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While Governments advocate soap and water as a primary defence in the fight against Covid-19 it's 'business as usual' for InnuScience's biotechnological products.
Cleaning staff contracted by WeWork through Jones Lang Lasalle in New York, have been instructed to continue to go into work during the Coronavirus pandemic and must use their paid time off or limited sick leave if they become ill, according a story in the Guardian newspaper.
The publication claims to have had sight of ‘an internal document’ provided to cleaning staff on how to respond to inspectors who visit WeWork office buildings to ensure that essential work is being carried out.
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I've come across so many companies and individuals who've bent over backwards to help in the Coronavirus effort, but it was quite by chance that I discovered that our own Numatic (known throughout much of the world for manufacturing the smiling Henry tub-vac) has switched production to churn out face masks and face shields for the protection of frontline workers instead. It's also working on a ventilator design and is even offering to loan additional cleaning equipment for use in frontline healthcare environments, to help ensure that the required extra-hygienic standards are maintained. Well done everyone at Numatic!
I'm sure that Numatic isn't the only company in our industry to be going that extra mile to help us pull through this crisis and I'd love to share news of your efforts with my readers, if you're doing something you feel deserves recognition. And do remember that Cleanzine is read in 163 countries, so I'm not just talking about the British effort here...
This pandemic has certainly brought out the best in some people, as well as the worst in others, hasn't it? I can remember thinking, back when there was a rush on hand gel and liquid soap that left all our shops emptied of the stuff, that as well as being incredibly selfish, it was stupid too, since however clean your own hands are, if everyone else's hands are dirty and thus likely to be spreading all types of germs, your own likelihood of picking up those germs are even greater. Now we have an issue with discarded gloves... people are using them when they go out and shop, but instead of putting them away safely when they leave the store, they're discarding them wherever they see fit, for someone else to have to pick up. With cleaning teams in some areas decimated through illness or self-isolation, what are the chances of the teams tasked with collecting these potentially contaminated gloves, also handling the culprits' dustbins, I wonder?
Photographer Dan Giannopoulos has turned recording these discarded gloves into a project, there are so many of them (and I can see there's even a discarded mask - how disgusting! You can see Dan's work at www.bbc.co.uk
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Employers of cleaning staff operating in critical industries have been urged to provide them with written proof that they should be treated as critical and Key Workers. The British Cleaning Council made the call to help remove confusion over what Government guidelines on dealing with Coronavirus mean for cleaners working in critical industries.
The Republic of Ireland has explicitly named cleaners as essential workers if they are supporting essential industries. The British Cleaning Council is calling on the UK Government to follow and is campaigning for official recognition of the vital role of all cleaners in fighting the Coronavirus.
Keeping healthcare professionals safe during the Covid-19 outbreak requires both knowledge and proper planning. Owens & Minor is staging an important and informative webinar tomorrow, reviewing the impact on hospital staff, as well as the evidence-based infection control strategies necessary to mitigate transmission.
Combining expertise, common sense and data specifics, this webinar is designed to help ensure both the continuity of clinical operations and the ultimate safety of those working in hospital environments
Cleaning chemical manufacturer Greyland has seen an overall increase in demand of 300% from its distributor network, whilst demand for liquid soap and specialist sanitisers for the NHS and care home market especially, has grown tenfold.
The original healthcare cleaning machine is still just as effective for sanitation and decontamination but has been redesigned to be more user-friendly.
Vectair Systems is helping to distribute and deliver urgent supplies to the frontline during the coronavirus crisis, with almost a thousand of its Sanitex MVP Soap refills arriving at the NHS Nightingale Hospital last week.
EFCI - the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry - launched a two-week, pan-European social media campaign to give wider visibility to the role the cleaning sector is playing in the fight against the Coronavirus; also voicing the specific needs and concerns of the industry in the context of the current crisis.
The campaign takes its motto from ANIP-Confindustria's Italian campaign (#InBuoneMani).
“It is hard to believe that just a month ago, the cleaning industry was celebrating success at the Golden Service Awards. And today we are on the front line of a war against a virus.
Teams from Numatic International, (known globally for its smiling Henry, George and Hetty vacuum cleaners and mops) are working on several projects to support the Government and the NHS in the fight to save the lives of as many people as possible.
“Face shields are now in full production and available for delivery,” says the Somerset, UK-based manufacturer.
Hygiene services firm phs Group has launched an emergency-response cleaning service for organisations affected by Coronavirus. Premises which have had a case of Coronavirus can be deep cleaned and sanitised by the emergency taskforce from phs Interclean, the specialist cleaning division of phs Group.
Reported cases will be treated with the utmost urgency and aimed to be cleaned within 24-48 hours of commission.
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“Following discussion, the Government has confirmed that those involved in the production and distribution of cleaning and hygiene products are classified as key workers.
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