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Recent Facebook posts in groups local to me about the growing menace of overnight thefts from work vans took on more importance thanks to a press release I received for use in Cleanzine's sister publication, Kbzine. The release concerned a campaign aimed at stamping out tool theft from vans and the statistics left me aghast: 37% of us say we've fallen victim to this type of theft, while 65% know someone who has.
It occurred to me that it's not just tradespeople who'll be affected, since cleaners won't be emptying their vans of equipment and chemicals overnight, will they? I wondered how much is lost to our already tightly-run contracting teams through theft; not only thanks to missing equipment - which has to be replaced - and the resulting higher insurance premiums if claims are made, but also the inability to provide the contracted service because there's no equipment available to use.
Small business insurer, Simply Business, which protects over half a million clients, is calling on the Government to implement greater fines for those convicted of theft from work vans, as well as tighter regulations on the selling of second-hand tools and equipment. It's launched a petition with the aim of attracting 100,000 signatures for the measures to be debated in Parliament: www.petition.parliament.uk
Some 60% of those surveyed believe there need to be greater sentences for thieves, while 55% believe there should be greater fines for those convicted; 28% reckon the sentence should be five years in prison and 5% believe a £10,000 fine should be imposed. Half of us also believe there should be greater funding for police and police presence on the streets, 32% want to see greater restrictions on the selling of second-hand tools, and a further 30% believe there should be more CCTV in place. In addition, 20% want to see more street lights installed to deter thieves.
Simply Business suggests that to thwart thieves, you and any employees try and park in busy, well-lit areas, preferably in view of a CCTV camera, with sliding or rear doors against a wall or sturdy fence so it's difficult for them to be opened. And if you do become a victim, a record of the serial numbers of your equipment - which should be permanently and visibly marked with your company name and contact details, could well hamper a potential black market sale. It will also help dealings with your insurer and possibly even reunite you with your stolen goods.
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Setting out his agenda for his tenure as chairman of the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association, Lorcan Mekitarian, sales director Bpi Recycled Products, (part of Berry Bpi Group) focused on the CHSA's respected Accreditation Schemes and the need to address the big issues facing members.
"The CHSA Accreditation Schemes guarantee standards in the cleaning and hygiene sector," he said.
Members of the public were not monkeying around when it came to choosing their favourite washroom. Cintas Corporation has this week named Nashville Zoo in Nashville, Tennessee, the winner of the 2019 America's Best Restroom contest.
As this year's winner, Nashville Zoo will get to properly crown its golden thrones with prizes from Cintas.
A new international partnership in scrubber dryers has been formed, which will see some of the most revolutionary new cleaning equipment become available to the UK market.
Shopping centres, railway stations, airports and public buildings are already benefiting from SlipStop, the innovative all-in-one leak catcher and warning sign that earlier this year won the Cleaning Show Innovation Award.
Now, UK-based SlipStop manufacturer IIC Products has rolled out an added innovation that enhances the safety levels of the product even further - liners with an integrated absorbent pad which soaks up as much as 2.5-litres of liquid.
Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning system, will be introducing the UniVac - a new no-mop cleaning system - at the ISSA Trade Show being held in Las Vegas next month. This smaller, more versatile version of Kaivac's award-winning Dispense-and-Vac cleaning system, conserves water, chemicals and labour and the vacuum motor comes with a lifetime warranty.
Built for cleaning and degreasing floors in commercial kitchens and restrooms, the machine can also be used to clean floors in warehouses, fitness gyms or even for flood and salt pick-up.
This November, WRAP is kicking off a second webinar series for local authorities, designed to help make waste and recycling collections more efficient. They will cover the plastics recycling landscape in the UK; training for crews and communications.
Webinars will range from bite-size 20 minute sessions, to more in-depth, one hour-long discussions.
The research shows that hospital admittances related to cardiac arrests, strokes and severe asthma attacks increase during key periods when pollution is at its greatest.
Washroom and hygiene services firm phs Group will supply every school and college in England with period products in a bid to create period equality as part of the Department for Education's plans to create period equality for all.
The Government is funding the initiative which will provide free products for young people across secondary schools, primary schools and colleges in England.
Veltia's V Fusion Quiet Mark-accredited warm air hand dryers are gracing the washrooms at Glasgow Science Centre, where they are helping visitors dry their hands quickly without subjecting them to excessive - and potentially damaging - noise levels.
Attracting over 420,00 participants each year, Glasgow Science Centre, located on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, is a great family attraction that presents science and technology in unique and inspiring ways. It has lots of activities to keep visitors of all ages entertained for hours. There are two acres of interactive exhibits, workshops, science shows, activities, a planetarium, Glasgow Tower and an IMAX cinema.
The Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management has begun a research and development collaboration with Microsoft to explore a shared vision for the role of technology in high performing workplaces.
A new programme themed around connected and smart workplaces will see the two organisations collaborate on new research that could influence workplace performance.
A company with green credentials has changed its colour for the month of October, with a special emphasis last Friday as staff at Bio Productions arrived for work clad from tip to toe in pink to mark breast cancer awareness.
From the production team to the board room, workers at the Victoria Road firm threw themselves behind the cause and raised more than £100 from their efforts.
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