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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.
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If you’re a regular reader of my Leaders you’ll be aware that I’ll occasionally have a ‘what a great idea!’ moment. The most recent occurred last week when I received a press release regarding the British Cleaning Council’s latest initiative, to issue a ‘badge of honour’ to cleaning staff. If you missed it, you can see the news in our side column. Yes, the perception of cleaning has changed over the past two years but the idea that one day, everyone in the industry might be proudly sporting the 'We Clean, We Care' badge, (and, looking ahead, in different languages depending upon where in the world we happen to be providing our services) with companies displaying the logo on websites, marketing materials and social media, just draws us all together and underlines the importance of what we do and why we do it.
Yes, cleaning may be a role that hadn't been at the top of the list when we were considering careers, but the measures in place these days - along with the consequences of not following them correctly - mean we have to care! While if an airline pilot makes a fatal error, the consequences may be immediately devastating for all those involved along with family, friends, colleagues etc., an error made by a cleaner can have far greater-reaching consequences in terms of the global spread of infection without us ever being aware of their involvement. Sadly, it's taken the pandemic to convince everyone of what those in our industry have known all along. The role of the cleaner is one of the most important there is!
Over the years I've occasionally been asked why I refer to these crucial workers as cleaners, instead of cleaning operatives. Rather than being disrespectful of cleaners by not acknowledging the 'upgrade', I felt at the time the idea was first mooted, (I believe in the early 90s) that it was an attempt to raise the status of those carrying out what many considered to be menial tasks and that view has never changed. It didn't just happen in our industry and it led to some ribbing for workers whose titles sounded quite ridiculous. I've never considered cleaning to be a menial task but something that requires thorough training if you're to do it properly. If I'd had my way back then, I'd have persuaded the powers that be to call our cleaners 'cleaning technicians'. I think it's far more appropriate, bearing in mind the skill involved if the job's to be done well. Your thoughts please?
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The Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA, has joined the Global Health Security Agenda Consortium, a volunteer association of organisations dedicated to helping make the world safe from infectious diseases. The GHSA Consortium Board of Directors has also voted for GBAC to join the steering committee.
"We are proud to be part of this organisation that includes members from a variety of industry sectors including public health and medicine, health security, science and technology, and more," says GBAC executive director Patricia Olinger. "We look forward to collaborating with GHSA Consortium members to help organisations mitigate the effects of infectious disease outbreaks."
While environmental decontamination and hand hygiene are universally recognised to reduce the risk of infections and keep people safe, adequate ventilation is vital for ensuring the air within workplaces & shared spaces is safe. Aerosols and droplets carry infectious microorganisms in the air that spread infections within poorly ventilated spaces.
"As members of the hand dryer industry, we rarely have much to say about TikTok beauty trends - but, since dryers have played a high-profile part in a recent set of viral videos, we'll make an exception in this case.
The trend itself is straightforward enough: some people are using jet air hand dryers to curl their hair.
As a result, however, a popular medical TikTok has reacted to this idea by reigniting the age-old and increasingly untenable claim that hand dryers aren't hygienic.
A cleaning company has developed pioneering app technology to enable it to provide same day reports to its customers. Hy5 Commercial Cleaning, which operates throughout the country, has invested in a specialist app which allows its staff to compile reports on the job whilst cleaning kitchen ventilation systems and to submit instant reports to clients.
By speeding up this process, the app also quickens the certification procedure for its customers and ensures they are up to date with essential insurance requirements and Environmental Health documentation.
Ann Dowdeswell at Jermyn Street Design, a global specialist in corporate clothing, takes a look at why it's important, now more than ever, to ensure the longevity and sustainability of workwear so that your business can thrive in an increasingly competitive environment.
“Organisations are recognising the importance of trade workwear for fostering a positive brand image and for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of employees. Workwear isn't just about quality anymore. Sustainable production of clothing is key to ensuring you are providing durable, long-lasting uniforms.
Sam Greaves, managing director and the fourth generation owner of The Cleenol Group - the manufacturer and supplier of commercial and industrial cleaning and hygiene products - looks at how gyms are driving the demand for cleaning products in the wake of the pandemic...
"In the early days of the pandemic we saw a rapid increase in the use of cleaning and disinfection products as individuals and organisations stepped up hygiene practices to prevent the spread of the virus. According to a YouGov poll, in Spring 2020, 77% of people reported improving their personal hygiene, such as washing their hands more frequently or using hand sanitiser.
'Tree in a Million', is a campaign run by Ethical Nation to help our planet, people and wildlife. Trees help to cool and clean our air, lock up carbon, reduce flooding and provide sustainable raw materials - and are our best hope in combatting the climate crisis.
The global manufacturer of maintenance and sanitation solutions has been recognised as operating a quality management system as it relates to design, manufacturing and sales of industrial maintenance and sanitation solutions for commercial facilities management, HVAC, food and beverage, manufacturing, power generation, maritime and other industrial applications.
Room Shield, which was formed by entrepreneurs John Donnelly and Kevin Parr, has attracted Hamish Taylor as a Board Advisor to help it build a clear marketing story for its Surface Shield HOCL (hypochlorous acid) products and to broker new relationships in key sectors.
Mitie has been awarded a new multi-million pound, five-year contract to provide a full integrated facilities management service to BAE Systems. The contract covers 26 BAE Systems sites across the UK and integrates multiple contracts for four of BAE Systems' businesses under one umbrella.
The contract will see Mitie provide a suite of FM services, including mechanical, electrical and building fabric maintenance, cleaning, reception, waste management, landscaping, mailroom, and energy management, as well as catering and pest control.
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