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With a combination of old and new segments, Interclean Amsterdam was able to offer a complete overview of the newest technologies and trends in the professional cleaning market. The robot arena, the InnovationLAB and the new Healthcare Cleaning Forum and LAB were particularly popular.
A vast majority of the respondents, 87%, consider that standardisation plays a key role in their future business plans.
"It is with deep sorrow that Nettuno announces the passing of Giancarlo Fratus, sales director and CEO of the company.
The machine boasts a step forward in robotics technology for the cleaning industry and overcomes some of the obstacles of similar machines.
Tork PaperCircle is turning the hand drying business on its head by offering the world's first paper hand towel recycling service, helping businesses go circular, cutting the carbon footprint of paper hand towels by 40% and paving the way for future change in standards on what can be recycled and included as accepted paper grades.
Hako's stand showcased a wide range of impressive pioneering solutions which, already today, are contributing to the shaping of tomorrow's world of cleaning technology.
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One of the subjects that keeps cropping up as I'm out an about chatting to people is the recent publication of the UK Government-commissioned Hampton-Alexander review on gender balance in the boardroom. The imposition of gender quotas was something I had a rant about in this column several years ago when it first reared what I considered to be its 'ugly head'. I argued that women should be appointed to any role - boardroom-related or not - purely on merit, rather than because the company concerned needed to fulfil its quota of women leaders.
My view was - and still is - that insisting upon organisations having a certain percentage of women in management and boardroom positions would undermine the women involved, who might be accused of winning that position because they were female, rather than because they were the best person for the job.
Now we find, according to the report, that women who deserved promotion to the management position are being denied that promotion because the organisations for which they work, have already filled their quota of women!
It's another case of 'great idea in principle, but how will it actually work?' - new legislation designed by people trying to do the right thing, that just hasn't been thought through properly. I haven't seen similar reviews from the other EU member states (also instructed to meet these gender goals) but I'm hoping that companies in other countries are finding their way around this legislation better than we are in the UK. If you'd like to read the report for yourself, it's at: Hampton_Alexander_Review_report
Finally, John & I were invited by Dianna Steinbach, vice president of international services at ISSA (and clearly there on merit!), to join other ISSA members from around the world who were visiting Interclean Amsterdam, on the Heineken brewery tour. As is usual with these ISSA events, 'a good time was had by all', as the images here will show: www.flickr.com/photos
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The 'Global Contract Cleaning Services Market 2018-2022' report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering, and it makes interesting reading, predicting that the global contract cleaning services market will register a revenue of more than USD 386 billion by 2022 and that the market will be dominated by ABM, Anago Cleaning (pictured), ISS and SeviceMaster.
Based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts, the report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. It also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
Are you looking for opportunities to establish new international contacts and to connect with peers, industry experts, as well as ISSA members and representatives? If so, you're not too late to book a place at the ISSA EMEA Networking Event taking place next Tuesday, June 5th in Malmo, Sweden
The schedule is as follows:
11.00 Arrival (Coffee Welcome)
11.30 Welcome Guests ISSA (ISSA / Bona)
11.45 ISSA Strategy Update by Michel de Bruin, ISSA EU council chairman and Dianna Steinbach, ISSA international vice president
The 2018 Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement, and are proudly sponsored by Aviva, KPMG and the City of London Corporation.
Public Toilets UK's Gill Kemp shares her thoughts on accessible toilets, following a spate of attacks by members of the public, on users who don't outwardly appear to be eligible to use these facilities, which are designed for people with disabilities...
"Unfortunately, the use of the accessible toilet by those of us with 'invisible' conditions is still continuing to cause abuse. There also continues to be a lack of awareness of why the accessible toilet is so important in these circumstances. Some people think that unless the usual public facilities are full or it's an emergency, there is no need to make use of the accessible toilet.
During the recent CeMAT trade fair in Hannover, TVH digitally presented its new Master catalogue for the first time. With this catalogue, the company wants to give its customers an overview of the extensive range of parts and accessories for materials handling and industrial equipment.
