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Celebrating its fifth year of UK production, SkyVac has designed this model for all situations. It has three motors controlled by a power management lever to operate on 6,500 - 8,000 litres suction per minute and to ensure economical use of electricity.
Fresh and clean smelling air is often critical for a company's performance and reputation, as well as for its occupants' health and wellbeing.
The document can be ordered at ISO store (www.iso.org). ISO/TS 15066 contains requirements for the safe implementation of robots in collaborative operations and with robotics being used more and more in cleaning, the publication is timely.
It also "disseminated the idiosyncrasies of a sector that creates employment and wealth and which is committed to the environment, enhanced well-being, quality of life and public health."
This is according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC).
Avmor, Canada's leading manufacturer of professional cleaning solutions for the Jan/San and foodservice markets, believes that the professional cleaning industry should honour this day by focusing on ways to protect human health... and at the top of its list is indoor air quality.
Through this acquisition, Papyrus Supplies says it is further strengthening its Nordic position in the field of cleaning and facilities management supplies.
A simple, battery-free, door-mounted air freshener solution for washroom cubicles, the Airplus Ellipse offers maximum ease of service with easy loading and activation of the refill: the cartridge has been designed to activate inside the dispenser using the action created by closing the cover - thus avoiding any possible fragrance spillage.
From 18th to 20th September 2017, the Federation will be holding its congress alongside the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning.Management.Services in the German capital. The headline topic of the international conference is 'Cleaning in the digital world - processes, people, technology.'
The 2016 show will feature over 800 exhibitors from over 45 countries, showcasing their cleaning and hygiene products and solutions in a total floor area of approximately 60,000sq.m. RAI also reports that more live demonstrations are to be given across the show floor than ever before, including in the Outdoor Cleaning Show and High Pressure Demonstration Area where visitors will be encouraged to 'try-it-yourself' with many of the products on display.
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Rory Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary in Defra and Marcus Jones MP, Minister for Local Government, were amongst speakers who lauded the success of the Clean for The Queen Campaign on Tuesday, at a celebration on the Terrace Pavilion at the House of Commons. They joined campaign founder Melissa Murdoch from the Garfield Weston Foundation and Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, in commending the 250,000-plus volunteers who’d helped clean up these beautiful islands in readiness for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday today.
I was lucky to be a guest of sponsor The British Cleaning Council and thus amongst the 200 people to attend the celebration – bright sunshine sparkling on the Thames (which is no doubt that much cleaner thanks to the campaign) seemed to provide an extra ‘thank you’ for the campaign’s instigators, supporters and volunteers. Although, (because of a weekend job) I wasn’t able to take part in the 3-day litter-pick in March, I am one of those who naturally goes around picking up litter dropped by others. It’s clear from the random chats I had with others on that terrace, that I’m not as weird as my friends and family think!
Keep Britain Tidy’s Allison Ogden-Newton, said: “When The Queen first came to the throne, litter was not the problem it has become today, with more fast food packaging, plastic bottles, takeaway meals and cigarette butts… Seeing this on our streets not only changes our sense of pride and how we feel about a place or area, but it also affects our wildlife and countryside.”
And while we’re all applauding those who gathered the 1,200 tonnes of rubbish, let’s think about what’s happening here… We’re dropping litter – too much of it.
Why? And what can we do to change things?
Do please let me have your views. Perhaps if we all work hard enough, next year’s volunteers will only be able to collect half that amount of litter – or even less.
Now wouldn’t that be nice?
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Last Friday in Brussels, the European Commission and the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in cooperation with the Netherlands EU Presidency, launched a two-year Europe-wide campaign: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages. Focusing on sustainable work and workplace safety and health in the context of the ageing workforce, the campaign provides a timely reminder that the younger workers of today are the older workers of tomorrow.
This campaign's objectives are four-fold:
The European workforce is ageing fast. By 2030, employees aged over 55 are expected to make up 30% or more of the total workforce in many EU countries. In the UK, 30% or more of the total workforce is already over 50 years' old, while 60 year and older employees constitute 23% of the workforce, and this figure is set to rise to 30.7% by 2020.
Commenting on today's ONS Labour Market Statistics, (www.ons.gov.uk) Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, the professional body for HR and people development, says:
"Existing employer concerns over the cost implications of the National Living Wage, pension auto-enrolment and the impending Apprenticeship Levy are starting to affect confidence amongst employers.
The contractor management specialist has warned agencies that following the advice laid out by one recruitment firm recently to reclassify their temporary workers could result in huge fines for their end clients as well as significant punishments for the organisation's directors.
A new report on the UK facilities management market from MTW Research has found that profitability is set to rise by £200 million in 2016, sustaining optimism for the market despite a slight slowdown in growth.
As most cleaning professionals around the world know, the old Material Safety Data Sheet has been replaced by the new Safety Data Sheet. In the process, numerous questions have come up as to why the old MSDS was replaced along with enquiries specifically about the new SDS forms.
To help us figure things out, Tobi Colbert, business development manager for National Service Alliance, a leading group purchasing organisation for contract cleaners in North America, lists some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers below:
The Group delivers services in the UK, North America, Germany, Spain and Morocco, with more than 800 million journeys annually made on its buses, trains, light rail services and coaches. It strives for operational excellence in everything it does across the organisation, from its safety and CSR policy to choice of vehicle and livery.
The arrival of the award-winning Citymaster 1600s marks the latest stage of a strengthening relationship between one of the UK's leading providers of municipal equipment and the Council, which already operates five Citymaster 1250 models.
Algae on wooden decks... on terraces and pavements... slippery, ugly and damaging. And if aesthetics are at stake - as they are on monuments, tombstones, facades, etc., the cost of algae removal can be substantial - not just in hours, but also in material damage.
Over the coming weeks, many cleaning companies will go out on site and temporarily remove the green tarnish... knowing that the algae will return in a couple of months.
Cannon Hygiene has launched the Imagine collection of washroom dispensers in over 40 countries - a modern product range which showcases a fully co-ordinated design scheme to create a style-led washroom suite.
The company says that the range will inspire customers to Imagine more from their washrooms with a choice of 24 dispensers featuring a modern, striking geometric look inspired by interior design trends and the Cannon Hygiene logo.
Leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland held a golf putting competition at the recent Manchester Cleaning Show, which John Wolohan of Prestige Supplies, Wigan, won by sinking an impressive 3 out of 5 putts.
The firm has picked up the 2016 Queen's awards both for International Trade and Innovation.
Spinaclean, the specialist pressure washer and cleaning equipment manufacturer, has launched New Slipstream Pro 20, a flat surface and traditional pressure washer for large areas of commercial and domestic paving, brickwork and decking.
The Environment Ministry of India has revised its Solid Waste Management Rules after 16 years, to encourage citizens to do something to prevent the waste to wealth by following 'recovery, reuse and recycle' principles wherever possible.
The rules are now far more widely applicable; extending beyond municipal areas and into urban agglomerations, census towns, notified industrial townships, areas under the control of Indian Railways, airports, airbases, ports and harbours, defence establishments, special economic zones, State and Central government organisations as well as places of pilgrims, religious & historical importance.
Throughout its partnership with the Fund, ISS UK Defence, which among other things provides facility services at several RAF stations, has given more than £40,000 through donations, events and sponsorship. In 2015 alone, the company's gift in kind value was £15,000.
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