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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.
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I don't know how many years ago it was that I shared news here, that some staff employed to clean the UK's Home Office, not only didn't have the necessary work permits, but also didn't have leave to even be in the UK. I recall arguing, though, that it was wrong to expect employers to police the system and potentially receive heavy fines if they failed to do so properly, since they didn't have the resources or expertise to be confident in detecting fraudulent work visas. I've always felt that the responsibility for checking the validity of work permits, should rest with immigration and employment specialists - in the same way as our DBS/criminal record checking system works.
Almost a decade on, I learn that another senior official has been caught employing somebody she shouldn't, to do her cleaning. On this occasion, Swedish Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, is in trouble after a cleaner was found working illegally at her home. Going one stage further than being what's termed an 'illegal immigrant', the young woman concerned, believed to be from Nicaragua, had even been issued with a deportation order!
The PM revealed that she'd been assured by the owner of the company employing the cleaner, that everyone had the required work permits. It must be embarrassing to be put in such a position but the PM has even more egg on her face, since a focus of her leadership has been on eradicating the 'black economy'. In her inaugural speech last November, she appealed for people to take personal responsibility in fighting organised crime, calling it a "shamefully well-integrated part of the economy".
I recall learning, during my early days in this industry, that a major benefit of outsourcing services such as cleaning, is that by putting the service in the hands of experts rather than trying to handle it yourself, a more thorough and efficient job will be done, allowing you to concentrate on your core business. Surely the Swedish PM has more important things to do than investigate her cleaner's right to work and surely others in the country have better expertise? I hope she's able to use this experience to highlight her argument that more must be done to combat fraud and that it's taken seriously enough to get some more efficient systems in place in order to do so. I know some would consider working 'cash in hand' to offer perks, but a young cleaner working illegally in a strange country is being exploited, and in my view, deserves better.
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AirxPro air purifiers are being used within NHS vaccination centres and by Bupa, to protect staff, patients and visitors, having received full certification from a Government-audited laboratory. Safe to use in occupied areas, they boast a virus removal rate of 99.97%.
The units are offered in five different versions, with the size of the machine dictated by the volume of air purification required. The concept remains the same across all models, whereby polluted air is drawn into the rear of the unit, where it is filtered and cleaned using a combination of negative Ion particles.
Designed to fit behind a healthcare provider's ID badge, Vitalacy's new SmartBadge captures and delivers individual-, unit- and facility-level hand hygiene performance data to hospital leaders responsible for quality, safety, and infection control and prevention.
The latest addition to the Vitalacy Patient Safety Platform, this entry-level device enables healthcare systems to meet the Leapfrog Group's hand hygiene standards at a competitive price point. The SmartBadge provides a cost-efficient, yet accurate and effective way of improving hand hygiene compliance, which research studies have linked to lower healthcare-acquired infections.
Almost silent, a fraction of the size and lighter in weight than normal beach cleaning machinery, it was built with care for the environment and wildlife in mind and is 100% electric, running on 2 x 12-volt batteries assisted by solar power to charge the batteries and operate the accessories - so no harmful emissions to worry about.
Passenger comfort specialist Train Bits & More (TBM) has partnered with Biomaster to offer bus and train operators greater product protection against bacteria on mass transit systems. Biomaster antimicrobial technology can now be built into coatings for handrails, seat handles and arm rests supplied by TBM to fleet operators across the UK.
Addmaster is a wholly owned subsidiary of Polygiene - the product Biomaster is offering antimicrobial protection for on hard surfaces found in consumer products, public spaces as well as in hospital environments and more.
The 'Global Health & Hygiene Market (Personal Care, Consumer Tissue & Professional Hygiene): Insights & Forecast with Potential Impact of Covid-19 (2021-2025)' report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
A leading UK hand-dryer manufacturer has just launched an ultra-quiet, customisable hand-dryer aimed at primary schools, soft play centres and any venue aiming to make their washroom facilities more child-friendly.
Oxford-based Airdri has released the new Kiddi Quad, one of its quietest models to date, just as its research has uncovered that 38% of UK children are scared of hand-dryers; a higher percentage than are frightened of the dark, monsters, ghosts, nightmares, sharks, doctors and 'bad guys'.
From 2nd February, the EU is introducing new rules which mean that if you operate loaded goods journeys in and between European Member States (cabotage or cross-trade) and some other countries including the UK, you may need to register information digitally about your journeys on a new EU web-based portal.
This will include details of the operator, driver, driver employment details, dates of travel and the vehicle used, before the journey commences.
Executives from Credit Suisse and Euromonitor International will bring informed perspectives from both the financial and consumer sectors to answer our ‘burning’ questions during a special session at the American Cleaning Institute’s upcoming Industry Convention.
‘Wall Street to Main Street: Cleaning Products in the Post-Covid Era’ will take place on 3rd February, during ACI's Convention Week, 31st January – 5th February, 2022, at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Orlando, Florida.
ISS A/S has extended its partnership agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The contractor has delivered integrated facility services to HPE globally since 2008 and will now continue to do so until at least August 2027, in HPE's offices and production sites across 51 countries and more than 170 sites.
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