A cleaner and safer return to office work
People will be concerned about cleanliness as they return to post lockdown work-life but observing some simple steps goes a long way to ensuring a smooth and safe transition, says Jim Roberts, product manager at visual communications specialist, Beaverswood…
Erdemil France joins the Brightwell Dispensers Group
Erdemil has joined the Brightwell Dispensers Group and rebranded to Brightwell Dispensers SAS. With its new 6000sq.m manufacturing facilities and headquarters in Bussy-Saint-Georges, near Paris, Brightwell Dispensers SAS continues to operate with the existing management team in place.
CIRI expands membership eligibility
The Cleaning Industry Research Institute has expanded its membership eligibility for individuals to contract cleaners, in-house cleaning professionals, disaster restoration professionals, consultants and others with interests in common with the related industries and their affiliations.
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Cleaning's a tough job at the best of times but finding yourself running a cleaning company during a pandemic must have been something of a minefield - and it's not getting any easier, is it? As predicted, there are serious supply chain issues and these are becoming worse. In the UK, we're having to deal with the disastrous 'track & trace' system which 'pings' your phone if you've been in contact with someone who's tested positive for Covid via a dodgy testing system that often achieves false positive results. The 'pinged' are instructed to isolate for the 10 days following contact with the person who's tested positive.
This system, (understandably dubbed the 'pingdemic') is causing enormous problems by suddenly decimating the workforce - hence the worsening supply chain issues. And with workplaces starting to fill again and cleaning teams needing to regularly service these facilities, (which are demanding more thorough cleaning to prevent the spread of infection) logistically it's becoming a nightmare for those organising the service provision.
During lockdown we all knew where we stood and could plan ahead... Just imagine a cleaning crew collected via mini-bus from various pick-up points and taken to the job. One's pinged and the rest have to isolate for 10 days. How do you deal with that? Last week part of the London Underground was shut down when a control room worker tested positive and some lines are closing early because of staff shortages, preventing cleaners who rely on the service from getting to and from work. Can it get any worse? I daresay it will...
If that's not soul-destroying enough, imagine finding that someone's stolen a vehicle and parts from your yard overnight? Thank goodness for CCTV in RAMS FM's case and let's hope the culprit's caught before he manages to offload his booty!
The Summer Olympics officially opens tomorrow and I’m sure I’m not the only one who recalls the Noravirus outbreak at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in 2018, which swept through the athletes’ village. I do hope that the cleaning regimes in place in Tokyo will keep everyone safe, since the outcome, if they don’t, is likely to be a lot worse this time around.
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This Week's News
New chairman and deputy elected to BCC
The British Cleaning Council - the voice of the UK's cleaning, hygiene and waste sectors, officially elected a new chairman and deputy chair at its recent Annual General Meeting.
Jim Melvin, who has served as deputy chairman of the BCC for the past two years, has taken over the chairmanship from Paul Thrupp.
Top tips webinar for winning entries to the 2022 Golden Service Awards: sign up now
The Kimberly Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2022 has opened for entries. This year for the first time, all entrants are invited to attend a free 'How to Enter' webinar on Thursday 29th July at 10.30.
Participants will learn first-hand how to maximise the chances of winning a coveted Golden Service Award from the 19 categories across key sectors healthcare, education, offices, retail and manufacturing.
The great job reassessment
There is considerable discussion about the problems cleaning contractors and others in the professional cleaning industry are now having finding workers.
However, according to Matt Morrison of Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning system, there is more going on than we may realise.
One word to describe the past 15 months. Challenging - would you agree?
Vickie Pugh, sales director at Pure Washrooms, a leading washroom service provider for facilities across the West Midlands, reflects on the pandemic and why Pure chose to look outside of the business to make a difference, selecting three charities to support this year.
"Like most business owners we had to act fast to adapt to meet the changing needs of our clients throughout the pandemic - all the while making sure we kept our colleagues safe. We are immensely proud of how our team pulled together," she says.
Betco announces new program for grouted floors
Ask anyone in the industry which floors are the most difficult to keep clean, and many would say grouted stone and tiles - until now. Betco's new Stone, Tile, and Grout (STG) turns back the clock on grimy, stained floors and keeps them looking legitimately brand new.
Royal Parks cleaners vote for strike action
Contracted-out staff at Royal Parks will take strike action later this month in an attempt to have their contracts brought into line with those of directly employed Royal Parks staff.
They say that Just Ask Estates, which has a contract to provide toilet cleaning services for the parks, has refused to recognise or engage with their union.
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Recent UK News
Kimberly-Clark Professional launches the Golden Service Awards 2022
Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched the Golden Service Awards 2022, the leading cleaning and FM industry awards event, with a 'save the date' for Thursday, 26th May 2022, to be held at the InterContinental London Park Lane.
Launched more than 30 years ago by Kimberly-Clark Professional, the Golden Service Awards 2022 will be open for entries from 20th July 2021.
ICE Cleaning celebrates substantial growth
Industrial, commercial and domestic cleaning services organisation ICE Cleaning, has expanded its management team with a series of senior appointments to support its substantial 700% business growth between 2020 and 2021.
Jangro starts spreading the festive cheer
Jangro is getting into the festive spirit by launching its annual Christmas Supplies Catalogue.
With the Government's roadmap setting out an end to restrictions long before December, Christmas 2021 is set to be busier than ever, with many companies, organisations, and families and friends, intending to make up for last year with festive celebrations and parties throughout the season.
Why we need to embrace health technology in the fight against Covid-19
By Graham Mimms - co-founder of Safe Surface Sensor
Coronavirus has immeasurably reshaped the way we interact with the world. Whether that be with friends, colleagues, or day to day services, as a society we have become increasingly conscious of the need to maintain rigorous hygiene standards if we are to avoid viruses such as Covid-19 tearing through society.
Committed to cleaning up waste, Cromwell tracks trash trends
Cromwell Polythene, which supplies products for the capture and containment of materials for recycling, is passionate about reducing waste.
As part of this commitment, it recently held a litter picking activity and is also conducting research into dog waste specifically.
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