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Following on from my grumble about ridiculous NHS waste and a call for ideas on how we as an industry can help reduce that waste by supplying products of a consistent quality and price across the NHS, I had a response in the form of a Facebook comment from Scot Young Research which both gladdened and concerned me. It said: "In our experience trusts are aware of the need to reduce waste and are keen to find ways to do this. For instance, we were approached by a trust about developing a more economical and sensible way to distribute antimicrobial bodywash. At least 75% of pre-admission bodywash sent out in bottles is discarded by the patient.
"You can do away with this by packaging it in 25ml sachets. It's now available under the National Framework Agreement. So, in many cases there are simple solutions and it just needs suppliers who are willing to work with them. After all, it is in all our interests to see an NHS with enough money to look after us!"
I'm gladdened that the company has come up with a way to prevent some of the type of waste I was talking about. It shows that working with our customers to give them what they need, rather than simply selling them what we want to, is the best way forward... and save a customer money while ensuring their results are just as good, is likely to lead to recommendations for your company's products and services, isn't it? Everyone wins.
What concerned me about this though is that I hadn't even been aware that the NHS was sending out pre-admission body wash... Am I the only one who thinks that this is another incredible waste of resources, when (surely) we should already have adequate means of cleaning ourselves at home? And however well a 'pre-admission' uses the bodywash, they're going to become contaminated on their way to hospital, aren't they? Particularly if they're taking public transport? And what about the costs of sending the bottles out, in the first place? It really does beggar belief, doesn't it?
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This Week's News
A group of private equity companies have bid around 200 billion Swedish crowns ($22.26 billion) for the hygiene arm of tissue and forestry products firm SCA (SCAb.ST), daily Dagens Nyheter wrote on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. SCA said last year it planned to split into two units.
"At least two private equity companies together have bid around 200 billion crowns for the hygiene unit," DN said.
With the help of a fleet of germ-eliminating UV robots, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare (CRH) experienced a marked decrease in its Clostridium difficile infection rates.
On Tuesday, Environment MEPs put forward a number of possible measures to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by half by 2030. MEPs called on the European Commission to lift existing restrictions on food donations and stressed that a solution is needed for the confusion created for many consumers by the 'best before' and 'use by' labelling.
"In developed countries food is wasted mostly at the end of the chain, at distribution and consumption," said lead MEP Biljana Borzan. "Everyone has a responsibility to tackle this problem.
Both in-house janitorial departments and contract cleaning companies are looking for new ways to add value - both real and perceived - and are taking proactive steps to utilise technology to add value and garner recognition for the valuable role they play.
By deploying NanoSeptic continuously self-cleaning surfaces, these forward-thinking environmental services teams are adding a visible component to the essential service they provide.
London-based Cleanology is taking its chemical-free cleaning offering to the next level with the roll out of biotech wipes for tablets and mobile phones, and pre-portioned cleaning fluids and floor cleaner in sachets.
Biotechnology uses enzymes to 'eat' dirt and bacteria. The tiny molecules access even the hardest to reach areas, and carry on working for days after application.
Rosemor has been working for a long time on finding the right partner to market its products in China. With a population of 1.357 billion, it was crucial to find a company that had already tapped into this market.
Recently Rosemor has collaborated with a well-known dealer, Shanghai EMC, (www.emclean.cn) whose managing director Jonathan Zhang won an award presented by China Clean Expo for his distinguished contributions to China's cleaning industry.
The programme for the upcoming World Federation of Building Service Contractors congress - taking place later this year from 18th to 20th September and in Berlin for the first time - has been released by the German Federal Guild Association of the Cleaning Trade and Messe Berlin.
The congress will be opened by EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, while the proceedings will be opened by Federal Guild Master Thomas Dietrich, who has also presided as president of the WFBSC since April of last year.
Celebrations were in full swing in Swansea last week to mark the 1000th employee, Tarik Miah and the longest serving employee, David Kenneally, finding work with TC Facilities Management through employment partner, Remploy.
Waterless Co., manufacturer of no-water urinals and other washroom products, suggests we use our smartphones to help reduce water consumption. CEO Klaus Reichardt, says there are now 'apps' designed specifically to 'help us realise how much water we use and suggest ways to reduce consumption'.
"Take time to explore the following water apps," he says. "While we cannot mention manufacturers, a little googling should uncover them."
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We were not disappointed.
The show certainly seemed busy and the organisers tell us that some 10% of the visitors came from overseas - 9% more than last time. But the visitors weren't just there to look at what was on show... orders were placed with a number of companies exhibiting.
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