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Almost nine out of 10 (88%) company car drivers admit to speeding on the UK’s motorways, and almost half (48%) break the speed limit on motorways on most journeys, (up 7% on last year’s figures) according to RAC Business research released today.
That’s quite a lot, isn’t it? And add to those numbers the myriad of drivers from overseas, who no doubt keep up with the traffic flow, (as long as there aren’t any hold-ups) and it’s clear that motorists on our roads are travelling at quite a pace, aren’t they?
Apparently, just over half (51%) typically drive at 80mph on motorways, while 7% drive at 90mph. This is also an increase on 2015 figures when 46% confessed to driving at 80mph and 5% to 90mph.
Some 60% of company car drivers think it is totally acceptable to travel at 80mph on motorways and a third (31%) think the current speed limit is inappropriate for the road. In line with that, nearly three quarters (71%) believe the motorway speed limit should be increased to 80mph.
We all lead such busy lives these days and are under pressure work-wise to achieve so much more throughout the course of the day, that driving as fast as we can safely get away with, without getting caught, is quite a temptation, isn’t it?
RAC Business reminds us that driving at 80mph instead of 70mph will only save us six seconds a mile, or 10 minutes over 100 miles, and that driving at 80mph can use 25% more fuel than driving at 70mph.
That extra 10 minutes saved for every 100 miles of travel, when breaking the legal maximum speed of 70mph, still seems tempting – particularly so for salespeople who these days seem to spend dangerously long hours on the road… but looked at in terms of extra fuel use, it’s not such a good idea – particularly if it’s your own business that’s paying for you to be on the road. Knowing the hundreds of miles some of those in this industry clock up over the course of a week, the impact of speeding on fuel efficiency, can be enormous!
Whether you’re one of our many overseas readers, who drive for business on the UK’s roads, or whether you live here, do tell us whether you think motorway speed limits should be increased and if you’re one of those that regularly breaks the law…
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This Week's News
A new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, 'Hand Dryer Market by Product Type, Mode of Operation and End User-Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022', projects that the global hand dryer market will reach $1,350 million by 2022.
Factors such as technological advancement, price, and energy efficiency of hand dryers have significantly impacted market growth. Automatic hand dryers have reduced the human interaction notably with improvement in consumer experience. Moreover, the reducing product prices facilitates their adoption across new areas such as educational institutes, office buildings, retail outlets, and public washrooms among others.
Kaivac, manufacturer of the No-Touch and Omniflex professional cleaning systems, has announced the launch of the Stop the Mop campaign, an educational campaign to inform the public about the inferior cleaning that is often provided by mops and the existence of healthier, more effective floorcare methods.
The website showcases 'Disgusting But True' facts about mops and the contaminants they can spread. The site lays out the case against mops using data from scientific studies conducted by Charles Gerba, Ph.D., Jay Glasel, Ph.D., the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts, as well as Kaivac's own research.
Transparency Market Research has announced the release of a new report on the North America facilities management market, which was valued to be US$198.26 bn in 2015 and is anticipated to reach US$610.21 bn by the end of forecast period, expanding at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 13.5% therein.
The report examines the historical trajectory of the global market and presents detailed forecasts regarding the market's development from 2016 to 2024, examining the competitive dynamics, segmentation, and major drivers and restraints of the global refrigerated counters market in order to provide a complete overview.
Nilfisk has this week announced The Horizon Programme, which the company describes as being 'a pioneering global programme that will deliver the most intelligent and technologically advanced cleaning solutions in the industry'. Working with advanced robotics sensors and software provider Carnegie Robotics, Nilfisk's Horizon Programme is a strategic, long-term agenda of multiple product launches, the first of which will be in 2017.
The Programme focuses on bringing state-of-the-art, autonomous cleaning technologies to market, enabling customers to deploy unmanned floor cleaning with accuracy and precision.
More than 200 cleaning industry professionals and their guests gathered to celebrate excellence in training and accreditation in the cleaning profession, at the recent British Institute of Cleaning Science Annual Awards 2016 ceremony.
