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Interesting times ahead, I reckon, with much of the world easing back into 'normal' routine following the extended lockdown aimed at reducing Coronavirus infections. I know we all need to get back to work somehow but it strikes me that some governments don't seem to have thought through the best way of going about things. My Prime Minister announced late Sunday evening that we should return to work (if we couldn't work from home) the following morning, without, it appeared, any thought as to whether or not our workplaces were even open!
Risk assessments needed to be carried out and employee distancing measures put in place and while some companies will have had the foresight to carry out these tasks during lockdown, most will not have done so because none of us knew how things were going to pan out. These things need careful planning if we’re to get them right and reduce this ‘second wave’ that threatens; something which seems to have been lost on my Government. And what about the need to clean our workplaces thoroughly, before we return to them?
Parents responsible for home-schooling young children being will have had to arrange childcare at short notice and many won’t have managed. Companies employ people to do a particular job because they need them in that job; we’re like cogs in a wheel and if vital cogs are missing then nothing will run smoothly. What if you’re in manufacturing and don’t have all the parts you need to produce whatever it is you manufacture, or if all none of the packers have made it into work? I'm sure I'm not the only one who had a 'head in hands' moment when I heard the announcement.
My personal view that the youngest children should shortly start back at school, with social distancing measures in place and many school staff wearing masks, is akin to child abuse. It’s crazy too. Choosing to send mere babes to school where they're going to have to avoid all the sorts of things they normally do (hold hands, pick noses, suck thumbs, plait one another’s hair etc) is crazy. They're going to be traumatised and no doubt the staff will suffer too - and that's without even considering the threat of catching Coronavirus. These children may well be bringing in infection from home via parents who are back at work. Are there special cleaning measures in place to keep everyone safe, I wonder? Somehow, I think not…
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As the current pandemic is impacting the world and as the people become more focused on hygiene and cleaning, it has become even more crucial to highlight all the great developments and innovations in our industry.
Tidy Green Clean, the environmentally-friendly cleaning business that operates on a franchise model, is continuing 2020 with its commitment to growth, with the appointment of two new regional directors, including its first in England. Alex McCarthy is the regional director for Northern England and Callum Cruickshank is regional director for Aberdeen West.
The business, positioning itself for further expansion this year, has recently had its three ISO certifications - ISO 9001 for quality, ISO 14001 for environmental and ISO 45001 for health and safety - renewed for a further three years.
As members of the public 'reach for the bleach' to rid their homes of germs following the Covid-19 outbreak, an increasing amount of chemical-based products are making their way into the communal water supply, subsequently reducing the overall water quality.
Pioneering biosciences research company, Genesis Biosciences, has this week launched a new range of wastewater treatment (WWT) products, specifically designed to combat this issue following more than two years of research into specific micro-organisms.
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Matrix Cleaning Systems is a leading UK manufacturer of a complete range of steam machines manufactured in Leyland, Lancashire, and the company has stepped up to the mark to support frontline workers in the fight against COVID 19, all over the globe.
“We have seen the demand for steam cleaning machine technology increase dramatically - not only here in the UK, but through huge demand from overseas,” says company sales director, Mike Osiadacz.
As a manufacturer of the disinfectant Nemesis eH2O, Adrian Gee-Turner explains why it is necessary to read a disinfectant's label in order to determine whether it is suitable for the intended application.
Any one of us can walk in to a supermarket and purchase a disinfectant/sanitiser in the confident belief that this product will protect us and our family. However, there are a number of important issues that should be taken into consideration. For example, is that product effective on the target microorganisms? And how quickly does it kill them?
EN1276 tested under dirty conditions, GHS Direct’s Vira-Care broad spectrum disinfectant-cleaner is effective against E. Coli, MRSA, Enterococcus Hirae, Listeria, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Salmonella and Staphylococcus Aureus.
It has also been EN16777 tested (Vaccinia Virus Test) for effectiveness against Coronavirus, Hepatitis A,B,C, D, HIV, Influenza, Paramyxoviridae and was found to eliminate all enveloped viruses in the medical areas.
For machine manufacturers and distributors, capturing the aftersales potential of their sold machines is an important source of revenue. ToolSense offers the necessary technology for this, combining a comprehensive platform (software) with smart sensors (hardware).
The measurable success of ToolSense customers speaks for itself: Up to 10% revenue increase per machine & up to 45% margin increase per machine. The platform makes life easier for end users too…
One South Wales cleaning company has pulled out all the stops to do its bit to help the nation's fight and the NHS's response to Covid-19.
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