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Many countries have been forced back into lockdown in some form or other but in the UK things seem to be a bit different from how they were last time. OK, it's the first day for us, but everyone I speak with says the roads during rush hour were as busy today as they were last week and that public transport systems were busy too. I'm wondering whether this is because our workplaces are now fairly Covid-safe or if it's because so many of us have now had enough of the enforced isolation and all it brings, and have decided to ignore Government advice about staying at home.
Either way, the constant rule changing must cause havoc amongst the cleaning teams, who will no doubt feel responsible for their clients' safety but may not be aware from one day to the next whether the cleaning services will be needed the following day and if they are, to what extent. Already these teams will have had to learn new procedures, often using different products and equipment, and I understand that many have had to cover locations they don't normally clean and take on extra shifts too. Adaptability has become as much a part of the job as expertise in the task at hand and I can imagine that the work - not just for the cleaners but their management teams too - must be exhausting.
Another way the pandemic has affected our sector is through the cancellation of our events... Conferences and exhibitions and the like. I think I may have mentioned recently that John Austen and I presented the idea of a virtual exhibition more than a decade ago and while back then it excited us, I've only recently realised that the logistics of running a virtual show must, in reality, be daunting. I've congratulated our cleaning teams many times over the years and now I extend my congratulations to everyone who's had to move from organising a show with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors, to staging a virtual exhibition instead.
And while it's always wonderful to win an award for a new product or innovation, I'm sure the grinning faces, cheers and loud applause of audiences as the awards are announced and presented, are sorely missed - along with the photographic evidence. The Interclean Innovation Awards have been announced this week (see below). If you're a winner or finalist, I'm applauding you from my home office. I realise it's not quite the same but...
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The overall winner - out of a total of 86 entries - of the Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020 is Leobot by Lionsbot.
Late last month, EFCI (the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry in Europe) and its members took part in the plenary meeting of the Industrial Cleaning Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee.
The meeting was an occasion for UNI Europa's and EFCI's secretariats and members to jointly analyse the impact of Covid-19 on the sector and discuss future actions to advocate for the cleaning sector's needs and essential role during the second wave of the pandemic.
Patrick had a variety of roles connected to the FM and cleaning & hygiene sectors over a number of years so was well-known in the industry.
The Cleaning & Support Services Association's 2021 Innovation Showcase, which celebrates the cleaning industry's most innovative products, services and initiatives, has been launched with the help of sponsor the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association.
The deadline for entries is 31st December 2020.
The event covered the themes, designing for cleanliness in hospitals, restaurants, hotels and schools, innovative distribution and the calling of leadership, women in the working world, welcoming and belonging, and happiness.
With our nation starting yet another lockdown today, BusinessWaste.co.uk is urging closing businesses not to throw oil and grease down the drain and for households to think about what they flush down the toilet.
The organisation is warning that, as many restaurants, pubs, and cafes prepare to close for the month-long lockdown, business owners worried about their uncertain future may look to save a few pounds by illegally pouring waste down the drains.
The 'always-on' monitoring service uses AI-driven recognition technology to identify insects and provide real time alerts. The Bed Pod enables hotels, other accommodation providers and their pest control partners to identify occurrences of bed bugs and treat the problem early, limiting the damage pests cause.
Finnish manufacturer Affix Labs’ new ‘Clean N Coat’ surface cleaning product, is applied in the same way as other cleaning products but has the added benefit of leaving but an almost invisible, ultra-thin, anti-microbial coating that actively protects surfaces for up to seven days.
In tests, the coating lasted for over 300 touches.
These measures include the installation of Purehold's hygienic door handles. with the group announcing in The Guardian newspaper recently:
Billy is an electronically-controlled industrial compact steam cleaner, specifically designed to clean and sanitise food facilities such as restaurants, bakeries, pubs and lounges, grocery stores, butcher's shops and delicatessents, as well as hotels and transport systems, where it can sanitise up to 600sq.m/hr.
East Hampshire District Council's investigation led Environmental Enforcement Officers to a resident in Havant who had paid someone to take their waste away and dispose of it.
Mitie has been awarded the Procurement Excellence Programme certification by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) at standard level, demonstrating its commitment to maintaining a responsible, sustainable and professionally-managed supply chain.
This is the most prestigious accreditation available from a global procurement professional body to procurement teams, with only around 350 companies in the world having achieved certification.
After 12 months of a delayed and competitive tender, Incentive QAS is now the chosen partner for 65 mixed-use properties across London and the South East of England for a leading property management company.
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