The BICSc Annual Awards is one of the largest and most influential networking events in the industry's calendar. This year's entries were of an exceptionally high standard, demonstrating the widespread drive for and attainment of excellence in training and accreditation within the cleaning industry.
Gojo is adding a range of surface disinfecting and sanitising products to its Purell brand; best known for its hand sanitisers. The new products are aimed at the foodservice, healthcare and professional markets.
"People and businesses want to effectively disinfect and clean their work environments, but with products that are good for them and the planet," says Steve Ashkin, a leader in the Green Cleaning Movement.
A little under a month ago Cleanzine broadcast an item about how immigrant domestic workers - mainly from the Philippines and Indonesia - marched in protest against being forced to clean the exterior windows of high rise buildings following the falls - and deaths - of fellow workers (www.thecleanzine.com)
We're happy to report that the Philippine Overseas Labor Office is supporting the movement and that in a memo dated October 1st, issued to all accredited employment agencies in the city, labor attache Jalilo dela Torre said that starting October 15th, all contracts for Filipino domestic helpers should include a cause banning them from cleaning the exterior of windows.
There was a good turnout of association members and proceedings got underway with chairman Simon Hollingbery being presented with a British Institute of Cleaning Science Fellowship, by the Institute's CEO Stan Atkins. Andrew Dunning, who is representing the Industrial Cleaning Machinery Manufacturers' Association, (after the departure of Kevin Day) was also welcomed on-board.
To make the best impression when meeting with a potential customer, contractors should become aware of proper 'walk-thru' etiquette, says Terry Sambrowski, executive director of the US-based National Service Alliance, a group purchasing organisation for cleaning contractors that negotiates agreements with manufacturers to purchase products at reduced rates...
"The contract cleaning industry is very competitive. This means that the potential client is forming an opinion about you - and comparing you with your competitors - from the minute you walk into his or her office.
The awards recognise Living Wage employers that have made great contributions to communities and industries by implementing and celebrating the Living Wage. Facilicom, a contract cleaning and soft services provider, is a founding member of the Living Wage Service Provider Recognition Scheme and part of the Service Providers Leadership Group. It was one of the first three national contract cleaning providers to sign up to the scheme.
Research methods that used innovative non-animal techniques for filling hazard data gaps for 261 high production volume chemicals, eliminated the need for over 1,200 animal tests that would have sacrificed 115,000 to 150,000 animals, according to a newly published study.
Available in the journal 'Regulatory Toxicology & Pharmacology', it describes how these non-animal methods employed within voluntary chemical programmes helped avoid the use of animals for testing. The research also showed that between $50 million and $70 million [US] in associated testing costs were avoided.
Air Products has named Sea-Land Chemical Company as Central United States distributor for several of the company's Functional Additives offerings which include Tomadol, Tomamine, Nonidet, Tomakleen, Tomadry and Tomadyne products.
Effective 1st November, 2016, the deal will see Sea-Land replace Harcros Chemicals as Air Products' distributor in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota.
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The University of Nottingham is developing an artificially-intelligent sensor system to clean food manufacturing equipment more precisely, which could save £100m a year for the UK industry alone. This revolutionary AI-driven monitoring system could lead to greater production capacity and therefore cheaper food prices for consumers.
The contractor responsible for cleaning Nottingham's hospitals should be sacked for its "abysmal" management, Healthwatch Nottinghamshire has told the BBC. Healthwatch raised concerns over an alleged rat sighting, dirty plates and overflowing bins at the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital. It said Carillion, which provides the cleaning services, has shown a "poor record of cleanliness".
The 15th September 2016 marks the date of the BICSc Annual Awards, celebrating excellence in training and assessment within the cleaning industry. As a special addition to this year's annual awards, The British Institute of Cleaning Science will be hosting an exclusive cleaning industry educational programme and exhibition.
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA North America
Loo of the Year Awards
Future of Surfactants Summit
Budapest Cleaning Show