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I wondered whether all this shouting we've been doing about a cleaner's role being highly skilled had finally paid off, when I saw this ad on The Times Higher Education website, for cleaning operatives at King's College London. That they're using such a lofty medium to advertise for cleaners is impressive in itself, but it was the 'similar jobs' section alongside the ad that raised a smile, while 'lecturer in international healthcare' and 'lecturer in health economics' are, perhaps, understandable, 'research associate in human/robot collaborative surgery' was a huge surprise. Don't you just love algorithms? I liked that whoever takes on the cleaning roles will be able to enjoy a competitive pension scheme, season ticket loan and cycle to work scheme along with other benefits such as discounted gym membership and access to sports facilities, too. Involving the cleaning team to ensure that everyone feels a valued part of the establishment, is always the way to go, in my view.
When I said 'we've' been shouting, I didn't just mean Cleanzine. The British Cleaning Council and its partners have been working extremely hard to create the Cleaning Hygiene Operative apprenticeship - an Apprenticeship Levy-accredited, industry-wide training programme and apprenticeship. We broadcast the details in last week's Cleanzine. In case you missed it, we need you to have a look at the proposals and share your views on them by 17:00 on Friday, 18th February - so you don't have long. Please visit:
Despite every employer with an annual salary bill of more than £3 million, having to pay around 0.5% towards the Apprenticeship Levy, there's currently only a healthcare-specific scheme in place for us. This leaves many of our sector's employers out of pocket: paying towards the Levy but finding that the Levy's dry. Feedback on the proposals is crucial if we're to achieve something that suits everyone. Please get involved so we can ensure that our sector no longer misses out and that the money we'll gain access to, will be spent wisely.
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A joint letter from the two bodies describes how demand for PPE during the pandemic created opportunities for deceptive contracts between US businesses and foreign PPE suppliers that were either abandoned without fulfilment or which delivered counterfeit, substandard, or even soiled products.
Do you want to know more about cleaning robots, digitalisation and data-driven cleaning? Next Tuesday, 8th February, Interclean Online will bring the industry together to discuss all things technology, in the webinar 'Cleaning and the Digital Future'. Free to attend, it promises to be lively.
Keynote speaker Marian Loth (pictured) will speak about toilets and technology. Over the past 4,000 years, the human approach toward personal hygiene has transformed from a social event to an individual concern.
To honour their hard work and dedication, Cintas Corporation is now accepting nominations for its ninth-annual Cintas Custodian of the Year contest, which honours the best-of-the-best amongst school custodians.
The two companies share a goal of providing novel masterbatches with antimicrobial properties, to offer their injection, blow moulding, extrusion and compounding customers more choice.
The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness about the benefits of electric hand dryers in terms of bathroom quality, the environment, economic savings, energy efficiency and hygiene - and it caught the attention of many followers and other contacts who clicked through to an interesting factual flyer.
Essity has acquired the US professional wiping and cleaning company Legacy Converting, which manufactures sanitising and disinfecting wet-wipes, chemical-ready wipes and dry wipes, including the EPA-regulated Everwipe brand of disinfecting and wiping products.
Based in New Jersey and founded in 2004, Legacy Converting manufactures roll and folded wipes in a variety of formats including pop-up canister, bucket and resealable packs. The company services customers in the public interest, commercial and healthcare market segments via the industrial and office supply sales channels.
German biogas plant specialist Weltec Biopower registers keen interest in its plant technology in Greece. In the past year, the company expanded its market leadership in the southern European country by building four further projects and expanding three existing plants.
Due to the great potential of organic residues to produce biogas and biomethane, especially in the north of the country, the climate-friendly energy source is playing an increasingly important role in the Greek energy transition.
Partnering with Ecologi, it has offset its 2020 carbon footprint, covering ‘scope 1, 2 and 3’ emissions, and will maintain neutral status while working towards its target of net zero by 2030.
Evonik, the manufacturer of speciality chemicals, is to begin building the world's first industrial-scale facility for manufacturing sustainable rhamnolipid biosurfactants at its site in Slovakia. The triple-digit million-euro investment will establish Evonik as a pioneer of high-quality, sustainable biosurfactants on a commercial scale.
Construction at the site in Slovenská Ľupča is scheduled for completion by the end of 2023. The new plant will meet the rapidly growing market demand for biobased, biodegradable surfactants, and will leverage the biotechnology platform of Evonik's life sciences division.
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SOAPBOX: Jim Melvin, chairman of The British Cleaning Council, writes of his concerns regarding the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cleaning & Hygiene and lack of Government response to meet with the industry
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