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I write this from my hotel in Glasgow, where I’m visiting the Cleaning Expo Scotland at the SECC. It finishes later today and if you’re local and haven’t yet visited, do try and make a point of coming along as there are a lot of ‘big names’ exhibiting as well as a large number of smaller companies, several of which I hadn’t previously known much about. These may be new to you too, so making contact could well be good for your business.
One visitor – a manufacturer that hadn’t budgeted to exhibit at this particular show – told me that in encouraging his local distributors to visit the event, one, who is based just a couple of miles out of town, had declined, saying there would be nothing new to see and thus no point in going. Despite always discovering lots of new products at these events, what I get most out of, is the networking. I wonder whether this particular distributor has his warehouse so full of products and is making so much money that he has no room on his shelves for anything else and more money than he knows what to do with? I thought not…
One of the highlights for me so far is an interactive seminar staged by PHS, in which we as individuals voted on which was more important: introducing new technology or driving behavioural change, before dividing into discussion groups and later presenting our findings to the rest of the delegates. There was a big shift in people’s thoughts and I’ll be revealing more of what turned out to be an interesting debate, in a future issue of Cleanzine
Finally, I have received further opinions on the Equality & Human Rights Commission’s reports on the cleaning industry that featured in last week’s issue. The writer – consultant Mary de Cobos from FutureClean Assured Systems, really does make some pertinent points that haven’t been covered previously, so do make sure you read her ‘soapbox’ and let me – and Mary – know what you think.
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This Week's News
Mary de Cobos of Futureclean Assured Systems comments on the recent Equalities & Human Rights Commission's reports on the cleaning industry and explains how she feels that we as an industry can put things right:
I write regarding commentary on the recently released EHRC reports on pay and conditions in the commercial cleaning industry (1 & 2) (13-08-2014) and the report on contractual conditions for cleaning companies (3). As consultants and developers in cleaning systems and well experienced cleaners ourselves, the following are our observations about these reports.
An advisory committee to the Food & Drug Administration in the US has been told that unreasonable FDA restrictions on healthcare use of safe and effective antibacterial ingredients could jeopardise the safety of patients and healthcare workers alike.
In a presentation to the FDA's Non-prescription Drugs Advisory Committee organised by the American Cleaning Institute, health professionals and industry safety experts said that active ingredients used in antibacterial hygiene products "clearly save lives" and are recognised as the "standard of care" for reducing healthcare infections.
The first ever ISSA/Interclean Istanbul event is poised to create an interesting learning experience by providing insight in Turkey, the Middle Eastern and Northern African region, says the show organiser.
Being staged in the city that bridges East and West, Turkey has one of the fastest growing economies in Europe and one that is expected to be the second fastest growing market in the world by 2020, so expectations are high.
With this year's Ladder Exchange now underway, the Ladder Association is again asking for submissions to its Idiots on Ladders contest, which has the public send in the worst pictures of ladder use they can find, to show just how dangerous it can be to misuse a ladder.
Idiots on Ladders is part of a two-pronged push to help ensure ladder users are safe. While the Ladder Exchange - which lets people trade their old, possibly dodgy ladders for safe new ones at a discount - takes unsafe equipment out of circulation, Idiots on Ladders looks at the role of people using the equipment.
Sontara is a global nonwovens business that produces products used in a variety of medical and wipes applications. Jacob Holm is a leading company for spunlaced nonwoven fabrics.
The S30 provides innovative indoor and outdoor sweeping performance with optimised dust control in both light and heavy dust applications using its patented SweepMax Plus cyclonic system.
As part of its strong commitment to food safety, the National Restaurant Association in the US has announced that this year's National Food Safety Month (NFSM), held annually in September, will mark its 20-year anniversary by featuring the top 20 food safety tips from the past 20 years.
NFSM was created in 1994 to heighten awareness about the importance of food safety education. It offers free resources for foodservice industry professionals and will highlight tips for a number of food safety topics including cleaning and sanitising, cross-contamination, time-temperature control, personal hygiene and allergens.
The 33.4% reduction since 2008 was measured as part of BPI's ongoing commitment to cutting the levels of waste generated by its manufacturing operations. BPI achieved the saving partly by minimising the amount of material used to package its own products - by the equivalent of 25,000 tonnes in the past three years on a like-for-like basis.
NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.
Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), which was once used in a number of applications including cleaning, was regulated in 1987 under the Montreal Protocol along with other chlorofluorocarbons that destroy ozone and contribute to the ozone hole over Antarctica. Parties to the Montreal Protocol reported zero new CCl4 emissions between 2007 and 2012.
Brayborne Facilities Services has won eight new cleaning contracts totalling £1.5 million over three years, in schools across the south of England, strengthening the company's presence in the specialist education sector.
The cleaning contracts are for schools across Hampshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire including Secondary and Primary schools and all contracts are for at least three years. The Secondary Schools are:
Weltec Biopower (UK), based in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, has been granted the contract to extend the award-winning food waste AD plant in Piddlehinton, Dorset. Plant owner Eco Sustainable Solutions is expanding with a further 1.1MW of food waste processing capacity.
This follows on from the Weltec successes of commissioning two other plants in early 2014. With other construction projects underway, new staff recruited and a healthy order book, 2014 looks set to be an excellent year for Weltec Biopower (UK).
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Recent UK News
An examination by the Equality and Human Rights Commission published just after the last issue of Cleanzine was broadcast, has revealed that some employers in the commercial cleaning industry are failing to meet their responsibilities to their staff in relation to pay, holiday or sick leave and dealing with their concerns. Many cleaners feel that their employer, client firms and the public do not treat them with the dignity and respect everyone should expect.
Brayborne Facilities Services, has welcomed the recommendations of the Equalities & Human Rights Commission in its report published last week, 'The Invisible Workforce: Employment Practice in the Cleaning Sector' and has joined the call for improved working conditions and employment rights for cleaning operatives.
With fears of an ageing workforce and impending skills gap gripping the sector, The Building Futures Group has launched a national campaign with the aim of attracting young people to the cleaning and facilities management sectors.
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.
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Future of Surfactants Summit
Budapest Cleaning Show