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I do love it when I receive a response to my leaders! Industry colleagues tell me that however busy they may be, they always take time to read the leader. Apparently my words make people think –sometimes they agree and sometimes they don’t… Occasionally the contents will be discussed with colleagues, friends and family and often people plan a response – but rarely do I receive one. This week I’ve had two, which makes me happy!
My point last week was, if National Rail can provide public washrooms and profit financially from them, why can’t local authorities do the same? An interesting response from the Loo of the Year Awards’ Mike Bone appears below, while a comment added to our Facebook page by the Domestic Cleaning Alliance makes me wonder whether the DCA is considering taking up the challenge. It said: “If you can let us know the costs of running a standalone public toilet block for a year I will crunch some numbers to see if it is a viable proposition to charge.”
Mike notes that local authority public toilet provision is not obligatory and I agree with him that many authorities clearly fail to recognise the human need; instead they close facilities to achieve an immediate reduction in costs, then sell the plots to make money which helps balance the books and house a family or few. That may be great in the short term, but if legislation changes one day or those at the helm decide that human need is indeed important, they’re going to have to spend a great deal more further down the line to buy land on which to build public toilets – if they’re lucky enough to find any and can then afford to pay for it, with the way things are going!
If you’re able to help the DCA out with some figures I’d be grateful (just imagine the impact if the DCA, which offers national coverage, sets up a chain of public washrooms!) You can respond to me by email or comment on our Facebook page.
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When it comes to reducing the spread of preventable healthcare-associated infections (pHAIs) in hospital rooms, two advocates of intervention programmes are calling for collaboration instead of over-hyped single solutions that can pit humans against new technologies.
In a newly published article, 'Labour vs. New Technology: Can a Robot Process a Hospital Room as Completely as a Human?' George Clarke and John Scherberger write: "In the battle to stop the spread of and reduce HAIs, when the right questions are asked, we come up with common sense solutions such as multimodal intervention, a comprehensive approach to infection prevention in hospitals."
Having competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, the company will be presented with the Green Apple trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London on 16th November.
People who have used a pressure washer for an outdoor cleaning project will agree that there is something very satisfying about blasting surfaces to see them go from 'grime to shine' right before your eyes. B
riggs & Stratton - whose products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents - wants to see photos that show the dramatic cleaning power of pressure washers and is turning to social media to do it.
A leading supplier of cleaning equipment has strengthened its presence in the North East of England after delivering 10 new sweepers to one of the region's largest local authorities. Newcastle City Council has now taken delivery of 10 Citymaster 600s after Hako won a competitive tender to replace a fleet of machines that had reached the end of their effective working life.
Martin Jones, Hako's area sales executive - Municipal North, explains: "We've had a strong relationship with the City Council for at least eight years and when it was ready to replace its old machines we worked closely with the street cleaning team to specify a new fleet that meets their needs whilst reducing costs.
The UK market for non-domestic cleaning products, including equipment, materials and chemicals, has been largely flat in recent years and only modest growth is forecast for the 2015 - 2019 period, notes a new report into the UK contract cleaning market, which acknowledges that key trends in this sector include; increasing development of antibacterial products (in particular in the healthcare, food preparation and hospitality sectors), growth in the powered cleaning machine sector, greater focus on improving efficiency and increased automation of cleaning processes, and the increase in daytime cleaning.
It notes that the market continues to be strongly driven by legislation and higher standards for cleanliness, hygiene and health and safety.
The results are in for Bradley's 2015 Healthy Hand Washing Survey, which this January queried 1,030 American adults online about their hand washing habits in public washooms as well as their concerns about germs, colds and the flu. Participants were from around the country, ranged in age from 18 - 65+, and were fairly evenly split between men (47%) and women (53%).
More than a quarter of Americans (28%) are more concerned about getting sick with the flu than they were one year ago. Their top two concerns regarding this are that new strains that aren't covered by the flu vaccine and that strains that are mutating or becoming stronger.
Infection prevention products and solutions provider PDI is to host educational sessions focused on infection prevention in environmental services at the 2015 AHE Exchange, an annual educational exhibition and conference attended by more than 600 professionals with an interest in caring for the healthcare environment. The event will take place in Dallas, Texas, from September 20th - 23rd.
As well as exhibiting at the show, PDI - manufacturer if the Sanicloth - will participate in three education sessions across three days. Additionally, it will sponsor a lunch and learn where attendees will hear from an expert in the environmental services industry, as well as the winners of 'Delivering the Difference', a contest recognising industry professionals who display excellence in building collabor
Three long-time professional associations formalised an agreement recently that the organisations' leaders say will lead to stronger ties, shared resources and cross-membership for members (Ed: something worth noting by associations worldwide).
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding means greater organisational stability and growth for the Carpet & Rug Cleaners Institute of Illinois (CRCII), the Low Moisture Carpet Cleaning Association (LMCCA) and the Professional Cleaning and Restoration Alliance (PCRA), reports LMCCA president Lonnie McDonald.
Your comments on the Network Rail income generated from toilet use charges refers. I tried to add comment on your Facebook page but only the first paragraph was displayed, I have now added the full version as shown below.
Between 2008 and 2014, during which time I was director or latterly chairman of the British Toilet Association, I promoted the benefits of introducing affordable charges for use of public toilets to Local Authorities (LAs) as an alternative to closing toilets that were deemed 'too expensive to provide.'
Facility solutions provider ABM, which has revenues of approximately $5 billion and 120,000 employees in over 300 offices throughout the US, the UK and various international locations, announced this week that it is rebranding GBM Support Services Group and its Eclipse and CGS businesses, under the ABM brand.
GBM provides cleaning, security, building maintenance, waste and facilities management services for various retail, leisure, public sector and commercial clients throughout the UK.
The cleaning team was asked to go in and do some additional work and checking to ensure that the visit went as smoothly as possible. Following this work and the inspection, the practice manager said: "The inspection went really well. Cleaning-wise everything was absolutely fine... a big 'thank-you' to everyone for all their help."
Carlsberg's old claim of brewing 'probably the best lager in the world' was called into question recently when two drinkers in Sweden were served cleaning solution, rather than the popular Staropramen beer they were expecting. As a result, Carlsberg is recalling more than 4,624 kegs of the beer, which is brewed in the Czech Republic but distributed by Carlsberg in some countries, including Sweden.
Jim Daniell, a spokesperson for Carlsberg Sweden told CTV News this week that the issue was "extremely serious" because the cleaning fluid was believed to be corrosive. He said that a restaurateur and a Carlsberg employee ended up with blistered tongues after sampling the contents of a barrel and were taken to hospital. Luckily they did not sustain permanent injury.
New research from BCA, the UK and Europe's leading vehicle marketplace, underlines the importance of a service history when it comes to selling used vans, since its data shows a service history can add up to 10% on used light commercial vehicle values.
A waste recycling firm has been sentenced after admitting safety failings related to a worker being killed at its premises in Batley, during a hearing in which the Court was told that that safety failings were systemic, with management failing to ensure that longstanding actions from risk assessments were implemented or that safe working practices for clearing blockages were put in place.
Bradford Crown Court heard that in August 2012, Simon Brook, an employee of Gwynn Davies-McTiffin, was found lying seriously injured at the bottom of a horizontal baling machine. His legs had been partially severed inside the machine and had to be amputated by a doctor at the scene. The 50-year-old father of six died two days later.
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