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Since the pandemic started to wane and our lockdowns came to an end, I've seen the results of several surveys, taken in various parts of the world, all of which have cited hygiene concerns as the main reason people have been reluctant to return to their workplaces. While I can see this would be an important factor, surely quality of life should be given equal footing? To not have to sit in a car on the motorway or negotiate road humps, chicanes and 20mph speed limits in urban areas and towns, whilst worrying we could be made late by unexpected roadworks or traffic jams makes a huge difference – as does the daily commute on public transport involving the inevitable delays to, or cancellations of, services. Homeworking allows many of us to have an extra hour in bed or take the children to the park at the end of the working day, or take up a new hobby, using time that would normally be eaten up by the commute to and from the workplace.
In the UK we have to contend with the ongoing disruption caused by striking railway workers, with those in other sectors threatening to stage their own actions which will make going out to work even harder. In many other parts of the world, farmworkers are staging traffic-disrupting convoys in protest at their livelihoods being deliberately destroyed. What’s not to like about working from home? Oh yes – the price rises threatening to make our energy bills unaffordable! These could force us back into our workplaces, although the businesses we work for may cease to exist because they’re subject to the same price rises too. Where – and how – is this all going to end?
The most recent survey on return to work hygiene fears cites cleanliness of desks and kitchens being more of a worry than dirty washrooms. Most workplaces have cleaning products lying around and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s resorted to a spot of DIY at times, where others haven’t left certain spots as they would have wished to find them.
I haven’t seen mention of the many farmers’ protests in mainstream media which is worrying since what’s going on is going to affect us all in terms of food shortages and upwardly spiralling prices. Nor have I seen coverage of the impact strikes and empty offices have on the cleaning industry which must make the running of these contracts an absolute nightmare for those involved. But that’s because we’re always the last to be considered – if we’re even considered – isn’t it?
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The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry will commence the much-needed review, entitled 'Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK', on September 6th with the aim of producing a report with policy recommendations which will feed into the national UK Covid-19 Inquiry.
Carlos, who holds a master's degree in Forest Sciences, has more than 20 years of experience in the paper sector and has held influential positions in trade associations at both European and national level. Currently director general of the Spanish Association of Pulp & Paper Manufacturers (ASPAPEL), he has worked for the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) in Brussels and is now a member of the CEPI steering committee. He also coordinates the Alliance for Competitiveness of Spanish Industry and is active on the Spanish Employers Federation.
TOTO has introduced two new automatic tap collections featuring the Self Power and water-saving Eco Cap technologies. Perfect for everything from high-end hospitality bathrooms to busy washrooms keen to conserve water, these collections were both recognised with the international Red Dot Award and Green Design Award for their outstanding design.
Available in a wide range of different versions, there is a perfect tap for every washbasin - from self-rim and undercounter washbasins to furniture washbasins and vessels.
More stringent enforcement of the laws banning the manual cleaning of underground sewers and septic tanks in India has been promised as part of a new government drive aimed at stamping out the practice which claims numerous lives each year, reports the British Safety Council.
Announcing the new National Action Plan for Mechanised Sanitation Ecosystem (NAMASTE), Social Justice & Empowerment Minister Virendra Kumar said the plan aims to eliminate fatalities during the manual entering and cleaning of sewers and septic tanks - known as manual scavenging - through measures such as better enforcement of the law at national, state and urban local body level.
For over 30 years, Adyton s.r.o. has been a primary provider of healthcare technologies for more than 53 million inhabitants in central and eastern Europe (CEE) Intent upon bringing its safer, more effective infection prevention solutions to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, EvaClean EU has formed a strategic distribution partnership with Adyton, formalised during a signing ceremony in Prague.
"Our goal is to improve lives through groundbreaking technology and make a difference in patient care by preventing healthcare-associated infections," explains Marek Jaluvka, chief business development and new partnerships officer at Adyton. "As one of the leading infection prevention solutions, EvaClean is the perfect partner to help us achieve this goal."
By working in partnership with ACM Environmental, the firm has achieved exceptional environmental performance with Zero Waste to Landfill in 2020, 2021 and on target for 2022.
Following the partnership earlier this month between GreenTeck Global and Alliance Scotland, Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels has become Alliance's first Scottish client to adopt GreenTeck Global's natural cleaning solutions.
Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels has committed to roll out the chemical-free AquaTeck SC100 cleaning system - a 100% natural, multipurpose sanitiser and cost-effective cleaner produced on tap - across its eight-hotel Scottish portfolio.
Brightwell Dispensers has launched BrightLogic 2 software to support its recently upgraded and more flexible BrightLogic system. The new software is ‘backward compatible’ with BrightLogic 1 bluetooth units and is compatible with Windows 7 and upwards.
"ICE has been a long-standing supplier to Otium on this contract, and we are delighted to have agreed terms to implement the latest cleaning equipment and technology across these locations," says Paul Rafferty, CEO of Otium Services. “The contract includes a fully inclusive after-sales and service package, and to support the new package ICE is delivering a full mobilisation and training plan to ensure that all members of the Otium team optimise our latest investment in new equipment
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