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Yesterday, Bunzl announced its trading statement for the period since 30 June 2016 and revealed that it has completed three further acquisitions: in the UK, Ireland and the Czech Republic.
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No doubt if you saw the news footage this week of the 18,000 tonne mountain of rubbish that for the past seven years has blighted residents’ lives in St Paul’s Cray, Kent (and probably surrounding areas when the wind was blowing in the wrong direction!), you’ll have been as horrified as I was.
My first thought was for the poor people who’ve had to put up with the stinking, smouldering mound near their homes and workplaces and my second was an incredulous ‘how on earth were those that created it, allowed to get away with leaving it (and adding to it) for so long?’ We’re meant to live in a civilised society but I do wonder sometimes…
The Environment Agency and Bromley Council have finally started to clear the heap, in what is estimated will be a 20-week operation costing some £2.7m. The Veolia representative I saw interviewed said that the waste would be sorted as far as it could be, with everything recyclable salvaged and the rest going to landfill.
When I saw the clear up operation get underway it reminded me of the appalling conditions some of those involved in cleaning have to endure for their jobs. I would hate to be the person who has to sort through that lot, which has already been sorted through by the local rat population, flies, bluebottles and other pests. I can think of some people who perhaps ought to be put to work doing it though…
Reading of the ills suffered by cleaners – this time in a report that’s just been issued on musculoskeletal disorders in 10 European countries, (see below) made me realise that it’s not just the really dirty work that causes health issues for this valuable workforce of ours.
Do you say hello to cleaners you encounter whilst going about your daily business? Do you thank them for their efforts?
I certainly do and if you don’t already, why not start today? They certainly deserve a lot more recognition than they currently get, from those of us who benefit from their services (i.e. all of us).
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Eurogip has published the results of a comparative study on the recognition of occupational musculoskeletal disorders in 10 European countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced recently that the new London Living Wage has increased from £9.40 to £9.75 per hour to reflect the higher cost of living facing families in the city - an increase of 3.7%.
This year over 300 more London-based employers have signed up to pay their staff the hourly rate required to make ends meet in the capital, bringing the number of London Living Wage employers to nearly 1,000 - with a number of them being contract cleaning companies.
ISSA and Australia's commercial and institutional cleaning industry have announced the launch of the ISSA Cleaning & Hygiene Expo Australia. This new dedicated expo experience is one of the first accomplishments resulting from the recent National Cleaning Suppliers' Association merger with ISSA. The Expo will debut 9th - 10th May, 2017, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Indigo-Clean is clinically proven to reduce harmful bacteria, including MRSA and C-diff, up to 70% beyond routine disinfection efforts, helping to proactively kill harmful bacteria before it enters the body.
Specialist waste management sack supplier Cromwell Polythene has come up with a novel twist on 'Black Friday', the American shopping event that takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving each year and which has provided a massive boost to retail sales since its UK introduction in 2010.
To coincide with this year's event on 25th November, the Leeds-based company is launching 'Black Sack Friday', when a wide selection of its best-selling black sacks will go on sale at pre-Brexit vote prices or less.
"Our goal was to build a great, small machine... something offering excellent performance but still of a small size," says Nicola Negro of Italian manufacturer Lindhaus. "We succeeded with the new LS38L-ion, a mini 'twin force' multifunction vacuum sweeper for floors and carpets."
This new machine, 100% made in Italy and holding an international patent, is quiet and easy to use, thanks to its ergonomic lightweight handle, (weighing just 100 gr), the aluminum telescopic wand and the lightweight 36V - 6Ah lithium battery , which ensures long running time (50 minutes on hard floors and 40 minutes on carpet, with 800 charge cycles).
Formulated by an entrepreneur who has a strong preference for organic and natural products, Urbanns' products are helping naval ships, frequent travellers, students at hostels, medical colleges, paying guest residents and individuals at large, get rid of bed bugs and other insects from their lives.
Typical solutions for insects like these have become less effective due to resistance as well as the high rate of recurrence observed when using standard pest control treatments, says the manufacturer.
"Our Accreditation Schemes for soft tissue, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops are recognised as driving up standards in the industry," explains Mike Stubbs, chairman of the Accreditation Scheme Panel.
British Columbia, Canada-based manufacturer Delta-Q Technologies has this week announced the introduction of its RC Series Battery Chargers which includes two new battery-charging solutions for battery powered floorcare machines. The new RC900 and RC1200 chargers provide 900 and 1200 watts of DC output power, respectively, and are available in 36- and 48-volt models.
Considering all the time we spend at work, have you ever wondered if the building you are working in is healthy? Or, could make you think better, or be more productive? Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and SUNY Upstate Medical University didn't just wonder, they set out to answer those questions.
Studying 109 workers at 10 buildings in five cities across the US, they discovered that working in green-certified buildings was associated with higher cognitive function scores, fewer sick building symptoms and higher sleep quality scores.
Matthew Dwelly, Brightwell Dispensers' general manager, will be giving a talk on the 'Do's and Don'ts of Dispensing' at this month's International Cleaning & Hygiene Conference in Dubai. The talk is scheduled for 14th November.
Matthew has 13 years' experience in the international cleaning and hygiene industry and a wealth of industry and technical knowledge, so those attending his talk should come away with lots of useful information.
The Office of the Governor and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center presented the award to PortionPac Chemical Corporation for a recent overhaul of its product formulations.
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Recent UK News
In recognition of the crucial role The British Institute of Cleaning Science plays in protecting and improving standards in the cleaning industry, BICSc is making some important changes to the structure and routes to Institute membership.
From 1st April 2017, BICSc will be focusing its routes to membership on education. New members will, therefore, be able to apply for one of the following three membership grades. The membership grade you are eligible for will depend on your level of training as follows:
The organization is calling on Government to make some of the £1.1 billion proceeds of the Landfill Tax available to local authorities to help keep household waste recycling centres open and reduce or eliminate charges for bulky waste collections.
The contract award, which started in July, initially managing the cleaning services at 15 selected stores in the East Midlands & Anglia, has now been extended to 161 stores across the country.
It builds on the 15-year relationship between the two Groups that has seen Cordant Cleaning take responsibility for all of Go Ahead London's bus operations covering 2,500 vehicles at 18 locations.
Mitie has been awarded a new five-year FM contract with Manchester Airports Group (MAG), consolidating FM services across three airports into one integrated contract.
MAG is the UK's leading airport group, serving over 50 million passengers and handling over 670,000 tonnes of air freight every year, through its ownership and operation of Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.
The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency launched yesterday a review on proposals to improve rules for approved tachograph centres. These ATCs - of which there are around 600 in Great Britain - install, calibrate and inspect tachographs, which record information about driving time, speed and distance. Proposals include:
- removing the requirement for ATCs to offer analogue tachograph calibration
"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.
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