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Hand dryers are changing.
To the casual observer, the industry’s physical innovations go without saying. The form factor of the hand dryer has seen considerable advances in recent years, with some manufacturers opting – for instance – for ‘hands in’ designs whereby the user’s hands are placed inside a cavity rather than hovering underneath a device.
"Our Multiwash II has been the benchmark for scrubber dryers for many years, and we are delighted to be launching the new Multiwash Pro range," says Truvox International executive director, Gordon McVean.
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I'm sure I'm not the only one returning to work this week after the holidays, wondering what this coming year will bring. Just as Cleanzine, (seen as 'alternative' media when we launched in Spring 2002) was able to bring you breaking news rather than 'news' several weeks or months after it had happened and even videos of work being carried out, the alternative media that's surfaced in more recent years, covers news which, for some reason or another, mainstream media doesn't. I'll probably lose some friends by saying so, but I can't help but admire the spirit of those who are taking to the streets in many parts of the world, demanding a less hysterical approach from our leaders and particularly with regard to what appears to be illogical and random discrimination against those who aren't considered to be fully vaccinated. If those in the cleaning industry ran around like headless chickens too, where on earth would we be?
In my final Cleanzine Leader of 2021 I talked about the worrying effect the 'no jab, no job' mandate would have on our health and other care services since a crucial part of these - the cleaning and other 'soft' services - will no doubt also be covered by the mandate. I warned that those providing these services, who choose not to be (or who are unable to be) vaccinated, will leave our industry in droves, causing everything to stop functioning. Yesterday, I received a press release from the British Cleaning Council, which although less political, voiced similar concerns about the shortage of cleaning staff and potential 'burnout' caused by increased workloads for those being asked to fill the gaps. Delia Cannings, deputy chair of the BCC, warns that we are starting to see cracks in the healthcare sector, with shortcuts, slip ups and accidents increasing thanks to rising staff absences due to sickness, self-isolating or fatigue. She says many highly-experienced cleaners are choosing to leave the profession citing their roles as undervalued and the risk factors as too high. I must say, I can't blame them.
For many months now, lots of local councils have withdrawn their garden waste removal services because of staff shortages and some have extended periods between recyclable and landfill waste collections, but already this year, several councils have been forced to suspend refuse collection services altogether.
Worrying times ahead for our industry then - and for the general public too, who now more than ever are relying on our cleaners to keep our environment safe.
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Industry leaders have warned that cleaning staff in healthcare, hospitality and other parts of the sector are facing burnout because of increased workloads due to the pandemic and severe staff shortages.
The extra procedures and protocols put in place during the pandemic to protect people's health along with the current severe staff shortages in the sector, compounded by staff absences due to winter illnesses and the disease itself and increasing numbers of personnel leaving the industry, have created a dangerous cocktail which has raised concerns for the health of staff.
The American Cleaning Institute is mourning the passing of Dr Dale Steichen, a longtime researcher and scientist in the cleaning product supply chain who was the 2017 recipient of ACI's Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award.
Dale spent more than 30 years in the industry, working for Clorox Company for 11 years -managing product, process and packaging development, and then for more than two decades in various roles for AkzoNobel, including vice president of research and development. He received his PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from UCLA.
The company has just made what appears to be the world's first bamboo dispensers, which completes its offering as probably the most sustainable system on the market. Available in a twin toilet roll dispenser, compact hand towel dispenser and soap dispenser, the bamboo dispensers make a huge statement wherever they are installed.
The pandemic spotlighted the cleaning industry's critical role and became a catalyst for the adoption of new technologies and developments, such as advanced electrostatic spraying systems combined with superior NaDCC chemistries.
EvaClean’s expertise in that field led to such demand that the company says it is now prepared to tackle Covid-19 and all its variants on a global scale, along with every other contagious pathogen.
Sodexo says it is is proud to announce that its contract director for Cyprus, Tony Eleftheriou, has been awarded Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours list for services to the British military in Cyprus.
With end-users' expectations of cleanliness and hygiene currently higher than ever, ensuring that professional cleaning staff receive high quality and relevant training is essential to maintain excellence.
Frustrated by Covid-19 travel restrictions, at 67, Andrew Cawthorne has left retirement behind and started a new company specialised in washroom and PPE.
UMF Corporation has awarded Crystal Foster its 12th annual Hygiene Specialist Excellence Award, 2021. Crystal, who works at Beacon Hill - a senior living community in the Chicago suburbs - was nominated by Beacon Hill facilities director Emmanuel Griffin, who believes she exemplifies the key tenets of the award, which acknowledges the invaluable contribution of the unsung heroes staffing environmental services (EVS) departments in healthcare facilities across the US.
Dees Maharaj and Kevin Dippenaar have joined the company as chief sales officer (CSO) and finance director respectively to support Ecoserv's business development, operational diversification, corporate governance and future acquisitions.
In November, customer experience lead John Hall was jointly crowned Support Person of the Year at the 2021 Welsh Contact Centre Awards. John was nominated for the award by his peers in recognition of being an outstanding role model, enthusiastic ambassador and problem solver, as well as the driving force behind two of phs's service-improving projects.
Kim Phillips is a director at the British Cleaning Council, national chairperson of BCC member the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Organisations (ABCD) and head of catering and facilities services at Rotherham Council.
Kindred is a radical refresh of a trusted name in UK educational cleaning. Formally Ridgecrest Cleaning Services, established in 1988 and a company already well respected in the education sector, the team at Kindred have relaunched the company to reflect a new approach to cleaning in the sector, with the emphasis squarely on social value.
Why Kindred? Simon Wrenn, Kindred's managing director explains:
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