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Years ago whilst completing my journalism exams and on-the-job training at Industrial Equipment News, we incorporated pages that enabled us to highlight products which were a little bit different. ‘Did you miss it?’ allowed us to rerun items that had attracted lots of enquiries previously. ‘I wish I had…’ was the equivalent of today’s social media recommendations whereby people who may have wanted to replace a piece of obsolete equipment, or who were struggling to find a spare part, could post their requirements in the hope that another reader had just what they were looking for. The pages worked well until a colleague ran the two together across facing pages. ‘Did you miss it? I wish I had…’ didn’t have quite the same connotation somehow and it was a lesson I never forgot.
Another section was 'What a good idea!' and I soon learnt that very good ideas are few and far between. I'd get excited upon reading a press release, only to be told by my older colleagues that whatever was being pitched as 'new', had in reality been around for some time. I still get excited at press releases, but these days the sentiment tends to be more deserved.
I got the old stomach flutter earlier this week upon learning that UK residents can find inspiration on how to breathe new life into their broken possessions at what promises to be the largest repair event of its kind ever held. The Big Fix 2020 will see 75 repair cafes from around the UK join forces and run simultaneous events on 15th February. Repair cafes? I'd never heard of them. But once I'd got through the first couple of paragraphs, I was thinking 'What a good idea! That will help reduce landfill!' Even better, the initiative isn't just a UK one - it's global. And I'd never heard of it!
Around the world there were an estimated 19,836 Repair Café meetings in 2018, repairing an estimated 350,000 items and saving the equivalent in waste.
Now that's a good idea!
You can read more, below - & my thanks to Devon County Council for bringing me up to speed!
It's always sad to read about heroes having to sell their medals & especially so when it's someone we know... Former contract cleaner Ronnie Russell was driving home from work in the '70s when he chanced upon an attempted armed kidnap on Anne, the Princess Royal. Several people had been shot but this didn't deter ex-boxer Ronnie who decked the culprit with a couple of punches!
I interviewed him 20 years later whilst editing another industry publication & he struck me as being a lovely man with a great sense of humour. He told me he didn't think twice about his own safety, but did what he had to do. Now struggling with ill health, he plans to sell the medal he was awarded for bravery, to provide for his future. You can read more about Ronnie and join John Austen's fundraiser to help 'one of our own' keep his medal, via: https://www.gofundme.com
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A study just published by the Society for Risk Analysis, analysing the impact of implementing disease mitigation strategies at airports across the globe, finds that increasing traveller engagement with proper hand hygiene at all airports has the potential to reduce the risk of a potential pandemic by 24 - 69%.
The China Railway Beijing Group says it has strengthened disinfection operations of used train berth bedding with high-temperature sterilisation and disinfectant and prolonged washing time amid the current coronavirus epidemic.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification is seeking volunteers for the development of a new industry Standard on Infection Control - BSR/IICRC S410 Standard for Infection Control During Professional Cleaning & Maintenance of the Commercial Built Environment. Applications are being accepted through 29th February, 2020.
"In the wake of the current coronavirus outbreak, IICRC announces this important Standard impacting the health of our nation," says IICRC Standards chairman, Brandon Burton. "We're excited to build out our Standards offerings and invite those with a thirst for knowledge and expertise in these niche areas to join us."
Brightwell Dispensers has added spray and foam dispensers to its growing product offering. These robust and efficient foam and spray cleaning systems have been designed for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces.
The systems are ideal for use by hygiene and cleaning professionals in numerous sectors such as agriculture, commercial kitchens, hospitals, food preparation facilities and many more.
Thanks to its small size, light weight, comfortable operation and favourable price, it has quickly become a popular cleaning gun in many countries, where it is perfect for use within the food industry. Because of its properties, it is, we are told, particularly loved by female users.
Industrial and commercial cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland has increased the amount of recycled polymer in its bottles, bringing the overall percentage of recycled material used, to an unprecedented 31% in the UK, up from 'just' 25% in 2018/19.
“We are proud to be the first UK cleaning chemicals manufacturer in our market sector taking such steps in eliminating harmful plastics from the environment, whilst significantly reducing our carbon footprint at the same time,” says Greyland MD Richard Dyson.
Principle Cleaning Services, London's award-winning cleaning specialist, has put sustainability firmly at the top of its agenda, with an objective to become the most sustainable cleaning company in the UK.
As part of this drive, the company held an inaugural event on Tuesday 4th February, at Barings' London office, which was attended by over 80 leading FM professionals who heard how Principle, in conjunction with its strategic partners and clients, will achieve its audacious target.
Devon County Council is co-ordinating a local event as part of something much bigger, during which hundreds of volunteer fixers will donate their Saturday (February 15th) fixing anything and everything from clothes, electrical items and furniture to toys, mechanical items and leather goods, all for just a small donation.
The aim is to fix as many broken items as possible and in the process save 60 tonnes of CO2. The event follows the success of The Big Fix last year in Exeter, when volunteers broke the record for the number of items repaired at a single repair café.
A serious accident involving a set of modified podium steps has once again highlighted the importance of proper training and quality equipment for anyone working at height - even at low level. The accident happened when a worker was using the podium while welding metal components.
The podium toppled over, causing the worker to fall approximately two metres to the ground and fracture two vertebrae.
Local authorities are being swamped by sackfuls of litter left in laybys across the South West. And following the installation of layby signage along the A30 and A38 in Devon and Cornwall, Highways England is now teaming up with local councils to tackle litter issues around the roadsides of Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire.
Litter on the majority of A roads is the responsibility of local authorities to clear, but in order that litter can be collected safely, Highways England often teams up with councils to co-ordinate any necessary closures.
SC Johnson Professional has launched its all new fantastik Max line. The line features two of the brand’s newest and most powerful cleaning products to maximise cleanliness in food service, commercial and institutional locations such as businesses, educational facilities, lodging establishments, automotive industry and more.
If you're looking for air fresheners that really pack a punch, then visit Stand H01 at The Manchester Cleaning Show - at Event City, Manchester from 25th to 26th March 2020 - to meet P-Wave. From highly-fragranced urinal screens to active and passive air fresheners, P-Wave products enhance the washroom experience in thousands of premises every day.
P-Wave has now delivered a new angle on splash prevention and a major step forward in terms of urinal deodorising technology with the launch of its new Slant6 urinal screen.
Survey: 62% of consumers say clean washrooms increase their spending. A growing majority of consumers value businesses' well-kept washrooms so much that they are willing to spend more money when they encounter one, according to new national research.
The number of Americans who will "definitely" or "probably" shell out more cash in response to clean washrooms has climbed to 62% this year from just 45% two years ago. Millennials and Gen Xers are the two generations most likely to open their wallets.
The InnoWash is an innovative hand washing station which allows soaping, hand washing and drying to be accomplished at the same basin without moving to different positions, making the process of hand washing and drying easy and fast.
Offering lots of flexibility, this station includes an auto hand dryer, an auto soap dispenser and an auto faucet. The main mechanisms of each product can be hidden under the counter or installed behind a mirror cabinet.
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