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Having watched the video last week of three refuse collectors dancing around bins while performing their new charity single, it came as a shock to learn that some of Surrey’s teams are being abused by members of the public. I’ve written about this before but it was ages ago and as I hadn’t come across any new reports, I’d hoped it had been a small pocket of nastiness that had been dealt with. Apparently not. And having since carried out research over a wider area, it’s not just a local problem.
Although it’s clearly much improved since the days the binmen (as they were called) had to collect our static bins from wherever they lived - back gardens too - and carry them out to the truck before manually hoisting them high to empty them, it’s still not the best job and it saddens me that those who do it can be abused by the very people they’re serving. Add to that the worry over what might be lurking on bin handles and the need to be especially careful at the moment, and I can imagine how stressful the job must be.
I felt some of that stress this week when calling the care home my mother was moved into for assessment two weeks ago following a dementia blip and fall which had led to a hospital stay. Two staff members had tested positive for Covid along with one resident who’d been taken into hospital as a precaution. Yesterday it was three staff and five residents – one of whom isn’t well. I KNOW how careful staff are in this home (it’s the first time anyone there has tested positive for Covid) and I feel their pain at having to test each week, then worry about having to provide care – and cleaning – for vulnerable people before going home to their families at the end of their shift. I’ve been lauding the frontline workers throughout the year, but it was only this week that the enormity hit me of what they’re having to do, along with just how frightened they must be. I can hear it in the voices of those charged with looking after my mum…
Whatever your personal thoughts might be on this pandemic, there really is no room for complacency, is there, when our frontline workers are putting their own lives on the line, shift after shift, to look after us all so well? For whether they come into contact with Covid or not, the fear factor must surely be taking a toll on their health.
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Chosen by cleaning professionals around the world, these prestigious accolades were awarded at the ISSA North America exhibition and conference in November, after over two months of voting that considered criteria including impact, practicality, sustainability, profitability and originality.
The British Cleaning Council is sponsoring the creation of an All-Party Parliamentary Group to represent the cleaning & hygiene sector in the Houses of Parliament. The aim is to give the industry a voice in Parliament, allow it to influence discussions, debate and pose questions and to influence ministers and the Government.
The BCC has been working to attract prominent MPs to join the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the industry, particularly those who represent constituencies where cleaning & hygiene sector businesses are based and particularly SMEs.
The electric hand dryer Association, the official body that represents the global hand dryer industry, has shared its concerns over the potential legislative measures resulting from the EcoDesign Directive, when it comes to energy efficiency and labelling.
The enhanced Mitie Group creates a business which combines public and private sector expertise with industry-leading technology and sustainability credentials. Mitie is determined to deliver best in class for both its colleagues and customers.
The International Well Building Institute (IWBI) and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, have launched a joint strategic initiative to accelerate the uptake of best practices that strengthen the role of buildings in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 and other infections.
Osmotex Steriliser Technology is said to be able to make textiles and personal items virus and bacteria free and the manufacturer has now launched the first series of masks for early adopters at the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
With the Covid-19 outbreak and other virus infections, the market for sterilising facemasks and personal items is increasing and Osmotex considers its solution a real breakthrough.
Ambulance interiors require regular and comprehensive cleaning and sanitising. The work though is demanding and needs to be carried out as quickly as possible, as vehicles can be in constant use and teams have to react rapidly to emergencies, which may interrupt cleaning operations.
The presence of life-saving objects and electronic instrumentation, means that sanitising chemicals cannot be sprayed in liquid form.
The Coronavirus has turned everyone's attention towards health and hygiene - with a particular focus on safety in the washroom. Consumer perception of cleanliness and hygiene has had a major impact around confidence when considering returning to work or eating out.
The washroom toilets are often the first or last place to be visited at any venue and represent one of the most important opportunities to give customers a positive experience.
Independent testing has confirmed the efficacy of a suite of Ecolab hygiene and disinfectant products against the virus that causes Covid-19. Ecolab's Skinman Soft Protect FF, a high-quality, alcohol-based hand rub, and surface disinfectant Sirafan Speed, were both proven effective against the virus in this testing coordinated through Dr Brill & Partner GmbH and carried out by the Ruhr University Bochum, in Germany.
According to several scientific studies, SARS-CoV-2 is estimated to survive several days on skin and on surfaces. Frequent cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and proper hand hygiene have been identified as critical measures to help stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
In May, when the UK was preparing to exit the first lockdown, domestic cleaning franchise Poppies had already developed a strategy to ensure cleaners could manage the new way of working and clients understood the benefits.
Incentive FM has been appointed to manage the facilities at The Howard Centre in Welwyn Garden City, in a contract that marks a series of wins in the retail sector for the company during 2020. Working across an area of 230,000sq.ft, the 18-person Incentive FM team will deliver cleaning, security, high level cleaning, and washroom services.
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