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I was feeling for residents living in the Wigan, Lancashire area yesterday, after learning that they were in unexpected extreme lockdown on the hottest day of the year, while 20 fire crews using two aerial appliances and two high volume pumps tackled a huge fire at the civic amenity tip on the Sankey Valley Industrial Estate. Smoke could be seen across the North West, nearby businesses and residents were told to keep their windows and doors closed, roads were closed and rail travel disrupted. The blaze had been brought under control by late evening although fire crews continued working overnight. Luckily, no-one was injured.
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The Health & Safety Executive has reminded building occupiers, businesses and other duty holders restarting operations after the shutdown to review their water systems' maintenance arrangements to avoid creating a public health hazard from waterborne bacteria such as legionella.
Water stagnation, poor temperature control and increased levels of contamination may create a hazard in water systems that have been less frequently used than normal (such as dental or outpatient facilities) or where operation has been suspended (such as leisure, sports, swimming and spa pool facilities).
This week, EFCI - the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry in Europe - launched the second phase of the campaign #InGoodHands, which, for two weeks, will underline the cleaning industry's key role and voice its specific needs to support Europe's economic and social recovery.
The second phase of the campaign, with its dual motto ‘In Good Hands’/’Helping Europe Reopen’, intends to raise awareness among European and national policymakers of the active and targeted support that professional cleaning companies need to continue performing such an essential and strategic role.
"As COVID-19 continues to ravage the globe, the face of environmental hygiene needs to change, and we must adapt fast. We need to put standard cleaning practices under the microscope and raise the bar on what's considered 'standard practice'.
New companies have been set up to buy and sell on products like hand and surface sanitisers, gloves, wipes, tissue and aprons. Some are also buying up raw materials and attempting to produce some products. Primarily selling online, their products carry an exceptionally high mark-up and there is no guarantee that they meet industry standards.
Due to the unprecedented demand for Greyland chemicals during the COVID crisis, coupled with the shortage of trigger head sprays, the company has decided to supply its ready to use trigger spray products with flip top lids, plus two spare trigger heads.
A guide for washing out used trigger heads has also been produced.
As the UK Government unveils new guidelines for making workplaces 'Covid-secure', global health & safety expert Bureau Veritas is advising businesses that their safe return to work depends on their ability to "win the hearts & minds of employees" alongside creating clear policy, systems and processes with regular monitoring.
The advice is, of course, useful wherever you may be in the world…
As part of a strategy to help businesses begin to navigate through the changed landscape of post-Covid workspaces, Samsic UK has rolled out a programme enabling users to participate in real-time environment hygiene control.
The facilities services provider's six-point plan to returning businesses to their workplaces post-Coronavirus extends beyond 'deep clean' to imbue a broader ethos of hygiene engagement and maintenance using digital technologies aimed at enabling the better mindfulness of site users.
SafeGroup, the independent emergency soft FM service provider, has launched a comprehensive and highly-innovative Covid-19 disinfection and testing service to support businesses as they seek to return to work safely and smoothly.
The three-step process involves a premises deep clean and a Covid-19 (Coronavirus) treat and protect service. It also includes, for the first time, Covid-19 testing of treated surfaces to allay the predicted fears of staff and customers as they return to business premises.
The damage suffered by hotels during the Coronavirus pandemic may not be over once the Government greenlights a return to travel, according to creator of smart pest systems, Spotta. The UK-based company reveals that dormant bed bugs will live around a year without feeding; waiting for hotel guests to return.
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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.
Originally developed in the 1980's for the HBV, HCV and HIV blood-borne viruses, the Microsan formulation is also effective against Coronavirus (Coronaviridae family including MERS-CoV) and is approved to EN14476 for use on hard washable surfaces.
The cleaners claim they have been forced to work throughout lockdown despite repeatedly complaining of inadequate PPE, to their employer OCS Group.