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It must have been around 25 years ago that the University of Westminster’s report was released on the potential hazards of warm air hand dryers as opposed to paper towels. I ran the news in the magazine I was editing at the time, and spent much of the following few weeks ducking the flack that came from the hand dryer manufacturers as well as the magazine’s sales team. I was told that “the bottom dropped out of the market overnight”.
The report has been doing the rounds ever since but I’ve steered clear. My view is that we each have our preferences when it comes to drying our hands and that a poorly maintained washroom where piles of damp hand towels are left lying around – sometimes having been used by those who’ve not bothered to wash their hands properly first – can be just as hazardous.
Now one of the manufacturers whose hand dryers are seen in so many of our washrooms has hit the headlines again for the potential ill-health its products are accused of spreading. I can imagine another ‘head in hands’ moment when the news (& what came with it) hit the fan.
It’s reported that more than 100 NHS trusts have had to take thousands of Dyson bladeless fans off the wards because they’re linked to healthcare associated infections. Purchased between 2013 and 2017 for £350 a pop they’re worth a staggering £1.2million in total and although they were thought to be more hygienic than the standard version, (since there weren’t any blades on which dust and germs could gather) new NHS guidance has warned that they act as what has been termed a 'reservoir for micro-organisms'. Bladed fans are now deemed safer. They’re a lot less expensive too.
NHS reports show that the incidences of healthcare acquired infections are rising year on year. Worryingly, the number increased by 20% last year alone. Clearly the figures are not just down to the type of fans being used and much more needs to be done to stop the spread of these infections. My view is that something also needs to be done about NHS procurement. I’m sure it wouldn’t be in such financial crisis if the money it did spend was spent more wisely. Fans, in a hospital, violently wafting the air around? Whatever their cost, surely they’re not the best things to have in a hospital environment… Why not just turn the heating down or open some windows instead?
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As the ISSA Show North America 2019 came to a close in Las Vegas last Friday, attendees and exhibitors alike convened at the ISSA Innovation Showcase on the show floor to meet the winner of the 2019 ISSA Innovation of the Year award.
The 2019 ISSA Innovation Award Program included 42 of the cleaning industry's most innovative products and services. The program celebrated its 10th anniversary this year and featured three and a half months of online voting.
Following its remarkable success in 2018, Interclean Amsterdam returns to the Dutch capital in 2020 for another edition of the world's most advanced cleaning and hygiene show. Attracting more than 33,000 attendees from across 143 countries, the 2018 event was once again a truly international affair. And next year's show will be no different, bringing the industry together to celebrate the best of cleaning innovation.
Eco Select Concentrates make up a highly concentrated, ultra-economical range designed for professional cleaners and the five products cover all applications:
Vaclensa, one of the UK's leading suppliers of professional cleaning machines and now part of the global Tennant brand, has replaced it long standing C167PT Tub Vacuum Cleaner with a new version made from recycled plastic.
The C167PT vacuum cleaner has been a staple product offering from Vaclensa for many years and can be frequently spotted in use throughout the UK in hotels, shopping centres and offices, but as the company looks to the future it has taken a serious interest in its sustainability strategy and environmental impact.
Brain Corp, a San Diego-based AI company, creating transformative core technology for the robotics industry, and RPS Corporation, manufacturer of global commercial cleaning equipment brands Factory Cat and Tomcat, have formed a technology partnership.
A major new international survey has revealed that the satisfaction rating for Great Britain's water and sewerage services is the second highest in the world. GB comes second only to Germany across 28 countries surveyed, with results 18 points higher than the global average.
The Ipsos poll for the Global Infrastructure Investor Association revealed that 73% of respondents thought GB's water and sewerage services were good, compared to 55% globally and a 60% rating for the same services in the G8. Britain's satisfaction rating is well ahead of individual countries such as France, Poland, Sweden and Spain.
Congratulations to Gary Haman on his promotion to the position of regional director at NIC Services Group, where he has already been instrumental in the delivery of exceptional service, according to the company's national operations director, Ken Atherton.
Bloo has revealed the 'MOT Health Check Toilet' of the future, to show its commitment to a more sustainable future. This is to also coincide with the launch of ProNature, Bloo's first toilet cleaning rim block, which is made with a 100% recycled plastic basket.
The brand - owned by parent company, Henkel - has pledged to make all consumer packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2030. ProNature is a response to Bloo seeing a 33% increase in consumers buying eco-friendly products, and as part of its work to reduce the company's global footprint.
Matrix Cleaning Systems has welcomed a new distributor into the fold. Denis Rawlins - founded in 1969, has been supplying commercial and industrial cleaning equipment and matting into businesses, industry, and the public sector ever since and like Matrix, enjoys an enviable reputation, with foundations built on strong traditions of quality, care, speed of delivery and exceptional customer service.
Whether travelling on a holiday or business trip, what really matters to hotel guests is a clean, hygienic bathroom. This was the result of a recent representative Forsa survey, commissioned by Kaldewei. When asked about the most important feature of a hotel, almost two thirds of interviewees (62%) cited a clean bathroom.
A large, comfortable bed trailed well behind (26%) followed by other amenities. There are, however, many sources of annoyance in hotels that reduce the pleasure of a stay.
Tucked away in the heart of Isleworth, West London, is a gem of a laundry that really cares. Not only about the quality of service it delivers but about ensuring that its service is as sustainable as it can be.
Five years ago, Kimberly-Clark took action to improve sanitation and engage consumers in the sanitation crisis through the launch of a program named 'Toilets Change Lives', which united the company's global brands through nonprofit partnerships, consumer education and on-the-ground sanitation work.
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