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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Our image last week of some serious mould in a guesthouse and our request for recommendations on how to deal with it, has certainly prompted some responses! Thank you for your input; I’ll pass your suggestions to the landlady. One response, a press release, discussed causes of mould and outlined various eradication methods and as (well in my neck of the woods anyway) it’s coming to the time of year when we take hotter showers and reduce the ventilation in our homes and are thus more likely to experience mould, I’ve included it below. Elena Pettit and Gary Dyson posted useful information on our Facebook page – to read it, click on the FB link just below. Product information has also been sent in and I’ll be running this over the coming weeks.
I write this leader in nervous mood, having had little sleep this week. I know this is partly due to the warning that more, much larger spiders will be rampaging through our houses this Autumn because of the odd weather we’ve experienced; as a result I’ve closed all the windows and it’s too hot to sleep.
The other factor is far more important… a tiny minority of UK residents is voting today on whether to leave the UK; a decision affecting everyone living on these isles, but one that only those living in Scotland can make – hardly democratic!
I’ve spent more time than I should have, reading referendum news and discussion forums. I desperately want Scotland to remain in the UK but won’t be the only person annoyed at the scaremongering engaged in by the press, MPs and public figures - similar to the stuff the pro-EU camp is bandying about on the threatened EU referendum. It’s akin to bullying and erodes what little trust there is left in the establishment. However, it’s uncovered something I can’t fathom: threats that Scotland will have to wait several years to join the EU. Why, if members of the ‘yes’ camp are so keen to govern themselves and embrace real democracy, would they want to throw away their new found independence by joining the EU anyway?
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Next year's event will mark the 10th edition of this exhibition, established in 1998 to build a platform for African cleaning professionals to congregate, view the latest product innovations, network and create new business opportunities.
There is a growing trend towards this 'total facilities management' model rather than use of individual service providers.
Here's how to get rid of mould... All mould loves cellulosic material - so all wallpaper, grout, plaster and plasterboard and wood, carpet - in short all household fixtures and fittings, are subject to mould contamination and it isn't easy to get rid of.
Where does it come from? Damp.
1. In a big old house the damp course could easily be compromised, assuming that there is one in the first place.
It's no secret that regular floor maintenance saves contractors from the time-consuming deep cleans, while also saving your carpets too. But is this a solution that is sat right in front of many, but completely overlooked?
This case study as Mike Egerton, MD of Host Von Schrader UK, explains may be an eye opener - after all, every little helps.
The company acquired 365 Healthcare at the end of June. Based in Droitwich, the business is engaged in the distribution of mainly own brand healthcare products, principally operating theatre drapes and gowns, procedure packs, disposable surgical instruments and dressings, to a variety of customers including hospitals, GP practices and private clinics. Revenue was £10.9 million in the year ended 31st December 2013.
Funds advised by European private equity firm, BC Partners, have reached an agreement to sell Spotless Group SAS to Henkel AG & Co. KGaA for an enterprise value of €940 million. Completion is subject to approval from European antitrust authorities.
Based in Paris, France, Spotless is a pan-European manufacturer of pest control and laundry products and has subsidiary operations in Ireland, Sweden, Hungary, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, employing more than 400 people.
"27 is the number to remember," says RCM's Marzia Mucci. "But it's not about the victory of some stable or pilot, or a particular anniversary. It refers to the period of time since when RCM has been cleaning the world's fastest circuit in Formula 1.
"Every year, starting from Friday - the day of free practice - until Sunday, when the race takes place, RCM sweepers help to keep Monza circuit, and its service areas, clean and safe.
Co-locating with the Institute of Hospitality in Healthcare Conference, this show offers an opportunity for attendees to visit both events to see the latest cleaning products and services including innovative solutions for cleaners, facilities managers, building service contractors, healthcare and food service workers and other professionals in the cleaning & hygiene, hospitality and property maintenance industries.
City University London, which is ranked within the top 5% of universities in the world, has appointed specialist education cleaning company, Julius Rutherfoord, to maintain its 915,000 ft, 22-site campus in London EC1.
This three-year £multi-million contract - with the option of two further 12 month extensions - is Julius Rutherfoord's largest contract win to date, and marks the company's expansion into the university sector.
When faced with a life changing situation almost 40 years ago, Christine Beedle founded Monthind Clean. As a new generation of directors take over the company's helm, Christine, who was awarded an MBE for services to the cleaning industry, launches her first book.
'The Essex Scrubber - Keeping it Clean', is a tongue in cheek read, representative of some of the colourful characters Lexden-based Christine found herself dealing with in the early years of the company's formation.
Japan is well known for its comic-loving culture so it's probably the one place where you might expect to catch a real superhero in action, writes Melissa Hobbs. Cue Mangetsu-man (translated as Mr. Full Moon), who has taken to the streets of Tokyo and revealed his special powers - a dustpan, brush and broom.
But it's not just street cleanliness that's important to this superhero... world peace is his real goal and the steps he is taking to achieve this include inspiring volunteers to be bold and get involved too.
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The revised legislation deals with the control of risks associated with Legionella, a water-borne bacteria, which can have serious and often fatal consequences if it develops into Legionnaire's disease.
In response to your latest 'soapbox' article on the need for a BS cleaning standard, there already exists a European standard 'BS EN 15221-2:2006. Facility management. Guidance on how to prepare facility management agreements' which may cover the issue, but at a cost of £192, few people are likely to buy it.
Businesses usually review progress through monthly reporting. Within a typical monthly report will be a set of slides and/or spreadsheets that purport to contain all of the information required to make decisions for the following month(s).
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 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.
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