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Did you see the BBC news coverage earlier this week with pictures of refuse collectors urinating on wheelie bins in a Wakefield alleyway? The photographer, reporters and all the people I've spoken to about it, were aghast at the discovery that these workers - employed to help keep our neighbourhoods clean - have been dirtying it by answering the call of nature.
My first thought was that the workers are urinating against the bins as a result of a combination of what appear to be very tight schedules and the ongoing closure over many years, of our public toilets. This means that there is nowhere for them to go even if they had the time to stop and use a toilet without throwing their schedules into disarray... Any refuse collectors I see, are working far, far quicker than they used to years ago when wheelie bins first came into use and refuse collection was seen as quite a 'cushy' job apart from the early starts. My next thought was that perhaps they're not running to complete their rounds because of the tight schedules but rather because one or more of the team is desperate to get back to the depot to use the toilet as there are none open anywhere near their rounds anymore!
Either way, I daresay that this practice is going on all over the country and nothing is going to prevent it.
Steve Bowman, who installed cameras outside his home in a bid to catch fly-tippers and who captured the men in action (but no fly-tippers as far as I'm aware) said he was disgusted. Wakefield Council said it was investigating and would "take appropriate action".
While Mr Bowman is seeking an apology from the council and a guarantee that it won't happen again (and I agree with his point that householders have to handle these bins too & that it's unhygienic if they're covered in urine) I can't imagine that the council can really do much other than ask the workers to use the fence instead, because it's a human right to be able to go to the toilet when the need takes us - within reason obviously!
Just what is the answer to this dilemma, I wonder?
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TVH, one of the world's largest suppliers of material handling, industrial and agricultural equipment parts and accessories, has acquired (whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations) a massive new warehouse right in the centre of the UK.
The cleaning bundle costs approximately AUS$2,500 per 10,000 bed days to implement and is broadly applicable to cleaning in any hospital.
The wellbeing of Interserve's 45,000 UK workforce and its supply chain are being ignored, as the company totters on the brink of administration, warned the UK and Ireland's largest union, Unite, yesterday.
Interserve has thousands of Government contracts and an extensive construction sector. The heavily indebted company has produced a controversial rescue plan, however many of Interserve's existing shareholders are opposing the plan and have forced a vote on the deal which will take place tomorrow.
This week, Allergy Standards' senior scientific officer, Dr Joey DeCourcey, is at the Cleaning Products Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, making a presentation on 'Allergens and the air that we breathe'.
Dr DeCourcey is reinforcing the importance of healthier indoor environments and giving insights into the testing process whereby cleaning products can be assessed for suitability for use in environments frequented by asthma and allergy sufferers. He is explaining how reducing exposure to inhalant indoor allergens through a multifaced approach can improve asthma control and is also advising on the best ways for manufacturers to engage with allergy-aware customers.
At the World Economic Forum in Switzerland this January, Health Secretary Matt Hancock issued the stark warning that our growing resistance to antibiotics could prove as big a danger to humanity as climate change or warfare.
This bleak proclamation followed the World Health Organisation's announcement last year that superbugs- drug-resistant bacteria and pathogens-pose one of the most dangerous and imminent threats to human health across the world. So, what is causing our increasing resistance to antibiotics, what's behind these so-called superbugs and, most importantly, how can we prevent these startling forewarnings becoming reality?
In April 2019, Vectair Systems - a leading technological innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare & scent products in a number of sectors worldwide - will launch its new range of scent diffusers with advanced atomiser technology, designed to bring the magic of scent to interior spaces.
Scent is an important emotional influencer, and in addition to fragrancing an environment as a solution to mask unpleasant smells and odours, nowadays it is common to experience fragrance as a user 'experience' in a location.
ISSA's Cleaning Management Institute has partnered with Marquette University to develop an online training course that introduces the seven critical areas of supply chain management.
Using Showa's Eco Best Technology (EBT) the 6110PF provides the same physical properties as traditional nitrile gloves - durability, texture, fit, chemical resistance and performance - along with the same shelf life; but with one added dimension.
Some Canadian facilities managers and cleaning contractors report that there is often confusion as to what is recognised as an independently verified disinfectant in Canada. This confusion extends to the US and other manufacturers exporting disinfectants to Canada.
However, according to a new White Paper prepared by Avmor, a leading Canadian manufacturer of professional cleaning solutions, this should not be an issue and can be very easily addressed.
ISS and T-Systems, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, have signed a three-year strategic partnership on a platform for Internet of Things (IoT). During the next six-months, ISS will collaborate with T-Systems to build a strategic roadmap of IoT services to be implemented for a three-year contractual term.
In 2018, ISS successfully deployed IoT sensor technology at customer sites in more than 18 countries around the world. Approximately 20,000 sensors were installed at various customer sites to enhance customer experience outcomes such as occupancy, wellness and indoor climate control amongst others.
Dedicated soft services and contract cleaning specialist, Facilicom UK, has secured the contract to service multiple Affinity Water sites across the UK. The company is the UK's largest water-only supplier, providing on average 900 million litres of water each day to a population of more than 3.6 million people.
Facilicom will be responsible for the daily and weekly cleaning of 16 Affinity Water sites, including the HQ at The Hub in Hatfield, through to water testing labs and operational sites for engineering, water sourcing and distribution/pumping across Essex, Hertfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey.
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