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A new process using injected nanobubbles has reduced surfactants by 50%, along with odour, at a California Water Resource Recovery Facility, while also reducing the need for chemicals.
“Conversations around air pollution and the dangers and health risks attributed to it have been commonplace for several years now, with many regulations already in place to lessen its dangers. In comparison, its counterpart of indoor air quality is a largely under reported and under researched topic - until now.
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Over the last few decades I’ve spent a fair bit of time at one hospital or another, taking family, friends and neighbours to scheduled appointments or to A&E for emergency treatment, along with visiting those staying in hospital. There’s never much to do other than chat, while gazing around and observing what’s going on – sometimes for hours on end - and thinking, too. Everything about the environment contrasts greatly with vivid memories of a hospital stay as a 6-year old needing a tonsillectomy. Cleaning was carried out by the nursing teams who’d kneel to polish the wooden flooring blocks. I don’t recall much equipment other than mops, buckets and cloths, along with hot, soapy water and a disinfectant and wood polish aroma. I don’t recall any medical equipment either and there was lots of space between the six beds, two of which were unoccupied.
My goodness, how things changed since over the years, with the hospital environment now incredibly busy and each ward or room housing a vast array of equipment! Cleaning the floor, in particular, must be like navigating an obstacle course and something that’s impossible to do properly, while all the gadgets, shelving, cabinets and movable trays, along with beds & all their attachments and levers, must be a nightmare to tackle. Privacy curtains around each bed, which used to comprise washable material, are now of the throwaway variety, as are water cups/bottles, much of the workwear and most of the medical devices. I despair at the cost to both the environment and the NHS budget!
According to a recent Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine report, which spotlights a new analysis of products used in the five most common NHS minor surgeries, 68% of carbon contributions come from single-use items, such as gowns, patient drapes and instrument table drapes. Their production and disposal - along with processes for decontaminating reusable products, are the worst offenders. The analysts recommend adopting strategies such as avoiding non-sterile gloves and washing hands instead, not opening gauze swab packs unless required and asking suppliers to remove rarely used items from single-use pre-prepared packs. They also argue that many single-use products have reusable alternatives; for example gowns, patient drapes and instrument table drapes, and that there is no evidence that the more environmentally-friendly, reusable surgical textiles, are clinically inferior. They say that eliminating single-use items or switching to reusables where feasible, alongside optimising associated decontamination processes and waste segregation and recycling, could reduce product carbon footprint by one third. Could we be about to witness a timely ‘about face’ I wonder, with more practical purchasing decisions being made? I sincerely hope so! You can read more about what’s involved, further down the page…
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Trade union United Voices of the World's biggest industrial action to date will be happening in June as cleaners, carers and concierge members will strike together to demand better pay and conditions across nine different workplaces in and around London.
Workplaces involved in the dispute include billion-pound global giants Amazon and Mercedes-Benz, as well as the London School of Economics, the Streatham and Clapham school, La Retraite state school, Sage Nursing home, the Department for Education, luxury apartments West End Quays and media powerhouse Ogilvy at the Sea Containers’ building.
Finance & accounting, procurement and workforce services provider, NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), has unveiled a new £1.7bn framework agreement designed to support NHS hospitals and theatres manage sterilisation, decontamination and repair of surgical equipment efficiently, and meet clinical demand.
NHS SBS's procurement framework, Decontamination Services & Solutions, offers end-to-end decontamination solutions. It comes at a time that sees the building and roll-out of surgical hubs being scaled up across the country to increase capacity and ease the pressure on elective surgery.
Jim Melvin, chair of the British Cleaning Council, has slammed Monday's speech by Home Secretary Suella Braverman, for 'once again ignoring' a £59 billion pound industry, ignoring her own Government's facts that there are over 1m vacancies which currently cannot be filled nationwide and being 'completely divorced from reality'.
The cleaning, hygiene & waste industry, which employs 1.47m people has been struggling with severe staff shortages since 2020, when a tightening of immigration rules incorrectly labelled cleaning staff as unskilled and made it more difficult for overseas workers to join the industry.
After over 200,000 votes were submitted, Cintas Corporation has announced this year's winner and two runners-up in the Custodian of the Year Contest. Winner is Richard ‘Rich’ Toomey from Kelly Mill Elementary in Cumming, Ga., while the runners-up are David ‘Mr Dave’ Jeffers from Brokaw Early Learning Center in Owego, Ill., and Rodney ‘Mr Peanuts’ Esser from Park Elementary School in Cross Plains, Wis.
Rich was honoured in a surprise ceremony by students, teachers, administration and his family – including his second-grade son who attends the school. He was presented with a $10,000 cheque on behalf of Cintas.
Cleaning standards and expectations have changed since the Pandemic. We rely on cleaning operatives to keep spaces clean so that we can stay healthier. Although our standards have changed, staffing levels have not, with a severe downturn in availability since Brexit. It's an ongoing topic of conversation and one that doesn't seem to be changing anytime soon.
The Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI), a Division of ISSA, has formally rebranded as ISSA Residential. This move is designed to strengthen the Association's residential cleaning members as active participants of the greater ISSA membership community, which represents the entire cleaning industry value chain.
Members that previously joined the association under the ARCSI name will immediately transition their membership to ISSA rather than maintaining a separate division identity. While the name changes, the core values remain the same by continuing to prioritise the needs and concerns of the residential cleaning community, and provide the resources, support, and networking opportunities members expect.
Jangro, the UK & Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors, has launched its Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies Catalogue 2023/24. A must-have for any business requiring professional cleaning services, the new edition is bursting with the latest innovative and sustainable products.
The 26th edition of ISSA Pulire, held last over three days last week in Milan's Fieramilano Rho, was a marked success, with 373 exhibitors from 21 countries - 104 of them new - playing host to an impressive 20,058 visitors. This was a clear increase over the previous two editions.
The return of overseas visitors contributed to this impressive result, representing 33.45% of the attendance; while the co-location with three trade shows, TuttoFood, Made in Steel and Lamiera, brought in additional value.
Trojan Battery Company is launching the new Trojan AES Battery for access, material handling, rental and floorcare equipment at the APEX Show in Maastricht, the Netherlands from June 6th through 8th,
Would you put your money on the black or the red? At this London casino at least, Ross Osbourne and Roger Rees are opting for both, but not on the tables - the floors.
In a world hungry for clean energy, engineers have created a new material that converts the simple mechanical vibrations all around us into electricity to power sensors in everything from pacemakers to spacecraft.
Thought to be first of its kind and the product of a decade of work by researchers at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto, the novel generating system is compact, reliable, low-cost and very, very green.
Atlas Hospitality has been appointed to deliver the overnight front of house cleaning service at Kimpton Fitzroy London, a historic five-star hotel located on Russell Square. The hotel prides itself on 'luxury without the fuss' and is part of IHG Hotels and Resorts.
The contract commenced this February and covers cleaning of all public areas, including the impressive marble lobby with its Zodiac mosaic, and the restaurants and bars. The appointment was made because of Atlas Hospitality's reputation for high quality services at other luxury hotels.
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