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Nanopool's high-performance, multi-functional surface coatings are protecting buildings and industrial facilities and considerably reducing cleaning costs in Europe, the US and parts of Asia. The German manufacturer is now gearing up for what it says will be "massive" expansion in the Chinese market.
Sub-zero refrigerators and freezers use a lot of energy, so keeping them at optimal performance is incredibly important. Even a small drop in efficiency can noticeably increase energy usage.
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John just told me that looking out from his office window in Kent, he can see snow gently falling. I love the snow, so excitedly looked up from my desk in Surrey to see everything bathed in bright sunshine. There were strong winds in these parts last week so the trees are virtually bare, but sadly there won’t be a brisk walk in either snow or piles of crunchy leaves for me at lunchtime, since we’ve had heavy rain recently and everything’s been left decidedly soggy.
However beautiful it might be, the Winter makes life particularly difficult for everyone involved in keeping our buildings and external environment clean and safe – from the cleaners themselves who are tasked with doing the job well in sometimes difficult conditions, to the facilities managers, building owners and local councils who have to make the decisions on how to spend limited budgets, what products and equipment are needed and who is going to carry out exactly what work and when.
Of course these days, there’s so much at stake if these people get it wrong. Either as part of the workforce or as a member of public, we naturally expect our environment – whether indoors or out – to be clean, safe, hygienic and free from such things as litter, spillages and graffiti. If it’s not, we feel disgruntled; any feelings of wellbeing we might have had prior to encountering the dirty environment are lost – and for anyone working, it’s been proven to lower productivity. And it’s well known that dirty environments encourage others to lower their own hygiene standards, so any problems are exacerbated…
Sometimes the cleaners receive abuse directly and often complaints are made to the management. Business is lost and reputations tarnished. Then of course we have the added menace of potential litigation, where someone using the facility or outside space has been injured or become unwell (or pretends to be!) because of poor hygiene and cleaning – thanks perhaps to food poisoning or an injury caused during a trip or slip…
Cleaning’s a heck of a responsibility, isn’t it? Get it right and people tend not to notice, but get it wrong and all hell can break loose!
Finally, I'm told that while nearly 400 Loo of the Year Awards Presentation 30th Anniversary tickets have been sold, a few have become available. If you’d like to attend this fun event next Friday 8th December in Solihull, email [email protected]
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It warns that the current uncertainty means that this growth is unlikely to be sustained over the next few years, but says that looking forward, demand is likely to be relatively buoyant in the transport sector, while the retail, commercial offices and the government sectors are likely to provide fewer opportunities, at least in the short term.
In the UK, 12,000 lung disease deaths annually are estimated to be linked to past occupational exposures, according to latest Official Statistics, and 18,000 new cases of breathing or lung problems are self-reported as being caused or made worse by work.
These are among the conclusions, relating to occupational ill-health, of annual health & safety statistics recently published by the Health & Safety Executive.
Brighter Futures Celebration, Easterseals' annual awards gala, has recently honoured Kaivac as its 2017 Outstanding Community Partner. The Award is presented to a person or a company that has taken steps to remove barriers and provide opportunities for people with disabilities, facing disadvantages, and veterans.
Created with eco-certified ingredients that aren't harmful to aquatic life, its vegan and biodegradable eco range is created by a workforce 80% of whom are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged.
Any cleaning team can now deep-clean escalators as well as take control of their routine maintenance cleaning with no need to call on specialist contractors or kit. REN Restore is a low-cost cleaning system for restoring the risers of escalators to pristine cleanliness - from RENclean.
In both types of cleaning, the operation is manual, safe and easy to do, using a REN pad engineered to fit the profile of the escalator steps.
The UAE has an exceptionally arid climate, which receives less than four inches (100 mm) of rainfall a year.
Clean & Protect has been described as 'A building cleaning revolution'... A paramagnetic 3-in-1 cleaner, it effortlessly removes soiling, completely breaks down odours and then protects surfaces with a microscopic shield that has been proven ultra-effective against algae, dirt, germs and bacteria.
The product is offered in spray bottles or as a concentrated liquid that can be diluted between 50% and 1%.
After a competitive procurement process, the Fulham Road Collaborative (FRC) has awarded a new five-year contract, worth more than £100m (842m DKK) over the contract term, to its existing provider, ISS Facility Services - Healthcare.
Vision Gelpack, the UK manufacturer of polyethylene films, liners and sacks for the local authority, waste management, janitorial, clinical and medical and other industrial sectors, has resumed production at its Hereford plant following the acquisition of the assets of Gelpack Excelsior by Visionscape Group.
Under the leadership of managing director Geoff Davis and other key former members of the UK management team, some 50 jobs have already been reinstated, with a further 20 positions planned by mid-2018. Six production lines have been recommissioned to cope with initial orders, with another six lines scheduled for a January start.
TAS Environmental Services, a Fort Worth, Texas-based environmental services provider, has announced the acquisition of Dallas-based industrial waste services provider, Delmar Disposal.
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CleanSafe Services' teams are now available 24 hours a day to respond to any urgent cleaning task the service needs its help with.
The contract, offered by competitive tender, covers all drain and sewer blockage and repair work at 18 station buildings across Cambridgeshire.
The Health & Safety Executive is consulting on the implementation of new and revised Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) for 31 chemical substances - some of which are used in the manufacture of cleaning products - to help protect workers from the ill-health effects of exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.
The consultative document sets out HSE's proposals for establishing workplace exposure limits for the substances listed in the 4th Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (IOELVs) Directive 2017/164/EU, in order to implement it in Great Britain.
In July 2013, Karlis Pavasars was cleaning near a conveyor on a recycling line at Mid-UK Recycling, Barkston Heath. The recycling line was started up and the agency worker was drawn onto the conveyor, along the line through a trommel and into an industrial waste shredder.
More than eight million tonnes of plastic are discarded into the world's oceans each year, putting marine wildlife under serious threat. Up to 80% of this is estimated to have been originally lost or discarded on land before washing out to sea, and plastic bottles are a particular concern - with figures showing just 57% of those sold in the UK in 2016 collected for recycling.