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I came across an item in the Bury Free Press this week headlined ‘Bury St Edmunds cleaning company boss astonished at unanswered job ads’ and it set me thinking. I know that much of Suffolk is considered an affluent area and one of low unemployment, but surely there are some able bodied people about who don’t have a job, who ought to be persuaded off of benefits and into work?
Amanda Eyre, owner of A & H Associates, who advertised for the cleaners, is quoted as saying: “Whether it’s the stigma of cleaning or not I don’t know.”
Cleaning or not, to be able to work for a company that’s been trading for 22 years and which boasts an airport and a football stadium as clients can’t be bad, can it? And particularly so when that company provides training and requires all its employees to sit a health & safety qualification, and which offers opportunities for employees to train as supervisors and team leaders.
Don’t some of our jobless people have aspirations? Surely a career in cleaning has to be better than being ‘on benefits’! (If you know anyone who might be interested, email email@example.com).
And perhaps more importantly, what can we as an industry do to remove the ‘stigma’ of cleaning? How can we persuade people that the industry offers to those who work hard and want to progress, a career to be proud of and the chance of what can be quite substantial riches? (Before you scoff, visit any cleaning show or association meeting and look at the expensive cars and personalised number plates)!
Elsewhere we’re reading an awful lot about Ebola and this has inspired many of you to send press releases about your products aimed at combatting the virus and preventing its spread – so much so that we’re going to be compiling a mini-feature on the subject, over the coming weeks, so if you have any news for us, do get in touch without delay. I say ‘without delay’, as I, like everyone else, am hoping we get this frightening illness beaten soon. I really admire the bravery of those ‘on the frontline’ – and that includes the cleaners, who are working so hard to bring it under control.
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The Service Employees International Union, which has some 2 million members across the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, is calling on airlines to partner in bringing infection-control training to airport workers.
Union president Mary Kay Henry, issued the following statement about the role of ordinary working women and men in defending against Ebola and the need for employers to better support them in their critical roles:
According to Fox31 Denver, a Denver-based Frontier Airlines employee has accused the airline of putting employees at risk by panicking after an Ebola sufferer apparently flew on one of its airplanes.
"Frontier hasn`t done enough to train cleaners to get us the proper cleaning solution to clean the plane," the employee said. "I think I should be able to wear a mask to protect myself."
Lonza, the Basel, Switzerland-based, global manufacturer of disinfectants and disinfectant cleaners, is offering guidance on the use of its portfolio of products as part of an infection control programme for the Ebola virus.
On 1st August 2014, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance titled 'Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in US Hospitals.'
A UK company says its revolutionary product could help stop Ebola becoming a pandemic, by not only killing Ebola, but also by stopping it spreading. This product - DuoMax - is now being requested by a growing number of countries around the world.
It's already being used at Heathrow Airport and now authorities in China and Australia have asked for a consignment of to be sent to them. Dubai has just re-ordered a batch of the product too.
Pavilion 1 of the Verona exhibition centre will be entirely dedicated to this market segment, bringing the equipment and product manufacturers from this sector into the professional cleaning industry fold with which it holds much synergy, yet with its own immediately recognisable and distinctive space.
Strategically located in the thriving metropolis of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Tissue World exhibition will delve into the growing and diversified tissue markets of Brazil and South America, with a particular focus on Colombia, Chile and Peru.
The exhibition and accompanying conference, which will cover the whole industry, from pulp production to distribution and retail channels, will take place from 20th - 22nd May 2015 at the Transamerica Expo Center.
The measurement of Enterobacteriaceae is a useful indicator of surface hygiene and product quality in the manufacture of heat processed food. Simple, rapid tests such as the specific ATP test system (MicroSnap EB) provides results in a working shift.
A new UK manufactured air filtration and fragrance system called EcoBreeze, which filters out all smells, rather than masking them, is now available and it is thought to be the first aircare product that has a triple action system.
First, it draws air through a dust filter to remove all airborne dust particulate; air is then directed through a sophisticated carbon filter to extract smelly organic molecules.
Grinnell Regional Medical Centre (GRMC) is engaged with Olin Brass in a comprehensive clinical trial to test the impact of Olin Brass' CuVerro solid copper alloy products, in an effort to reduce the bacteria that cause infections and thus dramatically improve the hygiene of the patient environment.
As an Environmental Protection Agency-registered copper alloy surface, it has been proven to be effective 24/7; continuously killing infectious bacteria - and because it is a copper alloy, its properties never wash out or wear away, a significant factor in creating cleaner healthcare environments*.
The Portable Sanitation Expo - the only UK event that is 100% dedicated to the portable sanitation sector - will be held at a larger venue next year to accommodate the event's growing popularity. Coventry's Ricoh Arena will host exhibitors and attendees from across the industry for two days of networking and knowledge building on 25th and 26th February.
The company won the 'Best Overall Cleaner in Ireland' award and the 'Best Cleaner in a Small Cleaning Company' at the awards ceremony, held at Dublin's Ballsbridge Hotel last Friday week.
Pan-European service provider Samsic has been certified 'Gold' by Ecovadis, the collaborative platform enabling companies to monitor the corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance of their suppliers across 150 sectors and 99 countries.
Edmonton County School, a large educational establishment serving the communities of Enfield and Edmonton, has engaged the services of specialist contract cleaning company, Julius Rutherfoord. The contract has been awarded during a period of extensive building and refurbishment, as the school evolves and expands.
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