michael Wilson, vice president of marketing and packaging for Afflink, a sales and marketing organisation with more than 300 distributor-members throughout the US.
"It's tough to predict, but recent studies indicate that supply chain interruptions are mounting and may grow in the coming months."
Clean the World Foundation, a leader in global health dedicated to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and global sustainability, received a sizable donation of close to 200,000 hygiene products from L'Occitane en Provence, a global manufacturer and distributor of natural beauty and wellbeing products.
The donation included much needed hygiene supplies including: 74,000 (50ml) bottles of shampoo, 40,000 (50ml) bottles of conditioner, 12,000 (50ml) bottles of shower gel, 33,000 (50ml) bottles of body lotion, 27,400 (50g + 75g) bars of soap.
"Our first line of action has been to protect our staff and families, many of whom are now working from home," states managing director Nick Garthwaite. "However, as a key supplier, supporting the healthcare sector and hygiene in food and beverage production, it is crucial that we ensure supply is available for our customers as needed."
"There is case after case where companies stopped advertising and stopped marketing in a downturn and never resurfaced." Many in the professional cleaning industry report that they are swamped right now, with end-customers asking them to help them sanitise their facilities.
However, at the same time, they realise that much of our world has come to a virtual standstill, and no one knows when some semblance of normality will return.
The National Living Wage increased yesterday (1st April) to £8.72, giving a pay rise to thousands of workers at the frontline of the UK's response to Covid-19. This rise follows recommendations made to the Government by the Low Pay Commission in the Autumn.
It means the rate reaches the target of 60% of median earnings, originally set by the Government in 2015.
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“Following discussion, the Government has confirmed that those involved in the production and distribution of cleaning and hygiene products are classified as key workers. It is our understanding that Government is avoiding precise definitions to avoid a key sector being missed.
The Food Standards Agency has today published advice for food businesses in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. The new guidance has been developed with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and covers a range of areas including good hygiene practice, cleaning and waste disposal as well as the management of employee sickness and social distancing for specific food business settings.
"FTA is urging businesses to drop their bans on commercial drivers using their toilet facilities, following reports from FTA members that this is occurring across the nation."
“Drivers must have access to welfare facilities in the premises they visit as part of their work. Those who already provide reasonable access to toilets and handwashing facilities should continue to do so.”
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