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I’ve had a fair few responses to my request at the back end of last week’s Leader for comments on the RMT rail union’s publication: ‘Cleaning up the railways: Why a safe railway must mean the end of outsourced cleaning’ and it’s taking some time to assimilate them, so if you’ve not yet commented and wish to have your views taken into account, you can see what the RMT thinks at: https://issuu.com/rmtunion/
In considering the comments I’ve received to date - and through discussions with friends, family and others I’ve chatted to, it’s become clear that people tend to lump ‘outsourcing’ into one thing, rather than look at the individual parts. This tends to give people a negative view of it. When it comes to the National Health Service for example, (another institution suffering from strike action this Winter season) the outsourcing of cleaning services tends to be lumped in with other completely different types of services that have been outsourced, including care services in the home, the use of expensive nursing agencies to cover staff shortages and now the ability to use companies such as Livi for video consultations with healthcare professionals when we’re unable to secure a five-minute appointment with the ‘family doctor’, or GP.
I know nurses who’ve left the employ of the NHS and joined agencies because they can earn more money that way and can also enjoy more flexibility - and that this along with the growing number of other privatised services involving individual healthcare is making many of us believe that this is all part of a slow creep towards a privatised NHS. I feel it’s wrong to lump cleaning in with these other types of outsourcing because it’s damaging to our industry. I believe that by outsourcing cleaning we’re dealing with one of the biggest problems facing the NHS – that of a shortage of the right type of staff. I know our industry is battling to cope with an enormous deficit when it comes to numbers of cleaning staff but I believe that because of the very nature of cleaning and the competent professionals involved in running our healthcare contract cleaning services – along with the dedication and commitment of those actually doing the cleaning – we manage to cover the shortages in a way that the other ‘agencies’ are often unable to. And at a far lower cost, financially, to the NHS.
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Genesis Biosciences has made a key appointment at its Cardiff-based headquarters to support the development of its extensive eco-friendly microbial product range. Kate Ledwoch, senior scientist, will aid Genesis in its research and development lab, supporting the implementation of cutting-edge technology into new and existing products.
Recently published in the British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Kate has a PhD in Applied Phycology from Cranfield University; a MSc in Biofuels Process Engineering and BSc in Chemical Technology and Engineering and will bring her wealth of experience to microbiology experiments in the lab, testing products and reporting to ensure Genesis's research meets the highest industry standards.
Buyers of plastic sacks need to look out for the new style logo that guarantees the quality of plastic refuse sacks. The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association’s Refuse Sack Accreditation Scheme panel decided to simplify the weight 'dumbbell’ logo to just one weight category as opposed to a choice of four on the label.
The CHSA's new style 'dumbbell’ logo specifies the weight that the sack can carry and so the duty of the plastic refuse sack.
Goodway Technologies has introduced the ultimate companion to its rotary duct cleaner with the AQ-V-4A Hi Flow Negative Air Machine - a powerful air machine that offers the latest technology to deliver intense negative pressure in air ducts to capture virtually all debris.
Importantly, the vacuum effect created, restricts the spread of pollutants such as dust, mould and other contaminants outside the ducts being cleaned.
Already a key player in the Irish marketplace, this acquisition provides a firm footing to further build Christeyns’ Irish business and forms part of the firm’s strategic plans to become market leader in their fields of operation.
First, some history… In Modena, Italy, in 1909 there was a boy named Enzo who would dedicate his life to cars and racing, first as a mechanic and then as test driver, driver and sports director of Alfa Romeo - and, finally, as manufacturer of one of the most famous cars in the world: the Ferrari.
RJN's new colour-coded trigger spray bottles are made from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled plastics. Always at the forefront when it comes to sustainability, RJN Chemicals has introduced a new range of 500ml colour-coded reuseable trigger spray bottles manufactured from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled plastics.
The new bottles are also designed for the increased comfort of operatives and are lighter in weight. They are manufactured in the UK and are themselves 100% recycleable.
ISS A/S has entered a new five-year partnership with a major banking client in Australia. Furthermore, ISS has retained a partnership with another global banking group, however with a reduced scope of work. Together, this will be revenue neutral for ISS in 2023.
As of 1st April 2023, ISS will start to deliver integrated facility services to the major banking client. The services included in the contract are cleaning, security, concierge, workplace, technical maintenance, asset management and helpdesk. When fully implemented, the services will be delivered by approximately 700 ISS ‘Placemakers’ across more than 500 sites.
Mitie has been named as a supplier on NHS London Procurement Partnership's Total Facilities Management Framework. The new agreement will enable Mitie to bid for contracts which support all authorities through the provision of FM. This includes six lots, covering hard, soft and total facilities management, cleaning, catering and security services.
This appointment provides Mitie with the opportunity to pursue FM contracts within healthcare sites and public buildings, ensuring FM services are co-ordinated effectively to deliver a holistic approach for health and public sector organisations.
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