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Cleaning - or several different aspects of it, has been in the news a lot this week...
Tuesday saw the first ever coordinated action by four trade unions, against outsourcing, together with High Court action aimed at improving the lot of those employed on outsourced contracts. Read more about #CleanUpOutsourcing below.
There was, for a while at least, hope for Birmingham residents when refuse workers suspended their strike action in favour of peace talks. Unfortunately, the two sides failed to reach a deal to end the action - brought over what the Union says were 'secret payments' and the blacklisting of refuse workers. The strike was due to resume today.
Interserve, which holds many huge UK public sector contracts including hospital cleaning, published its full-year figures yesterday. These show losses of some £111m on top of the debts already accrued. Its proposal to spend some £76m on restructuring advice hasn't gone down well with some major shareholders, so there could be trouble ahead. I hope things can be worked out as there's a lot at stake and the contractor has enjoyed a good reputation and has a number of Award wins under its belt. I'd like to share its latest restructuring announcement with you, but because of Cleanzine's global circulation (to 163 countries) we could get ourselves into trouble by divulging information to readers the law bars from seeing it, so please visit: www.interserve.com - where you may (or may not, depending upon where you live!) learn more about the company's plans.
Try as I might I can't find any information about the brand/s of vacuum cleaners being used to remove hundreds of pounds worth of cash from several of London's parking metres. Whatever you might think about the thefts, you have to agree that equipment's doing a great job and I wonder whether some enterprising manufacturer or other may at some stage use this story of incredible vacuuming power in its marketing material.
Finally, it's only a couple of weeks until the cleaning show and if you haven't booked your stand in the hope of getting a cut-price deal, it's not happening! Show sales director Vanessa Van Santen Smith agrees that offering last minute deals is the worst thing a show organiser can do; it undermines the brand and destroys trust. There are still a couple of stands available so don't miss out on exhibiting your wares at this busy show! See the ad below for details.
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This Week's News
#CleanUpOutsourcing - organised by trade unions including the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, United Voices of the World, the BEIS L&S PCS and the RMT - coincided with High Court action taken by the IWGB against the BEIS and the University of London, aimed at improving the employment rights of an estimated 3.3 million workers in outsourced roles.
The three shocking discoveries made the top 10 list of the worst items to greet staff from Cordant Cleaning when sprucing up buses across the UK during the past year.
Technology within healthcare facilities has had to significantly improve to reduce infections. Despite the advancements, though, the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that on any given day, one in 31 hospital patients has a Healthcare-Acquired Infection.
Thus, infection control products have come into the spotlight in order to keep hospital facilities documented and maintained, as well as to protect the safety of the public.
Hazardous energy should be safely isolated prior to any maintenance or cleaning work taking place on machinery, electrical or industry devices. To ensure that accidental re-energisation does not occur - which in turn could lead to injury or fatalities - a 'lock out tag out' procedure should be in place.
'Lock out tag out' is a safety procedure which, when followed correctly, ensures that machinery is shut off completely, any stored energy is safely isolated, and accidental start-up cannot occur.
The paper, 'Multidisciplinary Approach and Clostridium difficile Infection in Adult Surgical Patients', discusses the multidisciplinary program that Duke University Medical Center implemented to reduce its C. diff rate.
The Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association has launched the search for its 2019 Undergraduate Scholars; up to two will be awarded this year, the second in the CHSA's five-year commitment to the programme.
The sons and daughters of CHSA members, who on 1st September 2019 will be 18 years or over and commencing their higher education studies this year, are eligible to apply. The successful applicants will be awarded a maximum of £4,500, receiving the Bursary in three installments, £1,500 at the start of each academic year or for the first three academic years even if the degree is four years or longer.
We Clean, Birmingham's thriving, privately-owned commercial cleaning company boasting such clients as Brindleyplace, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Assay Office, MG Motors and Gateley, has taken delivery of its first three electric cars as part of a green commitment to go all-electric with its commercial car fleet.
The three British-built Nissan Leaf electric vehicles will be used throughout Birmingham by We Clean's contract managers.
Bio-Productions has been shortlisted in two categories for the 2019 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. The Burgess Hill-based company, led by managing director and local business advocate Angela Gill, is in the final three in both the Manufacturer of the Year and the Employer of the Year categories.
The Awards celebrate innovation and inspiration by companies that have made a significant contribution to the Gatwick Diamond region, recognised as one of the hothouse economies in the UK. The winners will be presented their awards by the comedian Marcus Brigstocke at the 11th Gatwick Diamond Business Awards dinner on 21st March at the Effingham Park Hotel.
Ecolab continued its long-standing commitment to supporting communities in 2018 through several initiatives, including corporate giving, grants to nonprofit organisations, in-kind product donations and employee volunteerism, with a total impact of nearly $17 million.
In 2018, Ecolab also continued support for its global philanthropic partners, The Nature Conservancy and Project WET, through the company's Solutions for Life program, which enhances Ecolab's mission to conserve water and improve hygiene throughout the world.
International commercial cleaning franchise Anago Cleaning Systems has launched its 30-year celebrations with the announcement of its annual franchise award recipients at its annual meeting and convention - a three-day strategy session and celebration among the company's 43 master franchise owners.
"Our Masters are both very accomplished and very competitive, so to win one of these awards proves that these professionals are executing at the highest levels," said Adam Povlitz, company president and CEO. "Through such high achievement, these award winners bring pride to themselves, as well as to Anago and our almost 1,600 unit franchises."
Keele Students' Union has launched an ambitious new venture aimed at cutting plastic pollution across the University. The Zero Waste Shop is one of the first student-led outlets in the country selling products that have no packaging.
The enterprise, which is based within the existing Keele SU shop, will be open to all, offering students, staff and visitors an alternative way to shop.
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