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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.
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It's long been recognised that an award (or few) under your belt is a great way of setting yourself apart from the competition and it's the same when it comes to cleaning - despite the role being awarded the title of 'Unsexiest Profession' in a recent survey (see more below)!
I'm delighted to see then that the Cleaning & Support Services Association has launched its CSSA Awards 2019 - which is now open for entries to anyone in the cleaning industry. You don't need to be a CSSA member to take part.
There's a choice of four categories (enter all four if you wish) and as these Awards are free to enter and there's a simple and quick entry process, it means that those without huge marketing budgets really do have as good a chance of winning in any category, as the 'big boys' have - as long as they're considered by the independent panel of judges, to be the best of course!
And as the Awards Ceremony is held at a presentation lunch - free to shortlisted candidates - on 20th March at the Cleaning Show 2019, in London's ExCel centre, there's no better way to show off to your peers and take advantage of the extra publicity that always surrounds this busy and vibrant show.
There are four categories: Contract Innovation, Training, Environmental & Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility - so if you think you're a cut above the rest, find out more now, since entries must be submitted by 21st December. Download an entry form at: www.cssa-uk.co.uk/awards/
Who says cleaning is 'unsexy'? We in the industry certainly don't think so! We just need to get the general public on board & make them see that it's one of the most important professions there is - and one that boasts an incredible camaraderie, as far as I'm concerned.
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Cleaners have the 'unsexiest' job in Britain - with plumbers, accountants and taxi drivers close behind. The poll of UK professions, which quizzed 2,000 people, revealed that the cleaning profession was considered the most unsexy by nearly one in three Brits (28%). This is despite the industry contributing more than £24bn to the economy and employing more than 700,000 hardworking employees across the UK.
Stan Atkins, Chair of the British Cleaning Council, says of the findings: "The cleaning sector is incredibly important to the UK economy, and without it the country would grind to a halt. From tackling litter to keeping hospitals clean, the work our members do is vital to ensure we can all live in a hygienic, healthy and safe environment.
IEHA, the 1,300-plus professional member organisation for those employed in facility housekeeping at the management level, has announced a new program initiative geared specifically to cleaning and maintenance professionals in healthcare facilities.
Making its debut at IEHA's 52nd Annual Conference & Convention - part of ISSA Show North America 2018 - this highly specialised program enables healthcare professionals in facilities management to maximise the value they bring to the processes of patient care and recovery.
Tennant Company announced this week that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Gaomei Cleaning Equipment Company, a privately held designer and manufacturer of commercial cleaning solutions based in China.
Gaomei, a family-run business, offers a range of cleaning machines and equipment, including single disc scrubbing machines, vacuum cleaners, carpet extractors, blowers, high-pressure washers, sweepers, and floor scrubbers.
The GDS-100, is a portable, clean-in-place pump system ideal for descaling cleanings, used to remove limescale, calcium and mineral deposits, rust and other contaminants from HVAC and process manufacturing equipment.
The presence of scale and deposits can act as an insulation barrier on heat transfer surfaces which impact the actual loss of heat transfer and operational efficiencies.
Bullen Companies has announced the release of its new Airx Spray N Go and Spray N Roll pathogen control system. The new system includes a new Airx Spray N Go disinfectant cleaner and a new Spray N Roll II dual tip spray system.
The Spray N Roll II dual tip spray system will make cleaning and disinfecting your facility quick and easy. It is perfect for applying the Airx Spray N Go disinfectant to grocery trollies, bathroom fixtures, gym equipment, cabinets, chairs, and much more. There are no batteries, limited use or charge time to worry about.
Held in Istanbul earlier this month at the Istanbul Congress Center, the show featured exhibitors from 14 countries, representing tissue mills and a range of suppliers including manufacturers of chemicals, wrapping/packaging equipment, converting machinery, packaging equipment and non-woven machinery.
The company exhibited as part of the National Carpet Cleaners Association membership following the phenomenal success of the 2017 event, making this joint venture a must for everyone working in carpet and window cleaning, and related enterprises.
Veltia 'My Brand' is a process that allows Veltia at the manufacturing stage, to permanently impregnate an image into the hand dryer. This image can be a logo, corporate message, advertising or pretty much anything and in any colour. The process provides the client with a bespoke hand dryer, one of a kind and a way of advertising the client's business.
The process takes three weeks to complete and is, surprisingly, available on any number of hand dryers - from two to 2,000.
Universal Facility Services, an internationally-backed specialist in the provision of safe, eco-friendly professional cleaning, beautification and external facility improvement, has launched in Southeast Louisiana.
Newly headquartered in New Orleans, the company is a division of the Canada-based Universal Group and boasts such services as parking equipment maintenance, graffiti removal, minor paving and pothole repair, power sweeping and scrubbing, pressure washing, striping, janitorial (scoop and broom) and other related services for external facilities and public spaces.
A few lucky visitors to the upcoming 4th annual European Food & Beverage Plastic Packaging Summit will have the chance to attend the Suez Recycling & Recovery Netherlands sorting facility & floating Recycled Park in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
There is no extra charge for the site visits, but spaces are strictly limited and allocated to conference delegates on a first-come, first-served basis, so do book your place early to avoid disappointment.
Results from a comparison beach cleaning and litter surveying programme by Cromwell Polythene as part of its 35th anniversary activity and to mark Recycle Week (24 September - 30 September) indicate levels of seaside rubbish have decreased.
This follow up to similar research conducted by Cromwell Polythene during last year's Recycle Week shows reduced levels of waste across most material streams. The only increases compared to last year's results were for paper/cardboard, and metal which both multiplied significantly, and medical waste.
The 8th WoolSafe Education Conference is taking place Thursday 4th and Friday 5th October. This fantastic learning and networking opportunity for WoolSafe Approved Service Providers, Licensees and Associate Members, is held almost annually either in the UK, Australia or in the US. This year's event is taking place in Bradford, UK - a city that hit the headlines this week for having the lowest house prices in England!
A morning of seminars and an afternoon of specialist workshops await exhibitors and attendees on day one of the Conference, which is sponsored by WoolSafe chemical licensees: Legend Brands Europe, Prochem Europe, Sebo and Fibre ProTector.
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