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“Seeing as it was Valentine's Day this week, I wanted to explore the effect relationships have on business, as well as innovation and marketing. There's a classic quote that saying ‘hello’ doesn't have a return on investment - it's about building relationships.
Norovirus is in full swing in the US this Winter. While the number of cases hit historic lows during the pandemic, now it's behind us, experts believe 2023 may be a record year for cases. Likewise flu in the UK and other parts of the world.
Registration is open for ISSA Pulire 2023, the international trade fair dedicated to the professional cleaning and sanitation sector, which is taking place at Fiera Milano, Italy, from 9th to 11th May.
Aimed at cleaning professionals, manufacturers, distributors, service and facilities management companies, users and end customers, the event will showcase the best in professional cleaning, disinfestation, laundry, integrated services and maintenance.
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An initiative’s been launched by the British Cleaning Council this week, in which I feel we should all become involved. In that, I mean I feel it’s worth emulating worldwide, since our very lives depend upon it. Yes - I realise everyone’s perception and treatment of those in our industry differs considerably from country to country, but the lessons learned during the pandemic need to be shared and acted upon globally, if we’re to make best use of them. We need to speak with one voice and share our expertise, if we’re to ensure that we can continue to help prevent the spread of infection in whatever form it may take in the future – and with it, help save lives.
You will have read in these pages about the inquiry held last year by the All-Party Parliamentary Group, which looked into the role of cleaning & hygiene during the pandemic… effectively what worked and what didn’t, and how we should act in the future. It took evidence from the BCC, the Royal Society for Public Health and a number of experts, cleaning & hygiene clients and senior colleagues across the whole of our industry. You will also have read the important report that was subsequently published on the inquiry’s findings and which made solid recommendations. Sadly, this has attracted very little engagement from the majority of MPs, so now the BCC, backed by 23 Associations from across the cleaning, hygiene and waste sectors, is urging us to join a letter writing campaign to our MPs and sign a petition demanding that cleaning & hygiene be made a national priority. The report's recommendations, if implemented, will reflect a new national process and culture around cleaning & hygiene for the future, making us much more resilient to current common infections and also far better prepared for future public health emergencies, such as pandemics.
We all need to play our part in this. If you’re in the UK I urge you to download and adapt the pre-written letter highlighting the issue and email it to your local MP, and also to sign the petition. Both call for the implementation of the report’s recommendations in full. And if you’re not in the UK, why not adapt the BCC’s letters and launch your own campaign to get your Government to take our industry and collective expertise, a lot more seriously? During the pandemic, my Government (and possibly yours, since they all seemed to be reading from the same script) kept saying: “We’re all in this together” and in this particular issue, I really believe we all should be. Further information, the letter for download and the link to the petition are at: https://britishcleaningcouncil.org/2023/02/06/download-letter-here/
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Microbiological testing firm, MSL Solution Providers, has appointed Daniel Sands as its new SDS Author. In his new role, Daniel is responsible for authoring Safety Data Sheets and completing Poison Centre Notifications for the biocidal and cosmetics industries.
By law, suppliers of chemicals must provide an up-to-date safety data sheet if a substance is dangerous for supply. These essential documents provide information on chemical products, describing the hazards that the chemical presents, as well as giving information on handling, storage, and emergency measures in case of accident.
Yesterday, ‘The Cleaning Show’ revealed its 2023 Trends Report, exploring where the cleaning and hygiene industries are heading, the latest innovations and trends, as well as the challenges affecting the cleaning and facilities management industries.
The report’s release heralds the upcoming return of the Show to ExCeL, London, from 14th – 16th March.
The shortlist of the three best entries in each category, arranged alphabetically, is as follows:
"Sustainability is a challenging and complex issue,” explains Lorcan Mekitarian, CHSA chair. “Integrating the Green Claims Code into our Code of Practice shows the commitment of our members to embrace environmental sustainability and protect their customers from greenwashing.
An in-depth agenda has been finalised and new speakers added to the American Cleaning Institute's upcoming workshop: ‘New Approach Methods (NAMs) for the In Vitro Assessment of Cleaning Products for Respiratory Irritation’.
The day-long event will bring together leading experts who will explore the best available non-animal scientific methods to assess the potential hazard of respiratory irritation throughout the lifecycle of cleaning products.
National trade body and member of the British Cleaning Council, the British Pest Control Association is hosting a major showcase of traditional and cutting-edge pest management techniques at its PPC Live trade show next month.
Professionals in the cleaning industry are invited to attend the free event at the Yorkshire Events Centre in Harrogate, to find out why they are a pest professional's best friend and how pest professionals can help keep their working environments pest-free.
MicroGuard technology provides high antifungal efficacy and 24/7 built-in protection, preventing microbial degradation to extend the useful product lifetime.
CDVI has announced the release of the DW-TLC toilet door locking system for accessible toilets.
The Lancashire-based services provider has successfully won contracts for Ladysmith Shopping Centre in Ashton, Manchester, Prince Bishops Place, Durham and Lakeside Doncaster. All three contracts will be up and running by end February 2023.
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