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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.
Those responsible for the buildings we use, says the company, are racing to offer innovative new approaches in this category.
"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.
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.
As this year's winner, Nashville Zoo will get to properly crown its golden thrones with prizes from Cintas.
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With yet another General Election coming up in the UK and the threat of a protracted strike by South Western Railway staff in the lead up to and over the holiday period, there's a lot of discussion about whether Labour's idea of renationalising our public services is a good one or not. Those who oppose the idea tend to mention the many strikes decades ago which created so much misery; my view is that people who feel they need to strike, will do so, whoever employs them. Those who work for such huge organisations are in a far better position to hold everyone to ransom and can thus do more damage than those working in less important sectors, so perhaps the historical strike action had more to do with potential impact than it did ownership - unless of course, the strike leaders were trying to bring down the Government...
One sector that I strongly believe should come under the national remit rather than being handled locally is that of waste collection and disposal. It's such a mish-mash and one I've grumbled about previously - mainly because of the confusion about what can and cannot be recycled and how the rules differ from one area to another.
Learning this week that Havering Council in West Sussex is following a number of other local authorities by bringing in identity checks at its Household Waste Recycling Sites, reminded me of another reason why the disjointedness of these crucial services is such a bad idea.
The council's surveys have shown that an average of one in 10 people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex - and because of this, from December, only West Sussex residents will be able to use the Council's 11 HWRSs "in a bid to save local taxpayers £250,000 per year".
The press release says: "It's thought the high number of people travelling across county boundaries is down to tougher restrictions imposed by neighbouring authorities." Well yes, of course it is! And people wanting to use their nearest facility which may just happen to be run by a different local authority, as opposed to driving what may be several miles in heavy traffic to the one they're supposed to use.
The waste still has to be dealt with and taxes saved by one neighbourhood will create higher taxes for those living elsewhere. Judging by the condition of the UK's roads, which would certainly benefit from having fewer vehicles using them (and which are also under the remit of different councils), I think the whole system would benefit from a total overhaul to create a more balanced and consistent service for all.
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The finalists have been announced for the 2020 Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards, which recognise excellence in the cleaning and facilities management industry. Many congratulations go to all of the 66 finalists, coming from 32 different companies.
As of 1st January, 2020, Dr James Kim, ACI's associate vice president, science & regulatory affairs, will lead the Institute's technical and regulatory department.
The new screen is said to feature more fragrance than any other 30-day screen on the market while also using less plastic, and it is 100% recyclable. Slant6 is easy to install and fits more urinals than any previous design from P-Wave and features an 'anyway-up' design, ensuring correct installation every time.
If you operate as a cleaning contractor then one of the most important things to look out for in your public liability insurance wording is 'treatment risk'. This is a crucial extension to a public liability insurance policy that protects anyone who uses chemicals, solutions or any form of treatment to help clean someone's property.
If you clean carpets or soft furnishings then you are at risk of them becoming discoloured or even shrinking and without the 'treatment risks' extension to your policy (which isn't usually provided) then you are without cover!
Kennedy's soap dispensers and consumables accommodate every hygiene need, including commercial and industrial, high and low traffic environments. Contemporary and elegant, the dispensers are complemented by environmentally-friendly consumables.
Offering innovative solutions for ultimate washroom hygiene, while making servicing fast and easy, the hand hygiene consumables range includes luxury cosmetic soaps, regular soap lotions, foaming soaps, industrial hand cleansers, anti-bacterial soap, Ecolabel soaps and antibacterial hand gel.
According to a report published by the European Food Safety Authority and the European centre for Disease Prevention and Control in December 2018, there were 5,079 foodborne and waterborne outbreaks reported in 2017 - an average of 100 such outbreaks per week, some of which affected several countries.
Cold and flu viruses can live on hands for up to an hour, spreading from person to person and costing businesses a small fortune every year. Bunzl Canada is staging a 20-minute webinar next Wednesday, 13th November, which will cover the practical steps to building and implementing an effective hand hygiene program to keep your facility healthy and productive.
Renowned expert in the science of hand hygiene, Jim Arbogast, PhD, and cleaning, hygiene and sanitation expert David Smith, ESP, will share:
MetaShield has announced the launch of Nanoprint, an anti-fingerprint nanotechnology-based coating which reduces the appearance of fingerprints and smudges by as much as 70% on a variety of products and surfaces, improving their day-to-day appearance and increasing their cleanability while decreasing maintenance time and costs.
A cost-competitive coating compared to alternative products in the marketplace, the thin film provides added flexibility and durability that OEMs and application developers can apply with a simple, one-coat spray.
Beach cleaning machine manufacturer Metaljonica, which has been making its machines for 20 years and selling them all over the world, is launching a new self-propelled crawler machine that is also ideal for cleaning sandy areas such as golf course bunkers, riding stables, racetracks, playgrounds, beach volleyball courts, etc.
But that's not all...
German Master Roofer Udo Heyl suffered two accidents whilst working from ladders before developing the LeiKoSi system for quickly and safely securing the top of a ladder. Unlike other devices of this nature the safety attachment can be fixed in place on the ground using folding bars, in seconds and by following just a few simple steps.
It locks securely in the gutter, flat roof profiles or in window or railing parapets, providing a reliable way of securing straight, extending or cable ladders.
Glaswegian-based CSM Facilities Management has dramatically improved visibility and control over its cleaning operation with the adoption of employee scheduling and workforce management software SmartTask.
Following a period of rapid expansion, the company needed to replace existing paper-based systems, so that it could better monitor and coordinate a team of 150 cleaning operatives that work across Scotland.
"As a cleaning specialist, Kärcher has been actively involved in supporting the preservation of historical monuments and buildings, free of charge, for over 30 years with our Cultural Sponsoring program," says Kris Cannon-Schmitt, VP marketing professional.
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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.
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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.
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Webinars will range from bite-size 20 minute sessions, to more in-depth, one hour-long discussions.
"Water UK is very clear - wipes manufacturers should not label or sell products advertised as 'flushable' if they don't pass the official 'Fine to Flush' standard.
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