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What are your feelings about returning to normality and in particular, attending crowded industry events such as exhibitions and awards celebrations? I ask, because I received an email this week from Douglas Cooke, executive chairman of multi-award-winning Principle Cleaning Services, director of the Cleaning & Support Services Association and past chairman of the British Cleaning Council, voicing what I'd been thinking myself: Isn't it a little too early to be gathering together this year, when it's not actually crucial that we do so?
As you may be aware, John and I also produce an e-zine for the kitchens, bathrooms & bedroom sector. Just days before lockdown, KBB 2020 held its biennial exhibition at the NEC. It's huge; it's glamorous and like our cleaning industry events, it's great fun. Suffering from what may well have been, in the big scheme of things, mild Covid-19 symptoms, much as I didn't want to miss the show, I decided not to attend. Ditto the Golden Service Awards which took place the same week. There was simply too much at stake. Yes on top of feeling incredibly unwell I was thoroughly miserable at missing out, but having seen how the pandemic has rampaged through humankind, I'm grateful to have made the decision I did, since I can safely say I've not been responsible for someone else's demise.
Back then we didn't know that some folk could be asymptomatic and although I realise how much the cleaning industry relies on the income and publicity these events bring in, along with the lucrative relationship-building and chance to catch up with old friends who've become like family over the years, I have to say that I agree with Doug's sentiments on this one.
So, although I'm probably risking some long-term relationships here, I'm asking the question: Should it be business as usual Autumn-ish 2020 or should we reschede for 2021? And in true 'hold the back page style' I've delayed broadcast to incorporate breaking news. Well done Interclean - I love what you're doing!
After you've read Doug's Soapbox comment, do read the Public Toilet Forum pieces from Paul Wonnacott and Gavin Cunningham and give those some thought too. They offer great ideas and by discussing these and coming up with a plan that could be adopted just about anywhere, we'll be doing our own bit - if we haven't already - to ensure that people using away from home toilet facilities can do so comfortably and safely for years to come.
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"Over the years, Principle Cleaning Services has won numerous awards, dating back over 20 years! With the Covid-19 crisis, we have decided to devote all our energy and resources into supporting our staff and clients.
We have, therefore, decided not to enter any awards or attend high profile functions and this includes trade shows, for the rest of 2020 at least. We believe our approach is responsible and appropriate given the current pandemic and economic climate."
I was delighted to read your latest issue of The Cleanzine as you managed to cover so many aspects of the important topic of public toilets.
Thank you for including a link to my first draft for a proposed Hygiene Ratings System for public toilets. Judging by my post, you will be receiving some very interesting letters from your readers. Also, in case you haven't received a copy, here is a link to the BSI guidance "Safe Working during the Covid-19 pandemic - General guidelines for organisations July 2020 Version 2" (issued 2nd July).
Having read the article in the Cleanzine on 2nd July, I would like to build on the letter from Susan Cunningham, based on my many years of buying and sourcing cleaning contracts for large companies. The principles she proposes are sound, particularly in displaying the basic information/standards to reassure facility users.
I hope this mail finds you well?
Following your lead article last week, I personally wrote to Susan Cunningham commending her on the continued efforts she is making, as well as offering whatever help and assistance our organisation can provide, in promoting her quest for Toilet Hygiene Standards.
Interclean has just announced its inaugural hybrid event. Interclean has extended the physical event, taking place from 3rd - 6th November at RAI Amsterdam to a combination of online and offline making it possible for everyone to join, taking in mind global government and company restrictions on travelling and large gatherings.
Online and onsite educational sessions will complement each other and are available for everybody throughout the day as well as the possibility to (virtually) visit companies, plan meetings with whom you want to meet and socialise with your peers.
Secure Cleaning Building Services, a contract cleaning company serving the midwest US, has just authored a new guidance entitled, 'Cleaning in the Post-Coronavirus Environment'.
Mitie is building on its support for Britain's efforts against Coronavirus by providing services for a further seven Coronavirus Regional Testing Sites. The Centres are based across England and Wales at Ashford, Deeside, Ebbw Vale, Gloucester, Newbury, Ramsgate and Salisbury and are in addition to those located at Bournemouth, Inverness, Llandudno, Penrith and Perth.
As with the sites it currently supports, Mitie will be providing clinical waste management, security services - such as traffic management and lane support - as well as cleaning and catering for all employees based at the Centres. In total, Mitie will have around 900 colleagues working across the seven sites.
Healthguard Hygiene was born out of the InnuScience Group, both owned by the Bothongo Group. Shield Guard is Healthguard's range of quality sanitising products manufactured in the UK under strict ISO9001 conditions.
Wrld3D and Smartcitti, the creators of the new SmartWorkplace social distancing app SafeDistance, surveyed 2,000 workers in the UK to gain valuable insight into what they are most concerned about as organisations start to reopen their doors.
With half of the 800-strong company working throughout the pandemic, and the other half preparing to return to work after furlough, the Incentive QAS leadership team has expressed its gratitude during a testing and unprecedented time for the industry.
A new video produced by the American Cleaning Institute profiles how its member companies throughout the cleaning product supply chain have contributed in numerous ways to help battle against the spread of Covid-19.
"Week after week, we continue to see examples of the amazing contributions of ACI member companies, be it through round-the-clock production of essential products and chemistries or donations to organisations and communities in need of supplies and resources," says Melissa Hockstad, ACI president and CEO.
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