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Because items in the patient's room may touch the floor, pathogens on hospital floors can rapidly move to the hands and high-touch surfaces throughout a hospital room.
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.
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You’ve probably become familiar with my grumbling about the amount of waste dumped around our countryside but for me the solution has always been so simple: have a decent enough deterrent in place that will prevent people from dumping their waste wherever they feel they won’t be caught doing it and make it easy and free of charge for households and businesses to dispose of their own waste responsibly. Drastically cut the opening hours and days that the civic amenity tips are open and start charging people for the rubbish they’re trying to dispose of responsibly, (who often have to queue in their vehicles for long periods to do so) and you have a recipe for disaster, as the past few years have shown.
The Great British Spring Clean, now in its seventh year, tells us that between 25th March and 10th April, ordinary people have collected almost half a million bags of litter from our streets, countryside and waterways. That’s a huge and commendable effort, but one which shouldn’t really have been needed, should it? And that’s just the small stuff which can be collected in a bin bag. What about the DIY and builders’ waste, white goods, furniture and other large and messy – and sometimes hazardous, items? Councils in England alone spent nearly £400 million dealing with fly-tipping last year and we’ve had to put up with the mess before it’s been cleared. It never made any sense to me…
I’m delighted to say that moves are finally afoot to bring our surroundings back to their once clean and unlittered glory. The Government has launched a consultation document on waste disposal and the proposals appear to have been well thought out. You can read it at:
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Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched The RightCycle Programme for the recycling of old dispensers and used hand towels, supporting UK businesses in their drive to meet zero waste to landfill goals.
Since its groundbreaking launch over 10 years ago, the scheme has diverted over 1,500 tonnes of previously hard-to-recycle, non-hazardous PPE from landfill and incineration. This latest extension to the scheme gives businesses the opportunity to transform the way they dispose of old dispensers and used hand towels for a more sustainable washroom.
The Manchester Cleaning Show returned in April for its first face-to-face event in the city for over three years. With cleaning continuing to be an essential service, the Manchester Central Convention Complex experienced a wave of traffic as visitors and exhibitors reconnected and sought out the latest product innovations.
Opening the first day of the show, Delia Cannings (pictured), deputy director of the British Cleaning Council, remarked on the sector's progress and stressed the importance of the industry's commitment to supporting initiatives that push for a better future for all.
Valued at $8.7 billion and projected to reach $12.08 billion by 2027, the global shipping container industry has become a central component of the world economy. It isn't just global shipping, however. Containers are increasingly being used for secure storage, converted into offices, data centre housing, R&D labs and electric battery storage and testing centres.
A growing market and the increasing cost of steel pushing up the price of containers, has seen opportunistic scam artists target the unsuspecting public offering knock down or slightly lower cost containers that never materialise.
A year on from the transfer of Rainbow International in the UK to new ownership of Consortium Group RF (CGRF), the renowned restoration company, which handles some 20,000 projects each year, has appointed Mark McMullen to the role of managing director.
Mark brings with him wide-ranging experiences across several sectors including franchised managed facility services, retail, hospitality and wholesale. This breadth of experience brings with it, real strength in B2B and B2C relationship management, and the ethos that being committed to customer service is the key to success. Mark is a great fit with the organisation’s strong values and across the Rainbow network. He has the support of a team with many years of industry experience to deliver their ambitious plans for the future.
Global biosciences company Genesis Biosciences is exhibiting at two international trade shows this May, promoting its eco-benign technologies. Holding stalls at Interclean Amsterdam and CHEMUK on consecutive days, the bioscience expert will be showcasing its latest technologies: Evogen white label products, the Evogen Professional probiotic cleaning range and the Biosan antimicrobial range.
Brammer Buck & Hickman, the supplier of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul products and services, has launched the Spartex range of everyday industrial essentials to make it simpler for customers to purchase and replenish operational and workplace essentials, such as chemicals, cleaning, storage, fasteners and work clothes.
The company says it has researched and sourced a wide range of products, providing customers with choice, along with quality and competitive pricing. Spartex products are stocked in Brammer Buck & Hickman warehouses, facilitating fast and efficient delivery, even at short notice.
SoftBank Robotics EMEA has signed a strategic partnership with a leading services provider in Italy. Under the agreement, ISC will now offer Whiz, Europe's first industrial cobotic vacuum sweeper, to its facility management and cleaning contractor clients.
By implementing Whiz into its cleaning operations, ISC can help its clients to significantly improve cleaning performance and drive efficiencies. Importantly, ISC can demonstrate innovation and deliver the new approaches contractors need in the ongoing fight against Covid-19 and the safe return to the workplace for employees.
Bryan will be supporting the commercial team with all new business development opportunities, as well as the delivery of the Incentive QAS sales strategy. He will assist with all lead generation and act as bid manager for all new business opportunities. The role also includes ownership of the company CRM system and Incentive QAS tender platforms.
Facilities Management company Ecoserv Group, has become an approved sustainable supplier to the film and TV industry. The company has joined forces with Albert, an industry-funded organisation tasked with reducing the environmental impact of production, to help accelerate change and tackle the sector's carbon footprint.
Commercial cleaning company Mrs Bucket has been certified by the Living Wage Foundation as an accredited Living Wage Employer, as part of its goal to become one of the foremost employers in the cleaning and facilities management industry.
The Swansea£headquartered firm has committed to paying its staff in line with rates set by the Living Wage Foundation, the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid and based on meeting UK living costs.
Citron Hygiene, a global washroom hygiene services company, and Aunt Flow, provider of free vending period product machines, are donating 20,000 period products to support those affected by the conflict in Ukraine.
With the help of I Support The Girls (ISTG), a non-profit organisation that helps impoverished women, they are getting these essential feminine hygiene products to those who need them in Ukraine.
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