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That's starting to change with the Washie Toilet Seat, the cleverly-designed Smart toilet seat with a hands-free sensor that dispenses an alcohol-based cleaning solution to wipe the seat down before and after use.
An independent jury selected the 12 nominees for Interclean's Amsterdam Innovation Award from 78 submissions in four categories.
This lightweight and practical solution delivers a safer, effective, and less labour-intensive way to perform the overhead cleaning of pipes, walls and other surfaces where combustible dust can accumulate.
Lars Petersson’s nomination as a new member of the Board of Directors for election at April’s Annual General Meeting, and the appointment of Sam Hockman as CEO, global key accounts and member of the Executive Group Management as of June 2022.
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There’s been a tradition – certainly in the British Isles but perhaps also in other parts of the world – to have a cleaning blitz around this time of year to remove dirt that’s built up over Winter and spruce everything up in time for Summer. The sun has a remarkable knack of showing up dust and grime – particularly on windows, so perhaps this has some bearing on it being a ‘Spring Clean’ rather than a ‘Hunker down for Winter clean’.
For some years, Keep Britain Tidy has organised an annual ‘Great British Spring Clean’ and while in 2022 this is taking place from tomorrow until 10th April, the work is already underway as our pictures in this week’s news, show. I’ve spent time in London over the past few days and as always happens, I can’t help but be on the lookout for people cleaning and noticing areas that need to be cleaned. In dashing to meet family visiting from California I noticed what I thought was an unusual cleaning operation and took a picture. I wondered, because of their antiquated methods, whether those involved were being punished for some crime or other (being forced to clean off their own graffiti perhaps?) but wasn’t able to linger and ask. It was only when I got home that I realised it hadn’t been cleaning I’d been looking at, but surface refurbishment.
Surely there’s an easier way of doing this work? Seeing the team on their hands and knees took me back to a hospital stay when I was six years old. My ward boasted a wooden, herringbone-tiled floor, which was swept with a broom and then polished by staff on their knees. Yes, it was a long time ago and thank goodness methods have improved – well, certainly when it comes to cleaning, anyway! I’d like to thank everyone employed in keeping our environment - both indoors and out - clean, tidy and hygienic, along with the hundreds of volunteers who help out, not only during this annual event but throughout the year. I occasionally see people out walking who are picking litter as they go. I’ll say here that it’s an opportunity that shouldn’t arise for them, but I appreciate their efforts hugely and am sat here wondering why I don’t follow suit. More on that another time…
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According to Kenneth Research, which investigates market trends for several industries, and investment magazine MarketWatch, the worldwide demand for waterless or no-water urinals is expected to grow by more than 10% over the forecast period of 2022 to 2031.
No-water urinals are unlike conventional urinals in that they do not require the use of water to operate effectively. "They help in reducing water consumption and also help in cutting the costs associated with water supply and plumbing," says the report.
Interclean's Healthcare Cleaning Forum is taking place for the second time in RAI Amsterdam on 12th May 2022. The focus of this one-day international conference is on cleaning and hygiene as part of infection prevention in hospitals and long-term care institutions.
Visitors to this year's conference can look forward to interesting keynote speeches and breakout sessions relating to themes such as the impact of Covid, cleaning and disinfection, (international) guidelines, sustainability, the importance of evidence-based interventions and new, innovative technology.
Uncertainty forms a significant part of any business. Every business owner knows that without risk, there is no reward. The extent of the effects of Covid-19 could not have been predicted, or prevented, and businesses across all industries, including the cleaning franchise sector, were forced to adapt and change their business landscape as they knew it.
Franchising, however, has a strong operational model, and the past two years have shown that the sector is well positioned to thrive even in the most challenging times. Testament to its resilience, many franchises continued to operate even during really difficult moments, with entrepreneurs continuing to invest in, and launch, new franchises across the UK.
The British Cleaning Council will launch a new stage in its campaign for wider recognition for the vital work that cleaning & hygiene staff do at the Manchester Cleaning Show, which takes place over 6th - 7th April, by launching the 'We Clean, We Care' slogan and badge at the show.
"We all are aware of the huge amount of plastics being used in everyday items. Too much ends up in the ocean or in landfill instead of being recycled.
Put an end to continuous effort and manual pumping with the e-foam from Belgian supplier De Witte. Incorporating a powerful lithium-ion battery, it activates with just one push on the button and facilitates the non-stop production of foam for up to one hour.
Birkin Group, has secured £6.5m funding from Boost&Co and its sister company, Growth Lending. The funding will be used to create new jobs, support growth capital, repay legacy shareholders, provide ongoing working capital and facilitate investment in new technology.
Established in 1972, the business has grown to become a technology-led provider of all aspects of cleaning, pest and waste services to clients across the UK.
Marble Arch London Business Improvement District has brought together Westminster City Council and Transport for London - along with several contractors, including TfL's Ringway and the Westminster Council's recycling and waste partner Veolia.
This was to undertake gully cleansing, pavement washing, bin replacement, pothole filling, chewing gum removal and pavement repairs the length and breadth of Edgware Road, from Marble Arch to the Marylebone Flyover. The morning saw eight vehicles and 25 crew members participating in over 100 hours of cleaning, as part of this year's Great British Spring Clean.
Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, has announced that TDB Supply Solutions officially joined its membership on 1st March 2022. Jangro currently has a total of 47 members in its network, are all strategically located across the country to provide a speedy, efficient and caring personal service tailored to clients' needs.
Established in 2010, Dorset-based TDB Supply Solutions is a British company that prides itself in researching, understanding and solving everyday problems, no matter how small or large and providing excellent customer service. Its aim is to provide customers with good quality products from leading manufacturers at competitive prices.
From 6th April 2022, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 2022 will extend employers' PPE duties, requiring them to provide appropriate equipment for free to casual workers, who were not previously covered under the same regulations that have been in force since 1992.
Nominations are open for the 13th Annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award, which acknowledges the crucial role of environmental services (EVS) departments in the US, in reducing preventable healthcare associated infections (pHAIs). Sponsored by UMF Corporation, the Award aims to spotlight EVS staff, the essential healthcare workers who too often are overlooked when it comes to controlling pHAIs such as MRSA, C. diff., hepatitis, Covid-19, and more. Nominations are open through 30th April, 2022.
"Each year, one in 25 hospitalised patients will get a pHAI, an infection resulting from the care they receive, and an estimated 75,000 patients will die," says UMF CEO George Clarke.
Mitie has been awarded a new IFM contract with the Cumbria Consortium, which includes Sellafield (pictured), worth up to £500m. With an initial term of five years, and the option to extend for up to five more years, Mitie will provide all facilities management services across the sites, including engineering, cleaning, security, waste, grounds maintenance, catering and projects.
As part of the Cumbrian Consortium, as well as Sellafield, the contract will also cover locations across Cumbria and Warrington.
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