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Summaries of a study on the antibacterial ingredient Triclosan grossly misrepresent what the research actually found, according to the American Cleaning Institute.
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.
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.
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As I mentioned last week, John and I attended the Loo of the Year Awards on Friday. And as always happens when the subject is anything to do with the humble loo (or not so humble in many cases, as we learned during the awards themselves!) there was a real buzz about the place and my comment to John during the accompanying mini exhibition of Awards sponsors, was: “Why can’t all exhibitions be like this?” I’ll bet in terms of good leads, the exhibitors are congratulating themselves on their decision to become involved and sponsor such a worthwhile cause!
One presentation that got our table talking was by two mothers speaking on behalf of Changing Places, who have, between them, three disabled children who need special changing facilities if they are to enjoy any type of life outside. They talked about the hardships they face and their relief when they’re able to avail themselves of a properly equipped washroom. Those on our table agreed that a shopping centre with such facilities would draw crowds from neighbouring boroughs. The facilities might be costly to install but just imagine the income from the extra footfall!
Of course the Awards aren’t all about local authority loos but about away from home facilities everywhere. For a full list of winners and photo’s of some of the winning facilities, visit: www.loo.co.uk/externals/downloads/LOY_2014
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While better healthcare infrastructure and increasing demand for HAI control products mean that North America and Europe are dominating the global hospital-acquired infection control market, Asia and Latin America are expected to experience high growth rate due to an increase in the demand for these products and the increasing demand for better healthcare facilities in these regions. So says newly published research from Persistence Market Research.
BSI, the business standards company, has published 'BS ISO 37500 Guidance on outsourcing', the first overarching ISO standard to set out the generic principles and procedures of outsourcing. For the first time also, it helps businesses to access a common vocabulary on which to base their communications.
The value of outsourcing has already been noted by organisations that want to increase their efficiency and reduce their costs by sending work to external third-parties. The practice, which encourages mutually beneficial collaborative working relationships, has grown over the past 20 years and is estimated to generate revenues in the region of trillions of US dollars a year.
The company is providing every new tender with the requested competitive quote and a second tender based on the Living Wage programme. This allows clients to make their own decisions on hourly rates based on their individual beliefs and corporate consciences.
It brought together carpet and chemical industry representatives with the best carpet cleaners, inspectors and industry trainers from around the world for two days of seminars, networking and tours.
Sands China and Clean the World made the most of 'One Project Day' Friday at The Venetian Macao's Cotai Expo, with the goal of building 20,000 hygiene kits which are to be donated to charities and community organisations in Macao and other Asian countries.
The event is a part of the Sands ECO360 global sustainability strategy and the corporate citizenship program Sands Cares.
MITIE's annual 'Work Safe Home Safe' awards were set up in 2010 to recognise excellence in health & safety performance, and officials said that their partnership with Selden has helped them to work in a safer and more efficient manner.
With a combination of 30 years plus experience in the care home sector, the team at Delivered Health Solutions fully understand the particular needs of their customers, so when DHS embarked on a process of replacing all carpet extraction machines and hard service cleaners with steam cleaning machines, they chose Matrix.
According to Managing Director Barbara Hornby, "This process has resulted in better cleaning standards whilst saving the domestic staff time and effort. Our customers report that domestics are spending approximately 15% less time cleaning, whilst also saving money on their chemical bill."
This is the latest initiative in the Group's drive to ensure that the massive contribution FM makes to the UK economy, essential services and society is understood and recognised by future policy makers, end users and public alike.
Green World Innovations, manufacturer of high performance disinfecting and sanitising ozone-based products, has launched the Lotus Pro cleaning solution to the UK market, helping transform the way UK businesses clean.
The system quickly transforms water into aqueous ozone – nature’s cleaner – by simply infusing water with ozone, which the unit can efficiently stabilise for up to 24 hours.
Skillweb has launched the next generation of SmartTask to create an advanced employee scheduling and mobile workforce management solution that helps better plan and manage facilities personnel such as cleaning operatives, security officers and maintenance engineers.
As a result, companies will now be able to take advantage of an integrated tool which combines intelligent rostering, live monitoring and integrated proof of attendance across teams of both static and mobile employees, making sure they are at the right place, at the right time to meet all service requirements and perform reliably.
Delta-Q Technologies, the Canadian-based supplier of battery charging solutions for electric drive vehicles and industrial machines, today revealed new insights into its tailored approach to charging lead acid batteries in machines such as floor cleaning machines, lift trucks, aerial work platforms and golf cars.
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