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Unger has now informed us that the system achieved significantly better results than the two competitor products tested in both analysis and practical use.
Dr Sally Ferguson, a Hong Kong registered doctor who visits the Macau Grand Prix every year, was dismayed to discover that there was no soap in 'the ladies' at the Lisboa Bend grandstand for an entire weekend at the recent meeting. She spoke to cleaning ladies about the "serious health risk" this posed, but says they laughed and shook their heads.
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I generally know it's flu season because I start to receive press releases from chemicals manufacturers and industry trade bodies with advice on ways to avoid catching flu. They all have common-sense tips and I skim through them almost dismissing each idea as something I'd do automatically; I never get flu so I must be one of the more aware amongst us - or so I thought. It was only when travelling into London on Monday, feeling somewhat rough, that I really thought about what I was touching and how I could so easily become ill if I didn't follow the hygiene procedures I know so well. It's so easy to let things slip, isn't it? I must remember to put that travel hand sanitiser in my bag and remember to use it whenever I touch anything 'communal' or after I shake hands with anyone!
There have been several responses to last week's leader in which I discussed the dangers posed by the growing number of touchscreens we're now expected to share with others who may not be that fastidious about personal hygiene and two of them which happened to be posted on Facebook tie in with my feeling that perhaps we in the industry can become complacent about hygiene, since everything about it is so familiar.
Steve Sinnott of Heritage Tiling & Restoration said he's seen people on-site working on floors, then eating with their fingers, not having bothered to wash their hands.
Stephen Munton, from the Domestic Cleaning Alliance, posted: "It was seeing visitors of The Cleaning Show not washing their hands after using the loo which had me reeling... If people with an interest in cleaning & hygiene take no interest, then where is the hope?"
Just this morning I've had a reminder from the Cleaning & Support Services Association's John Findlater that with a deadline of 17:00 on 21st December, there are only 13 working days left to submit applications for the CSSA Contract Cleaning Awards.
In a market where so many people find they are competing on price, differentiation is crucial and an Award (or few) to boast about, ensures that you stand out from the crowd.
These Awards - run by the UK Cleaning Industry for the UK Cleaning Industry - are free to enter and the application is relatively straightforward. Download an entry form at: www.cssa-uk.co.uk
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Holchem operates in the UK and Ireland, and the company's 2017 sales were approximately £43 million.
Bring your expertise to the inaugural Clean Buildings Expo, the new event for the commercial cleaning industry. The organisers are looking for speakers who can bring insight and inspiration to an audience of in-house cleaning managers, executive housekeepers, facilities managers and building service contractors.
You can submit presentation ideas in lecture, panel, or case study format, and select from one of three tracks: Cleaning Operations, Staffing and Management, and Trends and Technology.
The results from the 2018 audits of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association's Accreditation Scheme for Distributors mean their customers are guaranteed 'what's on the box is what's in the box'. An average of 97.5% of relevant products across all accredited distributors are from CHSA accredited manufacturers.
The audits, conducted by the CHSA's independent inspector, indicate an average of 98.6% of all soft tissue at accredited distributors' warehouses is from members of the Accreditation Scheme for Manufacturers of Soft Tissue. For plastic sacks, 92% of all relevant products is from members of the Accredited Manufacturers of Plastic Refuse Sacks, while the figure for Mops is an almost perfect 99.9%.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers to serve on a consensus body for the development of the new BSR/IICRC S340 Standard for Professional Cleaning & Maintenance of Leather Furnishings.
BSR/IICRC S340 Standard for Professional Cleaning & Maintenance of Leather Furnishings establishes a procedural standard for the professional cleaning and maintenance of leather furnishings. It is intended for use by professional cleaners, upholstery manufacturers, retailers, distributors, industry suppliers, specifiers, homeowners, property and facility managers, housekeepers, insurance companies and others.
Tennant Company, one of the world's leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of professional cleaning machines and services, is opening the doors to its UK office for what promises to be an exciting open day early next year.
Taking place on the 30th January, the event will enable guests to view a selection of new products currently available, a showcase of the latest innovations being developed, live demonstrations and an exclusive showcase of what products and innovations lie ahead from Tennant.
With the launch of its new trak | charger HF premium series, Hoppecke Industrial Batteries says it is pushing the boundaries of technological innovation to provide modern logistics operations with a sustainable and flexible way of managing their energy needs.
High quality reactive current compensation accommodates precise charging times enabling Hoppecke's new chargers to deliver a significant reduction in energy consumption which, in turn, enables businesses to minimise their CO2 emissions.
China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism has urged local tourism departments in Beijing, Shanghai, Fujian, Jiangxi and Guizhou to carry out an investigation along with the country's health authority on the recent hygiene issues at high-end hotels, according to a recently released statement.
The China Global Television Network reports that the ministry has also decided to dispatch an ad hoc investigation team to the hotels which have been criticized for poor hygiene, after some budget hotels were also found to have potential hygiene issues.
The Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management has this week announced a new national summit for the profession that will replace ThinkFM and operate simply as the IWFM Conference.
The new conference is a timely opportunity for workplace and facilities practitioners and others professionally involved in providing productive and meaningful employee experiences to help the profession stride forward into important new territory: realising its potential to impact on organisational performance.
TC Facilities Management has created a national charity partnership to help the British Heart Foundation achieve its aim of beating heartbreak forever. The partnership commenced six weeks ago and has set its sights on raising £5K of funds for the charity that conducts groundbreaking research in to heart and circulatory diseases and their causes.
Heart and circulatory diseases kill one in four people in the UK, causing heartbreak in every street.
Plastic. It's a hot topic; kick-started into the UK's mainstream consciousness by the BBC's Blue Planet 2. Now, hardly a week goes by now without another headline image showing oceans and beaches overrun with plastic debris.
This increased focus on plastic is having a positive impact. Legislation is changing, and now lots of organisations are taking steps to tackle the problem and enjoy the benefits.
A printing company has been fined after an employee suffered a crush injury whilst cleaning machinery.
Northampton Magistrates' Court heard how, in January 2018, the employee was cleaning a rotating roller on a production line at a site in Kettering. The cloth the worker was using got caught and she was drawn into the rollers. She suffered an amputation to her right-hand middle finger and two other fingers were fractured, with some degloving of the skin.
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