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My daughter Melissa normally returns from trips to the town centre smiling thanks to the new outfit she’s picked up from the charity shop while donating her own unwanted things, but this week she came back decidedly disgruntled.
“Why should I search the entire shopping centre for a bin for my banana skin?” she demanded to know. “I ended up having to use the nappy bin in the toilets!”
I was still giving myself a virtual pat on the back over having brought her up rather well (not only regarding litter but also on the need to recycle) when she answered the question herself: “So terrorists can’t hide bombs in them – I know!” she said. “But what are we supposed to do with our rubbish?”
I know I’m always saying we need to take our litter home with us but when I do I’m thinking about dry things, such as packaging and sweet wrappers. I’d never considered anyone having to carry a sticky, smelly banana skin around and with more and more of us avoiding plastic bags and instead taking our own reusable cloth bags out shopping, that doesn’t actually leave us with anything decent in which to carry wet or sticky rubbish home, does it?
And with so many of our nation’s public washrooms closing down (the council has finally sold our toilets in the village and they’re being turned into two tiny apartments), how likely are we to be able to find one that’s actually open so we can deposit our rubbish in their bins, if the shopping centres have shut for the night?
The British Toilet Association has for many years campaigned to not only keep our public washrooms open, but to improve them, and it promotes a wonderful initiative that’s been running for almost 30 years – the annual Loo of the Year Awards. Organiser Mike Bone, tells me there are still a few seats available at this year’s awards extravaganza, so if you want to help celebrate the best in public washroom provision and learn more about joining the campaign to keep our nation’s washrooms open, don’t miss the news item below…
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This Week's News
Summaries of a study on the antibacterial ingredient Triclosan grossly misrepresent what the research actually found, according to the American Cleaning Institute.
Independent scientists at the UK-based Science Media Centre also took issue with some of conclusions of the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which claim that Triclosan could negatively affect human health.
The International Executive Housekeepers Association and Kimberly-Clark Professional have announced the launch of the Heart of Hospitality Programme, aimed at providing executive housekeepers with the tools and resources to educate, empower and recognise housekeeping staff.
As the cornerstone of the programme, an annual Heart of Hospitality Award will be given to recognise exceptional housekeepers who enhance the hotel guest experience.
At its recent plenary meeting, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement decided that its next major project will focus on enforcing REACH Annex XVII restrictions, the scope of which will be determined early 2015. Inspections will then take place during 2016. The final report will become available in 2017.
A smaller scale project will follow up specific cases where ECHA has identified deficiencies in harmonised classification and labelling. These will focus on substances with CMR or sensitising properties. The report is expected in the first half of 2016.
The 2014 Loo of the Year Awards Event will be held at the St Johns Hotel in Solihull on Friday 5th December (day time event) and this is an opportunity for all companies involved in providing or supplying to washrooms to promote their services, provide hospitality to prospects, clients or staff and also enjoy unrivalled networking opportunities.
At the sixth LOO (Let's Observe Ourselves) Awards ceremony held at the Institute of Technical Education College East to commemorate World Toilet Day, RAS, the Restroom Association (Singapore), introduced a new Happy Toilet six-star rating. The current four and five-star ratings have also been reviewed to meet higher public expectations. The three-star rating remains unchanged.
RAS also laid down plans for next year to initiate a World Toilet Day Fund and World Toilet Day Forum for schools and a 3-year public engagement campaign on clean coffee shop and hawker centre toilets. More details will be made available at a later date.
To mark World Toilet Day 2014 yesterday, Roca and We Are Water Foundation hosted a special event at Roca London Gallery that aimed to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation issue, while offering an opportunity to meet the architects, designers and engineers working to change the fact that 2.5 billion people don't have access to clean and safe toilets.
A survey of the Italian professional cleaning market relative to the year 2013, conducted by AfidampCom, shows the increase in the percentage of companies that claim to have suffered a decrease in revenue from 2013 to 2012: 44.4% in 2012 versus 51.5% in 2013, with a change of seven percentage points.
Despite these figures, those interviewed displayed cautious optimism for 2014 estimates. To grow their markets, cleaning professionals will focus on optimising sales, with a focus on new technologies, and on service.
Hygreen is collaborating with a number of hospitals and infection control professionals in the development of Ebola Preparedness Plans that incorporate HyGreen Hand Hygiene Recording and Reminding System technology.
"It is noteworthy that enveloped viruses are highly susceptible to good hand hygiene, hydrogen peroxide vapor and commonly used cleaning agents," says the company's president, Ron Youngblood.
Zehnder Clean Air Solutions, one of Europe's leading providers of energy efficient and healthy air cleaning systems, says its dust management systems can potentially reduce annual cleaning costs by up to 30% when using floorcare appliances and up to 70% when cleaning by hand.
Additional benefits include a reduction in absenteeism though improved indoor air quality for employees, decreased machinery maintenance costs, plus the improved performance of existing HVAC and dehumidification equipment.
President of TNT Unlimited, Tim Twitchell, has won the prestigious Thomas W. Valentino Achievement Award, presented by Vectair Systems at the annual ISSA/Interclean North America exhibition held this November in Orlando.
Vectair Systems is a global hygiene company operating in over 120 countries. In particular, Vectair Systems is an expert and innovator in odour control and aircare, skincare and hand washing, surface care, feminine hygiene sanitary waste disposal, infant care and products specifically designed for the 'away from home' washroom.
New research commissioned by PHS Group, a leading UK provider of workplace services, has revealed that 48% of people are unhappy with the hygiene standard of their workplace.
With 88% reporting that the standard of their workplace impacts on their productivity, PHS Group believes that it is now time for organisations to take note.
MITIE now has more than 25,000 of its staff using the EziTracker remote worker management service across the UK and Ireland. MITIE was one of the earliest adopters of the service in the facilities sector, first using it in 2005.
Within 18 months EziTracker was being used by 8,000 employees across MITIE's cleaning business and uptake has steadily increased to the point where it is now considered a vital component in the contractor's vast reporting programme.
One-quarter of workers in Europe report feeling stressed at work all or most of the time - and a similar proportion say that work affects their health negatively. Psychosocial risks; for example, monotonous tasks, high work intensity, tight deadlines, work-life imbalance, violence and harassment from the public or from colleagues, contribute to work-related stress.
A new report, published as part of a Europe-wide campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress gives a broad overview on psychosocial risks at European workplaces and gives examples on the way forward at political as well as company level -all illustrated with real-life examples and case studies.
Aitken Spence launches special technology from the German Saar region in Sri Lanka. A strategic partnership with one of Sri Lanka's largest trade and energy concerns, EcoCorp Asia, and Aitken Spence, has enabled Nanopool GmbH to massively expand its presence in Asia. This means that the German manufacturer's surface protection products will be used on a grand scale in diverse living and work sectors in Sri Lanka.
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