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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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Just as throughout the world of work each job varies a great deal, cleaning jobs can be worlds apart in terms of responsibility as well as the cleaning task itself. Throughout this pandemic my concerns have been with the cleaners who really are what you'd consider to be frontline workers: those involved in cleaning our supermarkets, transport systems, pharmacies, hospitals, washrooms etc. as well as those who've had to empty our bins and sort their contents at the refuse and recycling centres...
Pressurised and responsible jobs at the best of times but when those involved may be cleaning up after someone with Covid-19, even more so. If they don't get it right, lives are at stake.
Cleaners - often on very poor pay, really have had to take their lives into their hands and many are still doing so. Once again I take my hat off to them and breathe a sigh of relief that it's not me having to do the job - and not just because cleaning's moved on since I became a British Institute of Cleaning Science-qualified cleaner almost 20 years ago, but because I'm not brave enough.
On the other hand, you have cleaners such as these in our pictures, (courtesy of Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020) who are making ready for the partial opening of Buckingham Palace and some of its exhibitions today. Quite some cleaning job eh? Just imagine the damage a stumble could do! Recalling the Jenga-like mess I sometimes made when adding new styles to the window display at a shoe shop in which I worked as a teenager, that's not a cleaning job I'm brave enough to do either!
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More than 250,000 severely disabled people in the UK will have greater access to public places after the Government moved to make Changing Places toilets compulsory in new buildings. Changing Places toilets are larger accessible toilets for severely disabled people, with equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers.
A major change to building rules in England will require thousands of large (12sq.m) and well-equipped accessible toilet facilities to be designed and built into new public buildings, from next year.
An experienced industrials distribution and services executive with deep operations expertise, Philip has served as Interim CEO and a member of the Board of Directors since January 2020. He was previously the chief financial officer.
In just nine hours Exclusive's Specialist Services Team sanitised the Wanderers' stadium and home ground Adams Park before The EFL Play-Off semi-final game. Wycombe won 6-3 on aggregate which set the team on course for the League One final at Wembley against local rivals Oxford United.
Si-Quat combines a safe and well-established disinfectant and a proprietary chemical binding technique, so that the active ingredient can kill viruses, including Sars-COV-2.
InvisibleShield has announced the InvisibleShield UV Sanitiser, designed to kill 99.99% of the most common surface bacteria found on mobile devices and other frequently touched items by utilising ultraviolet light. The UV Sanitiser also sanitises other personal items such as keys, credit cards, earbuds, and more.
The US Centre for Disease Control estimates that 80% of common infections are transmitted by hands while another study found an 82% overlap between bacteria on test subjects' fingers and their phones.
The vast majority of FM leaders across the EMEA region believe that technology suppliers should offer performance-based contracts to improve the success rate of innovation projects within facilities management and commercial cleaning.
New research from SoftBank Robotics EMEA, reveals that 89% of supply side and 78% of demand side FM leaders think that performance-based contracts are positive for the cleaning industry.
Horticulture services company phs Greenleaf has launched a new range of products to support businesses to implement social distancing and hygiene measures. The new products include portable 'freewall' plant dividers, hand sanitising units, directional signage, bins and planting with built-in dispensers - all combining practicality with aesthetics.
The new concept brings a fresh, green design to the functional objects now needed for everyday life to provide hand sanitising stations, create queuing systems, keep people a safe distance apart and direct customers through one-way routes.
The company specialises in baby and adult nappies and feminine hygiene products, earning itself an excellent reputation globally over the past decades. But is not resting on its laurels; the highly innovative workforce - with the support of W+D as a strong partner - has expanded the product portfolio twice over.
The small and lightweight chemical applicator is simple to use ideal for contractors and higher volume users and has been manufactured because of the popularity of the original all-in-one version amongst facilities managers.
The Health & Safety Executive has issued an eBulletin in which it urges waste management companies not to forget to control other serious health & safety risks when running their businesses, while taking measures to reduce the chances of Covid-19 infection.
Many waste companies are reporting lower than usual levels of sickness absence at the moment. Conversely, they are having near misses with a high potential for a serious accident and there is a perception that the workforce may be forgetting the 'basic' risks in their focus on Covid-19.
Wherever production takes place, cleaning is required. And the cleaner the factory, the safer the employees. Mewa offers textile cleaning cloths and oil collecting mats in a full-service system, which can significantly reduce accidents at work.
The German company, with over 100 years of experience, has been a global leader in textile management since 2011. Small and large industrial companies from a wide range of industries, rely on its sophisticated, sustainable and cost-effective system. Indeed 2.6 million people in 21 countries use its cleaning cloths in their work every day.
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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.
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.