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.
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.
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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I touched last week on supply chain issues and although the UK Government’s tried to address these with changes to the regulations, its stance hasn’t gone down well with the British Safety Council, which boasts an international membership in more than 60 countries. The Council argues that the relaxation of the rules earlier this month, regarding how long lorry drivers can work, (as a temporary fix for the severe shortage of heavy goods vehicle operators) is compromising safety standards and is not the solution needed to address the issue. It believes that the relaxation of these road safety laws is adding more pressure on drivers who are already exhausted - and that this is unreasonably jeopardising road safety. “Over-tired drivers coming home from long shifts pose a real hazard to themselves and other road users,” warns its chief executive Mike Robinson. "Driver safety must not be compromised. It’s appalling that Government has ignored the views of the logistics industry, which has collectively condemned this measure on safety grounds."
In case you’re unfamiliar with the changes, HGV drivers are allowed to drive for an additional one hour/day, (from nine to 10 hours). Drivers can also undertake two 11 hour shifts/week. The temporary extension is due to end at midnight on 8th August 2021, but you know how these things go… it’s highly likely that it will be extended or perhaps even made permanent. While it’s clear we need to up transport hours, achieving this by increasing current drivers’ pressures (whose bosses are unlikely to give them a choice) isn’t the best way to do things – especially as these drivers will need to stay mentally alert enough to interpret and ensure they don’t fall foul of the ever-changing requirements regarding vaccinations and isolation periods! Years ago I overstretched myself on a marathon drive… I felt fine but realised when I was abruptly woken by a sudden swerve of my car, that I hadn’t been fine at all. It taught me a valuable lesson and one that the Government should already understand.
Business group Logistics UK has welcomed Government commitment to simplify training and deal with the backlog of some 25,000 drivers waiting to be tested, (yes - 25,000!) but is unhappy about the unfulfilled ‘promise’ made in 2018 to provide 1,500 extra overnight parking spaces in safe and secure locations for legally mandated rest stops. I’m assuming that toilets and showers are all part of the plan as these are badly needed too, with so many more public toilets seemingly permanently closed because of Coronavirus.
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This Week's News
Airdri Group appoints new head of business development
Oxford-based hand dryer manufacturer, Airdri, has welcomed Joe Pearce to its senior team as head of business development, to lead the company's sales team, identify and develop new areas of growth and improve profitability within existing revenue streams.
Prior roles for Joe have included national account manager at Mattel, sales and training partner at Dyson and sales director at Annabel Karmel.
Territory Account Manager
Selco Hygiene Supplies, a long-stablished janitorial hygiene supply company is looking for an experienced self-motivated sales person to represent the company in England & Wales.
This exciting position offers the successful candidate a chance to be their own manager, with a good basic salary, plus commission, and a rare opportunity to earn share options.
Built-in antimicrobial technology leaders become a united powerhouse
Microban International is bringing together its Microban and Ultra-Fresh brands and technologies under a single umbrella.
Following the initial acquisition of Thomson Research Associates in 2016, Microban International will now completely harmonise the two organisations, as they unite to operate as a single company under the Microban International name.
ISS launches ‘science of cleaning’ research project
ISS Healthcare has commissioned an innovative project that will take a scientific and behavioural approach to healthcare cleaning and drive the nation's healthcare journey in our places that heal.
ISS worked closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement in the development of the recently published National Standards of Healthcare Cleanliness 2021.
WCEC hosts its first live event since pandemic's start
The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners’ first Court Luncheon of the year was held in the City of London at at Glaziers Hall on 2nd July – the WCEC’s first live event since the start of the pandemic in February 2020.
There might have been far fewer attendees, but every one of them was delighted to be able to convene in person, as the WCEC took its first cautious step in returning to a situation resembling normal.
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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.
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