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More than 80% of hospitalised patients who tested positive for Clostridium difficile were tested outside the hospital or within the first 72 hours of hospitalisation, suggesting that settings outside of the hospital may play key roles in the identification, onset and possible transmission of the disease, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
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It’s that time of year when John & I pack up our computers and take a couple of weeks off from producing what has now become – with more than 100,000 readers in 163 countries – the most widely read cleaning publication in the world. Our next issue will be broadcast on 28thAugust.
I for one will be joining millions of people celebrating the warmer months at picnics, festivals and various beaches, where practicalities mean that taking a picnic is often the most enjoyable and easiest option.
One of my bugbears about picnicking is having to take home dirty plates, cups and cutlery. However hard I try, I never manage to keep my hands clean or prevent the remains of coleslaw and the like running over everything else in the bag and sometimes dripping down my clothes. But what I really hate, is the remains of other people’s picnics, left by those too selfish to take their things home with them and too lazy to put them in a bin. I so wish there were litter police around at times like this!
Help is afoot though. A recent Guardian newspaper article talks of the launch of a ‘biodegredible’ cup – one you can eat once you’ve finished your drink! And if you don’t like the idea of that, you can simply melt the cup by pouring hot water on it (clearly no good for coffee then…) Like me, designers Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker were frustrated with the amount of disposable food packaging that’s discarded, but as product designers, they were in a position to provide a solution. The cups – which come in different colours and flavours, are made from a seaweed-based gel. I found out more at biodegradable-edible-cups and it’s certainly an interesting concept.
Have you tried one of these cups and if you have, could you let me know what you think?
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This Week's News
The focus on preventing transmission of diseases through hand-to-mouth or hand-to-hand contact underscores the need for better hand hygiene practices.
Hand sanitisers are easy to use and do not require the rinsing of hands - and therefore are expected to promote compliance with hygiene practices. Hand sanitisers are growing in popularity as a result of rising consumer awareness, increasing focus on hand hygiene and threat of diseases such as H1N1 flu in several parts of the world.
The company, which competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, will be presented with a trophy and certificate by Miss UK Green Queen at a glittering ceremony in The Houses of Parliament on 10th November 2014.
ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association & BBS (BICS Business Services) has this week announced details of its second 'Industry Certification Expert' training workshop. These workshops form an integral part of ISSA's acclaimed Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) which launched in the UK and Ireland earlier this year.
The workshop will be run by ISSA's partner BBS and will be held on 17th September, 2014 at the Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club in Birmingham.
Themed 'Weaving culture... building maintenance and cleaning that create rich life', the 21st World Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors will be held in Tokyo from 4th to 7th April 2016
Kimberly-Clark Professional announced this week that its aviation industry cleaning products have been qualified and listed on Aerospace Material Specification AMS 3819C and Boeing Material Specification BMS 15-5G.
Specifically engineered to perform in all areas of original equipment manufacturing and maintenance repair operations, the full line of application-driven aviation wipes are designed to deliver superior cleaning, improved operational efficiency, reduced turn-around time and maximised productivity, while also meeting the precision standards and requirements of the aerospace industry.
Prochem Europe's PSK Professional Spotting Kit comprises a comprehensive range of Prochem chemical spotters and spotting accessories contained in a tough, water-resistant plastic case. Products can be replenished from the standard Prochem range and individual trigger sprayers filled and stored beneath the hinged lid.
Nyco Products Company has announced the introduction of its OM1 Series brand, said to be the first North American industrial and institutional cleaning brand formulated with new Eastman Omnia high-performance solvent.
OM1 Series products, powered by Omnia, are claimed to be 'greener' and safer alternatives to traditional cleaning products containing d-Limonene, monobutyl and other glycol ethers - yet they also deliver exceptional cleaning performance on a multitude of tough soils.
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has seen a sharp increase in demand for specialist chlorine based disinfectant cleaners, according to GV Health, a leading British supplier of chlorine disinfectant cleaners to the NHS.
Record levels of enquiries have been received from healthcare organisations based in West Africa as well as from health authorities and laboratories in other parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia concerned about possible transmission of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by those travelling from the affected countries.
Leeds-based Cromwell Polythene is adding to its wide range of waste management products with the launch of Sansafe antimicrobial and scented liners, ideal for feminine hygiene and other sanitary waste.
Manufactured with a unique blend of bactericides and fungicides - added during the film extrusion process, the bags provide powerful round-the-clock protection against harmful bacteria such as E.coli and Legionella, while a subtle lemon scent additive eliminates unpleasant odours, both inside and outside the liners.
ISS has been selected as a strategic partner by global chemicals giant BASF, to deliver integrated facilities services in five European countries: Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands. Under the agreement, ISS is taking over responsibility for onsite cleaning, facilities management, building maintenance, mailroom, landscaping and related services in an overall portfolio consisting of 56 sites.
The successful bid team was headed by ISS Belgium, building on a strong partnership that has developed with BASF at its major Antwerp production site over many years.
British steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix has had a complete makeover with its identity. This new, very contemporary look, will be the main feature on all of the machine models in the range.
ISS UK is now a Founder Member of the 'Simply Cups' paper cup recycling scheme. The initiative, launched 1st August, will help to recycle the 2.5 billion paper cups that are sent to landfill or incinerated every year in the UK.
Simply Cups is a partnership between Closed Loop Environmental Solutions and Simply Waste Solutions. It will provide paper cup manufacturers, organisations operating in the supply chain, as well as beverage and hospitality outlets, with a cost-efficient collection and recycling service that will reduce operating costs and improve environmental credentials.
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