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I hadn't meant to follow on from last week's leader about student accommodation but just had to post this pic of the loo my friend's son was faced with when he arrived at his privately-run university digs this week: disgusting in normal times, but with Covid-19 apparently now latching onto the UK's youngsters, unforgivable! It wasn't just the loo; the housemates were forced to clean the entire house and this included rubbish removal and washing dishes. I hope they charge the landlady minimum wage rate or above - and for the materials used. Who'd be an end-of-tenancy cleaner if that's how these premises are left?
I rarely mention new products in my leaders but like the cleaning cloth Vernon Holmes was pictured holding last time I did so 17 months back, which had numbered sections to ensure it was used efficiently, there are times I'm so taken with new ideas that I can't help myself. Today it's KinderStep, (more below) which enables children and the vertically challenged to wash their hands in public washrooms properly, without having water running down their arms and dripping off their elbows onto the floor. What a great idea and one I can see becoming as popular with the public as baby changing facilities now are!
KinderStep reminded me of how, years ago, I learned that my 'vertically challenged' friend Bob hated one local pub because he couldn't reach the urinals and issues were created if he was 'caught short' when the one cubicle was occupied. He emerged from the washrooms red-faced, flanked by two chuckling male friends who regaled us with an action replay of how they'd had to hook their arms under Bob's armpits to lift and hold him so he could do what he needed to - easy enough when sober but precarious after a few beers. We all laughed, but now older and wiser, I can see that this can't have been very dignified for Bob. I do hope that those installing a KinderStep at the basins in the 'gents' will also consider fixing one in urinal banks where there aren't already children's facilities.
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This move means the CHSA has achieved its strategic ambition of accrediting all members. The combination of the Association's rigorous Code of Practice and its Accreditation Schemes guarantees its members trade ethically and work hard to maintain standards in the industry.
Staff based at Principle's head office and throughout its many client sites supported the initiative, holding events such as office tuck shops, quizzes, sweepstakes, barbeques, sponsored bike rides, walks in Snowdonia and more.
A new report on the UK facilities management market from MTW Research concludes that outsourcing is set to outperform the UK economy in 2020, with 85% of FM contractors having healthy finances despite the pandemic.
Based on data from 80% of the FM market, the report forecasts a return to pre Covid-19 sales faster than initially expected, with revenue exceeding 2019 levels by H2 2022 with a 10% sales boost.
Property and facilities management services firm Phs Compliance has launched a new coronavirus surface swab test as part of a range of measures to support businesses reopen safely as lockdown measures ease.
The new surface testing service alerts businesses if their premises are contaminated by Covid-19 and helps identify infected areas, enabling them to take action.
Kinderstep International's mission is simple: allow children and people of short stature to wash their hands properly in public washrooms.
With Covid-19 still in general circulation, an enhanced focus on hand hygiene is required to prevent the spread of infection.
Avidbots has announced the launch of Neo 2, its next-generation autonomous robot floor scrubber platform. Created to be the industry standard, Neo 2 has been engineered from the ground up to be the highest in quality, reliability, and serviceability with industry-leading technology and software, says the Ontario, Canada-based company.
"The hospitality sector is under tremendous pressure, and generally speaking has responded to the Covid challenge with enthusiasm and professionalism.
Tennant Company tells us it is thrilled to launch the S16, its newest battery-powered ride-on sweeper, which delivers leading-edge Tennant innovations to combat real-world challenges facing today's facilities managers.
February 2020, the threat linked to Covid-19 spreads in Europe - Instantly Idrobase Group brings into play the fog maker Lince Disinfettante, which soon finds wide use in institutional and welfare contexts (schools, kindergartens, administrative offices) but also in recreational sites (discos and shops).
GreenZone Cleaning and Support Services, an already award-winning commercial cleaning company with sustainability and social impact at its core, has just scooped bronze at the international Global Good Awards for both 'Company of the Year' and 'Employee Engagement and Wellbeing' categories:
No mean feat considering the prestigious, corporate company it found itself in.
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