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Air Products' chairman, president and CEO Seifi Ghasemi had words of sympathy for the victims of last Thursday's attack at its facility in L'Isle-d'Abeau, France. He also expressed appreciation for the assistance and outpouring of support received from around the world, as the company continues to cooperate with the continuing investigation by French and other authorities.
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When I wrote in last week’s leader about my support of both the London Living Wage and those contractors who pay their cleaners over and above the National Minimum Wage, I was aware that the Chancellor was likely to announce in yesterday’s budget a cut in working tax credits and I called for a fairer pay rate for everyone, so we as taxpayers would no longer have to subsidise firms that could well afford to pay their employees a higher hourly rate than they currently do. I had no idea though that there were plans to bring in a compulsory National Living Wage that before many years will reach £9.00 an hour… Or of the plans to increase the compulsory rate paid by quite as much, quite so soon!
The NMW for an adult not in training is currently £6.50 and it has reached that level having gone up in increments of less than 40p a time (but often as little as 10p – 15p) since it was introduced in 1999. A rise to £6.70 this coming October has been on the cards for some months, but employers will now have to increase this to £7.20 from April of next year – by far the biggest rise over a 12 month period ever.
I wonder, with cleaning budgets so tight, whether clients will be prepared to pay so much more for their cleaning services to cover the extra labour costs involved, or whether they’ll opt to reduce the services they receive, or even decide to do the cleaning themselves?
It’s going to be up to our industry to really sell the benefits of professional cleaning performed by enthusiastic people who are properly trained (as well as housed and fed!) and thus know what they’re doing and have the energy to do it.
Perhaps I can do my bit by sharing some of the horror stories you as contractors come across, when you have to ‘pick up the pieces’ of someone else’s mistakes. Do please get in touch if you have anything you’d like to share with those of my readers who employ cleaning contractors – or indeed if you’re a building owner or manager with news of how many problems, poorly executed cleaning can cause. I hear so many stories but as they’re told to me in confidence, I’m unable to use them, so if you can share, please do. It may well be the making of our industry in terms of improving public perception of cleaning as a profession!
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This Week's News
Results of a survey published today show that while there is low brand loyalty, all product categories and companies registered growth in the market for industrial and institutional cleaning wipes in the US, which increased by over 5% in 2014.
'Industrial and Institutional Wipes USA: Market Analysis and Opportunities', issued by worldwide management consulting and market research firm Kline, reveals that several companies, such as market leader Clorox Professional Products or various smaller brands like Metrex Research or Spartan Chemical, are growing faster than the overall market growth.
Visitors to the CMS Berlin exhibition will be familiar with the enormous stand emblazoned with green frogs and soon that frog will be a familiar site in the US, since Frosch, Germany's 'most trusted brand' for natural cleaning agents with more than 25 years of experience in developing and manufacturing environmentally-friendly cleaning and personal care products, has this week announced its entry into the US market.
Initially, 12 products will be available and these will be distributed by exclusive importer, Ezzi Imports.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has established a new Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme open to the children of CHSA members' employees. Applications are being sought from now (closing date 30th June 2016) with the first Scholarship commencing in September 2016.
The successful applicant will be awarded £1,500 per annum for three years. Once fully operational there will be three concurrent recipients a year, each at a different level of study.
World Toilet Day has been recognised worldwide on 19th November each year since 2001. This international day aims to inspire the global community to take action to break the toilet taboo and raise global awareness that a staggering 2.5 billion people still do not have access to proper sanitation.
RAS, the Restroom Association (Singapore), has introduced The World Toilet Day Commemoration Fund to encourage all preschools and schools to organise toilet-related activities and events in their preschools, schools and community in October or November to commemorate World Toilet Day.
Adoption of innovative fabric technology for healthcare worker and patient attire is growing, as more healthcare facilities forego traditional uniforms in an effort to better protect patients and staff from healthcare-associated infections.
As one indicator of this growth, Vestagen Technical Textiles reports that a variety of healthcare facilities have recently converted to its Vestex protective uniforms. The facilities include Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Emergency Departments, Flagler Hospital and the University of North Florida (UNF) School of Nursing.
Pet food manufacturer Sarval has been sentenced this week after employees were exposed to chlorine gas during the cleaning of equipment at the company's Nottinghamshire plant. The Court heard that employees were further exposed to hydrogen sulphide fumes at the same premises when a blockage was cleared from another piece of equipment.
The Health & Safety Executive told the Court that on 15th May this year, there was a release of chlorine gas from a scrubber during a routine cleaning operation when hydrochloric acid was added to a sump containing sodium hypochlorite.
Over two days in June, employees working in sales, administration and service at the cleaning machine manufacturer Hako, worked together in polishing the building and outdoor facilities of the monastery to a shine, helping out in the soup kitchen and maintaining machines.
New guidance is available on managing safety in the papermaking process. The guidance is for managers and users of paper and tissue manufacturing machinery and it provides practical information on managing the risks for those working on papermaking machinery and associated tasks and describes the law that applies to this type of work.
This edition updates references to legislation, standards and links to further guidance. It has been restructured since the last edition, to cover tasks in papermaking as well as the machine itself.
According to a national survey, nearly 70% of Emiratis who have experienced unpleasant public toilet conditions report leaving the premises without completing their intended business, will think twice about returning or will never return.
Magnifying the problem, more than 60% of respondents say they told someone else, posted a comment on social media or complained to management. Such findings indicate undesirable toilet experiences prove costly for business.
Organisers of the recent Glastonbury Festival opted for Polaris Plastics' eco-friendly, compostable refuse sacks in its quest to collect and hold the waste as efficiently as possible. Over 100,000 sacks were used throughout the Festival, at all waste locations across the 900 acre site.
The sacks have been provided by the same Polaris distributor for the last two years and conform to the international environmental standard EN 14342; giving the organisers the assurance that the sacks will fully compost along with the waste in the sack. The compostable sacks are tested to compost naturally and in industrial composting facilities as well as anaerobic digestion facilities.
Leverstock Green Lawn Tennis Club recently celebrated its 50th birthday, and as Wimbledon 2015 began, was proud to feature in a recent BBC article about its success at attracting girls of all ages into coaching. The Tennis Club is 'coming of age' as its membership expands and the club facilities evolve.
The club was founded back in 1961 by Herbert Secretan, the club's first life president, who donated the land for the club in memory of his daughter Fleur, who had been a keen tennis player.
A school operator and a cleaning contractor have both been fined, after a man sustained permanent spinal injuries while felling a tree on school grounds in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
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