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I came across a couple of stories this week on different news sites, listing Covid deaths by occupation, with one of them saying that cleaners and refuse collectors were amongst the group in which the most deaths had been recorded. The other didn't mention cleaners at all and I thought that the two stories might be based on conflicting evidence, only to find, upon investigation, that they were both based on an Office for National Statistics report. Whether these were different reports, or whether the two stories were simply wildly different interpretations of the same report, is anyone's guess.
One of the reports was in the Daily Mail (which since I first came across its story, has changed the headline from:‘Binmen and carers are most likely to die from Covid, ONS data on death rates among professions reveals’,to‘Transport workers and carers are among most likely to die from Covid, ONS data on death rates among professions reveals’. And if you’re wondering about my choice of news outlet, my journalism training taught me to read a wide range of publications and this has stood me in good stead over the years, since as well as providing me with so much more knowledge, it allows me to see how different outlets put a different slant on the facts - or as this example shows, how one publication can change its own slant on the facts! I’ve singled out this publication because of the caption under one if its graphs:‘The highest death rate in men was observed in elementary occupations. The ONS says this category includes postmen, builders, cleaners, security staff and other professions that generally don't require a qualification’.
Why would cleaning be listed under 'elementary occupations’? Haven’t the past 12 months proved to the ONS – along with everybody else - that cleaning is anything but ‘elementary' and actually requires specialist skills?
The last I heard, the cleaning industry was contributing something like £54 billion to the UK economy and has, during this pandemic, proved itself to be so crucial to the preservation of life that surely it really ought to have an individual classification. When you’re responsible for adding that much money to the coffers AND are working on the frontline to keep the rest of us safe, you’re hardly an ‘also ran’ are you? Elementary occupation? I don’t think so!
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Stephen Ashkin, one of the US-based professional cleaning industry's leading experts and a ‘go-to’ person when it comes to Green Cleaning, LEED information and sustainability, has been invited to join LEED's Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group.
The Technical Advisory Group plays a critical role in the ongoing development and maintenance of the LEED rating system. It is a volunteer committee consisting of experts from across the green building industry and business sectors.
The logistics industry needs Government support in the 2021 Budget to ensure the continued health of the UK's supply chain, according to business group Logistics UK (formerly the Freight Transport Association).
In a letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP, sent ahead of the 3rd March Spring Budget, the organisation has urged Government to implement a series of measures to strengthen the resilience of businesses charged with supplying the nation's economy with everything it needs.
With the public making more use of the great outdoors during the pandemic, focus on public spaces and amenities has never been greater. The Bathroom Manufacturers Association chaired a roundtable discussion recently on the provision of public toilets and what needs to change across the UK.
Panellist Richard Braid, managing director of Cistermiser & Keraflo, said: "Public toilets have a real impact on our local communities and our local economies.
The Government's recommendation that all new buildings which are not dwellings will require specialist systems to help to reduce the spread of airborne diseases such as Covid-19 doesn't go far enough, according to a leading infection mitigation specialist.
Paul Waldeck, chief technical officer at PP-L, says that while the regulations have been welcomed by many, the limitations of their scope results in a piecemeal approach to dealing with the role of ventilation in the spread of viruses.
EscaTeq, the Dutch manufacturer of escalator cleaning systems and tools, has announced the global launch of Rail-Teq - a hand held escalator handrail cleaning system that is an easy to use and affordable.
Escalator handrails are exposed to thousands of hands daily, resulting in a significant build-up of dirt and pathogens. Cleaning escalator handrails has never been more critical as the world fights the spread of Covid-19. EscaTeq says that this is why it developed the Rail-Teq System.
Tennant UK, one of the UK's leading manufacturers and suppliers of professional cleaning machines for building service contractors, retail and commercial cleaning, has been awarded ongoing certification of its ISO 9001 Certification.
The American Cleaning Institute is launching a strategic partnership with national nonprofits Good360 and SBP that will enhance ACI member company efforts to more efficiently and effectively contribute to disaster relief efforts.
Under the agreement, BOMA will now offer Whiz, Europe's first industrial cobotic vacuum sweeper, to its facility management and cleaning contractor clients.
Designed for use on Bobcat compact loaders, the new pressure washer was supplied by Talleres Turquino / Grupo Epromext, the authorised dealer for Bobcat in the Galicia region of Spain.
Hygienic hands have been heavily associated with staying healthy during the pandemic and electric hand drying has been recommended by the World Health Organisation as an effective and safe way to complete the hand washing process.
The internationally recognised Award is presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Vira-Care’s new 100% biodegradable disinfectant wipes comprise an effective broad spectrum disinfectant-cleaner which is double negatively charged for suspending, interacting and destroying particles; impregnated into a viscose material for a superior clean.
As well as being non-irritating, non-toxic and non-corrosive, they are odourless and do not contain dyes, lint or bulk fillers. They will not burn or corrode and nor will they damage surfaces. They are stable to heat and relatively stable in the presence of organic matter and quite active against thermoduric organisms.
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