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UK-based Genesys International has selected Water Planet, a global supplier of high-performance, membrane-based water treatment solutions, as the US distributor for its line of reverse osmosis membrane anti-scalant and cleaning chemicals.
The results are in and according to cleaning managers across the US, 44% agree that the recession is over, up 5% from last year's results. However, despite this optimism, more are reporting pressure to reduce labour and other operating costs. (Ed: now where have I heard that before?)
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I talk about 'away from home' WCs a lot and I'm well known for grumbling about how many are being closed down, leaving folk with 'nowhere to go'. One thing that's never occurred to me though is that those who drive for a living, delivering goods or supplying services, may have a similar problem at their destination...
The latest issue of Truckers' Toilets UK, has several snippets which clearly indicate that some companies are refusing to allow visiting drivers to use their washrooms when they arrive. The word inhospitable doesn't begin to describe that, does it?
I'm aware that when we think of drivers we picture them on motorways with the option of calling in at any number of service stations on their way. However, the distance between that last service station and the premises being visited can be great - and with local traffic at peak times causing delays, I daresay the journey can become quite uncomfortable for some.
TTUK says it has an email from the Health & Safety Executive which says that, "all employers have a duty to co-operate with each other to enable them to comply with health & safety legislation. This includes providing welfare... HSE issued guidance in 2014 for visiting HGV drivers that clearly states they should have easy access to toilets and other welfare facilities."
TTUK asks that if you or any of your drivers are refused use of the washroom at your destination, you let them know the name of the company that refused you access and the reason given, so it can make enquiries. I can remember reading years ago that man can legally urinate on the rear outside wheel of a vehicle (I'm assuming it has to be stationary...) in the UK. I don't know if that's still the case but it's not something I'd like to see someone doing; it's not hygienic & it's not very dignified. Plus - if whoever's doing it has just made a delivery or carried out some sort of service, there's absolutely no excuse for it, is there?
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The real value of earnings of those whose work involves cleaning is a long way behind that of workers in other fields, having taken longer to recover from the 2008 slump, according to the GMB union's Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2007-2015.
Overall in 2007, average earnings for all employees were £30,015 and although by 2015 they had increased by 12.2% to £33,689, with inflation running at 25.6% over this period, average earnings for all employees are really 13.4% below 2007 level, claims the union.
Frequent handwashing is both effective and gentle with the launch of Gojo Mild Antimicrobial Handwash. The new formulation has proven efficacy against a broad spectrum of potentially harmful micro-organisms, from bacteria to yeast and virus particles, whilst being mild to the skin.
Minor illnesses are the second biggest cause of workplace absenteeism in the UK. Reduced productivity and the potential costs of buying in cover for absentees soon affect the bottom line, so it makes sense to do all you can to improve hygiene and with it, the spread of illness-causing bacteria.
The Cannon Touch provides an ultra-fine mist of sanitising spray to the door handle each time it closes, so it is kept hygienically clean for every user.
On Monday, Sealed Air's Diversey Care division launched a test drive programme for Taski IntelliTrail, a full-service, intelligent fleet management system that allows facilities managers to remotely monitor their Taski floorcare machines with ease.
Organisations can execute more profitable contracts with the latest release of leading edge workforce management solution Vanquish, which was developed in collaboration with leading contractors from the construction, facilities management and contract cleaning industries.
Vanquish builds on the success of previous releases but now incorporates a range of new functionalities to streamline and simplify the contract management process. Powerful and easy to use, it provides the tools and insightful analytics contractors need to contract costs whilst delivering the highest standards of customer service.
We included a letter in last week's issue from Peter Vezey, who was asking how industry experts might tackle a dilapidated building that had - amongst other things - been damaged by what appears to have been long-term, heavy smoking. Mary de Cobos, of FutureClean Assured Systems, writes...
"We used to restore pubs like this! We always use a high pH product - caustic or non-caustic based. Caustic works faster but will damage aluminum and paintwork. This is a long job and you need to try to be methodical about it. It's not done in five minutes and there is no miracle product around to instantly clean the surfaces.
Brush Technology is producing an updated range of aftermarket municipal brushes. These one-piece belly brushes are designed to work on all modern municipal truck-mounted sweepers such as Scarab, and Johnston trucks.
