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Designed to restore the public's confidence in post-pandemic hygiene and drive footfall, Oxonox’s two controlled plasma sterilisation solutions have demonstrated that they provide round-the-clock protection against viruses and bacteria, reducing the microbiological load continually by 90% on average, both in the air and on surfaces, outside of laboratory conditions.
The agreement will provide plastic scrap to Clean Planet's new ecoPlant, to be built in Alabama, and means that up to 20,000 tons of plastic residue generated at the current KW Plastics facility in Alabama will be turned into reusable circular products, rather than being sent to landfill.
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Throughout my 30 years writing for this industry, I’ve believed that we all have a role to play in a cleaner’s enjoyment of the job. A smile, a ‘thank you’, a brief chat, a genuine interest in them, shows we value them and what they do. Then there’s the effort we put into ensuring we’re not making their work more difficult… Leaving the workplace and everywhere else we go clean, tidy and rubbish-free; not leaving hazards for them to negotiate or raiding the cleaning cupboard of their supplies. If out in public areas, we should wipe our feet when entering a building and not drop litter. In the washroom, we should leave the basin and its surroundings clean and turn off taps – even if someone else has left them running. And everyone should leave the toilet cubicle as they’d wish to find it! I’d die of shame if someone entered a cubicle I’d left in the state I sometimes find them in… unflushed contents, soiled seats and toilet tissue, (sometimes used) on the seat and floor. It’s disgusting. I don’t understand how people can think it’s ok to behave like that and force others to clean up the mess.
Making life difficult for cleaners and the environment currently are Extinction Rebellion and its offshoots. Suggesting on their social media boasts that spraying paint over buildings isn’t the best way to attract support and that they should consider the resultant damage to the environment they’re purporting to want to protect, has met with abuse along with musings that the paint was “probably organic and biodegradable and easy to clean up”. None would consider the cleaners, chemicals used (since we can’t take a chance on biodegradability), toll on equipment and energy required to power it, pollution created getting cleaning teams and their tools to site and then back to base, laundering of uniforms, carpet cleaning where paint’s been walked into buildings, the residue entering our waterways and waste of one of the planet’s most valuable resources – water.
While I was talking to them generally, it would add weight to my argument if I could hit them with some rough figures regarding the costs of cleaning up their mess - not just in terms of money but in the types and quantity of chemicals potentially required along with the volume of water involved. Are you able to help with some ballpark facts/figures please, wherever you might be in the world? We might just persuade the decision-makers to tell the foot soldiers to stop damaging the environment and giving our wonderful cleaners unnecessary work to do!www.facebook.com/Cleanzine
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ISSA Charities, the charitable arm of ISSA, is gearing up to break donation records for this year's GivingTuesday campaign. GivingTuesday contributions will provide financial assistance to ISSA Charities' three signature programs: Cleaning for a Reason, ISSA Hygieia Network, and ISSA Scholars.
Throughout the year, each of the charities' programs plan and host unique efforts to support the cleaning industry community and beyond, and change the way the world views cleaning. Cleaning for a Reason provides professional home cleaning for cancer patients; the ISSA Hygieia Network advances women, diversity, equity and inclusion in the cleaning industry, while ISSA Scholars supports youth with scholarship aid.
The event offered numerous opportunities for networking, education and product discovery that helped industry professionals evolve their businesses and change the way the world views cleaning.
Every year, Global Handwashing Day champions and campaigns for the critical importance of regular hand washing with soap. The message is a simple one: hand washing can help prevent disease transmission.
At Dyson we're huge advocates for everything Global Handwashing Day stands for. We want to contribute to the conversation by shedding light on a step in the hand hygiene process that itself plays a very important role but one that crucially remains little known: hand drying.
After a successful debut in 2018, the Cleaning & Support Services Association will once again host the CSSA Innovation Showcase at The Cleaning Show 2023. Returning to the ExCeL, London from 14th – 16th March 2023, the showcase will celebrate the cleaning industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives.
With a focus on creating the Future of Cleaning, businesses and organisations operating throughout the industry can enter their innovations via the CSSA website by 30th November 2022. Entries are required to demonstrate innovation at their heart, utilising technology to enable positive change.
The National Floor Safety Institute will host its second International Symposium on Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention on September 25th - 26th, 2023, at the Hurst Convention Center in Hurst, Texas.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has named the American Cleaning Institute, the trade association for the US cleaning product supply chain, as a Safer Choice Partner of the Year in the program that helps businesses, purchasers and consumers find products that perform well and contain ingredients that are safer for human health and the environment.
ACI was recognised as an outstanding Safer Choice Supporter.
EvaClean and EarthSafe, both known for developing safer solutions in disinfection and industrial cleaning respectively, joined forces to help mitigate mould damage resulting from floods and hurricanes, by combining two chemical technologies into new OnePro Mould Remediation Kit.
Though sister companies with synergistic missions, this is the first time EarthSafe and EvaClean have combined chemical technologies into one system.
New research, conducted by Essity for its Tork professional hygiene brand, has uncovered the desire among staff in long term care facilities for improved training in areas such as hand hygiene and cleaning procedures.
With cleaning & hygiene protocols more stringent than ever, 58% of cleaning staff have said they find it challenging to follow all the steps and tasks in cleaning guidelines and 68% of care staff would like to receive better and more interesting/interactive training in hand hygiene.
Wetherspoon has topped the charts in the latest food hygiene rating league table (as at 1st August 2022). Wetherspoon's pubs consistently top the charts in the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme among the biggest pub chains - and this number-one spot highlights that excellent consistency.
The FHRS is run by local authorities and is the only independent British Government scheme assessing the level of hygiene standards in pubs, restaurants, take-aways, clubs and cafes. It scores outlets 0-5, with the highest-possible rating of five meaning 'very good' hygiene practices and safety systems in place, fully complying with the law.
Technivo, a specialist technical cleaning company operating in the UK and Europe, has been acquired by Datalec Precision Installations (DPI), a provider of world-class data centre design, supply, build and support services to deliver seamless, integrated and unified end-to-end solutions for data centre operators. The two have worked together for several years.
This acquisition is an important development for DPI and aligns well with the company's managed services portfolio, spearheaded by its product manager, James Bangs, who says:
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