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I’m delighted to see that the ISSA’s ‘Rethink what clean means’ campaign has received so much interest, since it launched at the recent cleaning show in North America. Designed as a result of what we learned during the pandemic, its aim is to spearhead a change in the way the world views and handles cleaning, so we can be ready for the next health emergency – which we keep being told by all and sundry is just around the corner!
I’m hoping that the UK MPs’ report: ‘Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK', issued today with similar aims along with a demand that Government gets properly involved and makes some radical changes, has as much impact and enables us to persuade the powers that be that we need to sharpen up – everywhere.
You can read an outline of the report further down this page and once you’ve done so, I’m sure that like me you’ll agree that every one of the 11 recommendations it makes for Government, regulators and the industry itself, is vitally important.
There are contact details it you’d like to get hold of the full document, which I’d highly recommend that you do. For it’s only by working together – and pulling together - that we can effect any real change here. We need to get the entire industry involved in this and I don’t just mean the US and the UK, but globally.
I’ve long believed that we’re only as clean as the last surface we touched, so until everyone cleans to the same high standards and observes exemplary hygiene practices, we haven’t quite nailed the cleaning & hygiene issues, have we? It’s time we sorted ourselves out.
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A new report by MPs into the role of cleaning & hygiene during the pandemic has called for the introduction of minimum standards for hand and other hygiene infrastructure and cleaning of venues to help make sure the nation is better prepared for any future public health emergency.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Cleaning & Hygiene Industry has today published the highly significant report with 11 recommendations for Government, regulators and the industry itself, following a wide-ranging and detailed inquiry entitled: 'Embedding Effective Hygiene for a Resilient UK'.
Rawlins' Kaivac AutoVac Stretch hard floorcare machine has earned Green Seal's Certification of Environmental Innovation. The certification has been awarded based on reduced environmental toxicity, waste minimisation, use of verified the machine met a rigorous standard for transformative product innovation.
"Kaivac systems empower green cleaning efforts with high production rates and verifiable results," says Rawlins managing director Werner du Plessis. "With a high-flow fluid extraction method, Kaivac's AutoVac Stretch uses some 65% less water and cleaning solution than competitors. The machine's recycling function filters and reuses cleaning solution up to seven times, conserving water and reducing pollution without compromising cleaning performance.
Nominations are open for the 14th annual National Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award, which acknowledges the environmental services (EVS) workers who play essential roles in reducing preventable healthcare associated infections.
Nominations must be submitted before the start of 2023.
Interclean, which organises the highly successful cleaning exhibitions and conferences that take place in Amsterdam every two years, has interviewed Professor Didier Pittet, chairman of Clean Hospitals and director of the infection control programme at the University of Geneva Hospitals Faculty of Medicine, about the importance of healthcare cleaning.
The Building Engineering Services Association has welcomed the Government's first comprehensive strategy for facilities management, which sets out an eight-year plan to improve the performance of its estate of almost 140,000 buildings, which currently generates an annual FM bill of more than £13bn - 18% of the total UK market.
The Government acknowledged there had been long-term under investment along with "inconsistent and varied approaches" which meant many of its buildings had "deteriorated to the point where functionality was becoming affected".
The decision by Riksdag, Sweden's legislature and supreme decision-making body, to vote through the previous Government's proposal on improving the standard of living for non-EU labour immigrants - including those involved in cleaning - has been dubbed by Patrick Joyce, chief economist at service companies' organisation Almega, 'a bad proposal' .
In future, an income that guarantees a 'good livelihood' will be required to obtain a work permit as a labour immigrant from a non-EU country.
Research for a new report from MTW Research has found that the contract cleaning market continues to be supported by high levels of spending in the public sector, despite challenging headwinds in the commercial cleaning market in 2022.
The Autumn budget pledged an additional £3 billion for the NHS to 2025, underpinning rising resource spending by the NHS, demand for contract cleaning services; and boosting opportunities for suppliers to the contract cleaning market.
The company, which has received the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award, will continue to grow the number of ex-forces personnel it employs and will offer an additional route of employment for those leaving service through its affiliation with the Career Transitional Partnership.
Mitie has collaborated with Nordic Foresight, the workplace and research consultancy, to identify the biggest challenges facing facilities management leaders, and in its report, released yesterday, experts explore eight questions FM leaders must ask themselves as they navigate an ever-changing industry, with a focus on sustainability and the transformation of workspaces.
The paper shares insights from across the FM industry, offering a framework for the assessment of a company's services and future plans.
Following the devastation of Hurricane Ian in Florida, Bradley Corporation has donated hand sanitiser dispensers and supplies to support the hand hygiene of community members helping with relief efforts.
The product donation came about when Bradley's national sales manager, Brian Jurkiewicz, and regional sales manager, Mike Logan, brainstormed with Karen Lott, Bradley territory business manager, to determine the most impactful ways to help ongoing aid and cleanup endeavours.
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