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Citron Hygiene has announced that it has acquired Chemsyn Chemical Corporation effective July 17th, 2017. Chemsyn is a dominant player in commercial warewash and laundry solutions, serving a broad range of customer verticals, including foodservice, hospitality, lodging, healthcare, long term care facilities, institutions, golf and sports clubs throughout Ontario.
The approximately €250,000 (around BDT 23 million) project, implemented by Voluntary Organisation for Social Development, will explore the existing health behaviour of the workers with a view to improving hygiene and reducing associated diseases.
Older people, parents and business owners are being encouraged to stay vigilant against a potentially deadly disease that has infected over 200 people in the UK and many more overseas, this year alone.
In testament to its effectiveness it's a system used globally in water treatment plants for its disinfecting and sanitising properties.
The cleaning chemicals market in India is projected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 15% in value terms between 2017-2026, on account of increasing incidences of various infections, as well as rapid urbanisation, coupled with growing numbers of new commercial setups and increasingly stringent safety standards.
Bunzl has today announced that it has made a binding offer for the acquisition of a group of businesses in France and has also purchased a marketing services business in the UK.
The new I-Con glove system not only protects workers' hands against the most common chemicals and substances found in contract cleaning but also helps prevent contact contamination from bacteria, viruses, pathogens, and vaccines that may be encountered.
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The press has been full of stories and pictures of striking Barts Health NHS Trust hospital cleaners, porters, catering and security staff in London; employees of Serco, which is allegedly attempting to cut jobs and increase workloads and refusing to pay a 30p per hour wage increase that the Unite union is demanding for its workers at the Trust.
The 14-day strike started on 25th July, following a ballot in which 99% of the union members voted for industrial action. It follows an earlier 48-hour stoppage and subsequent seven-day walkout and our picture shows a breakaway group protesting today outside a Serco investors meeting.
It's unclear from both the press coverage and Unite's website, whether the LLW is actually being paid and that the extra 30p per hour is on top of that, or whether the employees are being paid 30p per hour less than the LLW. Unfortunately, I've not been able to speak with anyone that can clarify this for me.
Unfortunately, too, the press is knocking the cleaning industry, discussing Serco's profits alongside stories of hardworking cleaners who are worried about their futures.
While I can't comment on individual cases, it is clear that no-one stops to consider how labour intensive the business of cleaning is and how difficult it might be for some contractors to pay the LLW... While a few pence extra per hour doesn't sound very much, when calculated over the huge workforce and numbers of hours worked, it soon adds up.
Private companies may well be in a position to cover their contractors' costs of paying the LLW (and many of them do) but the NHS isn't balancing its books as it is. Where do we go from here, I wonder? Goodness only knows how the hospitals involved in this case: Whipps Cross, Royal London, St Bartholomew and Mile End, are coping without the input of these crucial staff - and I hope the dispute can be resolved soon, for everyone's benefit.
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As entries roll in for the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards, showcasing excellence and raising standards in the facilities management and cleaning industries, research shows where facilities managers might be missing a huge opportunity to improve washroom standards and user satisfaction.
A recent survey of office washroom users by the manufacturer, identified a significant gap between end user experience and facilities managers' awareness of washroom problems. Nearly half of respondents are not telling FMs when they encounter a wide range of poor washroom conditions.
The British Cleaning Council, which represents over 20 national trade associations linked to the UK's cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors including the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, officially elected a new chairman and deputy chair at its recent Annual General Meeting.
Stan Atkins, chief executive of the British Institute of Cleaning Science, was voted in as the new BCC Chairman. He succeeds Simon Hollingbery who stepped down after two years at the BCC helm. However, Simon will remain a member of Council in his role as chair of the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers.
The courses launched include Car Valeting, On Premises Laundry, Train the Trainer and a Health & Safety workshop designed specifically for individuals working in the cleaning industry.
On 21st September, this exclusive networking event on railway cleaning will gather CEOs of international rail and transport companies as well as their head procurement staff at the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning.Management.Services. (19th - 22nd September).
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Pests such as ants, cockroaches, flies and spiders are more than just annoyances in the workplace. They can present health hazards if they begin to gnaw at food or, in the case of rats, attract a rapidly expanding gang of vermin into unhygienic corners of the workplace.
Tru-D, short for 'Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfection', is a 5ft 5in. germ-killing robot that is deployed in patient and operating rooms after an environmental services professional cleans the area with traditional cleaning protocols.
The contractor has been working with the OU for several years and the latest contract cleaning agreement covers nine locations. This includes the 118-acre site of the OU headquarters at Walton Hall in Milton Keynes, as well as campuses in Belfast, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh.
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A supplier has been fined fined £2.7 million for breaking competition law, having been found guilty of requiring retailers to use a minimum price when selling its products online. This kind of illegal practice, known as resale price maintenance, means customers miss out on the best possible prices and cannot shop around for a better deal on that supplier's products.
According to recent statistics released by HSE, there were 137 workers killed at work in the UK in 2016/17. These statistics are based on a wide variety of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, agriculture, waste, transport |& storage, and wholesale & retail trade.
Falls from height have been brought to our attention again with the news that national bread maker Warburtons has been fined £2million after a worker was hospitalised following a fall.
Late in 2013, Andrew Sears was cleaning one of the mixing machines at the Wednesbury bakery, a routine job he carried out every few weeks, when he lost his footing and fell nearly two-meters.
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