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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.
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.
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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News just in as Cleanzine was about to broadcast, revealed that London’s Brent Council is to make £54m worth of cuts to services. According to The Times, litter (which of course shouldn’t exist in the first place!) will no longer be cleared from residential streets. The fact that the council’s CCTV cameras are also under threat paints an unpleasant picture of filthy, litter-strewn streets with no chance of finding, fining and re-educating the offenders…
In other, similar news, father-of-four Craig Lavelle is so incensed by his local council – Bury – cutting non-recyclables bin collections to once every three weeks that he’s offering fellow residents a private collection service at £8.50 a time. As he’s already in the waste disposal business, I’m assuming he’s done the figures.
Bury is the first council in England to dare to collect bins so infrequently and it claims that as well as saving £800,000 a year, it will force residents to recycle rather than discard. Of course it may also encourage fly tipping – although those considering this will need to ask themselves how long we can continue producing so much waste – and if they don’t have a social conscience, whether they’re going to be able to afford the fine and face a potential jail term plus the shame of being outed by the local paper!
Reader comments following the Mail Online report, reveal a 50:50-ish split between those who are also incensed and those who could quite easily cope if their bins were emptied monthly or even less frequently. The consensus seemed to be that disposable nappies were the main problem. So what can be done about those, I wonder?
Bury’s recycling scheme is not a patch on the one I enjoy but it could, no doubt, be tweaked to placate its residents. I know I’ve used Cleanzine previously to back the move from weekly collections to fortnightly and have said that a council tax discount might encourage residents to recycle more waste. I think now is the time for councils everywhere to give this option serious thought, considering the money that can be saved by cutting the frequency of collections.
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With pre-registered visitors up by a staggering 60% compared to pre-registration figures recorded at the same time for the 2013 show, and news that Kimberly-Clark Professional and SCA will be exhibiting, the Cleaning Show, taking place at ExCel in London for the first time, from 10th - 12th March 2015, looks set to be an interesting event.
The show will feature all the latest innovative products impacting the cleaning sector, as well as some new interactive features for visitors - plus the organisers have increased the size of the event to accommodate the latest companies that have just signed up.
The infection control benefits of frequently touched products and surfaces that incorporate antimicrobial copper are well-documented; one only needs to key in the words 'antimicrobial copper' to a web search engine to be presented with the results of numerous clinical studies which prove that those upgrading their facilities by installing products incorporating the material, are taking their infection control programmes very seriously indeed.
Ophardt Hygiene has launched a number of antimicrobial copper products under the Ingo-man brand.
This is the conclusion of Kyle Bibby, University of Pittsburgh, in an article he published in the December 2014 issue of Environmental Science & Technology Letters.
Kimberly-Clark Professional has extended its Hand Wash Heroes resources to help schools and nurseries educate children about good hand hygiene as a critical part of food preparation. The new materials will support teachers and staff following the renewed focus this year on practical cooking in the National Curriculum.
Great for cleaning up spills and making your premises clean, hygienic and welcoming.
Guardian24's lone worker solutions provide two key features; the ability to easily raise a covert panic alarm on a chosen device should the user's safety be compromised and the ability to log lone worker activities.
New Department for Education guidance (Building Bulletin 93) sets out a minimum space requirement for the specialist hygiene rooms, but there are no specific guidelines or criteria for the equipment therein.
The new OCS Arabia venture will be headquartered in the King Abdullah Economic City, the new port facility and development zone in Saudi Arabia.
As one of the country's leading food service providers, Brakes awarded the accolade to Northwood ahead of more than 60 other companies within the 'Catering Supplies Equipment' section of its business, commending the company for its swift deliveries, complete supply chain and the overall quality of its paper products.
Ecolab has introduced the Restora programme for healthcare laundries. The programme uses a patent-pending formula to remove medical adhesives from linen during the wash process, thus enabling healthcare laundries to reclaim linen that would have previously been discarded due to adhesive stains, helping to extend linen life and reduce replacement costs.
Tests show that the Restora programme can help healthcare laundries reclaim up to 99% of adhesive-stained linen. "Medical adhesive stains are difficult to remove and present one of the costliest challenges for healthcare laundries," notes Michael Johannsen, senior vice president of Global Textile Care at Ecolab.
Clean Britain celebrates the success of local authorities in maintaining high quality local environments that instill a sense of civic pride in the community. These awards also recognise outstanding contributions made to the improvement of the local environment and street cleansing.
The Poovac, developed and engineered by Trafalgar, is here to make poop patrol quicker and more hygienic.
A battery-powered vacuum cleaner specially designed to collect pet mess - either wet or solid - from outdoor spaces, Poovac is set to transform the way we keep these spaces clean.
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The Cleaning & Support Services Association is to terminate its role within the Building Futures Group - the organisation formed less than a year ago by the merging of Asset Skills, the Facilities Management Association and the CSSA itself.
Membership of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers' Association's Soft Tissue Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme has increased by three during a year in which the rigour of the Scheme has been enhanced, according to Mike Stubbs, Chairman of the Scheme's governing Panel.
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...
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:
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.
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