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If you’ve been reading Cleanzine for even 1/10th of the time we’ve been producing it (this is our 699th issue) you’ll have seen me complaining about the time spent polishing a building’s floors, generally with one of those hard-to-use rotary floor cleaning machines – and no – I’m not casting aspersions on the machines but praising the cleaners who use them… they’re a great deal more skilled than I am! I cannot understand why we can almost see our reflection in these floors, when there are dirty marks on the walls and visible high-level dust, while the touch plates are so filthy that you’ll open the doors with your knees if you’re able.
Why spend so much time and effort shining floors when you neglect the cleaning elsewhere? After all, as we knee open the door, the draught we create will have all the dust wafting to the floor anyway!
If you haven’t visited our Facebook page, I cleaned an office at the weekend. It’s always appeared clean but as you can see from my picture, the staff tasked with cleaning their workplace, aren’t really doing that good a job, are they? The comment I posted alongside the picture, was something along the lines of: “One reason why companies should hire professional cleaners rather than attempt to tackle the job themselves!”
It got me wondering whether some of the cleaning procedures carried out in places frequented by the general public, such as in hospitals and shopping malls, are designed to make us think they are cleaner than they actually are… a bit ‘smoke and mirrors’, if you like. After all, if you’re mesmerised by a shiny floor, will you notice high level dust, unless you know what you’re looking for?
If you’re a cleaning contractor, before you come gunning for me, I confess that I wafted their furniture spray around before leaving the job, so that that when they opened up next morning, they’d be alerted to the fact that the place had been thoroughly cleaned…
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This Week's News
The RAI has published its latest update and guidance on what to expect from the ISSA/Interclean Amsterdam 2016 show. Taking place from 10th - 13th May 2016, the show is dedicated to the theme 'Networking and Innovation' and will include some exciting new features and innovations in the way the exhibition itself is staged.
Already confirmed to fill more of the RAI's exhibition halls than ever before, the show is using an 'expanding floorplan', to meet demand from interested exhibitors. Solely based on those bookings made to date, the 2016 will be the largest ever cleaning & hygiene industry show held in Amsterdam - surpassing even 2014's Silver Jubilee event - and therefore the world.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) have formed a public trust to develop and disseminate cleaning and restoration science.
Recent research indicates that when cleaning indoor surfaces, such as windows, mirrors and elevators, cleaning professionals face two key challenges - efficiency and safety - especially when working at height. Current tools and methods require time consuming rearranging of furniture and electrical equipment for safe access or to reach high or unusually positioned windows.
Result - wasted time and increased risks and costs associated with the use of ladders and access equipment. Moreover, the need for intensive staff training creates additional problems, so these infrequent periodic cleaning tasks are often passed to specialist teams or subcontractors.
The date has been booked for the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's 2016 Gala Ball - 20th May - and places are already going fast. Held annually in the Spring, the Gala Ball is incredibly popular amongst members, providing a way for them to celebrate the achievements of the Association in the company of their partners and colleagues.
This time around the Ball is moving to a wonderful new venue - Heythrop Park Resort, Enstone, Oxfordshire, OX7 5UE. Set in 440 acres of stunning Oxfordshire countryside, Heythrop dates back to 1710. There's a magnificent ballroom, plenty of parking, stunning rooms, a championship 18-hole golf course and luxurious health club and spa. What's not to love!
When the sun sets in Dresden and the enchanting street lights lined up along the River Elbe illuminate the streets from 'Kaethe-Kollwitz-Ufer' to 'Terrassenufer', where the world's largest fleet of paddle steamers is moored, on to the 'Altmarkt' and then further along on 'Augustusbruecke' and into the 'Neustadt', the already romantic city of Dresden appears even more beautiful...
To ensure that it stays that way even after public events such as the Dresden city festival,'Canaletto', the city-cleaning department is called into action for a large-scale operation.
Sealed Air's Diversey Care division sponsored and presented the 'Best Initiative in Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility' at last week's 16th annual Worldwide Hospitality Awards. Club Med and NH Hotel Group shared an award for their joint corporate initiatives, while Gaviota Group received an award for its individual initiative.
Attended by an audience of over 800 people and receiving over 200 applications across 15 categories, the awards recognised the achievements of hotel group initiatives in promoting a sustainable hospitality industry across the world.
British steam cleaning machine manufacturer Matrix is offering you the opportunity to enhance your colour coding systems, with the launch of a range of nylon detailed brushes in a choice of red, blue, yellow and green - as well as in black.
But that's not all... you can even colour code the nozzle itself by purchasing the appropriate colour locking clips. These fit every machine in the range.
Bunzl has completed three further acquisitions, this time of companies in Spain, New Zealand and Brazil. The first two are engaged in the distribution of cleaning & hygiene products and equipment while the third sells a wide range of protective equipment and clothing.
Bunzl says aggregate annualised revenue of Cemelim in Barcelona, Spain (a member of the CIDAL Spanish distribution group) and ICB Cleaning Supplies in Auckland, New Zealand, is approximately £5 million, while revenue for Brazilian company Casa do Epi Ltda in the year ended 31st December 2014 was R$83.2 million (c.£14 million).
Taking place near Marble Arch, London, on 2nd December, the Government-run 'Manual Handling for Assessors' course will equip you with the knowledge to recognise, assess and reduce manual handling risks in your organisation.
It is suited to employers and employee representatives who intend to begin the process of manual handling risk assessment and control within their companies. It will also benefit those already involved in manual handling risk reduction who require more formal or in-depth training in this subject, including training in the use of specific manual handling assessment tools.
"This is a particularly significant success since the number of machines and equipments running to win the award were exceptionally numerous," says Michele Massaro, president of Lindhaus. "The preferences of the professionals were gathered by Siivoustaito, the cleaning industry's leading magazine in Finland, by voting on its website, via e-mail and by traditional mail.
TC Security Services, part of TC Facilities Management (TCFM), has been awarded the contract to provide manned guarding services to a prime headquarters building in Maidenhead, Berkshire. TC Security Services will be responsible for the total security and protection of the 67,777sq.ft building.
The suggested fines in the new document could hit heights of £20m for corporate manslaughter offences and £10m for the most serious health & safety offences.
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Recent UK News
The cleaning industry has reacted angrily to claims by Ofsted Chief, Michael Wilshaw, that cleaning should not be offered as part of an apprenticeship.
It comes in the wake of a recent Ofsted report that criticised the quality of apprenticeships, claiming low level skills such as cleaning are potentially devaluing the apprenticeship brand.
Sickness season is upon us. Cold and flu viruses lurk in every corner of the office, as our colleagues cough and splutter through the day. Sometimes getting ill can't be avoided, but there are precautions you can take to avoid succumbing to the yearly sniffles.
I thought you'd like to know that two ISO (international) standards are in preparation for facilities management services. These are:
ISO 18480-1 Facility Management - Part 1: Terms and definitions
Recognising success and rewarding excellence in recycling and waste management, the Awards showcase best practice and innovative approaches to improving the way resources are managed. Entries are welcomed from commercial organisations across all vertical industry sectors, local authorities, individuals and the community sector.
The following 23 winners are now officially the Best in the UK Cleaning Industry:
A much-needed campaign to promote good working conditions in the cleaning industry has been launched by an industry-led taskforce set up by the Equality & Human Rights Commission. It includes leading businesses, trade associations and trade unions.
Events & Exhibitions
Clean Buildings Expo
China Clean Expo 2020
Manchester Cleaning Show
Budapest Cleaning Show
Loo of the Year Awards