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The global name in do-it-yourself carpet cleaning, whose Plano headquarters employs nearly 100 people, is relaunching the rental business with its most significant innovation in its 45-year history.
Kimberly-Clark Professional has joined the Continental Automated Buildings Association's (CABA) board of directors. CABA is a trade association that promotes advanced technologies for integrated systems and the automation of homes and buildings.
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You may recall that in last week’s leader me mentioning that cleaning-related deaths aren’t unusual and that many of these involve workers in Asia cleaning tanks and being overcome by fumes. I suppose it averages out at about one death a week (that I get to hear about – there may of course be many more) and although every one of these people deserves a mention in Cleanzine, I don’t generally like sharing bad news unless something positive can come out of it, i.e. it may be something from which we can learn.
Sadly, yet another cleaner died this week while cleaning a tank – this time in Mumbai - having been overcome by fumes. I’ve included the piece below, partly because of a comment Brightwell Dispensers’ Rachel Halliday posted on our Facebook page following last week’s broadcast:
“Great leader, as always Jan! Health and Safety is so important in all walks of life. As an industry we need to work on reporting near misses, which can be seen as a chore, to minimise future risk and make all our workplaces safer.”
I'd never thought about officially reporting near misses before and haven’t been asked to do so by anyone for whom I’ve worked… although since our health & safety laws do make us responsible for the safety of others as well as ourselves, this has to involve warning others of hazards we’ve noticed and perhaps narrowly avoided.
I’ve never been asked to record any such information in the accident book though…
If there isn’t a formal procedure in place to identify potentially dangerous patterns (such as people regularly being overcome by fumes whilst cleaning sewage tanks and pipes) then I think there should be. My daughter’s in emergency planning so this is something I should have thought of before…
Do you ask your employees to record near misses or as an employee have you been asked to do so? If the answer is ‘yes’, does your organisation monitor the entries and identify potential dangerous patterns and do something to put a stop to them? Or is it a case of shrugging your shoulders and hoping whoever’s had the near miss, warns colleagues of the potential dangers?
I’d love to know…
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ICE tells us it is extremely pleased to announce that last Friday (27th October) it agreed to acquire 100% of the Reintec and TecServ business.
Trading as Reintec, the business has led the way since 2010 in equipment rental, offering flexible hire and repair of professional cleaning equipment. TecServ delivers expert maintenance services which support the Reintec product offering.
Yesterday, the Danish Defence Estates and Infrastructure Organisation (DDEIO) and ISS entered into a six-year facilities management partnership agreement, with the option to extend for up to three years.
The agreement has a total contract value of approximately DKK 3 billion and comprises nine service areas (cleaning, catering, outdoor maintenance, waste management, technical services, support services, as well as servicing shooting and exercise areas and firefighting services) at more than 500 sites in Denmark.
AsepticSure, said to be the only disinfection system in the world that routinely achieves a minimum microbial kill of at least a thousand times greater than conventional cleaning methods, is to be distributed in the Nordic Region by GYD S.A.
The news comes following an agreement by AsepticSure's manufacturer Medizone International, and Aglon a/s, announced on Tuesday. Medizone has granted Aglon exclusive distribution rights for the AsepticSure system in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
For instance, the US company Fitbit, which builds products to help amateur and professional athletes meet their health and fitness goals, is rapidly expanding its office operations in Romania. The company's founder says Romania has "amazing talent, great universities, and a super strong work ethic,".
The Bullen Company has added a new product, Enziclean, to its Truekleen brand. Enziclean is a safe, very effective bioactive cleaner, organic waste digester and odour eliminator designed especially for porous floors & walls.
Formulated to impart a pleasant scent, Enziclean is recommended for use at food service and food processing facilities, as well as in institutional washrooms and shower areas.
Said to be a world first, Puracator is a portable, 'use anywhere' system that offers a simple solution to the problem of cleaning and disinfecting the inside of narrow drainage pipes of around 25mm to 50mm diameter.
