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Although I've worked from home for 19 years - which means that for me, nothing much has changed since lockdown, it feels different. I don't know if it's because much of the rest of the world has slowed down, but I'm finding I spend more time thinking deeply about things. A thought comes into my head and instead of batting it away because I have work to do, I'm taking time to explore it. I often find myself asking aloud where the day's gone!
Business associates with whom I normally exchange short emails are phoning to catch up. We're sharing more than we normally would, about our feelings and the way we're coping with life. I like that side of things. One of the thoughts that's kept recurring in recent weeks is what decisions I'd make if I had to physically go out to work. If I was a low-paid key worker - one of those who not only has to go out to work but one whose work requires, perhaps, travelling on public transport and physical interaction with others, (I'm not talking NHS here) - would I continue to work and put my health and that of my family at risk? Or would I resign? Resignation won that one hands down. But then I got to thinking that these workers are the ones perhaps juggling several jobs to make ends meet - potentially all of them public-facing - who probably aren't in a position to be able to make that choice.
My thoughts have led me to conclude that I wouldn't be a key worker for anything in the world right now and I take my hat off to each and every one of them. I've mentioned here before that I write across two industries, the other being the kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms sector. Over recent weeks I've seen the two swap places in terms of positioning and stature. With retail outlets being forced to close, manufacturing has slowed considerably or ground to a halt. Businesses are really struggling. Press releases have virtually dried up and publications have reduced frequency. Doing up the house doesn't seem quite as important as it was, in the big scheme of things. The cleaning industry - or parts of it, anyway, seems to be on a roll as those who didn't realise it before, now know that good cleaning is essential to life.
I wonder how things will pan out, further down the line...
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An EU-produced, Joint European Roadmap providing a common framework for European and national authorities to phase-out Covid-19 containment measures, recognises the key role cleaning and disinfection have to play.
Vital health and safety personal protection against coronavirus (Covid-19) for a wide range of NHS staff, key workers and other employees manning critical commercial, industrial and public sector facilities, has been developed by Metro Security (GB).
Metro has reacted to the global pandemic by developing an innovative new module for its 2019 Queen's Award-winning MARS analytics solution. This new temperature monitoring system provides immediately available, easy-to-install and effective detection of arriving employees, contractors and visitors at the entrance point to any facility.
Sintuitive is a fast tracked software solution which allows businesses to operate within the social distancing guidelines by the realtime counting of footfall in and out of premises using a thermal imaging camera and an automated smart display at the entrance to control occupancy levels.
As many governments make plans to loosen current lockdown restrictions, businesses are considering what action is needed to ensure their workplaces reopen safely.
There's only one way to beat this pandemic: together. And that means ensuring that cleaning professionals have the training and information necessary to work competently and confidently… and there's no better way to Clean with Confidence than by having the training and education to support it.
The Coronavirus epidemic is affecting not only the availability of some types of cleaning wipes, but also how they are used in the workplace. Paper towels, especially blue roll, are currently in high demand, leading to limited supplies and longer delivery times.
Hako offers a wide range of scrubber-driers providing user-friendly and reliable wet cleaning of hard floors. Innovative features increase both the machines' economic efficiency and application options.
Since 2010, Hako's product programme has included scrubber-driers equipped with antibacterial tanks for use in areas with particularly strict hygiene standards, for example hospitals, nursing homes, commercial kitchens or applications in the food processing and -storage industry.
Stepan Company US has recently made donations of hand sanitiser and spray disinfectants to Chicagoland first responders on the frontlines of the Covid-19 crisis and other Stephan facilities across the globe are playing an important part too.
Stepan's plant near Joliet, Illinois, US, has donated 800 gallons of hand sanitiser and several hundred gallons of disinfecting spray solution to the Chicago Police and Fire departments as well as numerous departments in the Chicago suburbs.
Nettuno, renowned Italian manufacturer of products for handcare and hygiene, has momentarily suspended its 50th anniversary celebrations for a bigger cause: to actively support Italy in the fight against the Coronavirus.
The first initiative aims at supporting healthcare facilities and families in the most critical phases of patient care, making hospital places available more quickly for new patients. Moreover, says Nettuno, having been taking care of hands for 50 years, how could it not support all the doctors, health workers and volunteers who are taking care of the rest of us right now?
The chairman of a business which has been repivoted to make hospital gowns for the NHS during the Coronavirus pandemic has been appointed as the new Master of the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners.
John Shonfeld founded laundry and garment manufacturing and rental business, Tibard, with his wife Sue in 1979, from a bedroom in their family home. The company now has a turnover of £18.5 million annually, employs 150 people and exports to the Middle East, Asia, Europe, China, the Mediterranean and a fast-growing market in the Caribbean.
Mitie has signed up to the EP100 commitment. By joining the initiative, Mitie has committed to double its energy productivity - measured by the amount of energy used per pound of revenue generated - over the next 25 years (from baseline year of FY18/19).
However, based on current targets to improve its energy productivity, Mitie anticipates meeting this goal significantly sooner.
The Coronavirus can live for hours to days on surfaces such as toilet cubicles, WCs, washbasins, hand-dryers and entrance door handles. How long it survives depends on the material the surface is made from.
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