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No doubt you, too, have seen the reports all over the international press this week, featuring confessions shared by hotel housekeeping staff on how they cut corners when cleaning our rooms, to save time. Many of us will have read of such tricks over recent years, but generally when they’re reported in the UK national press, they can sometimes be taken with a pinch of salt, since some news outlets are known to sensationalise the information they’ve uncovered, for their own publicity’s sake.
These latest confessions, shared anonymously on the Whisper app, are likely to be true.
I’ve always been wary of the cleanliness of hotel rooms and would never think of taking a bath or drinking from one of the glasses or cups or using a spoon without giving it a good rub and rinse around first. I’ll also rinse out the kettle before filling it. But how far does one go with this type of behaviour, without being over the top about it?
Many posters said their hotels don’t wash blankets regularly and I have to say that – unhygienic as this may sound – it didn’t surprise me too much. After all, these blankets tend to be more for show and most guests wouldn’t sleep with them next to their skin, would they? I think they ought to be washed more than the ‘once annually’ quoted by some posters but certainly not after every guest visit. That would be a waste of resources.
Other posters confessed to leaving sheets on the bed between guests, simply turning them up the other way or running over their surface with a lint roller to remove hairs and other bits. Now that disgusted me – but surely, when you first draw back the sheets, you can tell whether they’ve been slept in or not, because used sheets become crumpled?
My belief is that hotel housekeepers are generally under such pressure to clean rooms in too little time to do the job properly, that they have to find the quickest way possible to make the room look as if it’s been properly cleaned, when really it hasn’t – and while I can’t condone some of the shortcuts they take, I can’t actually blame them, can you?
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A debate was scheduled to take place in Westminster Hall on the motion: 'This House has considered hand hygiene in the NHS'. The debate was tabled by Nigel Mills MP, who has a keen interest in healthcare and hygiene issues.
"I tabled this debate to request that the Government ensure that proper checks are introduced so that patients can have confidence that everything possible is being done to enforce proper hand hygiene best practice," he said earlier this week.
Tissue World, the leading portfolio of events dedicated to the global tissue paper industry, has released the full conference agenda for Tissue World New Orleans Conference & Exhibition, taking place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Louisiana, USA from 14th to 17th March, 2016.
Across the four days, topics will cover the complete industry chain starting with a seminar on Yankee Operations, followed by the Senior Management Seminar tackling strategic market insights, and Technical Sessions over the last two days, which will explore a full spectrum of technological advancements.
And now it has one! The 6th & 7th April 2016 Manchester Cleaning Show will be a long awaited event, held appropriately enough at the modern Event City venue, Manchester.
The much vaunted Northern Powerhouse embodies the same industrial and entrepreneurial spirit that made the North of England into the 'Workshop of the World' more than one hundred and fifty years ago, continuing today with major investment around the Airport, the City Centre and in the surrounding infrastructure.
Bunzl, the international distribution and outsourcing group, has today announced that after more than 10 years in the role, Michael Roney has decided to retire as chief executive of the company.
"Our industry is being called upon to step in and help stop the spread of disease at a time when the pharmaceuticals are stepping out," writes Stephen Ashkin, published author and president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specialising in 'greening' the cleaning industry. Here he discusses the whys and wherefores of this statement...
"It's possible many in the professional cleaning industry are unaware of a major redirection in the pharmaceutical industry. Whereas pharmaceutical companies spent billions of dollars and put decades of research into the development of new antibiotics after World War II, one by one the major firms are backing away from this expensive and time consuming research.*
Hi Jan, As a regular reader of your excellent publication, I appreciate the publicity you give to matters relating to the provision and cleanliness of 'away from home' toilets.
I started campaigning on this issue many years ago. In 1985 I founded All Mod Cons, which became The British Toilet Association in 1999. I quietly contribute to various influential documents, e.g. I participated in the Global Guidelines for Practical Public Toilet Design in 2011.
In 2015 the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association audited more products than has ever been the case, with Scheme members achieving near perfect compliance. Martin Yates, the CHSA's independent inspector, made over 70 visits to Scheme members in 2015, testing over 600 products and almost 1,400 labels for compliance.
With such clear evidence of the impact of the Schemes, Mike Stubbs, chairman of the Accreditation Schemes, is calling on buyers of soft tissue products, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops to specify Scheme membership in their tenders.
Facilicom, has opened a new business in Ireland, extending the company's presence across Europe. The exciting development comes after Facilicom won a contract with an American multinational technology company covering cleaning services at its offices in Dublin, London and Paris.
CCS, a leading provider of commercial janitorial services across the Western US, is to benefit from recapitalisation from private equity firm Silver Oak Services Partners, in partnership with management and co-investors.
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Denver, CCS has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada and Washington. It provides a full range of janitorial services focused on commercial customers, including end markets such as single and multi-tenant office, healthcare, education, industrial, government and residential communities.
The Group has contracted Dhofar Global to provide all the necessary hygiene supplies and services, support the development of product ranges, as well as provide adequate technical and commercial training according to the Group's needs.
Sevenoaks District Council pleaded guilty to safety failings after a member of the public was killed when he collided with a road sweeper. In the incident, which took place in September 2010, a council road sweeper lorry was cleaning the outside of a dual-lane slip road when Derek McCulloch (58) drove into the back of the sweeper on his motorbike. Mr McCulloch was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the latest statistics, the total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014/15 in Great Britain was 440,000 cases - or 1,380 per 100,000 workers, with the total number of working days lost as a result, estimated to be 9.9 million days - an average of 23 days lost per case.
In 2014/15 stress accounted for 35% of all work-related ill health cases and 43% of all working days lost due to ill health.
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Recent UK News
The CSSA is starting 2016 with a recruitment drive to attract new members, and is offering 'Founding Member' status for those who join before the official launch on 1st February.
The boss of a leading recruitment agency for the food and drink/hospitality/cleaning industry has warned the sector that it needs to prepare for the impact of the new, compulsory National Living Wage.
London specialist in quality cleaning, Julius Rutherfoord, is supporting the charity Crisis at Christmas by providing free cleaning for several of its London centres helping the homeless over Christmas.
Operation Magnify is targeting the construction and care home sectors as well as cleaning contractors, as these are thought to be some of the most likely industries that illegal workers are to be found - along with the restaurant sector.
This is the first time in the Awards' 28-years-history that a cleaning company has achieved this top award and was in recognition of the company being awarded Platinum Awards for every one of its entries.
Refuse collections and street cleaning are amongst the services set to suffer as Lancashire County Council tries to reduce its spend by £4.7m.
Deputy leader Cllr Tony Greaves, who oversees the council's finances, told the Lancashire Telegraph: "The government is again slashing our grants and councils like ours in the north of England, are among the worst hit. We're looking at different ways to cut our spending and raise our income, but we're now very close to being forced to stop doing some quite important things."
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