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You’ll already be aware of my feelings about cleaners: doing a job most of us wouldn’t want to do… often working in difficult conditions… ignored, as they go about their work, by the people they’re helping to keep safe… lives made more difficult by the careless or those who deliberately leave an unnecessary mess for them to tackle: “Well – it keeps them in work” (yes I’ve had people tell me that!)… sometimes verbally abused or even physically attacked, just because they’re cleaners and they’re probably working alone and are thus vulnerable.
While I realise there’s been a move towards daytime cleaning over the years, it’s not viable in every situation and most contracts still require shift work and night work if the job’s going to be done properly, so that’s another issue cleaners have to contend with. I understand that in some cases it’s helpful for people to be able to work unusual hours – for example, a shift can fit around studies and provide much-needed income, (as both my daughters discovered, cleaning offices while at college) or enable families with young children to ensure that at least one parent’s at home with the children at all times. Plus there’s the bonus of being able to avoid rush hour traffic on the commute to and from the workplace/s. But it’s certainly not all plain sailing, since sometimes the job involves working throughout the night and having to try and catch up on sleep during the day when the surrounding world’s making a horrible noise. And that’s not the only issue…
I’ve been reading a document this week that really brought home to me the damage that shift work can wreak on cleaners’ lives. The international survey of cleaners encompasses the feelings and experiences of cleaners across six continents, highlighting the detrimental effects night-time work has on their lives. The full details follow and there’s a link to the full survey, which I recommend that you read.
As I was reading, it occurred to me that it would be handy to share the document with clients when negotiating contracts and pushing for cleaners to earn a living wage rather than a basic legal minimum on which they’ll struggle – and to encourage those that can, to consider a move to daytime cleaning. Revealing real issues such as isolation, difficulties in maintaining relationships, strained social lives, poor sleep, exhaustion and the many adverse impacts on physical and mental health, it might also help show that these are real people whose lives and jobs are under consideration, and not just ‘cleaners’.
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An international survey of cleaners, commissioned by Swiss-based UNI Global Union, sheds light on the significant challenges faced by cleaning professionals who work irregular and unsocial shifts. The survey, which received responses from more than 2,500 cleaners in 32 countries across six continents, highlights the detrimental effects of night-time work on the health, wellbeing and social inclusion of workers.
The results of the survey indicate that cleaners who work shifts other than the day shift experience a range of adverse effects on their lives. These include isolation, difficulties in maintaining relationships, strained social lives, poor sleep schedules, exhaustion and adverse impacts on physical and mental health.
It was a triple triumph for Sodexo employees at the 2023 NI Cleaning Awards in Belfast earlier this month. Alex McDougall won Cleaning Operative of the Year in the 'Offices over 100,000 sq.ft' category, Sybil Ryan was Cleaning Operative of the Year for 'Offices under 100,000 sq.ft' and Jackie Murray took the top spot in the 'Cleaning Operative - Education' category.
Adolescents and adults with special needs and disabilities have been an overlooked group when it comes to accommodating their basic washroom needs in public buildings and facilities. In fact, in some cases, many forego going out in public because of the lack of facilities.
As a solution that is both dignified and functional, Koala Kare offers the KB3000 Adult Changing Station, which features a changing surface that has powered height adjustment, a 500 lbs. weight capacity and a durable design meant for public buildings.
It features a main swimming pool and learners pool with moveable floors; a confidence water pool; and a 100-seat spectator seated area; a 150-station fitness gym and two fitness studios; a health suite and spa facility; a children's soft play area, and a 50-seater café.
A new range of solutions from non-woven materials specialist, Berry Global, is set to give healthcare, hygiene and food production markets what is believed to be the widest choice of materials and sustainable solutions for hard surface disinfecting, with customers able to choose from an unrivalled range of technologies, including spunbond, spunlace and SMS.
Berry also supplies an extensive range of sustainable solutions that incorporate over 90% post-industrial recycled (PIR) content, under its Endura brand.
A Hampshire-based hygiene consultancy firm has been fined £2,000 after it is said to have put workers at risk of exposure to hazardous substances.
Envirochem Analytical Laboratories provides an occupational hygiene consultancy service to customers across the South of England. The reports are used by these customers to make decisions regarding necessary controls to protect their workforces from risks to their health from substances including hazardous chemicals and dusts.
Driving down costs and adopting a green agenda are two of the highest priorities for businesses everywhere. Endless headlines about rising costs and the damage to the planet mean companies are constantly seeking new ways to make savings and to reduce their environmental impact.
Commercial wash equipment specialist Britannia Wash Systems has created a pioneering water recycling system which allows fleet operators to keep their vehicles gleaming while reducing their impact on the planet and helping them to hold on to their pennies.
Mitie has been awarded a new contract with Yorkshire Water to deliver on-site grounds maintenance services for three years. Yorkshire Water is a major provider of essential water and wastewater services, serving over five million households and 140,000 businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber.
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