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It's rare for me but I'm at something of a loss about what to say today.
I know that every day, people are being injured or killed in their masses throughout the world and like most of us, I hurt for them all. With my daughter working for the London Fire Brigade though, and seeing her return home late last night, so very distressed at what she'd experienced throughout her long day, a more graphic picture than I might have received, has been painted for me of yesterday's disastrous fire at London's Grenfell Tower.
Early yesterday it was thought that an exploding fridge had started the fire... repercussions then perhaps for the other industry in which I work (kitchens, bathrooms & bedrooms). Unfolding reports are leading us to believe that the building services such as sprinklers and alarms weren't functioning properly and that cladding installed last year as part of an upgrade, caused the fire's incredibly rapid spread. Safety advice given to residents in the event of a fire (before this one occurred), is also being called into question.
Whatever the outcome of the investigations, one thing this disaster has brought home to me is what a heck of a responsibility we all have for other people's lives.
We go about our work, often following instructions that we may or may not agree with, completely oblivious to the effect that what we do, might have on others. The cleaning and facilities management industries for example, are not widely lauded by the general public, but if we get it wrong, the consequences can be dire.
Even the 'humble' cleaner - so often ignored - can cause or prevent infection, illness and accidents in our streets and buildings and on our transport systems.
That's quite some responsibility, isn't it? And of course it doesn't end there... the way we behave when we're not working will also affect others... to throw that rubbish out the car window while speeding along the motorway (will it distract another driver and cause an accident?)... to leave your hedge overgrowing the public footpath (will someone walk into it in the dark and damage their eyesight on a branch or thorn?)... to leave spillages or dropped fruit in a store (where another shopper may slip and injure themselves)?... I won't go on, but it does make you think, doesn't it? At least I hope it does...
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For many years, hospitals considered floors "non-critical" areas when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. This means floors were considered an unlikely source for the spread of infection in a hospital setting.
However, a 2017 study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, has determined that floors do harbour dangerous germs and should be reclassified as 'critical'areas requiring more thorough cleaning and disinfecting.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association is reminding readers that the deadline for its Bursary applications is looming... 30th June is the cut-off date and those shortlisted will be interviewed in July by a selection panel to be led by David Garcia.
Open to the children of members' employees, the scheme provides three bursaries. Each successful scholar will receive a maximum of £4,500 in three instalments, receiving £1,500 at the start of each academic year or for the first three years if the degree is four years or longer.
New Honey Blossom Eco Foaming Hand Wash from the Social Enterprise, Clarity, is launching into large organisations and the Government to support the employment of blind, disabled and otherwise disadvantaged people.
Developed in co-operation with the Cabinet Office and Interserve, the product and the fact that Clarity now holds The Planet Mark, emphasises their endeavour to improve environmental credentials.
Clean Hands Safe Hands has secured investment from SC Johnson which will be used to expand operations across the US and expand the capabilities of the CHSH's analytics platform to drive better patient care.
CHSH partners with hospitals to reduce hospital-acquired infections by inspiring a personal-best approach to hand hygiene. Along with voice reminders to wash hands, sensors on alcohol and soap dispensers gather data from badge reels to track handwashing scores and encourage performance improvement for clinical healthcare individuals and teams.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology has announced that Providence Health & Services Alaska is the winner of its seventh annual Film Festival competition, to be awarded during APIC's 44th Annual Conference.
The video entitled 'Look at Me Hand Hygiene', emphasises proper hand washing techniques for hospital staff and visitors.
Multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause healthcare-associated infections such as CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae), MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) continue to be a problem among healthcare facilities.
As these infections continue to threaten patient populations, Burgess Health Centre in Iowa, US is adding an extra innovative precaution to existing infection control protocols: the addition of ultraviolet (UV) technology to treat patient rooms and other key areas in the facility.
Developed by the European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) and UNI Europa with European Commission support, the EFCI 'Best Value' guide aims to assist buyers of cleaning services in their tendering process by highlighting the benefits of choosing quality.
BCC Chairman, Simon Hollingbery, says the document is an excellent piece of work and has commended the EFCI on its findings.
As a life sciences company, Cell Signaling Technology uses about 200,000 pairs of gloves each year. But that glove waste no longer goes into a landfill. CST diverts it through an innovative programme that has enabled the company to recycle more than 4,400 pounds of gloves, which are then turned into flowerpots, lawn furniture and other products.
All members of the Cleaning Company's carefully selected team, responsible for the Avon House contract, are thoroughly trained, appropriately vetted and therefore qualified to work in an educational environment. Their training includes working towards the highest cleaning criteria and recommendation, to maintain well-presented premises and reduce the risk of infection and cross-contamination.
The 2018 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards programme has been launched and is now open for entries. Founded in 1991, the awards recognise excellence in the cleaning sector and have become one of the UK cleaning industry's most esteemed events.
They have evolved to further drive innovation and the continuous improvement of standards in the cleaning industry that deliver optimal results.
As the summer season begins in hotels across the world, making sure that they will be clean is a top priority for both the guests and the hotel staff. However, when there are so many rooms to clean, this can often be a difficult task.
And when there aren't proper procedures in place, sometimes a hotel room can appear not to be as clean as it should.
The Total FM Zone and the FM Future Trends Zone are two new areas at this year's Facilities Show (taking place at London's ExCel from 20th - 22nd June), where an array of dynamic approaches to cleaning and facilities management will be presented.
Alongside a multitude of exhibitors showcasing innovative products and services, and a world class speaker programme - there'll be plenty of exciting features for everyone.
The H&M Foundation and WaterAid have embarked on the second phase of their global partnership for safe water, sanitation and hygiene in some of the world's poorest communities, with the goal of achieving long-term transformational change and improved living conditions.
On Saturday, 17th June, Krown Rust Control of Canada, will attempt to break the world record for the most vehicles washed by an organisation in one day for Krown's Wash for a Wish Charity Car Wash. Last year Krown washed over 4,600 cars - a company best!
This year all participating Krown locations are geared up to break the 6,277-car record and raise money for Children's Wish Foundation of Canada in the process.
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