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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.
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This is the last Cleanzine we’ll be broadcasting this year – the next will arrive in your inbox on 8th January when we’ll have plenty of interesting news – including a report on how I got on with the Prochem carpet & upholstery cleaning machine and chemicals I’ve been trialling.
I’ve been in the cleaning industry for some years and while I readily profess not to know it all, I did think I was rather cleaning-savvy until I discovered an article on Prochem’s website on how to keep cleaning equipment freeze-free. Logical as I can now see it is, it had never occurred to me that carpet cleaning equipment – much of which will contain brass and plastic components and possibly residues of cleaning chemicals and water, is vulnerable to freezing temperatures! It showed me that it’s never too late to learn from the experts so if you’re in that side of the business and want to remain in operation if the weather gets as cold as the experts say it will, visit www.prochem-uk.com , read more and – if you can – book yourself onto a training course!
One gentleman in the industry who seems to be pretty well trained is Jean-Noel Talate, an OCS cleaner who despite doing all the right things both prior to – and following – walking in on a woman using an airport loo, ended up being assaulted (read more below).
I know those responsible for cleaning have to keep costs down, but as both a service user and someone who’s keen to raise the industry’s image and improve cleaners’ self-esteem, I can’t fathom how anyone can justifiably ask a cleaner to clean a washroom that’s in constant use by members of the opposite sex. How undignified for the cleaner and how embarrassing for the washroom user!
I understand that if a washroom user voices concern, the cleaner is to disappear for a while, but surely this defeats the point! And how many of us would have the courage to ask the cleaner to vacate? I certainly wouldn’t!
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As the death toll from Ebola in West Africa continues to increase, healthcare workers in the UK are being provided with a new guide to help protect them from infection. A 44-page guide has been drawn up by scientists at hygiene and infection control specialist Chemex International.
The guide has been adopted by the UK's Independent Ambulance Association as a guide to Best Practice.
Rafael Cobos of Futureclean Assured Systems, argues that for Best Practice to be properly applied to cleaning, those responsible for the cleaning process, must also adopt Continuous Improvement measures...
In the world of finance, indices such as the FTSE 100 in the UK or the Dow Jones in the US are the benchmarks against which all listed companies gauge their overall performance. These indices serve as a useful measure of performance with which companies can then compare their results against the move of the main index (FTSE100), or their nearest and most relevant sector index like the FTSE 350 banks. The main aim is to outperform the index and, of course, to perform better than competitors in the same sector (against the sector index).
The announcement, made from the White House, introduces Zylast as a solution to "help healthcare workers on the front lines provide better care and stop the spread of Ebola".
Cleaners and those involved in waste management have once again been highlighted as an at-risk group when it comes to occupational cancer as a result of exposure to carcinogens in cleaning products – this time in a report just published by the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work.
‘Exposure to carcinogens and work-related cancer’, acknowledges that occupational cancer is a problem that still needs to be tackled across the European Union and particularly in service industries such as cleaning and waste management. It looks into relevant occupational factors: chemical, physical and biological exposures, as well as other possibly carcinogenic working environment conditions (such as shift and night work). It also examines opportunities to identify new causes or prom
Operating from Aberdeenshire as Control Line Services, the Scottish team will handle all SpaceVac sales and service needs and also offer a gutter cleaning service throughout the country.
I have just read your leader about the importance of good toilet facilities in city centres and asking why some councils are quick to shut some of theirs. I heartily agree that the lack of toilet facilities will impact on footfall and they seem to be closing some of their facilities very quickly.
As a cleaning manager working near a seaside town I have seen the rapid loss of toilets on the sea front and it has impacted on businesses and shore-front shops. Half of the shore-front shops are boarded up and have been closed for some time, so the expression of 'the humble loo' seems inappropriate now.
The contract will be carried out by MITIE's Environmental + business, whose specialist transport team already works for major airports, train and bus operators around the country. The team will provide vehicle cleaning, shunting, fuelling and depot and premises cleaning to over 1,600 buses at 24 locations in the North East, North West and Yorkshire.
Said to be some 90% less corrosive than rock salt, it is non-toxic to vegetation and grass, it minimises rust damage and won't tread into and harm carpets. It is also non-harmful to wildlife.
Some professional cleaning jobs are best handled by single-use wet wipes. But many solutions available today are 'one size fits all' - standard wipes that arrive already impregnated with standard cleaning solutions. Companies have to accept the chemicals and saturation levels of an impregnated wipe. And this often doesn't fulfil the needs of specific professional cleaning jobs.
That's why Chicopee developed its own Single Use Dispensing System (S.U.D.S.). It comes with a choice of four unique, effective wipes. The wipes are delivered in a dry, perforated roll in their own portable dispenser bucket. You then simply add the cleaning chemicals that you already know and trust.
Morclean's Peter Morley has been looking forward for some time to the day he can announce the launch of the company's new 2015/16 bin wash range, and as the year draws to a close reveals that his designers are working on concept drawings in preparation for the new 2015/16 design.
He says that after the success, great results and sales resulting from exhibiting at the Cleaning Show 2013 and ISSA/Interclean 2014, he's looking forward to 2015 when the team will be exhibiting at the Cleaning Show, London (10th - 12th March) and ISSA/Interclean Poland (22nd - 24th April).
The versatile Hybrid Blower 3400 is light and compact, yet within its robust body it has the power to generate a high airflow for the faster drying of carpets, walls and ceilings.
The National Carpet Cleaners Association and the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification have released details of their 2015 training courses. Some are already fully booked so if you want to ensure that you don’t miss out, do contact the secretariats this side of Christmas if you can. The courses and dates are as follows:
With Winter right around the corner, Betco, the US manufacturer of professional cleaning, disinfecting, floorcare, and skincare products, reminds those in the professional cleaning and building management industries that now is the time to start thinking about hand care.
marketing coordinator. "It's important to start moisturising before this happens to prevent discomfort that can take weeks to heal." Lindsay also notes that dry chapped hands can evolve into hand dermatitis, a disease that can be very serious, even result in a visit to the emergency room if the condition worsens. To help us protect our hands, Lindsay offers the following '10 Ways to Protect Your Hands This Winter Season':
While a great deal of emphasis today is on e-commerce websites, distributors should not forget the importance of having an attractive retail showroom. "Especially when it comes to cleaning equipment... Many cleaning contractors prefer not to purchase online but instead like to touch and feel machines before they select them," says Leah Waldrop, of supply chain optimisation consultancy Afflink. "Walk-in traffic is likely to remain a big part of your businesses marketing model."
Because of its importance, Leah suggests the following tips for creating an effective sales-focused distributor showroom:
A male cleaner at Gatwick Airport has asked his employer – OCS - to excuse him from one of his jobs, following an assault by a member of the public.
Cleaner Jean-Noel Talate was in the process of cleaning ‘the ladies’ when he inadvertently walked in on a woman who was going about her business in one of the cubicles and was consequently at the receiving end of a fist in the face followed by a trip to the local hospital.
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