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My daughters and I were attending a function a couple of weeks back & thanks to a miscommunication ended up in the wrong location. Upon realising our error, we decided that a visit to the loo might be a good idea before moving on and as we couldn't find a facility in the Staines central multi-storey car park where we'd stupidly paid to park for most of the day, we decided to call in at the library next door. And while I liked that it had a mini-museum, free wi-fi, newspapers and computers, I wasn't at all impressed that it didn't have a loo! Luckily the shopping centre did, but our lengthy trek made me wonder what on earth people do when the mall is shut? And a library without a public toilet? I really can't get my head around that one!
I know I'm always banging on about toilets and how many are closing down all over the UK, causing those with weak bladders, bowel/stomach issues, pregnant women etc to stay away from the areas that don't provide these essential facilities, but I wonder at the thinking behind the closures. Yes, I know washrooms cost money to maintain, that disposables use up budget and cleaners need to be paid... then there are issues of potential vandalism and drug-taking... but time and time again, savvy local authorities have proved that good 'away from home' toilets attract the public who'll shop, eat, drink, take part in activities and pay for entertainment and with it, parking.
As well as bringing money into the area, they help it thrive - as the judges of the soon-to-be-announced Loo of the Year Awards will attest (and if you haven't yet secured your ticket to this fun event, there's a link further down the page but do be quick, as there aren't many tickets left). It crossed my mind during our hasty exit from the Staines library that whereas free wi-fi used to attract custom to a facility that offered it, so many establishments are starting to do so that soon it will become less of a draw than the possibility of being able to use the loo. Crazy, isn't it?
In today's news we report that worldwide, some 4.5 billion people are still without access to a proper toilet. And while I grumble about the UK's public toilet closures, I do realise how lucky I am not to be one of those without any facilities whatsoever.
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This Week's News
Brightwell Dispensers has enhanced its sales team with the appointment of Rachel Halliday as business development manager.
Carlos Sagasta, chief financial officer, and Gaetano Redaelli, global president, Professional Division, have become joint deputy CEOs and in addition to their current roles, will be responsible for running the company until a successor to Dr Kadri is identified.
Every day tens of thousands of skilled, hardworking cleaning staff are onsite to ensure premises, working and living environments are kept clean, safe and hygienic ensuring they are 'ready to go' for the next business day.
World MRSA Day, October 2nd and World MRSA Awareness Month, October, are annual designated awareness dates and draw critical attention to the global public health crisis. 'The ongoing MRSA Epidemic - A Call to Action' is this year's global theme.
In the US, 85% of all MRSA infections are acquired in healthcare facilities and campaigners are calling for immediate action from the US Congress and the production of public awareness programs implemented like there were for HIV/AIDS.
The world will not reach the goal of universal sanitation coverage - where every person in the world has access to toilets that safely contain excreta - by 2030 unless countries make comprehensive policy shifts and invest more funds.
The cleaning products industry has a direct impact on the US economy totaling $59.1 billion, supporting 64,000 jobs and including $8.3 billion of labour compensation, according to a new report released by the American Cleaning Institute.
The report, prepared for ACI by the Manufacturing Institute's Center for Manufacturing Research in partnership with Inforum, examines economic data from 2016, the most recent year where full data is available.
More than 80% of general household waste will be converted into energy in a new contract between North Lanarkshire council and Viridor Waste Management. The contract will see 64,000 tonnes of waste from homes and Household Waste Recycling Centres treated every year.
This material, which would previously have gone to landfill, will be treated at Viridor's new Energy Recovery Facility in Dunbar, where it is converted into energy.
ISS is divesting its non-core single-service cleaning portfolio in the Netherlands to Dutch cleaning company CSU. The divestment concerns approximately 70 Dutch customers and, pending approval from the Netherlands Authority of Consumer and Markets (ACM), will see the transfer of around 2,200 employees to CSU.
Mitie Group announced on Monday the sale of the entire issued share capital of Mitie Pest Control to Rentokil Initial for £40 million, which will be paid in cash at completion, subject to any adjustment for final completion accounts.
Kimberly-Clark Professional and Gojo Industries have announced that the two companies are partnering to offer a premium smart washroom management system in connected away-from-home washroom environments such as office buildings, airports and universities.
This industry-first partnership offers facilities managers the Kimberly-Clark Professional Onvation 'Smart Restroom' management system which features Scott towel and bath tissue, and Purell hand soap.
The Loo of the Year Awards inspection teams have now completed the inspection of thousands of 2018 Loo of the Year Awards entrants' washrooms throughout the UK. They have travelled thousands of miles by road, sea and air have visited towns/cities from Wick in Scotland to The Islands of Scilly and Londonderry in Northern Ireland to Lowestoft in East Anglia.
Early analysis of entry grading indicates some exceptional washrooms will be competing for the large range of awards available.
Mitie has been awarded a two-year extension to its existing facilities management contract with Vodafone UK. This extension, which begins on 1st April 2020, follows an initial six-year contract and involves such services as cleaning, waste, security, catering, energy management, project work, and planned & reactive mechanical and electrical maintenance across c. 1,250 properties across the UK, including data centres, corporate buildings and retail stores.
The initial contract period achieved substantial savings for Vodafone, reducing cost by over 15% of the contract value by changing the service design. Mitie will deploy its connected workplace technology to further increase efficiencies.
Stains and odors are a distraction for people everywhere, but odours from bio accidents like faeces and vomit actually make them concerned for their health & safety, tarnishing the reputations of commercial facilities more easily than other common messes, according to a new survey from Clorox Professional Products.
To help facilities address these tough messes, the manufacturer has developed Clorox Disinfecting Bio Stain & Odour Remover, an innovative one-step product that cleans, disinfects and deodorises surfaces and can be used for accidents involving the toughest bio soils such as blood, faeces, vomit and urine on both hard and soft surfaces.
The Ladder Association, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to keeping people safe when working at height, is urging ladder users - and those responsible for managing the safe use of ladders - to take a fresh approach to ladder training.
In a sector blighted by myths and misconceptions, 'Get a Grip' on ladder safety is a new campaign that aims to put ladder training at the top of the height safety agenda. When it's right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely, says the Association.
The 'Hand to Hand' exhibition, which has opened at Fotografiska (the Museum of Photography) in Stockholm with pictures taken by the internationally award-winning photojournalist Paul Hansen, is the second time Essity and Fotografiska have presented a joint exhibition aimed at highlighting how hygiene and health affect people's wellbeing.
Adam GmbH is a rental specialist of aerial work platforms, telehandlers and forklifts, founded in 1990 by current managing director Markus Adam. The company is based in Hanau, near Frankfurt, has 20 employees, two locations and operates a fleet of 110 machines, including scissor lifts, boom lifts and truck-mounted platforms.
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