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It seems like a lifetime ago now, but in preparing one of these Leaders late last February, I wrote about how Coronavirus had caused the job of cleaning to take on so much more importance. I referred to the many buildings that had been forced to close for deep cleaning, saying: "I can imagine the people involved must be exhausted by now but it's going to get worse before it gets better. Perhaps there will be greater respect for the cleaning workforce in future, from the general public who may now be aware that a cleaner's job is highly important and that those involved need to be properly trained."
Over the year I've seen the attitude of the general public change. In local social media groups, (a Godsend for those who've been truly isolated and may have needed help with a home emergency, or simply wanted to know whether there were queues at the supermarket or had toilet rolls in stock) whenever people mentioned the great work nursing teams were doing, invariably someone wrote: "And the cleaners!" - and it was good that for a change, it hadn't been me who'd done so.
The inauguration this week of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the cleaning sector has really shown how far we've come. I know various British Cleaning Council member organisations have been lobbying Parliament for recognition for some years and that the former MP for Stirling, Stephen Kerr, has been a supporter for some time, but never had there been as big a splash as there has now. You can't scoff at 53 MPs and three Members of the House of Lords, spanning six political parties, can you?
Hearty congratulations then to the BCC, which in sponsoring the APPG is doing all it can to elevate the status of our cleaners to a worthier position: that of key/essential workers. In my mind, they've always held that position, but the majority of the population needed convincing & I believe that this has now happened.
Like the BCC, I believe - and have done since I joined it - that an industry as important as ours, which boasts an enormous workforce and contributes £billions to the economy, needs to have this kind of representation in Parliament. Thanks to the APPG, Government policymakers will in future be fully aware of the vital work our industry does and will have to ensure that our views are taken into account over anything that affects us. We finally have a voice.
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Representing the interests of the sector in Parliament and influencing MPs, ministers and Government, it has attracted 53 MPs and three Members of the House of Lords, making it one of the bigger and most credible APPGs.
The company has announced that Neil Jones, (pictured) currently managing director at Clover Chemicals and Christeyns Food Hygiene - both part of the Christeyns UK group - will be his successor.
But, how do you know if you're getting the best hygiene for the lowest long-term cost and waste?
Jangro, the UK and Ireland's largest network of independent janitorial suppliers, has recently expanded its 'Professional' range with the launch of three antiviral products, in an effort to help organisations keep their facilities clean, healthy, and Covid-secure.
Joining the line-up is an Antiviral Disinfectant, an Antiviral Hand Wash and an Antiviral Fogger, all of which have been tested and proven to be effective against Coronavirus.
However, it is disturbing to see that the forgotten people who also can't work from home like machine operators and those working in construction and on production lines, or those employed as drivers and workers in customer-facing roles are also more likely to die.
A new Research & Markets report, which valued the container washing market at US$ 720.45 million in 2019, says that growing hygiene and safety concerns, plus the emergence of container rental services along with mobile container washing systems, will create a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 2.88%, to reach US$ 845.44 million by 2027.
As people continue to find new ways to travel and host safely, the partnership will make it easier for hosts to access, and guests to use Lysol disinfecting solutions. This collaboration will combine Airbnb's comprehensive health and safety standards with RB's 100-plus years of germ-kill expertise and innovation which aims to offer enhanced protection for travelers.
New mass testing is being introduced across education designed to rapidly identify and contain asymptomatic cases of Covid-19.
For this reason, Hi-Kleen from Hi-line Industries has been proving exceptionally popular since its introduction in the summer of 2020.
Co-19 is an easy-to-use virucidal disinfectant cleaner and degreaser, designed to kill viruses and bacteria within 60 seconds, on a range of surfaces including floors, tiles, sinks, plastics, microwaves and refrigerators.
It is a clear liquid that is low tainting and fragrance-free, with an undiluted pH of 12.
An East-Hampshire man was ordered to pay more than £500 for his part in a fly-tip that blocked a rural road in Catherington recently. Max Robbins, of London Road, Cowplain, was prosecuted for his involvement in a large, dangerous fly-tip on Lone Barn Lane.
Reported to the council using Facebook, the tip included car parts and maintenance equipment as well as a large amount of rubble. The rubbish had been dumped on a blind bend on the unlit road, posing a danger to motorists and pedestrians. The road was closed for four hours as it was cleared.
Mitie Ireland has been awarded the Irish Business & Employers Confederation (IBEC) KeepWell Mark, becoming the first facilities management business to receive the certification. Receiving the accreditation demonstrates Mitie's commitment to promote employee wellbeing.
The company teams are providing the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Lincoln - one of the country's first mass vaccination hubs - with daily cleaning and hygiene services, eight hours a day, seven days a week. Teams are also helping to keep staff and patients safe at the second centre to open in the city at its EXO Centre Lincolnshire Showground.
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