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Wherever you look in the news, environmentalism is present. Flicking through the pages of a print newspaper or scanning online news outlets reveals daily stories looking at the environmental crisis and the ongoing changes to the planet.
For instance, as an indicator of the growing emphasis on climate change, Time person of the year for 2019 was 16-year-old Greta Thunberg; the youthful face of the campaign to combat the 'climate emergency' - a state of affairs that's been highlighted by such luminaries as Sir David Attenborough.
Advancing through the NCCA's four membership levels is dependent upon members attending a recognised qualification in professional carpet and upholstery cleaning at base level and then progressing over time with additional training and industry experience.
The contract is worth around £150 million over five years, with an option to extend the contract for up to two years.
Consistently called the best hand cleaner for grease removal by those who use it, Solopol GFX transforms heavy-duty hand cleaning liquid into a rich, cream foam that washes away quickly and completely.
Originally available in nine vibrant colour choices, the Signature Series is now available in 11 colours, with the new addition of True Blue and RealTree Edge Camo.
Currently under construction, the Centre will be a cutting-edge research facility that will facilitate the scale up and manufacture of the batteries that power the electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and autonomous vehicles of the future.
The company’s hand sanitising gel is effective against MRSA and Winter germs, and combined with the ultra-hygienic automatic soap dispenser Savona Auto, it provides maximum hygiene.
AHP is a globally patented blend of commonly used ingredients that produces exceptional potency as a germicide and superior performance as a cleaning agent.
"The first is that brands are focusing on 'customer experiences' - also known as CX. Companies need to adapt the way that they approach the sales process, and instead aim to provide fantastic customer experiences.
Themed ‘Beyond Green’, the fourth edition of the popular event takes place 7th and 8th April at the Delta Toronto Airport Conference Centre in Toronto, Canada.
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Prior to John and I launching Cleanzine in 2002 I worked with the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service providers, organising its Annual Conference. Even prior to ‘austerity’, it was difficult for some whose remit was to provide the best cleaning services possible, to persuade management that the comparatively small amount required to attend, would be money well spent. I recall many in-depth conversations with members about the planned content, who needed to hear that at least one speaker would be specifically addressing subject matter deemed crucial to their own particular council.
I had to chuckle then while working on a release last week, when I came across something I could really have done with myself, two decades ago. It said: “Eager to attend CSC 2020, but need to convince your boss? Download and personalise the 'Why Attend' letter.” Naturally, I clicked the link…
“Need help convincing management of the benefits of attending? We've got you covered! Just fill in the blanks to personalise this letter, and it will be hard for anyone interested in promoting the professionalism of your team and facility to say no!” The letter beautifully outlined all the features and benefits before revealing the potential costs. By the time costs were addressed, the decision-maker would already have been convinced that it was imperative the employee attend! Part of it read:
“The conference features scientists and other subject-matter experts focused on cleaning, infection prevention and control and sustainability as well as three outstanding motivational keynote speakers. Presentations will cover best practices, current trends, new innovations and technologies, practical tactics and other valuable information I can share with staff to improve our company's performance and productivity and enhance our sustainability, infection prevention and cleaning for health efforts. In addition to two full days of education, the conference features numerous networking opportunities with other industry professionals, which will allow me to make new business connections and clients, share ideas and learn new ways to meet business challenges from other leaders in our industry. Also, it will help me gain a better understanding of the needs of companies in the area. A final component is an expo featuring 90-plus of the industry's leading manufacturers that will be showcasing the newest innovations available, products and services that may increase productivity by allowing our staff to work smarter, faster and more efficiently while assuring we are up to date on the ever-evolving marketplace.”
Lisa Veeck, who put this all together, is a genius! I only wish I’d known her two decades ago…
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Dr Robert Bartolo, director - Global Product Stewardship at Procter & Gamble, is the 2020 recipient of the American Cleaning Institute Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award. Dr Bartolo is being recognised for his exceptional contributions to the cleaning products industry and to ACI and the honour was presented at the 2020 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention.
Rob Bartolo joined Procter & Gamble in 1988 and over the past 31 years has held a wide range of leadership roles, including regulatory affairs, environmental safety, microbiology, product safety and statistics.
Smart waste management through the installation of smart waste bins is expected to improve the efficiency of waste collection, transportation and recycling of waste. As sensor-enabled bins communicate the level of waste in them, they can reduce the number of trips haulers need to make, lowering costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
Forty-five years since it started supplying carpet and upholstery cleaning solutions and equipment, Prochem Europe stands as one of the UK market's principal innovators…2019 saw that ethos take material form in the company's new research and development laboratory facilities at Chessington along with recent investment in new labeling and filling technology. Alan Tilley managing director says:
"The extra lab space means we can work on a growing number of new formulations and increase our work on environmental and sustainable product development."
University Hospitals Sports Medicine researchers, in partnership with Gojo, found that an Infection Risk Reduction Program implemented in participating athletic training rooms reduced the overall amount of bacteria present by 95%, including completely eliminating the presence of influenza and multidrug-resistant organisms, such as MRSA.
The study, published in the January 2020 issue of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) national publication Sports Health, concluded that a program which modifies hygiene behaviour by connecting products, people and education can yield impactful infection control results and benefits.
Following the conclusion of the latest successful Pulire trade show, ISSA Pulire Network Srl has announced the dates for the forthcoming fifth edition of Forum Pulire, an international congress dedicated to the theme of cleaning and integrated services.
Forum Pulire 2020 will be held on 13th and 14th October in Palazzo Regione Lombardia, a prestigious venue in central Milan that is home to the Regional Government of Lombardy.
New research from Direct Line for Business reveals that one in three domestic cleaners - approximately 279,000 individuals - have had to sack at least one of their clients during their cleaning career.
The two most common reasons for terminating a relationship with a client are their property being simply too dirty to work with, and tardy payments.
Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of major injuries in the workplace. These injuries can be devastating for the individual involved and they generate a huge financial burden on industry. Almost all slips and trips can be prevented, often with simple inexpensive interventions.
Slips and trips can happen for a number of reasons, but all too frequently people jump to conclusions about why they happen rather than looking for the true cause, or assume that it is 'just one of those things' and do nothing.
Mitie has reached another landmark in its electric vehicle rollout, having taken delivery of its 250th EV. The Nissan e-NV200 van will be based at Heathrow Airport and joins the 200 electric cars and 49 electric vans already in Mitie's fleet.
The milestone 250th electric vehicles demonstrates Mitie's business-leading commitment to switch 20% of its small van and car fleet to electric by the end of 2020.
Team Software, which provides technology solutions for contractors in the North American cleaning and security markets, has acquired Innovise, the UK-based technology innovator specialising in software for security guarding, cleaning and facilities management businesses.
This acquisition brings together Team’s dominant position in North America and Innovise's established market leadership in the UK to create a global technology leader providing holistic business solutions for firms in the security, cleaning and facilities management industries.
It was the result of a robust and rigorous procurement process via the Crown Commercial Services RM3830 framework.
A recent prosecution has again highlighted the importance of ensuring work at height is properly planned, supervised and carried out by a competent person.
Most workspaces are shared and we all know how quickly and easily harmful viruses such as the flu and the common cold can spread in the workplace.
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