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A well-trained cleaner should be an asset to any company, but how do you train staff to cover every eventuality? It appears that you can’t… Over the years we’ve had cleaners throw out artworks and museum pieces (thinking they’re rubbish), cleaners cleaning valuable paintings and artefacts and damaging them, and cleaners unplugging patients’ life support machines so they can plug in their vacuum cleaners instead. Now we hear of a cleaner who inadvertently turned off a university’s laboratory freezer, and in so doing virtually eradicated ‘decades’ of valuable research while creating the headache of a million dollar lawsuit for his employer.
The New York-based Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute says that the freezer in question had been set at -80C, and that in switching it off, the cleaner had allowed the temperature to rise to -32C, when a fluctuation as small as three degrees would cause serious damage to the cell cultures and samples inside.
I understand that the freezer had been fitted with a safety lock box on its outlet and socket following emergency repairs, and the cleaner, upon hearing ‘annoying’ alarms, had thought that these had been off. He did what he thought was right and tried to turn them back on – switching them off instead and compromising the samples, thus demolishing more than 20 years of research. I’ll bet the poor man will never forgive himself.
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Experts taking part in an event hosted by the Building Engineering Services Association, to coincide with last week's national Clean Air Day 2023, called for the UK Government to be more ambitious with policy decisions and set tougher targets for minimising indoor particulate pollution.
They reported that more studies had highlighted health problems linked to ultra-fine particulate matter since last year's CAD, and the World Health Organisation had identified air pollution as the biggest environmental risk to health - blaming it for around one in every nine deaths annually.
Changes to the organisation's governance model see the introduction of a non-executive rotating presidency elected among the members of the board, together with an executive director general.
Goodway provides innovative solutions for production facilities in industries like food and beverage, offering advanced technologies that surpass traditional cleaning methods.
"The world would like to forget Covid and return to normal like a pandemic never happened. And that's understandable. But we should not overcompensate and forget that bacteria, fungi, and viruses of myriad types are still with us and will continue to cause harm locally and occasionally globally.
For instance, at the time of this writing, there is an emerging scare in England. Customers of dairy giant Müller, the manufacturer of Cadbury treats, are being asked to return specific products due to potential contamination by listeria bacteria. Consumption of foods tainted with this bacterium can lead to severe stomach illness and death in some people.
Environmental Services technicians are on the frontlines keeping hospitals and healthcare facilities clean. To honoor them, Cintas Corporation has this week announced that nominations are open for its 2023 C.A.P.E. Awards (Cleaning to Advance the Patient Experience) through August 7th.
C.A.P.E. Awards celebrate EVS staff in acute and long-term care facilities who are at the frontline of patient care providing clean and safe facilities for healthcare workers, patients, residents and visitors across the US. The public can nominate heroic EVS technicians who might not wear a cape, but who play critical roles in cleaning and sanitising healthcare facilities to eliminate viruses, germs and hospital-acquired infections.
Baler and compactor specialist Phs Wastekit has appointed Teresa Gizzi as its new sales director as the company continues to expand nationwide. Teresa made the transition from the Phs Group's hygiene division where she spent three years as regional sales manager.
She is now heading a sales team of 20, including field sales and telesales, supporting Phs Wastekit's growth plans across the UK as it aims to engage with more businesses nationwide to help reduce the cost of their waste and support their sustainability and waste management goals.
The cleaning solutions specialist was awarded a plaque for 'Most Consistent Supporter 'of the WoolSafe Organisation over its past conferences.
ISS has been awarded a seven-year contract, beginning February 2024 and valued at around £60m per annum, to provide integrated facilities services to the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).
Lewis & Graves Partnership, part of the Atlas Group, has secured a position as a supplier on the Crescent Purchasing Consortium framework for building cleaning services. The team was delighted to rank first on this nationwide framework, which has an estimated overall spend of £250 million.
CPC is a purchasing consortium, owned and run by the education sector, which provides specialist advice on the procurement of reliable, compliant, and best-value suppliers.
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