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Last evening was the official relaunch party of the Cleaning & Support Services Association in the UK. Held in London in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral, it was an eagerly anticipated, sell-out event – and one made even more exciting because we’d all so missed the old CSSA, when it had joined forces with other associations that had made up the quickly defunct Building Futures Group and virtually disappeared from the radar.
The industry as a whole had been delighted when we heard late last year that a group led by ex-CSSA chairmen Douglas Cooke, John Findlater and others, was planning to resurrect the CSSA and last evening was a celebratory culmination of the efforts of everyone involved.
As well as learning about some important initiatives such as a new Cleaning Awards programme, those in attendance discovered that there would, once again, be a CSSA Luncheon at London’s Savoy Hotel – a fun social and networking annual event that we had all really missed over the past couple of years. The one scheduled for Summer 2017 marks the CSSA’s 50th Anniversary. Let’s hope there’ll be many more anniversaries and just as many CSSA Annual Luncheons!
You can read more about last evening’s event and the aims of the CSSA – as well as learn about the benefits of membership – below. You can also find out about a short-term special offer for potential new members, as well as how to enter the CSSA Annual Awards.
I for one am delighted that the CSSA is not only back on course but that it’s also adapted to the changing needs of those in the industry, in terms of what it’s offering its membership. Whenever I’m asked for advice about how to choose service providers, suppliers or indeed manufacturers, I always recommend looking for a company that’s a member of a reputable association which has strict terms of membership (i.e. not just a club that anyone can join). That way, one always has peace of mind…
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Last evening all the current Cleaning & Support Services Association members gathered with 21 non-member, cleaning & facilities management industry affiliates such as the Living Wage Foundation, Summit Skills, Citizens UK, the British Cleaning Council, the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, the British Institute of Cleaning science, the trade press and their guests, at a party celebrating the official relaunch of the CSSA. It was said to be "a wonderful evening," with "everyone enjoying themselves".
Prior to the more social side of the evening, attendees were treated to a presentation on the background of the new CSSA and its progress.
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"Whereas previous models may have restricted versatility and freedom of movement, the cordless versions are now taking prominence on the market and it's becoming a rarity for cord versions to be chosen," says the company's Peter Morley. "For areas where an electricity supply is not available it is now possible for floor cleaning equipment to reach.
The Restroom Association (Singapore) says it is proud to have won the Silent Heroes Awards 2016 for the Exponents of Environment Category - the first environmental organisation to clinch the Award, which recognises those who, while being actively involved in environmental efforts and positively making a significant impact on Singapore's society, have largely remained invisible or unrecognised for their efforts.
According to the judging criteria, RAS was selected for its consistent work and success in environment-driven initiatives and its multi-faceted involvement including awareness, fund-raising and education. RAS was also selected for its active role in working with government bodies and institutions to improve policies.
The 2016 Loo of the Year Awards grading has now been completed following inspection of 'away from home' toilets throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland. High standards of cleaning and maintenance performed by in-house cleaners, cleaning contractors and FM companies were evidenced during their inspection visits.
Use of the latest products and processes and the improvements in design and the quality of fixtures and fittings are also recognised. Users' needs are the basis of the Loo of the Year Awards judging criteria - requiring attractive as well as functional facilities to meet all of each user's personal requirements. Hygienic services that minimise the risk of infection transfer, whilst also saving energy, continue to become more prevalent.
Everyone expects the highest standards of hygiene to be implemented in any healthcare setting, and the protection of patients, pet owners and staff within veterinary clinics is no different. Cleaning and disinfection should be monitored thoroughly and regularly with technology that permits objective measurement of any surface cleaning efficiency.
High standards of hygiene and monitoring have been adopted in animal research and breeding centres, whereas the hygienic state of nearly 5,500 UK veterinary premises is largely unknown to their owners, staff and users.
"We have decided to delay the launch slightly to give us time to review and refine the awards with a view to launching a new and exciting programme in 2017," says Peter Oliver, general manager UK, Ireland and France, Kimberly-Clark Professional.
* A 'one-stop shop' to London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) members for cleaning and associated support services including high-level cleaning and window cleaning, pest control, washroom services, porterage, waste management and hygiene services. The framework appointment is for three years, with a possible one-year extension.
"It was great to see so many suppliers and customers at the event," they say. "We were all fed and watered well by Richard and his team at The Fenland Roaster and Dick from The Nene Valley Brewery."
A recent University of British Columbia study has shown that snow clearance - a task that most outside cleaning and maintenance workers don't relish - can offer a distinct benefit, in as much as it can help reduce summer air-conditioning bills.
The UBC study, a computer modelling exercise, found that directing a building's air handling units through a snow dump - snow collected and stored from winter road and external premises clearing operations - can reduce the need to use air conditioning during warmer parts of the year.
New York, US-based Economy Paper Company has been acquired by janitorial supply distribution company, the Wescott Group, also of New York.
Established in 2014 when American Maintenance Supply merged with Eastern Maintenance Supply, the Wescott Group also operates a janitorial retail store that sells cleaning chemicals, paper products and other facility maintenance items. In addition, the company sells and services machinery used for industrial and commercial cleaning.
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