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I was delighted to receive a detailed response to last week’s leader (concerning conflicting advice on safe behaviour in public toilets) from renowned toilet expert Susan Cunningham, whom I met whilst serving on the inaugural Council of the British Toilet Association more than 20 years ago.
Susan, like me, believes that this is all very serious and she’s gone to the trouble of producing a crib sheet which she hopes Cleanzine’s readers will add to and/or comment on, so between us we can offer a helpful source of reliable information during and after the pandemic, which can be regularly updated in the same way as our long-running Hospital Hygiene feature.
Please take the time to read her email below and think about what she says. Cleanzine would welcome the chance to provide a platform for a public toilet forum. Perhaps you feel you have a perfect way of keeping public toilet users safe and would like to share it? Or perhaps you’ve tried/seen something that didn’t work, or which worked initially but then failed for some reason or other? Please do share your news and ideas - from whichever of the 163 countries on our circulation you’re reading this from – since after all, this is a global issue.
Of real concern to me is the confession Susan received from ‘high up’ a couple of weeks back, indicating an awareness that due to lockdown relaxation, those now able to travel further afield would probably need to avail themselves of the public toilet facilities, and that the advice for us to ‘stay local’ wasn’t just down to the potential for us to encounter Coronavirus, but also because of the restrictions on facilities that are open. “These include toilets, which largely remain closed because of the issue of the current required level of cleaning and the difficulty of ensuring the public maintain social distancing," said the statement!
I understand that local authorities have since been warned that they should be prepared for visitors, but surely this should all have been planned for long ago, with strict Government guidelines on exactly what needs to be done and how. Public toilets are a necessity, not a choice. The fact that those making the decisions think that being within five miles of home negates the need for someone to use a public toilet, really doesn’t instill much confidence in the powers that be's knowledge of our behaviour and potential health issues - and indeed their expertise, does it?
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This Week's News
Newly published research conducted by the American Cleaning Institute, Integral Consulting and Procter & Gamble indicates that an important ingredient used in detergents and cleaning products poses a low ecological risk to waterways.
The study, ‘Environmental risk assessment of polycarboxylate polymers used in cleaning products in the United States’, is published in Chemosphere and is now available via open access.
Two new directors have been elected to the board of the British Cleaning Council. Delia Cannings (pictured left), national lead for education & training, the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals, and Kim Phillips (pictured right), chair of the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers, both regularly represent their trade associations at the BCC.
"I warmly congratulate Delia and Kim on their election as directors,” says BCC Chair Paul Thrupp. “They are both highly talented and experienced people who will add real value and more balance to the BCC board."
Interserve Group and Mitie have announced a proposed merger of Interserve Support Services (comprised of Interserve's facilities management operations in the UK and overseas across both public and private sectors) with Mitie for a combined consideration of £271m, comprising £120m cash and a 23.4% shareholding in Mitie to be held by/on behalf of Interserve's shareholders.
The virus's impact demonstrates that global manufacturing concerns must switch from large production sites in a single location, such as China, to numerous smaller facilities around the world to reduce business risk.
TC Facilities Management has partnered with Wagestreamto enable colleagues to instantly access up to 50% of their pay as soon as it is earned. The company has launched Wagestream, through its partnership with Innovise, because it provides genuine financial wellbeing support, and a lifeline to help deal with unexpected expenses and relieve financial stress.
Wagestream allows colleagues to access, or 'income stream', a percentage of their earned wages any day of the month for a small fee of £1.75 per transfer. There are no loans involved and therefore no interest is charged.
ICE tells us it is ‘very excited’ to have launched its Co-Botics line – something it says is the industry's first comprehensive range of autonomous cleaning machines, from a small vacuum to a large sweeper and scrubber dryer.
“We believe based on recent events that cleaning will change in the future - sanitising, infection control and measurement will be key areas that we will all need clarity and comfort around to ensure clean and safe environments,” says the company.
Thank you for once again introducing the issue of the availability and safety of public toilets. You may not be aware that a BSI Committee has been addressing this issue and trying to ensure that sensible, accurate information is available to the providers of sanitary facilities during these very difficult times.
I am a member of that committee, which most recently conducted the revision of BS 6465 Part 3 (Sanitary installations) Code of practice for the selection, installation, and maintenance of sanitary and associated appliances, which was published in March this year.
Working areas such as restaurants, canteens, sanitary facilities or small retail shops with confined, choc-a-block floor spaces or furnished with tables and chairs are a real challenge for cleaning technology equipment.
With its compact dimensions, 33cm working width, eight-litre capacity (each) solution and recovery tanks and a flexible operating handle, the new Scrubmaster B/E8 provides superior results exactly in those areas that cannot be accessed by conventional scrubber dryers.
KT Corp., South Korea's largest telecommunications company, has signed strategic cooperation and investment contracts with Hyundai Robotics and Hyundai Heavy Industries to speed up joint development of intelligent service robots including those for the cleaning and foodservice industries, technological research in autonomous driving, and smart factory solutions.
As the pandemic continues to fuel unprecedented demand for cleaning & hygiene products, the UK Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association recently advised buyers against purchasing from new, unethical, and profiteering companies. Following this recent warning, Jangro, one of the first distributors to be accredited by the CHSA's Accredited Distributors Scheme, is reassuring customers that it is committed to quality, reliability and prices.
In response, the UK's renowned manufacturer of showers and water-heating solutions, Triton, has introduced two new handwash units - the T30i and T30iR - to provide an improved offering for commercial environments.
Goodway Technologies is launching BioSpray-5, a lightweight, ultra-portable surface sanitisation system that helps to improve the overall safety and wellbeing of occupants by effectively disinfecting surfaces against bacteria and viruses quickly.
This solution is ideal for applications where continuous cleaning is required; there is a need to turn around space quickly, and areas where sensitive electronic equipment is present.
The James Hopkins Trust, a respite centre for very severely disabled and life-threatened children who live in Gloucestershire, has recently been faced with the challenge of reopening its doors as the Covid-19 situation comes under control.
The Trust has been delighted to recently receive donations from Thomas Stuecken, chairman at OspreyDeepclean and Ron Gore, managing director at Barrier Healthcare. Thomas was able to donate a new steam cleaning machine and fogging devices along with Greyland chemicals Spray and Wipe Ultra disinfectant.
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