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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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We've received several emails, phone calls and responses on our Facebook page to last week's leader in which I asked what we can do to prevent people from leaving their rubbish around our public spaces, for others to clear up. I and most of those I've spoken with, agree with Steve Sinnott's (Heritage Tiling & Restoration) view that lack of discipline, a poor upbringing and selfishness are largely to blame, and I chuckled at Steve's idea that a stun gun might improve things - many have had similar thoughts! Some expressed that while on-the-spot fines are good, the chance of catching culprits is low. Others complained that over-zealous litter wardens have damaged support for such schemes, referring to widely publicised incidents such as the woman fined for losing a thread from a glove, and others who've accidently dropped items and been fined before they've had a chance to retrieve them, such as the arthritic man who dropped his £10 note change from a purchase along with his receipt.
The Domestic Cleaning Alliance's Stephen Munton said that one argument he's heard (but clearly doesn't agree with), is that as the venue has already budgeted for litter pickers, it's become somebody else's job and why should anybody else do it? I've come across that one myself, and some of those supporting this idea were so vehement in their arguments that the discussion became pretty aggressive.
My leader was prompted by my dismay at the litter left at festivals, where those whose job it is to collect and sort it, tend to be volunteers who use their 'working' status to attend the event because they can't afford a ticket. Many festival-goers are aware of this volunteer status and know that litter pickers are effectively kindred spirits - but don't care either way. That saddens me.
One suggestion that came up in most conversations was the need to educate people from an early stage that littering is wrong and that we all need to take ownership of the problem and our environment.
I love Wychavon District Council's and its waste & recycling partner FCC Environment's competition for residents to name each of the 15 new waste and recycling trucks which will take to the roads next month. What better way to bring our attention to the problem of littering and the need to recycle wherever possible than to get everyone involved like this! I do hope other councils follow suit...
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With its 2018 Technical Conference around the corner, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is reminding potential attendees to register if they want to secure a place. The conference will take place from September 27th through 28th at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and focus on the niche field of trauma and crime scene clean-up. Attendees can earn up to 10 CEC credits (up to three on Thursday and up to seven on Friday).
The 2018 conference will feature numerous speakers, including:
Idexx Laboratories, a global leader in rapid microbiological testing for water, has announced that the Idexx Pseudalert method has been published as the International Organisation for Standardisation worldwide standard 16266-2 for the 24-hour detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in water.
P. aeruginosa can cause life-threatening infections in hospitals and is a frequent cause of skin, ear, and eye infections from pool and spa water. Public and private laboratories and healthcare and hospitality industry facilities count on the Pseudalert method to monitor their water for this pathogen.
Dry surface biofilm has been found to exist on 93% of all critical care area hospital surfaces and over 50% of these biofilms contain mutant germs which are resistant to antibiotics; resulting in healthcare acquired infections. The US Environmental Protection Agency has this week registered the first product to be effective against these biofilms.
Medentech is announcing the efficacy of its effervescent NaDCC disinfection tablet for cleaning and disinfection. "This is something I might never see in my lifetime again," says Michael Gately, CEO Medentech.
As germs and bacteria become increasingly resistant to cleaning chemicals and antibiotics, Hunterdon Medical Center recently deployed Xenex LightStrike germ-zapping robots that use pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to enhance traditional room cleaning procedures as a key part of the hospital's infection prevention program.
The hospital has seen a 76% reduction in Clostridium difficile infection rates since it began using the robots to disinfect rooms.
Girbau has expanded its HS 6 Series of washer extractors with the launch of a new model offering class-leading production efficiency and water extraction. The HS-6028, with 28-31Kg capacity, fills the gap that previously existed between the smaller HS-6024 (24Kg) and larger HS-6032 (32Kg) machines.
The HS-6028 washer has a 280-litre drum making it ideal for larger on-premise laundries in hotels, spas and care homes as well as medium sized commercial laundries processing 28-31Kg batches of linen.
After many years of service, former Chairman of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association and recently retired managing director of Deb, Jeff Bell is stepping down from the CHSA's governing Council.
Charlotte Products, a leading North American manufacturer of green certified and sustainable cleaning products, has announced that it will partner with JNP Enterprises, the manufacturer's agent serving Quebec and Eastern Canada including New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
JNP Enterprises is the largest non-food specific manufacturer's agent in this part of Canada. The company, headed by Bob Parsons, is over 30 years old and has reported annual sales growth averaging 20% per year for the past decade.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the common cold results in nearly 22 million lost school days annually. With students and faculty now back at school, Cintas Corporation has released five essential tips for mitigating the spread of pathogens throughout educational facilities.
ISSA has announced additional support for the UK Industrial Cleaning Machine Manufacturers Association.
Rob Shaw and Rachel Eastop of Rob Shaw Associates will provide secretarial support from now on, taking over from Hazel Langley. Rob has more than 14 years' experience providing scientific expertise on falls prevention to the UK regulator, the Health & Safety Executive, as well as commercial consultancy and training in the UK and overseas. Rachel has a strong professional background and proven track record of excelling in marketing and project management positions.
Two talented and hard-working young people - Krupa Solanki and Ellie Walker - have been named as the recipients of the CHSA's 2018 Undergraduate Bursaries, following the CHSA Council's decision earlier in the year to award up to two bursaries every year for the next five years.
Applicants were assessed by a Judging Panel, led by CHSA vice president and treasurer David Garcia, according to need, worthiness, endeavour, and overall performance.
Norwich-based Spectrum Hygiene has moved into a new 10,000 sq ft warehouse, moving from its previous 7,000 sq ft facility. With a current annual turnover of £4M for the company and its subsidiaries, the new warehouse is a pivotal factor in Spectrum's ambitious plans to increase sales by as much as 50% in the next two years.
So why give customers a roasting?
A recent analysis of Jangro's award-winning online training programme, the Jangro Learning Management Solution, has demonstrated that commercial cleaning companies are realising the benefits of training their workforce.
Jangro's fully interactive e-learning platform has grown phenomenally since it launched and is offered free to all its customers and their staff. Data highlights that over the last year, there has been a huge spike in completed courses (an increase of 175%), and if you take into account courses that are close to completion, the figure is over 300%.
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