Cleanzine: your weekly industry and hygiene industry news 24th July 2014 Issue no. 635
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South Florida’s Armchem International, the 30-year-old business-to-business provider of more than 50,000 speciality industrial and maintenance products to more than 25,000 customers worldwide, announced this week that it has named Gregory Langston as its senior vice president of sales - a newly created position.
Recently, the company finalised the opening of its logistics center in Rotterdam.
Pinterest is a place for people to collect ideas for projects and interests.
Vectair's boards include 'urinals with a difference', 'worst whiffs' and 'toilet humour', as well as information on and images of the company's products and its exhibition stand designs.
What do you think is the most representative aspect of your restaurant from a diner's perspective? A popular or special dish? A characteristic element of the decor that sets the tone of their dining experience? Your front of house staff? The head chef?
Chemicals manufacturer Stepan Company, through its subsidiary in Brazil, yesterday reported that it has reached an agreement with Procter & Gamble do Brasil SA's to acquire its sulfonation production facility in Bahia, Brazil - subject to approval by the Brazilian antitrust authorities and by the Industrial Development Superintendence of Bahia State, as well as other customary closing conditions. The facility is located in the northeast region of Brazil and has 30,000 metric tons of capacity.
Wastewater from industries such as power, paper and pulp, chemical processing, metal and mining is one of the major contributors to the rising water pollution. As a result, new regulations for maximum limits of pollutants are being passed, globally, depending on the industry and type of pollutant.
After two years of intense R&D work and three years of pilot testing, American Water Chemicals has made its first full scale delivery of AWC A-110 antiscalant to the Orange County Water District (OCWD). The district had experienced numerous silica scaling incidents which had forced it to resort to the use of hazardous ammonium bifluoride (ABF) as a membrane cleaner.
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I often carry information about workplace health & safety but rarely do I feature anything about that essential part of just about any business – driving. Those that have to drive as part of their job, whether as someone physically working on a contract who drives from job to job, the area manager, delivery driver, maintenance technician or field salesperson and the like – each of them has an important part to play.
Those of us that drive no doubt do our best to do so without endangering ourselves, other road users or members of the public but as an employer, how much attention do you pay to making sure that your team members that spend time on the road on your behalf do so safely? Do you keep a check on them and make sure they’re aware of the dangers and taking sufficient breaks while on the road, or is it a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’?
Writing as someone who many years ago was reprimanded by my then managing director for having taken the decision not to drive from the South East to somewhere ‘up North’ in torrential rain when the windscreen wipers of my company car had stopped working, I wonder whether it could be the latter…
Remember, you have a duty of care to all your employees, whether they’re under your roof throughout the working day or not.
An item further down the page warns of the need for drivers to be aware of the blind spots, which contribute to thousands of accidents – some fatal - globally each year. Technology is available that provides drivers with a better view of what’s going on around them, but if that’s going to break the budget, the very least you can do is draw attention to safe driving behaviour and assure your employees that sensible driving is more important than, say, fitting more appointments or miles into the day than can safely be managed, or perhaps, an extra few £s worth of commission in the pay packet.
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This Week's News
More than 80% of hospitalised patients who tested positive for Clostridium difficile were tested outside the hospital or within the first 72 hours of hospitalisation, suggesting that settings outside of the hospital may play key roles in the identification, onset and possible transmission of the disease, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
The study provides new insight into the contagious and potentially deadly infection also known as C. diff, a bacterium most often associated with hospitals and other in-patient healthcare settings. It is one of the first to accurately identify a larger population of patients with C. diff by examining them in an outpatient setting as well as in the hospital and thus provides a different perspec
UK employers are twice as confident about the economy as they were this time last year and many intend to take on more staff in coming months. But this jobs boom could be at risk from growing skills shortages, according to July's JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation), released yesterday.
According to employers surveyed in June, a third predict a shortage of engineers to fill permanent (32%) and temporary (34%) technical and engineering jobs. When looking at the three month rolling average of 600 employers' responses the figures remain high, with a fifth of employers (22%) predicting difficulties recruiting permanent candidates in the sector and a quarter of employers (26%) seeing the same problems in respect of temporary roles.
In light of recent outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease and Pseudomonas, the control of bacterial proliferation is more critical than ever it is essential for operators to take a proactive, preventative approach to biofilm management.
Accepta has reinforced its status as a global chemical technology specialist with the launch of the innovative new 'BioSentinel' Biofilm Management System, which automatically monitors, predicts and controls the presence of biofilm in water systems to offer complete peace of mind over water safety standards.
As SCA and its brands prepare to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race - thought to be the toughest sailing competition there is - the company challenged industrial design students all over the world to develop a product that will protect Team SCA's toilet tissue from the seawater and other very wet environments.
Following an extensive review process, a waterproof dispenser designed by a team of five students from ENSAM University in Paris, was declared the winner.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health is urging businesses to educate their fleet managers and at-work drivers about the risks of failing to check blind spots before carrying out a manoeuvre.
"It's vital that companies ensure their workers are fully aware of their responsibilities to act in a safe and shrewd manner every time they get behind the wheel," warns IOSH senior policy & technical adviser Phil Bates.
Hotels, homes, offices, schools, factories, restaurants, coffee houses and clubs, toilets and washrooms, keep fit centres, surgeries, waiting rooms - these are just a few places where the unit will make a noticeable impact.
The results from the Food Standards Agency's 'Biannual Public Attitudes Tracker' for May 2014 have been published, revealing that the top three food safety issues of total (i.e. spontaneous plus prompted) concern for respondents were food hygiene when eating out (36%), food poisoning (28%) and the use of additives in food products (28%). The top wider food issues of total concern were food prices (51%), the amount of sugar in food (48%), and the amount of salt in food (47%).
More than 33,000 Sodexo employees in 36 countries donated and collected enough food for 815,000 meals and raised funds to fight hunger and malnutrition during the global site services provider's annual Servathon in April and May. Altogether, Sodexo employees volunteered more than 82,100 hours to help their local community members have enough food to eat.
Repairs and maintenance provider, Kier, has joined forces with a local school to raise awareness of littering in the town of Harlow, Essex. By Supplying Passmore Academy (from Channel 4 TV's 'Educating Essex') with equipment for a recent community day, Kier aims to reaffirm its commitment to the environment.
Contract cleaning and FM specialist, Nviro, has been retained by Isle of Wight Council to clean a wide range of its facilities - including tourist attractions, libraries and fire stations - in a deal worth more than £200,000 per annum.
The new contract is testament to Nviro's expertise and the results it has already achieved for the council, having provided cleaning and maintenance services for a large number of its buildings for the last five years.
"Creating a full website may not always be right for every business, but maximising social media and review sites really goes a long way in building online awareness. A business with an effective online presence is far more likely to get customers through the door.
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