Prior to the introduction of these one-piece brushes (also commonly known in the trade as 'belly' or 'wide sweep cylinder brushes') they consisted of a reusable steel cylinder shaft wrapped in segmented wafer rings of bristles. Every time the brush needed changing, the old wafer rings had to be removed, and the new ones reassembled with suitable spacers onto the old shaft.
The Scholarship is open to the sons and daughters of CHSA members who on 1st September 2016 will be 18 years or over and commencing their higher education studies this year. The successful applicant will receive £4,500, spread over their three-year degree.
A 2016 report by MTW Research indicates that sales of water saving bathroom products have risen by 25%, boosted by housebuilding, domestic refurbishment and a continued emphasis by manufacturers on water efficiency.
Based on data from 130 manufacturers and retailers, MTW found that water saving products account for around 30% of the UK bathroom market in 2016, with the 50+ age group, DIoT (Domestic Internet of Things), product labelling and changing consumer habits providing a much needed sales boost in 2016.
Swish Maintenance, which manufactures and distributes facilities solutions and cleaning supplies across Canada and throughout the Northeastern US through 17 branches, is moving to a new distribution and Clean-It centre on March 1st. This move will further support the company's growth initiatives in the Vancouver area.
University of Western Cape cleaning staff took part in a protest against outsourcing and low wages on Monday. In the morning they occupied the university's administration building and later in the day more than 100 of them gathered outside the student centre and administration building, emptying rubbish bins before banging on them and singing.
The cleaners say they are fed up with there work being outsourced. They also complain about what they say are inadequate 'remedial wages'.
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BSI, the business standards company, has published the draft international standard of ISO 45001 Occupational health & safety management systems - Requirements.
An occupational health & safety management system standard written with the ultimate aim of replacing OHSAS 18001, it is available until April 15th for comment.
Based at Chiswick Park, London, the head office for Discovery Networks UK also covers operations in the UK, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, France and Flanders.
The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners will this year celebrate the 30th anniversary of being granted full livery status by the City of London's Court of Aldermen.
While it proudly supports and preserves the ancient customs and traditions of The City, the WCEC is much more than a relic of another age. As befits a soon to be 30-year-old, it is very much a modern Livery Company, focused on helping to meet the changing needs and challenges of today's cleaning industry.
"Headquartered as we are in the south east of England, we welcome the opportunity to be able to showcase our current offer to customers from the north and Scotland at a regional event with the heritage of the national Cleaning Show," explains the company's sales manager, Phil Jones.
Knowing that Cle@nzine goes to everyone who knows everything about cleaning, I wondered if you could ask your readership for a solution to the following cleaning problem.
I have a property that has not had a window open for 15 years and the owner smoked 50 cigarettes a day. Everything is thick with yellow stain and it smells awful - emulsion painted ceilings and walls, gloss paintwork/doors, metal surfaces (boiler and radiators), windows, tiles etc. are all nicotine-coloured.
FutureClean Assured Systems, often employed as an 'expert witness' in legal proceedings and also a consultant to the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence, shared some of its expertise more widely recently with those taking part in the seminar programme during Clean India Pulire.
The family-run-firm, which was set up in 1972 by the late Martin Wyers, now employs more than 1,200 people across the north of England and provides cleaning and facilities management for nationally recognised names such as Aldi, JD Sports, and Manchester's very own The Lowry.
In partnership with the British Association for Chemical Specialities, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is hosting a conference designed to explain fully, the regulations and their impact on your business.
And while many things about association membership haven't changed, such as the opportunities for networking and friendship it provides, the ability for the industry to speak with one voice and address industry issues collectively rather than as individual companies (i.e. from a position of strength) there are a great many new things planned.
As from last Monday, Crown Courts and Magistrates Courts in England and Wales have been bound by tough new guidelines when sentencing those who have been convicted of breaking health & safety law. For the first time, courts in England and Wales are required to follow comprehensive sentencing guidelines.
Neal Stone, policy & standards director at the British Safety Council, says of the changes: "We broadly welcome the new guidelines and in particular that in future, three factors will be key in determining fines for health & safety offences: the degree of harm caused, the culpability of the offender, and the turnover of the offending organisation.
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