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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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I was always taught to look after other people’s things with as much care as I would my own and I would like to think that my behaviour is the norm. Give someone a company vehicle to drive though and the situation changes. I’m sure I’m not the only one who believes they can spot a company car driver at 50 paces and nor am I the only one who’d be reluctant to buy a second hand car that has previously seen use as a company car! What is it about company car drivers?
My sentiments have been backed up by the release of the results of a new survey, courtesy of Venson Automotive Solutions (www.venson.com). While I can identify with the 58% of company car drivers that think it’s their employer’s responsibility to get the car serviced at the appropriate times, I’m at odds to understand the thinking behind the general lack of regular maintenance checks that should be a matter of course for all drivers.
When asked if they undertake vehicle maintenance, only 52% of company car drivers are likely to top up water coolants and only 53% will check oil levels. Slightly better (but still not good enough) 66% check their tyre pressures and inflate their tyres if necessary. What’s really concerning is that 28% will ignore dashboard warning lights!
The survey also found that 17.5% wouldn’t report minor damage to their employer and I find this the most worrying trait as I feel it’s a betrayal of trust not to do so. If you’re responsible for someone else’s property and it gets damaged, surely you’d report it? If I found that an employee of mine had deliberately withheld this type of information I’d be wondering how far I could trust them and how honest they were being in all other aspects of our working relationship – such as expenses claims!
Venson’s Gil Kelly, advises that to keep fleet costs down, managers communicate regularly with their drivers about service and maintenance responsibilities and perhaps use daily/weekly/monthly (depending upon vehicle usage) vehicle checks to spot issues early on, using ongoing driver training to ensure employees are driving safely - which in turn will reduce accidental damage - and implementing a fleet policy that recharges fees back to drivers if incidents aren’t reported; all of which are good ideas.
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As well as accepting a new member, it was all change at the top when the BCC convened for its quarterly meeting and AGM recently, with Simon Hollingbery (pictured) taking over as Chairman from Doug Cooke, who stepped down after three years in the role.
The vacant deputy chair position was then put to a vote of the membership, and was won by British Institute of Cleaning Science CEO, Stan Atkins, with a sizeable majority.
An item in this week's Irish Times cites a letter sent by HSE assistant national director Ray Mitchell, to the Dail Public Accounts Committee, which is said to have reported that the contract cleaning bill had reached €38,222,274 in 2014. The letter is also said to have confirmed that €12,219,932 was distributed to five companies in the HSE East region alone.
As revealed in Cleanzine several weeks ago, The British Cleaning Council and Quartz Business Media, organisers of the UK's largest dedicated cleaning & hygiene exhibition - The Cleaning Show - were searching for an appropriate venue in which to stage a similar, regional event in Manchester next year, following the successful show at London's ExCeL earlier this year. They have just announced the details...
Clean Hands Safe Hands' award winning hand hygiene monitoring system has received a US patent for its Natural Language Voice Reminder and its variable detection range technology, which in a year-long peer reviewed clinical research study, demonstrated the ability to improve hand hygiene by more than 400%.
Clean Hands Safe Hands, helps reduce the spread of infections by providing a technology platform to remind providers without disrupting their workflow.
Morclean tells us it is proud to have won The Green World Ambassador Award 2015, having been given the opportunity to put the company forward after winning The Green Apple Award 2014 for Environmental Best Practice with its Bin Wash City - the battery driven bin wash machine - in a competition that saw it pitted against more than 500 other nominations.
The first cleaning contractor to adopt the eco-friendly 1.5 litre Toucan Eco II cleaning system across all of its UK sites, it is working with solution developer Centrego on a further range of models with varying tank capacities devised to enhance service delivery.
Loo of the Year Awards has just launched a new website that will be central to its marketing activities but which will also be useful to all 'away from home' toilet providers, the cleaning and facilities management industry, while promoting all aspects of the services and value that the Awards offer.
It has been designed to be accessible by desktop computers, laptops, tablets or mobile phones.
The Health & Safety Executive has issued new guidance aimed primarily at employers and fumigators/fumigation technicians (including the self-employed) to help them comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) when carrying out fumigation activities, both traditional pest control (invertebrate fumigation) and within the laboratory and biosecurity sectors. It will also be useful to their safety representatives.
The new guidance outlines the real risks and describes the law that applies to fumigation operations.
Tork, Europe's leading professional hygiene paper brand, has been an associate sponsor of the Awards for the past eight years.
Following a comprehensive audit conducted by the Accreditation Scheme's independent auditor Martin Yates, Poppies Europe been approved to join the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme for Soft Tissue.
The company's acceptance into the Scheme follows its acquisition of the away from home division of Staples Disposables, which was a member.
TVH, which has customers in more than 170 countries, can officially call itself dealer of Delta Q for Europe. The company can now offer its customers Delta-Q battery chargers for aerial work platforms, golf carts, lift trucks, sweepers and other industrial vehicles.
"TVH was officially given the title of 'Distributor'," says the TVH's Debbie Manhaeve. "This concretely means that the company will be responsible for the quick distribution of Delta-Q battery chargers from its headquarters in Waregem.
At first glance, the Safety Head may appear to be a barricade or an oversized safety cone. However, upon closer inspection, it is apparent that the bright orange, reflective piece of equipment at the job site is actually a new, one-of-a-kind portable toilet rental which has initially been launched in New York.
This portable toilet has been designed specifically for construction sites where it will stand out and keep workers and members of the public safe.
The Health and Safety Executive successfully prosecuted Brian Stubbs (director) and Brian Stubbs & Company at Stafford Magistrates' Court after a window cleaner was observed standing on guttering on the outside of a balcony parapet wall on the third floor of St Joseph's Nursing Home, Lichfield Road, Stafford, in August 2014. An HSE investigation found that there was no suitable edge protection or other appropriate safety measures in place.
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