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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.
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.
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As you're reading Cleanzine I can probably safely assume that you're one of the lucky ones who can access a decent toilet when you need to and wash your hands afterwards. Sadly, more than four billion people aren't as lucky and have to put up with the most appalling unsanitary conditions, with some not only unable to use a toilet but also having to source drinking water from a contaminated supply. I was about to say that it doesn't bear thinking about, but of course it does and on November 19th each year - World Toilet Day - we do tend to think of those whose needs aren't being met.
There's a story below about how Saniflo is helping kit out refrigerated trucks that are no longer used for transport, with bathroom facilities so that they can be used to accommodate the homeless. That's a wonderful gesture and I'm hoping that as the years go on, more companies will use their resources to help those in need lead more comfortable lives. Not that I'm advocating the use of trucks as homes... we really should be doing better, shouldn't we?
I was discussing toilets with friends and one mentioned the four-year old girl who was hospitalised with constipation after her school removed toilet tissue from the cubicles and installed a dispenser out in the main washroom area. Children were told to guess how much they might need and take just that amount with them into the cubicle. This left them too afraid to go to the toilet in case they ran out of tissue.
It reminded me of my early skiing trips to Eastern Europe when toilet attendants would hand out a few sheets for a small charge to those entering the washroom, which was pretty degrading for those of us not used to the concept. But we always had our own stash anyway - as, no doubt, will the pupils at the school here. The headteacher has defended the move, saying it was to prevent tissue blockages. I think it's going to have the opposite effect and that the school will discover fairly early on that this type of controlled usage will create greater waste and more blockages, as children take more sheets than they need, 'just in case'...
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Marking World Toilet Day, Firmenich - founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895 and now arguably the world's largest privately-owned perfume and taste company - released pioneering research demonstrating that malodour control is key to tackling today's sanitation crisis.
The four-country study, released at the Global Sanitation Economy Summit 2019 in Pune, India, found that effective malodour control significantly increased the use of shared toilets.
Annual World Toilet Day may spawn many jokes and can be a haven of comedy for all of us that take sanitation for granted. But behind the hilarity is a serious initiative that we all should all aspire to support.
Celebrated on 19th November every year, World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which promises sanitation for all by 2030.
The facts are stark:
Each year, Sustainability Dashboard Tools presents the DEAL Program Awards to distributors throughout North America and Europe that have taken significant steps to reduce consumption and operate more sustainably and efficiently.
The 2019 Award winners were announced and presented yesterday at the ISSA North American convention in Las Vegas.
The global steam cleaner market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 6% during between 2018 and 2024, according to a new report that cites changes in our attitude towards 'green cleaning' as one of the reasons why.
The awareness of the need to decrease usage of harmful chemicals and their presence in runoff water is seen as a major factor for the growth of the global steam cleaner market.
Making up the show were 140-plus companies taking up some 5,000sq.m of floorspace, which produced a much bigger showcase compared to previous editions.
Now firmly established, the Show is the region's largest cleaning & hygiene event offering an invaluable opportunity to meet with suppliers, make new connections and gain knowledge about the key challenges affecting the industry.
The trio of new additions to the Tromb family include the DC Tromb 400 dust extractor, DCF Tromb pre-separator and the combined DC Tromb Twin dust extractor and pre-separator.
Ever the eco-warrior, green cleaning chemicals manufacturer Bio-Productions is encouraging everyone in the company to collect their empty crisp packets to be recycled on behalf of the Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex (AAKSS).
You might be forgiven for thinking that empty crisp packets are worthless trash only fit for the bin, but for the Air Ambulance they are a valuable commodity.
Karcher has a simple innovation philosophy: innovation is what benefits the customers. In partnering with Brain Corp, the company is introducing solutions to benefit users in a variety of industries.
Beechdean Farm, of North Dean, Buckinghamshire, has been fined following an incident in which an employee was permanently blinded by corrosive chemicals used in cleaning.
High Wycombe Magistrates' Court heard that in August 2017, an employee was cleaning the walls of the dairy farm using a corrosive disinfectant DM CiD, which contains potassium hydroxide.
The joint operation saw officers carry out enquiries, collate evidence, arrest people suspected of fly-tipping and seize vehicles.
Mitie will undertake a range of cleaning services across five of Fife College's main sites.
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11 key modules have gained Continuous Professional Development certification. These are Carpet Care; COSHH Awareness; Colour Coding & Infection Control; Floor Care; Health & Safety; Housekeeping; Kitchen Hygiene; Manual Handling; Sharps Handling; Washroom Hygiene; and an Introduction to Cleaning.
All entrants will be invited to present to the Dragons Den teams on 22nd or 23rd January 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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