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WRAS, the Water Regulations Approval Scheme, is using World Toilet Day tomorrow, to call for manufacturers to reach some sort of consensus when it comes to the design of dual flush systems. Having seen the many options available, I've realised we're wasting huge volumes of water as a result of there not being a national standard (let alone a global one!). Unless we can all start truly working together, we don't stand a chance of realising our goal of tackling the global sanitation crisis and providing 'sanitation for all' by 2030. Water, in many parts of the world, is a scarce commodity and we must conserve as much of it as we can if we're to provide everyone with all that they need.
Dual flush toilets were introduced to help us use only the flush water we need and while I've come across them in many countries, I've never thought deeply about the problems we're collectively causing by pressing the wrong button (or both, just to be safe!). Choosing the smaller flush saves around two litres of water. WRAS's new research featured images of 18 typical dual flush designs and the 2,000 people asked to identify the short flush buttons proved that as many as eight in 10 are inadvertently wasting water and money by pressing the wrong button. Over half incorrectly identified the short flush in five out of the 18 designs. In the worst example, 81% selected the wrong button. Even the best designs were not 100% perfect... Every single one of the designs confused at least some respondents. Scale that up to a global level and it becomes scary!
The research did highlight which types of designs were easier to understand: Clear, permanent markings, such as one droplet for the short flush and several for the long flush, are brilliant, and while most people naturally expect a smaller button to mean a smaller flush, the bigger button needs to be 1.5 times bigger than the smaller one to achieve around 80% recognition. I can't fathom the thinking behind the designs that use a larger button to produce a short flush and neither could the survey's respondents who found this the most confusing design.
If the cleaning industry can make enormous headway with colour coding systems for products and equipment, surely sanitaryware manufacturers can reach a consensus over dual flush designs - particularly when it's long been proven that symbols and pictures work far better for people of different tongues!
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A forward-looking business that was launched in spring 2020 in response to the pandemic has been awarded a £271,000 grant by Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency, to enable it to develop and manufacture products using pioneering FAR-UVC light technology.
222Protect is a safe Far-UVC light fixture which can be installed in overhead lighting and air handling units to destroy Covid-19 found in exhaled microdroplets in indoor environments.
Under the agreement, the companies will now offer Whiz, Europe's first industrial cobotic vacuum sweeper, to its facility management and cleaning contractor clients.
Independent trials conducted by Campden BRI have confirmed that the HyGenikx air and surface sanitisation system, from UK manufacturer Mechline Developments, is effective at removing airborne Coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2 which causes Covid-19.
The results of the trials proved that HyGenikx removed up to 99.99% of an airborne Covid-19 surrogate in under three hours.*
Mitie has been awarded a new contract to provide cleaning, portering services and catering for patients and staff at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Worth £92.5m over five years, the contract has the option to extend for up to 15 years at five-year intervals.
The appointment follows a value testing exercise carried out between The Hospital Company Limited (THC) and Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust, as part of the existing John Radcliffe PFI arrangement.
Speedlink, one of Europe's leading PC and video game console accessories brands, has launched a new mousepad featuring antimicrobial technology from Swedish firm Polygiene - and it could keep our working environments safer too by helping prevent the spread of germs, where a workstation might have multiple users.
Polygiene ViralOff is a textile treatment that reduces microorganisms by over 99% on the material*.
Putting a sustainable spin on laundry, Oxwash, a UK-based startup backed by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, has just raised a further £500,000 in equity investment through a public crowdfunder - and it took just 15 hours.
The company, founded in 2018 by ex-NASA scientist and Forbes Europe's 30 under 30 alumni, Dr Kyle Grant, and Oxford engineer Tom de Wilton, secured £250,000 from five angel investors including Magnus Rausing (Tetra Pak), Kal Patel (ex-CEO of Best Buy) and Vala Capital, in addition to a quarter of a million from 318 public Crowdcube investors.
As part of its project to show appreciation to cleaning support staff, pre-schoolers of PCF Sparkletots Preschool at Kampong Chai Chee Blk 135 performed simple cleaning of classrooms such as sweeping using small brooms and brushes after art lessons.
The pre-schoolers also created educational posters and decorated the toilets.
Pro Clean is a commercial cleaning and facility services organisation founded in 1989 and will be rebranded as Pro Clean, a division of Harvard. Don Zerivitz, president of Pro Clean, will join the Harvard management team.
Workwear Express (pictured), based in Durham, UK, is a leading business in personalised workwear and promotional clothing with a strong e-commerce focus. The business serves a broad range of customers and in the year to March 2021 generated £29 million of revenue. Bunzl completed the acquisition of Workwear Express towards the end of October.
The UK's largest and most important event in the cleaning & hygiene sector, The Cleaning Show, welcomed more than 4,600 visitors through its doors when it made its triumphant return to London early this month. It marked the industry's first physical event since the UK's national lockdown was lifted, coming at a critical time as cleaning lands high on the agenda of businesses across the country.
Opening the event, Nigel Mills MP, chair of the Cleaning & Hygiene All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), welcomed visitors and exhibitors, highlighting the important role the show plays in bringing the industry together to celebrate the sector and facilitate business. He paid tribute to the industry and the role cleaning & hygiene operatives have played over the past 18 months and highlighted how the APPG would help shine a light on an industry that was once overlooked.
This year, it acknowledges South Thames Colleges Group for having the highest exam success rate for the City & Guilds ‘Practical Cleaning Skills’ course and has presented it with the Eric Hill Memorial Award.
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