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Now this is what I like to see! Aware that the charges to visit our washrooms on some of London's railway stations had been lifted recently, I've often wondered what difference this has made to the facilities themselves. Passing through Waterloo Station yesterday I decided to see if the 'free for all' move had been a good one, or whether the washrooms would now be inundated with people and thus in a filthy condition and depleted of soap and toilet tissue.
I'm happy to report that everything was perfect. That the attendant was in his or her room and the many cubicles I inspected were clean and well stocked - as were the areas around the washbasins - bodes well. I couldn't find any trails of toilet tissue strewn around and the floor looked clean and dry. It had me thinking that the general public is finally showing its respect for the facilities and those who have to clean them, as well as fellow users, by taking care to leave them as they'd like to find them.
Well done everyone!
I couldn't help but wonder if, had we always treated all our public washrooms with respect, there wouldn't be such a dearth of them now. I can see why decision-makers - faced with a facility that receives constant abuse and thus becomes too expensive to maintain - decide to close it rather than fight a constant battle with ungrateful users. I don't agree with closures though and feel we need to find a way to keep our public toilets open. Education from a young age perhaps, which we see working so well in places like Singapore?
Finally, as those of you who follow us on Facebook will know, we received some sad news from Prochem Europe last week which we posted on our page, regarding Ron Tilley, who has passed away... Both John & I had known & admired Ron for many years. Ron trained me in the art of carpet & upholstery cleaning & I wholeheartedly second everything expressed in the Obituary further down this page, as no doubt, will you, if you got to know Ron through the many international exhibitions he attended, or through his training expertise. I am sure you will join us in sending good wishes to his family and the team at Prochem Europe.
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If you've not yet made it to Pulire in Verona and are in the vicinity, today's the last day and the show - the 24th edition - is well worth a visit. Toni D'Andrea, CEO of Afidamp Servizi, the organiser of the show, says that 30% of the 300 exhibitors are from overseas and that 12% of exhibitors are new, making the show 18% bigger than before. He also says some 16,000 visitors are expected to attend.
"This is a special year because the collaboration with ISSA has just been formalised and here we see concretely the internationality of the project, with exhibitors coming from 21 countries and visitors coming from 100 countries," he says. "There are many reasons to be happy: in the pavilions you can breathe efficiency, industriousness..."
Family run business, Cromwell Polythene, which supplies a range of polythene and compostable products to aid recycling and waste management, has promoted Alex Lee to the position of business development manager. He takes over from Richard Rowling, a valued member of the team for over 10 years, who is now retiring.
Alex joined the team as a sales executive last year after several years' experience in the agricultural and IT sectors. In his new role as one of Cromwell's business development managers, he will be responsible for building relationships in the western region of the UK.
Our US parent company, Racine Industries, has over the past few months experienced severe trading difficulties and, as a consequence has been unable to supply the UK market with enough equipment and product for us to remain solvent.
The Pulire organisers created the new Product of the Year award to recognise the research of professional cleaning industry companies as well as market response to their products. Toni D'Andrea, Paul Goldin, Michel de Bruin, Tibor Ritz, Virna Re and Cássia Almeida sat on the international judging panel.
During the awards ceremony, which took place at the Afidamp booth in Hall 6 of Veronafiere, the three finalists were revealed: the Vileda trolley, proclaimed the winner, the floor cleaning system by Unger, and the chemical product by Wermer& Mertz.
Salisbury City Council welcomed street cleaning contractor Idverde and East Hampshire District Council, who provide environmental enforcement services, to the Guildhall last week, to celebrate Salisbury being one of the cleanest cities in the UK.
The Solar Centre ranked more than 50 UK cities across 10 measurements, including litter, CO2 emissions and pollution, to judge which was the greenest. Salisbury ranked as No.1 for having the lowest littering rate in England and alongside coming top in the 2019 Sunday Times Best Places to Live list, Salisbury is a city on the up! Being credited for "showing real collective spirit", for having some of the best schools in the South West, a thriving market and for a strong cultural offering, Salisbury was voted the overall winner.
