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I was worried about going into my weekend estate agency job last week as I'd been laid up with what appeared to be the flu and really wasn't feeling well, but as I was needed I reported for work, having resolved to touch as little as possible, to wash my hands after blowing my nose, coughing or sneezing and to disinfect all the equipment and key sets I'd touched, before leaving for the evening.
As it turned out, I needn't have been concerned, since the entire team seemed to be suffering from the same affliction! I suppose it's not surprising, how quickly such bugs spread - particularly when so many of us are hot-desking these days. All it takes is one colleague to suffer a hygiene lapse and he or she can take the entire department down.
I found myself about to unload the drainer when I decided I ought to wash my hands again before doing so, just in case... but how many others are that fastidious? Unsurprisingly perhaps, the latest survey by Initial Washroom Hygiene has revealed that it's the items we touch when making 'a cuppa', which are more likely to spread germs than, say, the toilet (which tends to be thoroughly and regularly cleaned), with extremely high bacterial readings taken on anything from the tea tin to the kettle, fridge door and cutlery drawer handle - you can see the full story below.
Of course, it's not just coughs, colds and flu that can be spread when people aren't hygiene conscious - as those 'enjoying' a cruise on the 'Ovation of the Seas' have discovered this week. Apparently some 200 of them have been struck down with a stomach bug - bad enough when you're on dry land but surely so much harder to bear when on the open seas, surrounded by moving water...
One of the passengers has shared on Facebook a video of corridors being sprayed by crew members wearing protective clothing, in an operation that has been going on day and night in an effort to prevent the bug from spreading to the other 5,600 people on board. The ship is to be thoroughly sanitised in Sydney, its next port of call. I only hope that new passengers boarding the ship at Sydney will take heed of the hygiene instructions they'll no doubt be given, and ensure that they're not responsible for a further outbreak once the ship leaves port...
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Ecolab announced on Tuesday that it had acquired RP Adam (Arpal Group), the 126-year-old manufacturer of cleaning and disinfectant products based in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. This comes hot on the heels of the purchase of Georgia-Pacific's paper chemicals business.
Arpal Group has a strong footprint in long-term care and commercial catering sectors in the UK and Ireland, as well as the thriving hospitality sector in the Middle East. The UK operation employs 85 factory and field personnel and the UAE operation, based in Dubai, has 46 employees. Annual sales for the group are approximately $20 million.
A new study released last week by Initial Washroom Hygiene reveals that office workers could be exposing themselves to more harmful germs than they think during their daily tea run.
The Food Standards Agency has this week published a new Science Report by its chief scientific adviser, Professor Guy Poppy.
Nicola Barbour and Michelle Lamb will share responsibility for over 1400 staff across seven offices. They will each handle a £6m per annum portfolio.
First colour off the palette is the Green-Maximum Biological Cleaner / Deodoriser 750ml spray bottle to remove organic staining and maintain a clean, odour free washroom. Green-Maximum may be used on all washroom surfaces, including floors and wall areas that might be contaminated with urine. To maintain an odour free washroom spray and wipe potentially soiled and contaminated areas regularly with Green-Maximum.
With the festive season well and truly upon many of us, pubs and clubs are experiencing their busiest time of year and it is when things get frantic that cleaning and hygiene can play second fiddle to keeping the customers happy.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) is seeking volunteers to serve as non-voting section committee members on the consensus body for the BSR-IICRC S400 Standard for Cleaning, Maintenance and Restoration of the Commercial Built Environment. Applications are now being accepted.
What should be common knowledge on what is and is not appropriate to flush down the toilet is wreaking havoc on sewer systems everywhere. Southern Trust Home Services, southern Virginia's leading HVAC company, is sharing its two cents and giving a list of 10 items to never flush down the toilet.
"We see it all the time," says Ted Puzio, who owns the company. "People flush lots of things down the toilet and don't think twice about the consequence until their toilet doesn't work anymore. We've found a lot of interesting items in clogged drains and think it's important to encourage people to be more careful with what they flush."
Incentive has appointed a new dedicated head of facilities management for Camelot to oversee the company's day-to-day FM operations and work with other members of the Incentive executive team on this assignment.
Defence contractor Babcock accidentally splattered around 500 parked cars with a metallic substance while cleaning a boat at Scotland's Rosyth dockyard, and it is estimated that it will cost up to £150k to repair them...
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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.
These are among the conclusions, relating to occupational ill-health, of annual health & safety statistics recently published by the Health & Safety Executive.
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.
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.
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.
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