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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.
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.
"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.
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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Anyone who visited England over the Summer holidays will have quickly realised that we have a litter problem. I despair when walking into Epsom to my weekend office, at the discarded takeaway food cartons, empty bottles and general rubbish that I have to pick my way around. Don’t people care or are they too drunk to notice? And of course it’s not just weekend revellers, but the lazy, the ignorant, the selfish and the badly brought up, at all times of the day – any day – that blight our public places with their unwanted items, seemingly oblivious to the problems they cause. What to do about it though?
Some local authorities have enjoyed real success in catching and fining litterers, (although others have taken it to ridiculous extremes, with one person fined because a thread fell off their jacket, and another fined for dropping money)!
If you see someone dropping litter, do you take London Mayor Boris Johnson’s preferred course of action and hand it back to them, or do you pick it up and bin it yourself, or simply ignore it?
I understand that volunteers clearing litter in a Derbyshire town recently were – instead of being praised by the local council and thanked for their good citizenship – told to ‘down tools’ because they’d not been trained to use litter picking equipment. I also gather that several thousand fly tipping incidents went unprosecuted in Derby last year so there was obviously a need for some clearing up; unfortunately the council was too afraid to accept help in case the volunteers injured themselves and sued the council as a result!
I wonder whether anyone has sued their local authority for back injuries caused in moving a full wheelie bin to the front of their property (or down the lane to a collection point) for emptying, or cuts sustained through washing up tins or removing staples from cardboard so they can be recycled. I can’t help feeling that if everyone took responsibility for binning their own rubbish and admitted when accidents were down to their own careless behaviour (rather than blaming someone else with a view to claiming compensation) life would be a lot easier.
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The newly published '2014 Deep Research Report on Global and China Steam Cleaner Industry' is a professional, in-depth research report on the global steam cleaner industry, with a separate focus on the Chinese market. It spans 190 pages and includes 180-plus data tables and more than 20 company profiles.
Mary de Cobos of Futureclean Assured Systems, follows up her previous article on cleaning mould, which featured in last week's Cleanzine...
It is essential that the health & safety issues are considered and in this article we will discuss these in greater detail.
Any cleaning company will almost certainly come across mould deposits and their removal even if it is only in someone's bathroom; however moulds will always be present in hidden places, damp ducting, after fire and flooding, in a damp atmosphere and always where some water ingress is to be found. Mould is even to be found in diesel fuel tanks as part of biofilm contamination and it is one of the big problems on ships. So it's widespread and the air that you breathe is full of mould spores.
"This piece is essentially not quite accurate, there are over 10,000 recognisable moulds and perhaps over a million are not yet classified, so saying all mould likes cellulosic materials, should be clarified.
"Mould grows on organic materials, it will grow on glass which has dust skin or dander, not just cellulosic materials. A study of moulds will show some species will grow in desert like conditions, some are hydrophobic, and some hydrophilic, further if Borax is banned in the EU, surely it's not recommended to be used. Therefore saying it's available on line, is suggesting an illegal use. How would you square that in a risk assessment?
Vital supplies are being airlifted to help curb the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone by hygiene specialist Chemex. The company has donated several tons of high level hypochlorite disinfectants and hand soaps to help improve infection control. The supplies are being distributed via the Glasgow-based Scotia Aid charity.
Since the start of the outbreak it is estimated that more than 2,400 people have died from the virus.
Many companies consider reducing their environmental impact as an integral goal of their business and for several years have been applying environmentally conscious practices as a result. However, despite the increased awareness and desire to 'go green' there is still a surprising amount which could be being done.
"Europe is failing its next generation because neither the European Union, nor national governments are able to tackle over-regulation and the grey economy.
As delegates gather next week at a Brussels conference convened by the European Commission to consider 'Labour economics after the crisis', Manuel will still be sitting with his unemployed friends making a coffee last all morning in a crowded McDonald's in Zaragoza. He is just one of the 56% of 15-24 year olds in Spain who are still without work... The victim of a downturn that never went away and a system of employment laws that discourage employers from generating permanent job opportunities.
"SDX stands for Superior Design and eXecution - translation: the SDX is ergonomically designed to foster increased productivity," said George Clarke, CEO of UMF Corporation, a leading developer of high-performance products and accessories for public health and safety. "We are proud to stamp the SDX with our highly respected PerfectClean brand name."
Klindex has been manufacturing cleaning and polishing machines since 1988 and its machines are professional, strong and easy to use: ideal for floor polishing marble, granite, terrazzo and concrete.
When bespoke building and shopfitting expert Oakland Projects was renovating and modernising a four-storey Victorian house in West London it was quickly decided that the frontage of the building required specialist attention.
Decades of weathering and air pollution had left the Victorian brickwork in a poor state with oxidisation of the surface as well as metallic and carbon staining.
Beating off tough competition to seal the deal, Morclean's director Peter Morley handed over the keys on the new machine to Milton Keynes based cleaners, Cleaner Bins MK - a company setting up a franchise operation that specified the machine in its corporate colours - black and yellow.
Harrison Wipes has announced its sponsorship of the 9th Annual Institute of Directors 'Aspirations in Business 2014' event. The event is focused on inspiring and encouraging the next generation of Essex students, aged 16 - 19, to become the business leaders of the future.
Almost a quarter (24%) of UK based businesses believe that their marketing isn't performing as it should be, with a third of these (33%) complaining that the difficulty of making an impact with the advertising they do, is the biggest barrier to success.
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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.
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.
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.
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