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Did you know that vehicles in for MOT (the annual test for roadworthiness, if you're not a 'local') can be turned away through lack of cleanliness? I didn't, until I received a Government press release yesterday, explaining that the pandemic has seen procedures put in place to protect those involved in vehicle testing. This includes a greater focus on making sure vehicles are clean. "We don't expect your vehicle or trailer to have a full valet before its test," it said, "but our staff do have to get into the cab as part of the inspection, so wiping down the interior beforehand is important. Our assessors need to be satisfied that the interior has recently been cleaned."
Drivers are being asked to wipe down areas that the VSA needs to touch (e.g. dashboard, doors, buttons/handles, vehicle controls), remove items such as food wrappers, bottles and tissues from areas that need to be accessed (e.g. seats and footwells), store essential items in their correct positions (e.g. fire extinguisher, hard hat) and tidy away other items that could get in the VSA's way.
I would have thought that this would be a common courtesy anyway - pandemic or not. Forcing others to touch your personal rubbish isn't the thing to do, is it? Clearly, some people don't see it that way though...
"There are a handful of occasions we refuse to test a vehicle because of issues with cleanliness," said the release. "If there's time, assessors will give the vehicle operator/presenter a chance to clean the cab before refusing to test. If the standards can't be met on the day, we'll issue an official refusal. Trying to find another appointment could cause delays in getting the vehicle back on the road."
It makes sense, doesn't it? There was a time when we'd chuckle at filthy trade vehicles but nowadays they're seen as a 'shop window', damaging the organisation's reputation (particularly if involved in cleaning!) if filthy, but portraying a good one if clean. This year, having a clean vehicle is more important than ever.
As it's Christmas, normally, I'd also be saying: "Have a good one". This year, I'll just hope we can all spend some time with those who are important to us. We'll be back on 7th January.
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The company is supplying the club and the stadium with state-of-the-art touchless sanitiser dispensers, delivering hospital grade sanitiser to Spurs' players, staff and fans, to maintain good hand hygiene and reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria.
Medirest's national domestic and infection control manager, Anna Hallas, has been named in the New Year's Honours, which recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK.
Wychavon District Council has been awarded the Overall Loo of the Year Awards Trophy in the 2020 Loo of the Year Awards.
No stranger to the professional cleaning industry that he has served over the past 30 years, Allen has worked for a division of Unilever, headed a manufacturing company making professional cleaning solutions and was the 2015 CONNEX (formerly PRISM) Association Service Award winner. Connex is a membership organisation made up of facilities managers and supplier professionals.
RAI Amsterdam has announced the unveiling of Interclean China 2021, a new show for the Chinese professional cleaning and hygiene industry. Set to take place from 19th - 21st April 2021, the first edition of Interclean China will open its doors at Beijing's China National Convention Centre.
Interclean China will mark the arrival of a prestigious international trade show in the region; a brand that will attract exhibitors from all over the world.
Tomcat's CRZ make short order of cleaning off ingrained dirt and residue. 250lbs of scrub pressure, superb drying performance and a little bit of cleaning know how get this floor back to a cleaner and safer standard.
“There is no getting away from the fact that this year has been extremely challenging for the cleaning and FM industry.
Vectair Systems, a leading innovator, manufacturer and supplier of aircare and hygiene products, is pleased to welcome a consortium of US investors to add to its existing shareholders, after the exit of Mobeus, a UK-based investment firm.
Since 2007 Vectair Systems has rapidly grown its Memphis-based US business and its percentage of the market share. With Vectair's flair for quality and innovation in the hygiene sector, the potential for further growth in Northern America has attracted US-based investment.
Available now, pH7Q Dual concentrated neutral disinfectant cleaner officially kills the virus that causes Covid-19. This claim is US Environmental Protection Agency-approved and is backed by rigorous testing.
“This is our third disinfectant - after Fight Bac RTU and Triforce - to receive this distinction (nearly all others on List N only have efficacy against a harder-to-kill or similar virus),” says Betco, adding that the broad spectrum disinfectant also kills staphylococcus aureus, pseudomona, salmonella, VRE and MRSA.
To provide quick, effective disinfection against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, healthcare disinfection specialist Xenex Disinfection Services, has announced the availability of LightStrike6, the highly-anticipated new version of its patented germ-zapping robots.
The new phs Index report reveals as many as 14% of UK premises closed their doors in November under the latest wave of restrictions. The most impacted sectors are the arts, entertainment and recreation and food services and accommodation with more than half of premises shutting down at the peak of restrictions (54% and 51% respectively).
Service Master, an office cleaning and janitorial specialist, has won the Franchisee Transformation award at the 2020 British Franchising Association's HSBC Franchise Awards, held virtually on 30th November.
Siva Kugathas, franchisee of ServiceMaster Guildford, is a veteran in the franchising industry. He took over ServiceMaster Guildford, Surrey in 2017, having already had a career in franchising for over 20 years with both KFC and Pizza Hut previously.
The business is thriving, despite the challenges of Covid-19 with expansion on every front. Tidy Green Clean is headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, and continues to grow its reach, with seven regional director franchisee operations across the North East of Scotland, the Forth Valley and Newcastle upon Tyne to date.
Bunzl tells us it has performed well this year, with continued growth in Covid-19-related orders during the fourth quarter of the year against the background of increased pandemic-driven restrictions in some markets, as well as a further acquisition in Canada.
Staff, customers and suppliers at commercial cleaning and FM company, Cleanology, have bagged up a whopping tonne of hygiene products to go to families around the UK this Christmas. And there is more to come!
The donations campaign aims to make the Christmas period less stressful for people struggling with poverty across the UK. The products collected have been distributed by Cleanology to The Hygiene Bank's local community projects.
Afflink, the US sales & marketing organisation and provider of janitorial, sanitation, packaging, safety, industrial, office supply and food service solutions, has announced that Massachusetts-based Durkin Company has become an Afflink member.
Connecting more than 200 manufacturers of facilities maintenance, packaging, safety, office and industrial supply solutions with over 350 independent distribution experts, Afflink is, just as its name suggests - that critical link offering clients innovative products, market expertise and improved profitability, all of which is fuelled by Afflink’s leading-edge information technology.
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