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Today is World Mental Health Day, an internationally recognised day in which organisations and individuals come together to break the silence surrounding mental ill-health. This year's theme focuses on suicide prevention. According to The Office of National Statistics, in 2018 there was a rise in the number of deaths by suicide with 6,507 recorded in the UK alone - the highest level since 2002.
There is growing awareness of the scale of the mental health crisis. The facts are stark: one in three in the UK will be diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point while three out of five have experienced mental health issues due to work. Given that the average person now spends a third of their adult life at work, we all have a part to play in safeguarding mental as well as physical health at work.
I agree with the British Safety Council when it says that just as with physical health and safety, prevention is the best cure and the wisest investment. Changes that reduce stress, encourage early intervention and remove the mental health stigma deliver significant long-term benefits and its training courses prove that.
Evidence gathered along with mental health charity Mates in Mind, shows that taking a 'whole organisation' approach is having both quantifiable and qualitative impact, such as improved sickness absence and staff retention rates and more engaged workforces. For example, in the last two years, Tideway has reported a 12% rise in the number of staff who felt that they could approach their boss about a mental health problem - up from 64% in 2017 to 76% in 2018?. A similar increase was reported in RSE Building Services, an SME firm, where there was a reported 9% rise in staff feeling supported in relation to mental health - up from 66% in 2018 to 75% in 2019?.
The pressures we're under workwise are growing as most organisations don't have the luxury of a less than fully employed workforce. If one team member is off sick, colleagues tend to be able to cover for a while to ensure tasks are carried out successfully to deadline, but if this carries on long term, standards are likely to drop alongside morale and the rest of the team's mental health too. Contracts can be lost. There's too much at stake to ignore mental health, isn't there - not just for the individual/s concerned but for the employer, too?
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With the launch of its next generation technology Hoppecke Industrial Batteries is making it even easier as well as highly cost-effective for logistics operations to convert their fleets or cleaning contractors to convert their large cleaning machines from lead-acid to lithium-ion batteries.
Developed by Hoppecke group company Intilion, the new trak / powerpack lion is a modular lithium-ion energy system that can be installed in the industrial trucks, cleaning machines and the like, that are designed to take lead-acid batteries, with no requirement for vehicle/equipment-specific adjustments.
After five years leading the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, Stephen Harrison, managing director of Harrison Wipes, has stepped down as chairman of the Association. Lorcan Mekitarian, sales director of RPC bpi group, took over as Chairman of the Association at the meeting of its governing Council held yesterday.
The hunt for the industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives is on! The Cleaning Support Services Association's 2020 Innovation Showcase celebrates the cleaning industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives.
Taking place every two years, the Innovation Showcase is again backed by the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association which is sponsoring the event.
Carl Software, of the Berger-Levrault group, has developed a product innovation that is set to revolutionise the daily lives of maintenance technicians: an augmented reality headset that facilitates maintenance work.
Augmented maintenance is currently in the research and experimentation phases. A prototype is being tested in Toulouse, as part of a partnership with IRIT (Toulouse institute for IT research).
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification has announced the election of four members to its 2019-2020 Board of Directors. Elections were held during the IICRC's October Shareholder meeting in Las Vegas last month.
New members of the 2019-2020 Board include Craig Kersemeier and Leslie Morrow. Joe Dobbins and Robert Pettyjohn were re-elected for an additional term, while former chairman Pete Duncanson will stay on the Board as immediate past chairman. IICRC's Board Officers will be elected at a special Board meeting 15th October.
GCC Facilities Management, which provides commercial cleaning & office cleaning services across the UK, recently surveyed over 650 members of the public workforce to gain an understanding on how often their workspaces and equipment are cleaned.
Tennant Coatings, manufacturer of cutting-edge industrial floor and wall coatings and a division of floor cleaning machine manufacturer Tennant Company, has launched a 'next generation' moisture mitigation system, the Eco-MVR 100, which provides advanced protection against the deleterious and costly effects of Moisture Vapor Transmission (MVT).
Eco-MVR 100 not only offers contractor-installers and facilities a greater level of defence against concrete moisture vapor damage than ever before, but also helps reduce costs, downtime and waste with its one coat application.
Steam cleaners and pressure washers need either an engine or a generator to power them. Generators are around 7Kva depending on the type of machine, which means extra engine and noise/weight to consider.
In honour of Global Handwashing Day, on 15th October, Cintas Corporation is reminding those on the go and without immediate access to soap and water, that hand sanitiser is a viable option, by partnering with Germ-X to make the well-known consumer brand sanitiser available in all Cintas rental sanitiser dispensers.
With the new Kliks washing system, detergents are simply obtained from cartons. For companies that are keen to reduce their CO2 footprint, the CO2 savings achieved with sustainable cleaning agents can be determined using the green care performance calculator.
Dry ice cleaning is particularly efficient in places where chemicals cannot be used, such as on car seats or surfaces that have to be cleaned prior to painting. Pellets at a temperature of minus 79°C are 'fired' at the soiled area, making the dirt crumbly and brittle, enabling it to the easily removed.
Under the slogan 'The Future of Cleaning by Hako', Hako gave visitors to this year's CMS in Berlin the opportunity to take a look into the future of cleaning technology. In addition to presenting its latest products, Hako used its stand for impressive live demonstrations by two autonomous cleaning machines. Winning the Purus Innovation Award 2019 for its innovative product 'Dust Stop', completed Hako's resounding success at CMS 2019.
Built in 1797, Tyringham Hall is a beautiful example of a Grade I listed English stately home located in 60 acres of idyllic Buckinghamshire countryside.
Drainage teams have cleaned downpipe stacks at one of the UK's largest office complexes. The operatives, working for Lanes Group, were supporting commercial fit-out specialist Beacon Business Interiors which have been refurbishing toilet blocks at MoD Abbey Wood, (DE&S), the Ministry of Defence's procurement organisation.
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