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To begin, let me share with you the email I sent to Doug Cooke and John Findlater, who were instrumental in organising last Friday's Cleaning & Support Services Association's Annual Luncheon at London's Savoy Hotel:
"Just back at my desk & I find I'm still glowing at the memory of a fantastic day on Friday. Is it just me or was this the most successful & enjoyable 'annual bash' the CSSA has ever staged? I can't quite work out if it was a case of absence having made the heart grow fonder or whether everyone was so surprised at how much you'd achieved in such a short space of time, that we were all a bit knocked out by it... Well done & thank you so much for inviting me!"
If you're puzzled by my comments, I should explain that I've been lucky enough to have been attending the CSSA's annual gatherings for more than two and a half decades. Sadly, they disappeared from the calendar when the CSSA briefly merged into a larger group and we thought we'd seen the end of them. With the CSSA's relaunch in January 2016 I'm sure many, like me, were hoping that the annual gatherings would also be resurrected but none of us could have envisaged that they'd be back with such a bang. Someone told me there were 400 of us!
Not bad for an organisation that's only been back up and running for 18 months then - and if this is an indication of what the CSSA can achieve when it's 'on a mission', I have high hopes of it signing up the rest of the best of the UK's contractors before too long. To find out about joining, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Around 15 years ago, at another industry dinner, host British Institute of Cleaning Science - following a challenge by then BICSc president Professor David Bellamy - started working with JohnsonDiversey to promote environmental awareness and cleanliness in our nation's primary schools. The initiative ran for some years and I'm sure that many of the lessons learned by the young people involved have been carried with them through life. A friend is involved in a project with a similar goal and has asked for your input into the programme being put together. There are just eight questions at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H8ZFHQS so if you have a minute to spare we'd be most grateful...
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This Week's News
The UK Government has been urged to scrap its approach to deregulation of health & safety legislation in the light of the Grenfell Tower blaze.
In an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, over 70 leading organisations and figures from the UK's safety & health profession have jointly called for a political sea change in attitude towards health & safety regulation and fire risk management following the tragedy.
Gelpack, the manufacturer of refuse and recycling sacks and high performance flexible packaging, has joined the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Plastic Refuse Sacks Accreditation Scheme.
The American Cleaning Institute is helping infection control experts better understand the process and possible results from pending US Food & Drug Administration decisions on the safety and effectiveness of certain active ingredients used in healthcare antiseptics in early 2018.
Dr Paul DeLeo, ACI associate vice president, Environmental Safety, will be part of a team of experts speaking at the 2017 Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology Convention in Portland, Oregon.
P-Wave has launched its latest innovation in air freshening/deodorising technology. The Hex 3D is a 30-day urinal air freshener that, because of the new hexagon shape, has a better fit by folding into any size of urinal.
The Hex 3D features P-Wave's pioneering protrusions to reduce splashback and catch debris, and they feature on both sides so it's impossible to put the screen in the wrong way around; guaranteeing maximum effectiveness.
People getting sick in restaurants is a fact of life. Because we must assume that the ill person has Norovirus, restaurant owners and cleaning professionals should take proper actions to help prevent the spread of the disease.
The US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that about 75% of Norovirus cases are spread not through food, but because of norovirus-infected droplets becoming airborne and covering an area as far as 25 feet from the incident.
The service that boasts a strong set of green credentials as the name suggests, will install high quality filtration products, luxury water products, water softening, heating and cooling, general plumbing and of course ozone cleaning solutions, an area where the firm has built its name.
A large order for Cromwell Polythene's new Sansafe 30 litre hygienic anti-microbial bin liners has been dispatched to Austria for use in washrooms throughout the capital, Vienna. A total of 90 of Sansafe 30 litre liners cases consisting of 900 rolls, or 22,500 bags, was sent.
This is the latest in a string of new orders for Sansafe bin liners - demand has been increasing since the products were relaunched with a new anti-microbial formula at the end of 2016.
The new Sapphire 870SS liquid-cooled triple-operator truck mounted carpet & upholstery cleaning system delivers more heat, more vacuum and more pressure than any other unit in the Sapphire range.
To put the record straight - any product will leak or fail, if, it's of poor design and quality and does not meet the legal requirement and is installed by 'Fred' up the road.
After years of neglect, Britain's canals have been brought back to life with more of us than ever taking to the water whether for leisure, a life afloat, or even just a towpath walk and a pint.
Stepan Company, through a subsidiary in Mexico, has reached an agreement with BASF Mexicana to acquire its surfactant production facility in Ecatepec, Mexico, and a portion of its associated surfactants business.
The facility is located close to Mexico City and has over 50,000 metric tons of capacity, 124,000sq.ft of warehouse space, a large laboratory and office space.
These fatalities remind us that contact with moving machinery is one of the main causes of death in the sector.
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