TVH is an all-round supplier of high-quality parts and accessories for material handlings and industrial vehicles. In addition to the own brands such as TotalSource, TVH also has partnerships with top quality brands.
The dirtiest touch point was the touchscreen on the check-in kiosk, which had 10 times as many contaminants as the toilet seat.
Opening this June in an initial 15,000sq.ft space at Atlanta's TechSquare Labs, the facility will bring together experts from around the world to develop solutions that help build the world's most efficient supply chain. It will, effectively, serve as a collaborative space for businesses and will focus on collaboration, accelerate problem-solving.
RRS London Waste Papers has been sentenced after health & safety breaches resulted in the death of one of its employees, who was found inside the compaction chamber of a baling machine. The worker had suffered fatal crush injuries.
While studying their PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia (KAUST), Luisa Javier and Sandra Medina, engineers from Mexico and Colombia, co-founded a biotechnology company Wayak and are launching their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, for their instant laundry spray.
Edison Awards, celebrating 31 years of honouring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, has crowned Neolith Skyline + Pureti the Gold Collective Disruption Winner.
The eco-friendly, photocatalytic Pureti surface treatment transforms Neolith sintered stone facades into self-cleaning air purifiers - reversing pollution, dramatically improving air quality and enabling the slabs to stay cleaner for even longer.
ISS Facility Services Australia has been fined $132,217 for underpaying overseas workers, following a surprise late-evening visit to Melbourne Cricket Ground by Fair Work inspectors, who questioned the 44 workers cleaning up after a match.
The Fair Work Ombudsman found that 11 of the cleaning team's overseas workers were underpaid $37,471 for work at the MCG after AFL matches in 2014, in individual amounts ranging from $276 to $7272 over five-months.
Former professional footballer, Dean Saunders, is joining the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association for its Pro-Am Charity Golf Day. Dean played for clubs including Liverpool, Aston Villa, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Benfica and gained 75 senior caps for Wales. He was one of his country's most prolific goalscorers, scoring the first of his 22 goals on his debut as a 21-year old.
Dean is now one of the UK's most popular sports personalities, appearing on Sky Sports and TalkSport. With plenty of great stories to tell, he will entertain Golf Day attendees after dinner. But that's not all...
The Health & Safety Laboratory is running a 5-day course on Ergonomics on 9th - 13th July 2018 and 11th - 15th February 2019, which is aimed at reducing the 35 million days lost to British industry each year as a result of accidents and ill health caused by work activities. A large number of these accidents are due to a lack of thought and planning concerning the use of our everyday systems.
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The partnership centres on a Willmott Dixon project to refurbish the Old Admiralty Building (OAB) in Horseguards Parade, central London, an undertaking that will see the Grade II listed building transformed into a modern working environment.
Founded in April 1988 by CEO Paul Wonnacott (pictured) from his small bedroom in the UK, the company have progressed over the 30 years to be a world leader in aircare and hygiene, holding many International patents and trademarks.
The trailer-mounted BinWash is a new idea in the bin cleaning industry and has taken huge strides in improving what had historically been available. With worldwide emphasis on green and eco-friendly products, the Binwash offers a sustainable, eco-friendly alternative for those who are conscious about their carbon footprint.
"Bio-Productions is the innovator behind the original non-pDCB urinal block," said the company's Angela Gill.
"Water companies spend billions of pounds every year improving water and sewerage services in this country, but our sewers are just not designed to handle these new wipes which clog up the system.
A furniture manufacturer has been fined after exposing its employees to significant quantities of hardwood dust, a hazardous substance known to cause occupational asthma and nasal cancer. It was noted that the absence of a 'robust cleaning regime' had exacerbated the problems.
Luton Magistrates' Court heard how employees in Andrena Furniture's workshop were exposed to hardwood dust on a daily basis. One of the reasons for such high levels of the hazardous substance was found to be the company's extraction system, which when tested during an HSE inspection in 2016, was found to be inefficient.
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