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Cleaners – quite rightly - have come in for some much-deserved praise over the past couple of years, but recent stories have shown that it will never always be plain sailing in our industry…
It’s not the first time that this kind of thing has happened, but the latest bout of, perhaps, over-zealous cleaning, came courtesy of a team in Cardiff, Wales, who mistakenly removed popular street art that had been commissioned to celebrate diversity. Painted by three female artists - including Turner Prize nominee Beth Blandford - it had beautifully covered 11 concrete pillars in the city centre and had taken inspiration from feminism, black women, afro hair and the Bajan community. In a statement to www.walesonline.co.uk, project organiser PWSH said everyone was "absolutely devastated" that the artworks had been removed, before alluding to “some sort of city centre cleansing team miscommunication”. Commissioner ‘FOR Cardiff’ apologised and said: "We were made aware that due to a devastating error involving our cleansing contractor, the beautiful artworks on the pillars in the area have been removed. We offer our sincere and heartfelt apology to the talented artists who took the opportunity to brighten up Cardiff and contribute to its vibrant and exciting culture through their artworks and we're simply gutted for them. It was an honest mistake but unfortunately not one that can be rectified…”
The week before last, cleaning crews caused a major power outage which disrupted operations at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in the USA, causing long delays and cancellations involving more than 100 flights. Airport officials said the outage was caused by water damage which also took out the international airport's backup generator.
While I’m not party to why these accidents happened, I wonder whether the Cardiff cleaning crew thought to ask about the artwork before starting to remove it? Perhaps they did, but were unable to contact someone in authority and took the decision upon themselves? With regard to the water damage at the airport, I’m unfortunately well aware of how much damage can be done by someone being careless, distracted or insufficiently trained for the task in hand – or perhaps someone who’s simply feeling unwell – since my daughter Melissa cleaned her washing machine filter last evening and neglected to fit it back in securely before attempting to do her washing. She wasn’t around to see the water flowing out and the machine just kept on filling… Oh, the mess!
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This Week's News
As the busy festive season fast approaches, and with cases of Covid-19 continuing to spread across the UK, it is more important than ever for those in the hospitality industry to ensure their premises adequately mitigate the spread of viruses and bacteria.
Here, Zac Hemming, managing director of ICE Cleaning, explores how businesses can successfully accommodate the influx in customers, whilst keeping them and their employees safe through the implementation of dedicated sanitisation programmes that provide the highest standards of protection, with minimum disruption…
Informa Markets' ISSA Show North America today announced the recipients of the 2021 ISSA Show Innovation Awards at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in Las Vegas. The Innovation Awards program recognises the latest advancements for the commercial, institutional and residential cleaning industry.
"While this past year has been an especially challenging one for the cleaning industry, it has also presented opportunities to innovate and overcome obstacles," says ISSA Board President Steve Lewis.
Interclean returns 10th to 13th May 2022 full of innovations at a face-to-face event that will shape the professional cleaning and hygiene industry for years to come. Following its remarkable success in 2018, Interclean Amsterdam finally returns to the Dutch capital in 2022 for another edition of the world's most advanced cleaning & hygiene show.
Attracting more than 35,000 professionals from across 143 countries, the 2018 event was a truly international affair. The 2022 show will be no different, bringing the industry together to celebrate the best of cleaning innovation.
Kitchen utensils and surfaces are exposed to microorganisms from many sources, including raw meat, contaminated packaging and unwashed hands.
It's therefore common sense to maintain regular and thorough cleaning practices in and around the kitchen environment. But what if cleaning tools themselves are acting as vectors of contamination?
The Ecofibre cloth offers the cleaning power of traditional microfibre, with the added environmental benefit of using recycled plastic bottles in its production. Each cloth is made from 55% recycled plastic, with two recycled bottles in each Ecofibre cloth.
Building Service Contractors Association International has announced the recipients of the 2021 BSCAI Clean Awards, which demonstrate the best in excellence among building service contractors and categories and recognises their contributions to the BSCAI and the industry as a whole.
Recipients - ranging from new members to business leadership - were recognised at the BSCAI 2021 Contacting Success Conference held last week in Las Vegas. The winners were chosen by the BSCAI Awards Committee made up of 11 individuals from member companies.
Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors and UK green-tech company, Clean Planet Energy, have announced the formation of a joint venture partnership to develop Clean Planet Energy USA ecoPlants in key North American markets.
The first Clean Planet USA ecoPlant is under development at FTAI's Repauno Port & Rail Terminal in Gibbstown, New Jersey.
SOFHT is an independent consortium of food industry specialists set up to keep members advised of the current hygiene and technology issues through the provision of technical support, training and topical information as well as a vital forum for networking and sharing best practice across the entire food chain.
This is to investigate the conformity of ladders with product standard EN 131 in the supply chain and address ongoing concerns with the availability and use of substandard and potentially dangerous ladders on the market.
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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.