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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.
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Why is it that what the majority of us see as a 'no-brainer' seems to escape those who ultimately make the decisions?
Once again - this time in Canada - hospital staff have been protesting against cuts in funding for frontline healthcare services, arguing that reduced cleaning budgets lead to greater numbers of healthcare acquired infections (well it figures, doesn't it?). These cuts - and protests - are happening virtually all over the world.
Families of patients who've died or suffered life changing illnesses as a result of picking up an HAI sue the facility/Trust concerned. Valuable time and trouble is spent by hospital teams fighting these cases and if they lose they have to pay up. OK I'm assuming that these costs are covered by the offending facilities' insurers, but when one considers the huge price of insurance - a price that's rising rapidly each year because of the need to cover the increasing number of lawsuits being fought, doesn't it make sense to prevent the infections - and thus the subsequent lawsuits - in the first place?
Cleaners are amongst the lowest earners in society. We need more of them in our hospitals - doing a great job and preventing infection - rather than fewer. We need good cleaning equipment and people trained properly in how to use it. I believe the saying goes something like: 'Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves'. Do you see where I'm coming from?
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This Week's News
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification has announced that it has acquired the performance assessment and certification programs of the International Cleaning & Restoration Association as of August 31, 2018.
While ICRA originally was formed by a group of regional trade associations to establish a unified international trade association, there was also an interest in establishing performance assessment certifications.
Canadian Union of Public Employees rallied last Friday against healthcare cuts, arguing that it is untrue for hospital and regional health network administrators to suggest that patients, care levels and infection control will not be adversely affected by a new round of cuts at Health Sciences North.
The cuts touch many areas of patient care including nursing, environmental services, administration, hospital linens, and other hospital support services.
Powered by natural airflow, the unique shell design is not only visually attractive but it serves a powerful purpose - to provide a large surface area for superior scent delivery, with curved vents and internal slats for better distribution of fragrance.
Matrix Cleaning Systems has announced that Carey Cleaning Machines has become its exclusive distributor for the Matrix Industrial and Commercial range of steam machines for Northern Ireland. The agreement also includes exclusivity for Southern Ireland for industrial machines.
Carey Cleaning Machines supplies equipment and services to a wide range of customers including hospitals, schools, councils, cleaning contractors, facilities management companies and the industrial and manufacturing sector.
Bunzl Canada announced yesterday that its IoT-based washroom monitoring system, WandaNext is about to be installed in another Canadian airport and several shopping malls, adding to its growing presence in healthcare, retail, commercial and conference facilities across the country.
"First-to-market innovations that help to maximise operational efficiencies and deliver an improved customer experience are one of the key reasons that our customers choose Bunzl as a strategic supply partner," said John Howlett, president, Bunzl Canada.
A study that demonstrates a correlation between technology adoption and hygiene compliance in the eyes of Healthcare workers has been released by Tork, an Essity brand. According to the results, healthcare professionals believe introducing new technology such as hand hygiene monitoring systems, can play an important role in hygiene compliance and infection control across healthcare facilities.
Riwal, the aerial work platform and telehandler rental specialist, has launched the Riwal Rental App in the App Store. Launched in the Google Play Store in March, Riwal's Rental App is now also available for Apple iOS users too. The App allows rental customers to browse, reserve and schedule aerial work platforms among other features in one seamless process.
The Riwal Rental app is part of the company's digital strategy to enhance customer connectivity and engage in new markets. The app's interface is highly user friendly for customers, who will also be assisted via the app's live-chat functionality.
Kennedy's Easyroll is a versatile hand drying dispenser suitable for all environments, including washroom, catering and hospitality. The Easyroll Ellipse comes with a translucent cover that enables easy inspection of paper level and is water and dust resistant to keep the paper towel dry and clean.
The standard Easyroll Ellipse is Arctic white with a translucent blue cover. Due to the popularity of this product and high customers' demand, our new version of Easyroll is now also available with a translucent white cover.
Professor Mark Wilcox, MD, consultant microbiologist and Head of R&D in Microbiology at the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals, will present a Symposium entitled 'Is the choice of hand drying method a decision for infection control teams rather than facilities?' at the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) 2018 Conference being held at the Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow from 30th September - 2nd October.
Veltia has welcomed a new business development manager to the fold, in a relationship that almost comes 'tried and tested'. For Miles Davies is no stranger to Veltia, having worked in partnership with the hand dryer supplier for the past two years whilst with his previous employer Rentokil-Initial.
Miles worked at Rentokil-Initial for eight years; first as a sales consultant and latterly as a sales manager which also meant him being involved in the Sales Academy where he would train and mentor new recruits,
Installed in 1931, the monument is constructed from grey Westerly Granite which over the course of time, had become soiled with biological growth such as bacteria, algae, fungi and lichen, as well as a dark grey layer of atmospheric residue, including dust, soot, and emissions. It also produces hard calcium crusts, which leach out of the mortar.
To further increase the efficiency of the Professional hygiene business, Essity is closing its converting facility in Bellemont, Arizona, US. The closure will be completed in the second half of 2019 without any disruption to customers and production will be reallocated to other Essity production facilities in the US.
The measures are aligned with the company's strategy to optimise the production footprint to improve cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in the Professional hygiene business area.
Combining this with the money already raised at the gala ball, the CHSA has now generated an impressive £10,000 (approximately) for the RNIB this year.
Michael Gosson, former owner of Parish Maintenance Supply based in Syracuse, New York, US, has launched a new e-commerce consulting firm, JanSanConsulting.com
Since launching his first Internet site back in 1998 (parish-supply.com), Michael has experienced year-on-year growth. "It certainly goes without saying," he argues, "The Internet is a moving target and one must be prepared to move with it or move over.
Sara Gibb, 55, began training in earnest when she entered the mammoth 26-mile event back in January. Just four months later though, she was having a hip replacement at the world-renowned Horder Centre near Crowborough. She was not deterred. The walk from Falmer to Eastbourne meant a lot to her - particularly as she had lost several close friends and family members to the disease.
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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.
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