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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) has this week announced the agenda for its 2018 Technical Conference, taking place 27th - 28th September at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Now in its third year, the Technical Conference will offer attendees an inside look at what it takes to work in the niche field of trauma and crime scene cleanup. Attendees can earn up to 10 CEC credits (up to three on Thursday and up to seven on Friday).
The 2018 conference agenda is as follows:
Thursday, 27th September:
The company has now expanded the feminine hygiene range by adding the Satin Intima Pedal with a capacity of 23 litres, in addition to the Intima Mini Satin with a 15-litre capacity. The Satin Intima bins come with a black protective lid insert.
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.
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.
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Welcome back to our first post-Summer Cleanzine. It seems like such a long time ago that I wrote my last leader - perhaps that's the sign of having had a good break! As is usual over Summer, I've gone from one festival to another without actually unpacking my car and I'm happy to say that while most have boasted a crowd that takes note of the mantra: 'leave no trace', there was one that had attracted a tiny minority of the wrong element and I was sorry to see rubbish and a couple of tents left behind for the hard-working volunteers to deal with.
If I can pack all my things and drive off with a bag of recycling on my lap as there's no room for it elsewhere, why can't everyone else? I've observed over the years, a measure of what I refer to as 'mob mentality' in as much as my fellow campers seem to be of one mind. When I say 'leave no trace' I mean that the only sign anyone's been around is bleached grass where tents were pitched.
Mob mentality at its best then, although working the other way, it's clear that if people see that others have left rubbish behind, they think it's ok to follow suit, when actually it's not. It's the same with graffiti, isn't it? Hence the need to clean it off quickly, or better still, prevent it from happening in the first place.
The pictures beamed around the world of the detritus left by Leeds & Reading Festival-goers, which included an estimated £1million worth of perfectly good tents, made me ashamed of the way some of us think it's ok to behave. I've seen how hard the on-site teams work & I know how tiring it is to dismantle and pack up a tent after a manic few days and little sleep, so I can imagine their despair at being faced with a jungle of tents and rubbish. Why do people do it? Something needs to be done to change people's attitudes to waste - not just at festivals but on our beaches and in other places we spend our leisure time too, but apart from extra policing and intrusive CCTV, how do we do that? Education? Fines? Security-type inspections? Future bans for offenders? I'm at a loss - as, no doubt, are the authorities.
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Portsmouth-based family run business, Hooper Services, has expanded its range by exclusively partnering with TSM Italy - another family-run business. Ian Hooper, who in 1990 founded the company that takes his name, says his main aim is to save customers money without compromising on service or quality - hence the partnership.
Ian and the rest of the team strongly believe in building and maintaining long term relationships and establishing trust with suppliers, which continues all the way through to the customers and end-users, ensuring that they receive the best product with the support and guidance they need.
Global manufacturer and supplier of hygiene supplies Vectair Systems has launched the first triple action urinal screen - incorporating dual fragrance delivery, an active 'enzyme protected' central core and the ultimate defence against splashback.
"Dolphin manufactures some great products and offers superb customer service with short lead times as well as good, traditional values in doing business," says John. "It's a great opportunity to help in growing a company that has huge potential and an impressive management team, selling worldwide."
For years, office workers have been warned against the dangers of sitting down at a desk all day, with claims of increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol being but a few supposed health risks of a sedentary job.
However, whilst being in a chair for hours on end might not be the best for your health, what about workers that have no choice but to stand for a living? Are there any harmful effects associated with this? If so, what can employers do about it?
... and starting off by tackling our industry's biggest challenge and opportunity. How do we lead industry, institutions and the public to do something that will help everyone and hurt no one?
European rental company, Boels Rental, forges on with its UK expansion. The latest acquisitions of Artisan Hire Centre and sister company SAS (Survey & Safety Equipment Hire & Sales), form a further step in its overall UK growth strategy to become a national hire company.
Artisan and SAS operate from nine depots across the southwest of England. These latest additions follow the acquisition of Supply UK Hire Shops (2017) and Already Hire (2018).
Solved365 is a new franchise specialising in commercial cleaning. The franchise has spun out of Total Solutions Group; a multi-million-pound, independently-owned company which was launched by Sharmin Akter in 2014.
The concept behind Solved365 is simple. There is huge demand for Total Solutions Group's services right across the UK, so to meet that demand the organisation is offering exclusive franchise territories to ambitious franchisees who, with full training in Total Solutions Group's methods and procedures, will service both local and national account work under the Solved365 brand.
Sales have increased year on year for the national hand dryer supplier, Veltia UK. The company now supports more than 50 reseller partners, and continues its goal to not only supply quality hand dryers, but to train salespeople in these organisations to increase company revenues.
Maintaining hygiene in a mosque can be something of a challenge because the building can be heavily used with, sometimes, thousands of people praying at the same time. High trafffic and odour are said to be the main issues when it comes to cleaning.
Turnaco Robotik has developed a technological solution to this problem, with what it believes is 'the world's first mosque carpet hygiene robot' - the Mouro.
Honeywell has published the second in its two-part series of eGuides designed to help health & safety professionals confidently select the right chemical protective gloves. 'A Guide to Selecting Chemical Protective Gloves - Part 2' looks specifically at three key considerations for glove selection - task, environment and fit - and outlines steps that can be taken to help simplify the selection process.
Where the first eGuide explored the dangers posed by chemicals and how to select gloves based on the specific chemicals being encountered, the second eGuide focuses on how the task at hand can impact glove selection and how different environmental factors, such as temperature and moisture, can affect glove performance.
Mitie's Landscaping business has been awarded two new ground maintenance contracts with the NHS in the South West of England. The contracts with Devon Partnership NHS Trust and South-Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust are together worth £675,000 over five-year terms.
For South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), Mitie will deliver a range of landscaping services across 72 sites in Gloucester, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall.
New CCTV cameras deployed across North Lanarkshire will be identifying fly tippers, who cause a hazard in communities and cost almost £900,000 a year to clean up. Anyone caught flytipping domestic waste faces a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200, and for serious offences this increases to £40,000 and/or two years in prison.
"We have invested £115,000 in fixed and mobile CCTV cameras to monitor locations where fly tipping is a problem," warns a council spokesperson. "We will also place large concrete barriers on sites we own to prevent vehicles gaining access to dump materials illegally, while new signs at key locations will highlight the penalties.
RPC bpi recycled products has given a major boost to UK recycling and sustainability by acquiring the nation's leading recycler of rigid plastics, PLASgran. The acquisition marks a major step in RPC bpi recycled products' ongoing commitment to work towards a world where nothing goes to waste.
PLASgran recycles nearly 50,000 tonnes of rigid plastics, and a series of strategic investments in recent years has positioned the company, which is based in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, as a best-in-class recycler. PLASgran was launched in 1999 and is run by a management team led by Mark Roberts.
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