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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'.
As businesses across Europe are reopening and welcoming employees and customers back, Ecolab is introducing two new hand sanitisers to help meet demand, putting customers' business in safe hands.
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A story in this week's newspapers took me right back to the early days of Cleanzine - must have been at least 900 issues ago - when over the space of a few weeks there were three stories about cleaners having inadvertently 'done the dirty' on their employers. I can't recall the details but two had tidied desks they weren't supposed to touch, resulting in money, important paperwork and jewellery being binned. The third, which shouldn't have made me chuckle but did, involved a cleaner who'd tidied and binned an 'important' exhibit at a museum or art gallery, thinking it was "a load of rubbish", which I believe it actually was. As the cleaner had screwed up the various parts so it took up less space in the bin, the exhibit - once retrieved and reconstructed - was never quite the same.
The story reminding me of these unfortunate incidents, involved famous graffiti artist Banksy, who, heavily disguised in PPE and brandishing a pressure sprayer similar to those used in our industry, produced 'artwork' on a tube train carrying passengers along London's Central Line. Designed to encourage people to wear masks when in public, it featured a rat splattering the carriage and window with body fluids from its nose and mouth, some using face masks as parachutes and others appearing to used antibacterial hand gel to create their own graffiti, including: 'I get lockdown... but I get up again' - mimicking the well-known Chumbawumba song.
The work - valued by various experts as being worth anything up to 7.5million, was subsequently removed by the cleaning team as graffiti.
I wonder if they'll ever live it down or whether they'll be taking jibes from their colleagues, management, families and friends for the rest of their days.
Perhaps we should have an industry award for such mishaps... We have! Cleanzine awards them a 'Dusty', our very own tongue in cheek award!
If you'd like to see him in action, Banksy uploaded a video of this latest prank at www.instagram.com
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The UK Department of Health has launched a pilot to evaluate the effectiveness of testing people without Coronavirus symptoms, who work in high-contact professions such as cleaning, taxi driving and retail, to see if there is demand for testing amongst these kinds of workers, and how they are affected by the virus.
This targeted, asymptomatic swab testing will take place from tomorrow as part of a close partnership with Government, local authorities and a number of employers, with tens of thousands of tests offered to selected groups.
COVID-19 has caused a stir across the globe, from changing the way we work to the way we shop and coordinate around public spaces. The unprecedented lockdown across the UK has encouraged businesses to work remotely, making the most of digital communication and services. With the reduction in lockdown currently occurring, individuals are returning to use public spaces, retail, leisure and hospitality facilities as well as public transport on a more regular basis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only changed the way people operate now, but how they will operate in the future meaning companies need to be prepared to protect both their staff and their customers.
The organisers of the Manchester Cleaning Show 2020, originally due to have been held in March and postponed until September because of the pandemic, has now been rearranged for October 14th and 15th, 2020. A statement posted on the British Cleaning Council’s website said:
“We're so disappointed that we had to postpone the Manchester Cleaning Show precisely at the moment when the UK's cleaning industry was being pushed to the forefront of a national crisis.
The Ecoray system is a totally autonomous addition to the range of Grande Brio scrubber dryers and Willmop vertical scrubber dryers from TSM Italy - brought to the UK market in an exclusive partnership with Hooper Services in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Using UV technology to destroy micro-organisms on a cellular level, the Ecoray system can destroy up to 97% of bacteria, mould or viruses without the use of a chemical.
Since the pandemic began, the British Cleaning Council has received many enquiries about cleaning applications, processes and procedures from a variety of organisations that are reopening premises or seeking to design cleaning regimes that will ensure staff, visitors and the public stay safe and well.
We have all seen the pictures, and the unlucky ones amongst us have come across them in real life... selfishly discarded facemasks and protective gloves littering and potentially contaminating our streets, beaches, and green spaces as well as those who mistakenly touch them. It does not have to be like that though...
Jokey manufactures a system that positively encourages PPE users to discard their used items, safely and responsibly.
OspreyDeepclean has now received the Expert Opinion from the Institut fuer Hygiene & Mikrobiologie (Institute for Hygiene & Microbiology) in Bremen, Germany, that the Steam & Vac Pro model achieves a greater than 5-log reduction against modified Ankara, based on EN 16615.
In Europe, the modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) represents the official surrogate test virus for all enveloped viruses including Sars-Cov-1 and Sars-Cov-2 and all human influenza viruses.
One thing the Coronavirus has done is promote the benefits of hand sanitiser to the public and many establishments are now supplying sanitiser spray and gel in an attempt to make us feel safe enough to enter their premises and spend our money. Employers are tending to do the same to improve hygiene in the work environment.
While cleaning professionals will realise that these products are dispensed at a fixed dosage that is enough to do the job, the general public still tends to think 'more is better', which means dispensers need to be replenished more often than they really should. This issue is just one that is addressed by a cleverly-designed British-manufactured system from Fig Products.
As the lockdown eases and people begin returning to work, the No Falls Foundation is urging workers to 'Be Safe, Don't Fall, Stay Alive!' Dedicated to preventing falls from height and helping people affected by the life-changing consequences of a fall, the charity is keen to ensure that height safety remains a priority despite the understandable pressures to kick-start the economy.
"Falls from height are the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injuries," notes chair of the trustees, Peter Bennett OBE. "It's therefore imperative that safety is not compromised for the sake of productivity.
Offering over 1.275 million square feet of office space over 62 floors, 22 Bishopsgate will also provide over 150,000sq.ft of amenity and community space for the benefit of its 12,000 residents and visitors.
We've been following your articles and in particular Susan Cunningham's letter, with interest, over public toilet safety now that the UK lockdown is starting to ease.
The Bladder and Bowel Community is an online information and support platform with a closed Facebook group with around 11.5K members. We are also a member of the Toilet Consortium who collectively have been monitoring information from patients, medical practitioners, scientific and government advice and deciding on the best strategy to advise our members in need.
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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.
As businesses adapt to new cleaning processes and to ensuring that they are prepared in protecting their staff, yesterday saw me out delivering another batch of our sanitiser trolleys. With the option of two nozzle types and variable pressure, they can deliver droplets down to 20 microns - and with a 25-litre container and a battery that lasts for almost a day, they combine portability with productivity.
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.