Drains block for a number of reasons but frequently this is due to a build-up of fats, salts and deposits with the growth of fungus and/or bacteria in the drain.
Using copper-alloy materials in fitness centres significantly reduced concentrations of bacteria on all equipment types, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.
The study shows that high-touch surfaces in gyms made with copper will maintain reduced bacterial loads, as found in similar studies performed in hospitals.
Stainstop pavement protector is an invisible impregnation coating that keeps paths, forecourts, platforms and high-streets looking like new. Applied to any clean masonry floor, one treatment of Stainstop delivers hydrophobic, lipophobic and oleophobic protection that lasts for up to five years, even in the highest traffic environments.
If you're looking to maintain appearances and keep pedestrian areas free from chewing gum, then Stainstop is the invisible floor protection system for you.
A West Virginia non-profit organisation is benefiting the environment while making a difference to the lives of disabled people, through Kimberly-Clark Professional's RightCycle Program - the first large-scale recycling program for non-hazardous lab, cleanroom and industrial waste.
A man died while cleaning a sewer pipeline at Sassoon Docks in Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) on Tuesday. He was one of three workers who were in the process of cleaning the sewer pipeline when gas filled the chamber they were in. They all became unconscious and were rushed to St George Hospital. Sadly only two of them regained consciousness.
According to the Indian Express, locals have alleged that the death was due to negligence on the part of the contractor during the cleaning project. The publication quotes one, Krishna Pavle, a Shiv Sena coordinator who runs a fishing business at Sassoon Docks, as saying:
Delta-Q Technologies, a leader in battery charging solutions for electric drive vehicles and machines, announced this week the introduction of its new ICL900 lithium battery charger - expanding its family of lithium battery chargers to create the ICL Series.
The new ICL900 is a 900W charger, designed to optimally charge lithium battery systems of any lithium-ion chemistry from 9 to 15 cells in series. Delta-Q's new lithium charger is suitable for use on any electric machine including floorcare machines, lift trucks, scooters, sports and utility vehicles.
As well as providing a broad range of anti-graffiti coatings, graffiti removers and cleaning products, Urban Hygiene boasts expertise is in the delivery of solutions that improve surface performance, durability, functionality, and sustainability.
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The relaunch comes after the Association's Open Evening in London that brought together contract cleaners and service providers from all across the UK.
Morclean's range of equipment now includes high pressure cleaners, floorcare equipment, specialist vacuums, hazardous and ATEX equipment, and of course a unique range of niche products that include water recovery and filtration, wash pads, and the company's flagship machine the award winning Morclean BinWash.
Having hired 24 new staff over the past 12 months, the Pembrokeshire-based company adopted the system for proof of attendance and rota planning across 109 cleaners. This has enabled the company to dramatically improve productivity and staff engagement, while enhancing its business development capabilities.
The new Good Practice Guide, Customer Experience, takes a holistic look at the entirety of the interactions and experiences that a customer encounters, from beginning to end.
A recycling company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,641.62, following a Health & Safety Executive investigation into a work incident in December 2014, in which a litter picker was struck by a shovel loader and suffered life changing injuries as a result.
Savanna Rags International Limited of Forest Road Mansfield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and was fined £650,000, after a worker was fatally injured by a reversing vehicle.
Founded in 2005, Reflekt has experienced strong year-on-year growth. Clients include the BBC, RAF, Cadbury, Merck Sharpe & Dohme and Exxon Mobil.
The company's previous offices and production areas have served it well for many years. However, with increasing demand for its dispensing equipment and its growth and expansion plans, the time had come for a change.
The London-based cleaning specialist, which provides its services to some of the most prominent buildings in the Capital, secured the multi-site contract renewal following a rigorous tender process.
Bain Capital Private Equity has this week announced that it has, through its investment in Diversey, reached agreement on the terms of a recommended final cash offer for Zenith Hygiene Group, the UK manufacturer of cleaning and hygiene chemicals and related products.