Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 31st October 2019 Issue no. 892
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Cintas crowns Nashville Zoo 'America's Best Restroom'
As this year's winner, Nashville Zoo will get to properly crown its golden thrones with prizes from Cintas.
International partnership will bring new scrubber dryer technology to the UK
EFCI participates in EU Tripartite Social Summit stressing relevance of services' industry perspective
PW-Aroma introduces Scentaura fragrance diffuser range
Polaris Introduces new range of EuCertPlast refuse sacks
Bio security: Cleaning ATM machines and internal surfaces
Kimberly-Clark recognised for sustainability leadership by EPA SmartWay and Ethical Corporation
Anago Cleaning Systems officially opens new headquarters
Rosemor shares escalator/travellator cleaning expertise
Hoppecke converts lead-acid trucks and equipment to lithium-ion with ease
Carl Software develops useful prototype for maintenance
IICRC announces 2020 Board of Directors
Tennant Coatings launches Eco-MVR 100 moisture mitigation flooring system
New equipment is powered by van on tick-over
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It was only a couple of weeks ago that I was talking about how cleaning could be a thankless task, carried out by dedicated and often highly-trained professionals who are regularly ignored or even abused by the general public. I didn't mention the dangers though...
The lengths cleaners have to go to, in order to keep us safe and able to enjoy a clean and hygienic environment, were really brought home to me watching a video filmed this week of a team of window cleaners whose platform had become loose in high winds and was swinging them around violently, breaking windows as it hit the side of Edmonton's Stantec Tower. The impact was so violent that one of the team became dislodged.
Thank goodness he had a safety harness which prevented him from plummeting to the ground below! My heart was in my mouth as I watched him swinging beneath the platform, dreading that the force with which it hit the building would swing him into a window, where on his way out he'd no doubt have sustained nasty (and possibly fatal) injuries from the broken shards he would be dragged back through.
Trainer Lorraine Larman ([email protected]) tells me she's carrying out a lot of working at height risk assessments and that work needs to be done in too many cases to bring safety up to standard for these vulnerable workers. If you're in any doubt about how crucial it is to get it right, watch the video! worker-rescued-from-suspended-scaffolding
The Health & Safety Executive's latest statistics have just been released and in reading them, I was pleased to see that the UK is doing pretty well when it comes to reducing workplace-related deaths, sickness and injury and indeed is doing better than many of its European counterparts. My view is though that any workplace-related 'mishap' - however minor, is one too many and something we should all be doing our best to eliminate. That European social partners in industrial cleaning, EFCI (European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry) and trade union UNI Europa, have mentioned the need to improve safety in their newly-released joint statement on the impact of digitalisation on employment in the sector, pleases me a great deal. You can read both reports below.
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This Week's News
European social partners in industrial cleaning adopt a joint statement on digitalisation
The European social partners in industrial cleaning, EFCI - European Cleaning & Facility Services Industry - and the trade union UNI Europa, have this week adopted a joint statement on the impact of digitalisation on employment in the sector.
The Social Partners acknowledge that a successfully-lead digitalisation transition may provide an opportunity to enhance professionalism and innovation in the industry, to the benefit of all involved.
IICRC seeks volunteers for the development of three new Standards
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers for the development of three new industry Standards:
The BSR/IICRC S230 Standard for Professional Inspection of Flooring Subfloors and Substrates; The BSR/IICRC S410 Standard for Infection Control During Professional Cleaning and Maintenance of the Commercial Built Environment; and the BSR/IICRC S760 Standard for Professional Restoration of Structures and Items Damaged by Wildfire Smoke.
BCC to help shape future labour market enforcement strategy
The British Cleaning Council is to be consulted on national strategy for labour market enforcement for 2020/21.
Matthew Taylor, who was responsible for the independent Taylor Review of modern working practices, was appointed interim director of Labour Market Enforcement in August 2019.
Self-cleaning nanotechnology improves wellbeing
NanoTouch Materials says that its line of self-cleaning surfaces back up its support for corporate ESG (environmental, social and governance) initiatives as well as United Nations sustainable development goals, since one of the main initiatives concerns health and wellness in the built environment.
Those responsible for the buildings we use, says the company, are racing to offer innovative new approaches in this category.
Team Group acquires Robinson Solutions
Team Group has announced that it has acquired Robinson Solutions, with effect from 18th October 2019.
"Bringing these two great companies together will bring exceptional value to our customers and offer more opportunities for our employees as we continue to expand worldwide," said Clint Griffin, CEO, Team Group.
New sales director sweeps Charles Bentley & Son towards growth
Brushware and homeware specialist Charles Bentley & Son has brushed up its senior management team with the appointment of a new sales director.
Steve Law has been appointed to the new role, bringing a wealth of home and garden experience to the company, having previously worked for Irwin Tools, HallsBeeline Stanley, Hamilton Acorn, Fiskars and Amefa.
How hi-vis garments can last 50 washes instead of 25
Did you know that most hi-vis garments only have a maximum life of 25 washes, with many losing their reflective properties after just five washes?
That means if hi-vis clothes are washed twice a week; they will no longer comply with current EN ISO 20471:2013 standards in just 12 weeks.
Mitie celebrates electric vehicle milestone in Edinburgh - but calls for additional infrastructure
Mitie has delivered the 100th and 101st electric vehicles (EVs) to join its fleet to two contracts in Edinburgh.
A first for both Edinburgh Castle and Fife College, Mitie colleagues at each site have received their brand new fully electric vans, which will be used every day as part of their roles.
OCS continues to roll out mental health training
More than 500 members of the OCS workforce have taken part in Mental Health First Aider and Mental Health Champion training since OCS launched the scheme last year.
The Mental Health Champions course was devised by HR & Training managers Juraj Kecso and Dharminder Singh. As MHFA England-qualified instructors, they have trained nearly 300 people across the UK and Ireland between them - on top of their day jobs.
Health and safety statistics 2019
Published online yesterday, the latest statistics on work-related health & safety reveal that the UK consistently has one of the lowest standardised rates of fatal injury across the EU, lower than other large economies and lower than the EU average.
Non-fatal injuries in the UK were at a similar level to other large economies in 2013. UK rates of work-related ill health resulting in sick leave were lower than most other EU countries.
Urinal cakes take on new meaning for Bio-Productions
The team at Bio-Productions went all out this week in the Burgess Hill Business Park Association’s ‘Awesome Autumn Battle of the Bakes’, which took place at The King’s Church, raising £310 for charity. Eight members of the company joined in with the baking completion across all three categories.
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