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"We're all guilty of putting things down the drain without a second thought. But did you know there are some things that you should never put down the drain? Some items can end up costing you a hefty amount in repairs if you're not careful.
ISS has worked with Capgemini, a global business and technology transformation partner, since 2012, when it started to deliver services to office sites in the UK. The contract has since been expanded to also include sites in the EMEA and North America regions as of 2019 and the company is also delivering integrated facility management for Capgemini sites in India.
“The pandemic certainly hammered home the benefits of regular handwashing and surface disinfection in controlling microbial proliferation. However, traditional cleaning products often contain toxic chemicals that are damaging to the environment, or that can lead to a range of health problems, including dermatitis, asthma and even cancer.
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Welcome to our first Cleanzine broadcast since our Summer break. If you’ve had a break too, I hope it’s been a good one. As usual, I’ve spent time at festivals - no, not the sort where the site’s left in a disgraceful mess full of litter, excrement and the like, along with perfectly good tents and other equipment folk can’t be bothered to take home with them, but smaller, family-orientated gatherings frequented by those whose mantra is ‘leave no trace’. We unwind, try out new crafts and musical instruments, listen to and take part in talks, experience other cultures, sing songs in different languages, drum, listen to music while dancing outside (generally in the rain this year!) and really learn how to get the best out of life, lived simply, without alcohol or drugs and in a community filled with love, respect, helpfulness and sharing.
It wasn’t a planned experiment but a spur of the moment thing, (which so often happens at events like this) but I was passing a line of other ‘Into the Wild’ festival-goers in beautiful Sussex queuing to use a small bank of compost loos – two of which were being cleaned not by paid cleaners but by volunteers who receive free entry into the event and a daily meal in return for a few hours of their time. I observed how the line reacted when the ‘cleaners’ came out of the newly-serviced cubicles and waited for another one to empty. Nothing. I must say I was a little surprised, bearing in mind the sort of people at the event, but I suppose it’s ingrained in us. It’s how most people react when they encounter a cleaner. As if they’re not there. I yelled out, loudly: “Thank you so much for the hard work you’re putting in to what must be a horrible job! Well done for looking after us so well and keeping everything clean!” I started clapping loudly. To my delight, everyone joined in – not just those in the queue but others in the vicinity who realised what was needed. Shouts of thanks, too. I’ll let you know how things go when I try that at Waterloo Station or similar. I’m planning on starting a trend…
As you might imagine, I whooped with delight upon receiving news over our break that the British Cleaning Council has finally won the battle for approval for a ‘Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship’. This means that the Apprenticeship Levy so many businesses in our industry pay each year, will be put towards training for our own frontline workers rather than being spent elsewhere. Congratulations BCC for ‘keeping at it’!
This Week's News
Phs Compliance, which specialises in all aspects of facilities management and business compliance including electrical and fire testing, has appointed a new sales director - Tom Cliffe - as it continues its growth. Tom will be managing the company's sales team of 20 people across the UK.
Tom spent over 12 years in the business services industry before joining the Warrington, Cheshire-based company, which is part of the Phs Group. He has extensive experience servicing the retail sector and had several big brand retailers as part of his customer portfolio.
Proposals for an Apprenticeship Standard for the cleaning & hygiene industry have finally been approved after a concerted campaign by the British Cleaning Council and its supporters, potentially paving the way for employers to invest £ millions annually in training sector staff.
The British Cleaning Council, which made achieving the Cleaning Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship one of its key priorities, is aiming to support the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy funded programme early in 2024.
According to the Healthy Handwashing Survey from Bradley Corporation, 60% of adults make a conscious effort to wash their hands more before a planned trip. And, once they hit the road, 75% say they try to ‘suds-up’ whenever they stop. For those who are flying, 69% specifically visit airport washrooms to keep their hands clean and germ free.
The free-to-attend, online event will feature experts from WRAP along with other industry professionals to provide inspirational insights that will give you the tools and knowledge you need to deliver positive recycling changes for your organisation and those you communicate with, ready for the upcoming UK recycling reforms.
As Asia's leading cleaning event, it has changed the face of professional cleaning by not only showcasing the latest national international solutions and technologies, but also by providing a platform for various sectors and government departments to come together, share knowledge, recognise achievements and promote networking.
The US Food & Drug Administration has granted Xenex Disinfection Services De Novo authorisation for the company's LightStrike+ device - a high-intensity, broad-spectrum ultraviolet light robot proven to reduce pathogens in healthcare environments.
'De Novo' authorisation creates a new medical device product classification under which the LightStrike+ robot is the first and only product of its type, setting the precedent for FDA regulation of UV robots intended for use in reducing pathogens on non-porous, high-touch surfaces in healthcare settings.
On 12th September, sustainable resource management company, Veolia, is hosting a new event to raise awareness of ecological challenges. The one-day free-to-attend conference, called VEO23, will cover how the natural ecosystems of people, planet and society are interconnected, and the practical solutions that can balance human progress and help support the environment.
Featuring industry experts and guest speaker presentations, the event will also workshop ways to help solve environmental challenges and demonstrate how commercially viable solutions can be implemented using innovative technologies.
ISS A/S, is enhancing its technology position in the FM industry through a new global strategic partnership with tech startup company ToolSense. By using state-of-the-art Internet of Things solutions that can be integrated into ISS's management of the company's global assets of movable machines, ISS aims to boost its operational efficiency.
Every day, more than 300,000 ISS on-site employees are taking care of over 500,000 movable machines, such as vacuum cleaners, kitchenware and healthcare equipment, in more than 30 countries worldwide. The tracking, maintenance and utilisation of these assets will now be optimised by the use of ToolSense's innovative Asset Operations platform, IoT solutions and QR codes.
Vectair Systems, a leading supplier of aircare and hygiene products worldwide, has launched V-Screen Dual, a 30-day urinal screen that offers easy, hassle-free installation and exceptional fragrance output.
V-Screen Dual joins a collection of urinal screens and other passive washroom products manufactured and supplied by Vectair Systems. Facilities can be confident that they are providing a positive, fragrant washroom experience that enhances user satisfaction with the V-Screen Dual.
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