Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 9th August 2018 Issue no. 834
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Impact Products names Sylvia Lam strategic account manager, Western Region
Xeros makes major shipment of near-waterless washing machines to South Africa's drought-ridden Cape Province
Bio-P pulls flush on odorous washroom smells
ACI names toxicologist James Kim as associate vice president, science & regulatory affairs
Brightwell Dispensers launches new Twin Micro Jumbo toilet roll dispenser
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With Cleanzine going out to 163 countries, I'm well aware that you may be working in far higher temperatures than we've experienced across the UK in recent weeks and now across continental Europe too. Much as I love the sun, those of us who aren't used to such heat, can find it difficult to work to our usual standards.
I'm doing a sit-down job and the only travel involves deciding which part of the garden I fancy that day and moving my office to it. Sitting under trees enjoying hardly any breeze, I've wondered how on earth those who have to travel or do physical work, are managing to cope.
I read somewhere that very high temperatures - while not exactly frying the brain - damage its function to the extent that we find it hard to focus and simple functions create a real drain on our energy. I get that, having struggled myself to complete the last few weeks' e-zines to the standard I'd like. It's taken so long and I've felt exhausted at the end.
How do delivery drivers, salespeople, service engineers and multi-site cleaning teams or managers cope on the roads, for even with air conditioning, they keep having to emerge from a cold cab or car into baking sunshine, then back into a stiflingly hot vehicle when it's time to move on. They're luckier though than those who have to keep opening and closing windows.
Commuters haven't had it easy, either, with melting road surfaces and train tracks. And once in the workplace there's smelly, noisy air conditioning to cope with or excessive heat and sweaty colleagues, who may be grumpy because they're hot too. This weather makes us lethargic or even sleepy and bad-tempered, yet we still have our deadlines and I can imagine how easy it is for those with a tight schedule to cut corners and jeopardise their safety and that of others. We need to learn to think and behave differently at times like these, don't we?
I've really been feeling for the cleaners, who I know are under pressure to complete what can be quite strenuous work and the penalties for not achieving sufficiently high standards can be enormous, with the potential loss of contracts and with this the means to earn a living. Having to travel to work on broken roads and railway tracks, doesn't exactly help.
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This Week's News
Motorway services user survey - most stop to visit washrooms, but are they clean?
Transport Focus has just released its 2018 report into the best and worst of England's 111 motorway services, following its survey of 9,600 motorists on their experiences. One purpose of the survey was to identify which aspects of the visitor experience most influence overall satisfaction and of course washroom facilities and their cleanliness have had a big impact, bearing in mind that most respondents - by a long way - cited the need to visit the toilet as the main reason for driving into motorway services in the first place.
Unprecedented three coordinated migrant worker strikes!
Cleaners organised in the United Voices of the World (UVW) trade union are walking out over pay and unfair working conditions at three of the wealthiest employers in the UK.
At the time of writing, the strikes were due to take place at the Ministry of Justice and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th of August, as well as at several Health Care America locations at the end of August.
Two new videos highlight security challenges in cleaning
Two new videos highlighting the security challenges facing businesses, and the importance of systems and procedures to protect facilities being cleaned, have been launched by secure commercial cleaning expert, Julius Rutherfoord & Co.
Security is an issue that every business, large and small, must take seriously to protect places, people and reputation. Figures indicate organisations are making significant investment in security, including protection against cyber-crime, with UK firms spending £1.8bn a year, according to recent research.
New appointments at RD Industries
RD Industries, the Omaha, Nebraska-based manufacturer of closed loop chemical dispensing systems, has made two appointments to its senior team: Scott Neuhalfen (left) becomes director of quality and Stewart Auger (below) becomes vice president of global sales.
America's Best Restroom 2018 contest finalists announced
The 2018 America's Best Restroom contest finalists have been announced and if you're interested in helping find the winner, you have until 18th September to cast your vote.
The lucky loo will take home the grand prize of $2,500 in Cintas products and services for cleaning or facilities management and a lifetime of bathroom bragging rights.
Bio-Productions: planting trees to support the environment
Bio-Productions has received word from the Green Earth Appeal team, which recently returned from overseeing the cleaning products manufacturer's joint campaign with The Green Organisation in Tanzania, that the important reforestation project there is now well underway.
Smarttask helps Stadium Support Services' standards soar at Farnborough Airshow
Stadium Support Services, the specialist facilities management and cleaning company, has used SmartTask to monitor and coordinate its cleaning operation at the recent Farnborough International Airshow.
The company needed an advanced workforce management solution that would provide real-time visibility and control over its 100-strong team tasked with delivering 80,000 hours of cleaning services across the vast 770-acre site.
ISSA enters partnership with American Association of Cleaning Professionals
ISSA and the American Association for Cleaning Professionals jointly announced on Tuesday that the two organisations have entered into a partnership that will endeavour to better serve the owners and employees of small to midsize contract cleaning and restoration companies. The organisations will collaborate on content development, education, informational resources, membership sales and support, and co-produced events in the course of the partnership.
Canadian cleaning machine manufacturer to benefit from Government investment
Exprolink, which manufactures and markets a full range of motorised outdoor sweepers and vacuum equipment, is one of five companies benefiting from at total $3.2 million investment by the Canadian government as part of its economic development plan for the Quebec regions.
The Government acknowledges that to remain competitive and support their growth, businesses need to regularly upgrade and modernise their production equipment and facilities.
Litterbugs fall foul of Malvern Council
Malvern Hills District Council has been battling the litterbugs lately and it is determined to show residents what will happen if they're caught breaking the law.
In the first incident, in June, a woman was witnessed cleaning up after her dog defaecated in a public place but then throwing her collection bag under a car rather than disposing of it properly.
Star Platforms provide access to Concorde
UK powered access company, Star Platforms, provided a Skyjack 6826RT diesel scissor lift on a next day dispatch to support a maintenance job carried out by one of its customers at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey.
Having previously worked on projects at Brooklands Museum, the Star Platforms customer was approached again to help with an exterior drywash of the retired Concorde G-BBDG. The contractor needed to ensure its team had the right tool to do the job and turned to Star Platforms for help in accessing the iconic aircraft to carry out maintenance work.
Budapest could become a regional hub of cleaning technology
The Hungarian Cleaning Technology Association (MATISZ) is organising its second trade show in Budapest.
The event, which will be held on 5th and 6th October 2018, is attracting international attention, which indicates that Hungary's capital could become the Central and Eastern European hub of the cleaning technologies profession in the near future.
Ready to tee off at the ISSA's European Golf Day?
It's only a few weeks until the ISSA's European Golf day, which takes place on 22nd August at the Toft Hotel and Golf Course, in Bourne, Lincolnshire, so if you delay booking for much longer, you might just find that you're too late.
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