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I struck lucky last week with my comments on travel plans that went awry and that “it had been touch and go” whether last week’s cleaning show would take place at all! I managed to draw responses from a number British Cleaning Council members saying that I must have been talking about the wrong show (i.e. the event that’s taking place in Birmingham shortly, which was being organised by Martin Scott of Cleaning Show fame) and several from others sharing their travel experiences. You can see some of them on our Facebook page.
To set the record straight, I’m delighted that the show went well and was fully behind it – as the previous week’s leader testifies. I’m also delighted that the show will once again be held in London’s Docklands in 2017 and that some exhibitors have already reserved larger stands than they took this year, (and two years surely gives Transport for London and whoever else is involved, time to get the engineering works over, the trains running to the schedules – and stations – they should and for signposting to be clarified for those unfamiliar with the systems and area)!
In my defence, I wasn’t confusing this show with its rival; two shows – one in a centrally located venue organised by the ‘face’ of the established show and the other organised on behalf of the industry’s umbrella body in an area that many were saying was difficult to get to and expensive to park at… well, it was the talk of the industry for two years and it really was anybody’s guess – however determined the two players may have been. Many manufacturers said they would not support a London show and that they were booking/had booked Birmingham. Clearly one show would not go ahead but until late last year, from where I stood, it was difficult to tell which one it would be…
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The Marine Conservation Society has just issued its 2015 report – the latest in the annual summaries of litter data recorded during British beach cleans each September – and amongst several types of litter that are on the increase, the wet wipe received a special mention.
Wet wipes do not easily disintegrate and can block sewers - and when they are washed into the sea they can end up on the beaches. There is an alternative though in the form of Freshu.
BCC Chairman, Doug Cooke, says the show exceeded all expectations and has confirmed that the 2017 Cleaning Show will also be held at the ExCel, with a number of exhibitors having already booked stand space for the next show in 2017. Doug predicts the show in two years will be bigger and has urged exhibitors to book stand space early.
Research by a UK-based commercial and domestic cleaning company has found widespread support among both mums and dads for equal facilities in toilets run both by councils and retailers.
So weren't at all surprised to see the company's Mark Unger collecting an Innovation Award at the Cleaning Show last week.
NanoMarkets has announced the release of a new report titled, 'Smart Surfaces Markets 2015-2022', which predicts that the smart surfaces market will grow to around $13.5 billion by 2020 and scale to almost $30 billion in 2022. The report follows a January 2015 release on smart coatings markets and reveals that smart solar surfaces (both photovoltaic panels that are monolithically integrated into roofs and windows and self-cleaning solar panels) will be big money spinners, together with self-cleaning walls, windows and other surfaces.
'Smart' surfaces change their function or form in response to outside stimuli. They have attracted attention from the R&D community for a decade and are now being commercialised.
Cleaners in Northern Territory, Australia, have been reimbursed by a total of some Aus $30,000 following a ruling by the Fair Work Ombudsman that their employers has wrongly paid them less than the minimum wage.
The Fair Work Ombudsman conducted an audit of tendering and procurement activities in cleaning services across the country as part of a follow up to a 2010 study.
Elevance Renewable Sciences, a US-based chemicals company that creates speciality chemicals from natural oils, announced during the Cleaning Show that its bio-based ingredient, Elevance Clean 1200, is now commercially available in Europe through Equilex Chemicals BV.
Our picture shows the product's performance being tested against that of alternative products.
The new antimicrobial powder coating SmartProtec, which sets new standards in cold room hygiene, received the title 'Highly Commended' in the 'Best Food Service Innovation' category of the Gulfood Awards 2015.
The awards recognise outstanding and pioneering achievements with significant commercial benefits to the food and beverage industries.
"The complex production process and the many components of conventional floor pads do not make recycling a viable option," said the team. "As a result floor pads are discarded after use, winding up in landfills where it can take hundreds of years for them to decompose.
Recycling professionals are invited to join fellow sustainability trailblazers at The Zero Waste Recognition Lunch, which celebrates the fantastic work that organisations from the public, private and third sector are doing to drive down waste from landfill. The event will be held at the 12th Century Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire on Thursday 9th April 2015.
Guests - whether entrants or non-entrants, will enjoy a sparkling drinks reception, followed by a sumptuous three course lunch whilst networking with a wide range of organisations working towards the same goal. A keynote address will be given by Sue Armstrong-Brown, Head of Policy at the think tank, Green Alliance.
The Delhi Division of India's railway network has launched a cleaning operation focusing on 33 stations, following a directive by the National Green Tribunal. This will include the mechanised cleaning of station premises, drains, rag-picking and rubbish disposal as well as rag-picking a 75km-route length in the National Capital Region.
The Green Tribunal had directed the railway administration to initiate punitive action against people found littering in and around the station premises and along the tracks, reports the Economic Times.
Cleaning is a generic job - it is carried out in all industry groups and all workplaces, and the cleaning industry has proved over several years to be one of the most dynamic sectors representing one of the largest services to business industries in the European Union.
The hazards and risks faced by cleaners include: exposure to dangerous substances, including biological agents that can lead to asthma, allergies, and blood-borne infections; noise and vibration. Slips, trips, and falls, particularly during 'wet work'; electrical hazards from work equipment.
More and more companies are turning to air-operated hoists for effective ways to clean storage tanks. These innovative lifting devices, which offer precise load placement control through convenient hand pendants, are being used successfully for truck tank cleaning operations worldwide.
In fact, J D Neuhaus air-operated hoists are deployed in a wide variety of transport tank cleaning applications, including road and rail transit tankers and marine transporters.
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