The British Safety Council has launched a report 'Impact of air pollution on the health of outdoor workers' which provides compelling evidence to recognise ambient air pollution as an occupational health hazard in Britain. In the report, the charity presents the demands that spearhead its campaign to limit the dangers of air pollution to the health of outdoor workers, such as street cleaners and refuse workers.
Air pollution, linked with up to 36,000 early deaths a year in the UK, is considered the biggest environmental risk to public health. Research from King's College London suggests that more than 9,400 people die prematurely due to poor air quality in London alone. Ambient air pollution is linked to cancer, lung and heart disease, type-2 diabetes, infertility and early dementia.
Wiltshire based Green Hills Cleaning - a member of both the Domestic Cleaning Alliance and the National Carpet Cleaners Association, has won Nilfisk's' Cleaning Cupboard of equipment worth £5000.00. The cleaning equipment haul is all battery operated, comprising the VP600 tub vacuum, the GD5 battery backpack, the SC250 micro scrubber and the larger pedestrian scrubber dryer, the SC400.
Nilfisk's high value competition attracted many entries, being well publicised prior to this year's London Cleaning Show where the winning entry was drawn on stand. The winning company owner, Les Bedford, could not be more delighted:
Last week, the British Institute of Cleaning Science hosted its first BICSc Lab event at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster, London. No corner of business resilience remained unexplored, with keynotes covering the importance of training, preventing accidents and the resilient routines of successful companies.
Chief operating officer, Neil Spencer-Cook demonstrated how training can enhance a company's resilience by keeping employees happy, motivated and productive while Darwin Clayton shared the harsh consequences of workplace accidents with a story of an employee who failed to report losing his finger in a mincer at a pie factory - if the audience wasn't vegan already, they probably are now...
British Cleaning Council member, The Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers (ABCD) - the membership association for managers of local authority cleaning and support services and their suppliers - recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special celebratory event at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.
The event was also used by the ABCD to announce the 2019 winners of its Cleaning Teams of the Year Awards, and to hold its 2019 Annual General Meeting.
The global portable pressure washer market is a bustling avenue expected to grow with new opportunities, with the ageing infrastructure in major countries like the US and new infrastructures in growing ecomomies likely to open new prospects, as well as a growing demand from the automotive cleaning market, according to a new report.
The report also reveals that electric washers are expected to witness the highest demand, with gas-pressured devices following closely behind.
Indonesia is showing a steady growth in the cleaning and laundry market, driven by the rising number of commercial and residential properties, healthcare facilities and hospitality facilities, and the development of more automation, more innovative products and solutions which are effective and efficient.
Data from the Statistics Bureau shows that in Jakarta alone, there are over 7.1 million sq.m areas of commercial and residential properties, while across the nation there are over one million hotel rooms available and over 2,800 hospitals are in operation.
A window cleaning company has been fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £819 in costs, having been found guilty of safety breaches after a worker suffered bone fractures following a fall through a fragile roof light.
Leeds Magistrates' Court heard how, in February 2016, three operatives were cleaning a 400-panel solar array on the pig shed roof at Lingham Lane Piggery, Dishforth. The men had nearly finished the job when one of them walked up the roof towards the apex. He was not aware of the fragile roof light and walked on to it. The roof light broke and he fell more than seven metres to the floor of the barn.
Safety Solutions is an all-encompassing solution to safety in the workplace. Offering a multitude of nationally recognised, accredited training courses, the business is driven by Lorraine Larman who has spent 20 years in the cleaning and facilities management industry where her passion for educating others led to her decision to create an innovative safety training solution for all organisations.
The beauty of Safety Solutions is that it not only encompasses all workplace safety solutions, but that the training is actually delivered by Lorraine, who is highly respected within her field.
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A man of abundant charisma and wit, blessed with the capacity to engage all about him while putting them at their ease, Ron built a highly successful career in the cleaning sector and with it, a company that was to go on to become one of the most innovative solutions developers and a leading light in the training of the cleaning professional (a job designation that did not exist when he entered the business in the late 1950s).
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