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Although like many people I think I could do a far better job than both this lot and the last incumbent, I’d hate to be running my country right now, with hundreds of thousands of extra residents here and clearly no foresight on the part of the previous government into the issues this would cause when it came to the need to provide essential services. We didn’t have the infrastructure in place and it’s clear that far too little money was set aside to improve it. Money was invested in daft projects, such as flooding the airwaves and national press with expensive advertisements advising us to have our ‘five a day’ (fruit and veg) instead of investing in the things we needed so that all those living here could have a decent quality of life.
Now we’re all suffering and instead of the infrastructure improving, cuts are still being made because there just isn’t the money available to pay for everything. It’s all very frustrating but what can we do?
One woman – like many of us angry with the way her local environment is going to rack and ruin, has taken matters into her own hands and hired a ‘handywoman’ to clean streets, empty bins, collect litter, wash bus stops and telephone boxes, pick up dog mess, cut hedges, replace broken street lights and do all the sorts of things we used to expect our local authorities to do.
Durham County Council has to cut more than £16 million from its budget over the next 12 months so good on Ling Valentine for making the £16,000 available to pay Clare Honey an annual salary to look after Grange Villa in County Durham, plus extra to equip her with a motorised buggy and uniform!
The scheme, running since November, has been so successful that it has won the backing of Durham Police, although Ling has had to tell Clare to ignore the local councillors who are claiming she needs a special licence to pick up rubbish…
Let’s hope the health & safety police don’t spoil all this and that others, elsewhere, follow suit and take responsibility for their local environment - paid or not!
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"There has been a lot of talk in the industry recently about the need for more effective tailoring of service contracts to match the specific needs of different businesses. As an organisation we always set out to make sure that we get the best value when procuring goods and services, which is right and proper.
However, I have noticed that the downside of trying to create a one-size-fits-all approach to procurement, which we see regularly in invitations to tender, is that there is a tendency towards commoditisation.
On Tuesday the Business Services Association published the 'Responsible Cleaner Scheme' (RCS), for companies working in the contract cleaning sector. RCS members have come together to protect and promote the welfare and development of their employees; to make sure their experience and capabilities are recognised and developed, and to promote the professionalism of the industry itself.
To help achieve these goals, RCS members have signed up to a series of commitments (see below).
A newly published research report, 'Nanocoatings market by type (anti-fingerprint, anti-microbial, easy-to-clean & anti-fouling, self-cleaning and other), by application (healthcare, food & packaging, marine industry, water treatment equipment, electronics, construction, automotive, energy and others), and by region - trends & forecasts to 2019', reveals that the market for nanocoatings is projected to reach $14,219.05 million by 2019, increasing with a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 24.68% between 2014 and 2019.
The market is expected to show high growth because of the demands made by evolving environmental protection regulations and standards.
The luxury Whittlebury Hall conference, training centre, hotel and spa in Northamptonshire has taken a proactive approach to hand hygiene by installing a novel cleanliness product and by doing so has become an industry-leader in cleanliness and hygiene.
The hotel has installed a number of specialist hygienic door handles across its facilities in a bid to prevent the spread of germs. By installing the Pure Hold Hygiene Handles, which are mounted onto standard pull-doors in place of normal handles, the hotel joins an exclusive group of health and care facilities to have fitted the Hygiene Handle and is now seeing tangible benefits.
Armed with such a cool name for a school, inspirational school leaders and a dedicated team of educators, Horizon Primary School, Singapore, ventured into the STAR Programme (Sustaining Toilets As Restrooms) for the first time and on its maiden journey, came out impressively with a series of wonderfully executed projects as well as providing a high standard of washroom maintenance.
The Restroom Association of Singapore Inspector was impressed by how much it achieved in just its first year of participation in a programme designed to teach youngsters the importance of good hygiene and to respect washrooms and those that clean them.
After two successful editions in Valencia, Hygienalia+Pulire, Spain's cleaning and professional hygiene trade fair, returns to Madrid where the Pulire brand organised its first five editions on Spanish territory.
The site chosen for the third edition of Hygienalia+Pulire, taking place from 27th - 29th of October 2015, is the 'Pabell-n de Cristal' - a modern building inside the Casa de Campo exhibition centre located in one of the greenest areas of Madrid, a strategic location for both its accessibility and its landscape.
Each year, hundreds of millions of patients around the world are affected by healthcare-associated infections as organisms are transmitted from patient to patient via the unwashed hands of healthcare workers. To help combat these infections, the HyGreen system actively reminds healthcare workers if they forget to wash before patient contact and wirelessly records all hand hygiene events in the hospital.
Papworth Hospital is the UK's largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital and the country's main heart and lung transplant centre, treating over 23,700 inpatient and day cases and 65,000 outpatients each year from across the UK.
Biovigil Hygiene Technologies, whose principal product is a hand sanitising system for hospitals that detects and monitors hand washing, is moving into larger premises in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to enable it to service its growing numbers of contracts and expand its business even more this year.
"We have doubled the size of our office and operations," says Brent Nibarger, the company's chief sales & marketing officer, who explains that the five-year-old company has hired six people in engineering and tech support over the last year.
"This new GEMI supply chain sustainability tool has been designed as a guide to help support and assist with strategic sourcing and procurement, by providing visibility into CO2e and water impacts within a financial context," says Bill Gill, assistant vice president, Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods and chair of GEMI as well as GEMI's SCS Work Group.
CILS has launched the CILS-8200S ultimate high-performance, solvent-resistant, durable label range, providing permanent lifelong adhesion and resistance to aggressive chemicals and solvents such as Acetone, MEK, hydraulic brake fluids etc, ensuring critical product data remains legible.
The CILS computer printable surface coating allows variable data (serial numbers, barcodes etc) to be printed in minutes straight from an existing PC and Thermal Transfer printer, providing a hi-tech 'print-and-apply' solvent-resistant labelling solution, eliminating difficult over-laminating and secondary lacquers.
SmartDrive Systems, the driving performance specialist that helps reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, this week announced that Waxie Sanitary Supply, America's largest independently-owned distributor of sanitary maintenance supplies, is transferring its entire fleet to SmartDrive's video-based safety programme.
Waxie, which distributes quality cleaning chemicals, equipment, disposables and accessories to the building service contractor, school, hospitality, healthcare, military, government, industrial and retail markets, turned to SmartDrive to better protect its drivers and company with a solution that targets its specific risk areas.
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