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ISSA has announced a new alliance with Federación Nacional de Empresas de Aseo y Afines, a non-profit organisation promoting cooperation and growth for building service contractors and related industries in Colombia. Beginning 1st May, FENASEO's BSC members will become ISSA members for the following year.
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When the world went into lockdown, we had to quickly adapt to working from home efficiently without work infringing on our home life. We soon learnt how to hold meetings over the Web, either one-to-one or en masse with clients and colleagues, and found ways to prevent sudden interruptions from family and pets, or being caught onscreen inappropriately dressed or with incriminating objects in the background. We missed the physical interaction with colleagues: shared lunches, gossip by the coffee machine, after-work trips to the pub, birthday celebrations and Christmas parties – but these losses were counterbalanced by the relief at not having to commute: to not have to push into an overcrowded train or bus or sit in barely moving traffic in the car for hours each morning, knowing that the same battle faced us when homeward bound. Salespeople told me they missed the enjoyment of meeting up with clients who, over the years, had become friends, or the buzz of striking a deal with a customer on first meeting. They loved not having to spend half their lives on the road though, living out of a suitcase lugged into one hotel after another and eating lunch at the wheel as there wasn’t time to stop. Demonstrating a product or machine wasn’t as easy over the Internet, but over time the technique was perfected and people got by.
I often mused over whether we’d ever go back to the old ways. I felt that with the pollution caused by (and the expense of) commuting, sales trips and business flights, working from home was sensible and I find the UK Government’s push to get us all back into the office at odds with its commitment to tackle environmental issues. Having had to drive in London last week and seeing the problems Mayor Sadiq Khan’s created for motorists: wide cycle tracks sitting beside bus lanes along virtually continuous 20mph zones which mean third gear’s too low and fourth gear’s too high – well I’m normally very calm but after 40 minutes my anger and frustration had reached worrying levels. Go through that every day? Not a cat in hell’s chance!
I’d wondered, because of the way we’ve all changed, where it would leave our industry gatherings – exhibitions and the like. Would they, like the daily commute, die a death? Learning that last week’s Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam managed to attract 25,886 visitors surprised and delighted me. I’d not been able to attend this time around but I’d wondered how many might just not bother, because we’ve got out of the habit of travelling for work. Thank goodness my musings were way off mark!
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Last Friday Interclean Amsterdam came to an end. With the sun was shining outside over the four days, the atmosphere inside was also sunny, with an international ensemble of 669 exhibitors and an impressive 25,886 visitors from 125 countries making the most of being able to meet each other in person again after a four-year break.
Apart from the focus on a personal reunion, there were plenty of opportunities to do business, experience product innovations and attend the extensive knowledge programme. Particular attention was paid to young talent, cleaning in the healthcare sector and updates for facilities managers.
This recent market analysis report identifies the market to witness a potential growth difference ofUSD 3.05 billion from 2021 to 2026. The hand hygiene market is anticipated to record an accelerating growth momentum at a CAGR of 7.73% during this period.
The American Cleaning Institute is urging congressional leaders to ensure that the US Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), on whose expertise so many of us rely, receives the funding necessary to ensure that new, innovative and safe cleaning products can reach consumers quickly.
"ACI member companies are committed to ensuring that the public can access cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting products - products that are essential for public health, and that proved critical to combating Covid-19," writes Kathleen Stanton, ACI associate vice president, technical and international affairs.
Reckitt has been appointed an Official Partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with its Dettol brand serving as the Official Hygiene Partner, and its Durex brand the Official Intimate Wellness Provider.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, set to run from 28th July to 8th August, is a multi-sport event started in 1930. It aims to unite Commonwealth countries with a celebration of sport and human performance.
Cleaning technology is fit for the future if it always delivers the best results efficiently, quickly and safely. At Interclean 2022 trade fair visitors experienced live how Hako meets this requirement with a broad product range of individually configurable cleaning machines and autonomous systems for small to large areas.
Every area of application places individual demands on cleaning technology. As an expert in this field, Hako offers the right complete solution for all cleaning tasks: with ergonomic machine concepts for more working comfort and safety, innovative solutions for more cleanliness and digital services for more productivity.
A lecturer at Leeds College of Building until his retirement, Derek trained hundreds of students in the City & Guilds 764 Cleaning Certificate and the British Institute of Cleaning Science's Cleaning Operator Proficiency Certificate.
Sustainable facilities management services specialist Ecoserv Group has appointed Natalie Coleman as sales director as part of its ambitious plans to expand the size and scope of the business. She will head up the company's business development team, bringing extensive soft services and specialist cleaning expertise to the role.
Boasting more than 20 years of experience in facilities management having worked for some of the largest names within the marketplace including Mitie, Interserve and Initial Facilities, most recently Natalie was retention and strategic partnerships manager at TC Facilities Management, and before this, a director of Future Hygiene Services, with particular focus in the specialist data centre industry.
If you are attending the Facilities Show in London today and are looking for a cleaning van, the Streamline stand (FM1660) would be worth a visit, as the company is showcasing two complete van setups to the cleaning industry.
"We are excited to have on the stand a Citroën Relay high pressure and window cleaning van and a Citroën Dispatch window cleaning van, to show existing and potential customers our new technologies and to illustrate the applications that they can be used in," says Director Jason Scott.
A two-day course being staged next month by the Health & Safety Executive will provide an impartial and pragmatic understanding of some of the techniques available for investigating Human Factors issues.
After nearly 90,000 votes were cast, Cintas Corporation has crowned Lydell Henderson, of Presidential Park Elementary School in Middletown, New York, winner of the 2022 Cintas Custodian of the Year contest. Lydell was honoured by over 1,500 students and staff in a surprise ceremony at the school and will receive a $10,000 cash prize from Cintas.
"This contest showcases the unique stories of hardworking custodians throughout the country who deserve recognition for their dedication to their profession," says Christiny Betsch, marketing manager, Cintas. "The community at Presidential Park Elementary School clearly thinks the world of Mr Henderson, who we're honoured to recognise for his achievements."
Richard Irvin FM (RIFM) has won a series of new clients in Scotland and the North of England. The contracts and frameworks cover its housing, mobile, managed services and project divisions, with a combined value of over £670 million.
The wins underpin a strong business performance for RIFM so far in 2022, thanks to long-term relationships with over 170 customers across all of its divisions, many of which have been using its services for over five years.
The company has been co-founded by experienced environmental entrepreneur Nick Winstone (right) with a vision to adopt cutting edge innovation to deliver the next generation of biological cleaning products, with the lowest environmental impact packaging.
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