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Nanotera Group has introduced powerful, plant-based cleaning agents which it says perform at record times, to replace chemical and hazardous products currently used in the oil & gas industry.
ASAE, the centre for association leadership in the US, has awarded its 2018 'Power of A' Award (Silver Level) to ISSA for its 'Cleaning for a Reason program' - a nonprofit organisation that partners with residential cleaners throughout the US and Canada to offer free in-home cleaning to help women who are battling cancer. It which works with more than 1,200 professional cleaning companies, and was adopted by ISSA last year.
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This week we're running a piece on how rises in the statutory minimum wage in Canada are impacting on the cleaning industry there and in recent weeks we've covered the same issue from the Australian and British perspectives too.
The publication this week of details of salaries of the top earners at the BBC (or rather those whose salaries actually show in the books) made me cross - not only because they are, in a lot of cases, unjustified, and because the jobs are those, I'm sure, many of us would love to do and could perhaps do well - but also because the BBC's coffers are filled by forced contributions of £75.25 annually by the registered blind; many of whom can't see the TV at all! Cleaner at National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage rates or BBC presenter at six-figure salary (sometimes more) with all the trappings and the opportunity to do pantomime at Christmas?
There's no contest, is there? And look at the lifestyles enjoyed by many of the world's footballers, which are being reported on so widely at the moment. Footballers used to earn too little in a profession that forced early retirement, but with celebrity culture and the opportunities to earn money that this brings, the pendulum has swung too far the other way. Footballers' salaries have become so high that in many cases, cleaners can no longer afford to support their local team by attending games, since the ticket prices have been raised as high as possible to help pay the inflated salaries.
Life isn't fair, is it? Cleaners most of the world over should be paid more money and they certainly deserve to be paid more, bearing in mind what they have to do. But how do we manage it? The public are always slating the business of 'contracting out', saying that standards have dropped and prices have risen because of it. Facilities don't want to/feel they can't afford to pay more for cleaning, but if the cleaners don't earn enough, well - in my neck of the woods anyway - we, the taxpayers, have to top up their salaries, which isn't fair either. The contractors are saying they can't cover the increases because their contract prices are being squeezed by clients, as there's always a competitor offering to do it cheaper.
How do we raise the value of good cleaning, in the public's eye?
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In January this year, the minimum wage in Ontario, one of Canada's most populated provinces, jumped from $11.60 per hour to $14.00 per hour, and that rate will increase to $15.00 per hour starting January 2019. And this is not happening just in Ontario. Some of the other more populated Canadian provinces are experiencing wage increases as well.
According to Paul Goldin, vice president of Avmor and former president of ISSA, these wage increases are going to have significant impact on smaller businesses, and definitely on the Canadian professional cleaning industry.
Building owners, FM professionals and property developers all appreciate knowing in advance how buildings perform. Well-designed spaces and smooth people flows translate into better user experiences, higher rents and faster ROIs.
However, it can be difficult to strike the right balance between higher occupancy rates - and better income - and efficiency. A building that holds the maximum amount of people might be attractive financially but can easily result in bottlenecks such as queues.
The British Cleaning Council, which represents over 20 national trade and membership associations linked to the UK's cleaning, hygiene and waste management sectors, has officially welcomed The Business Services Association as a new Council Member.
The BSA is the industry body for the UK's business services sector, supporting enterprise across both the private and public sectors.
Kaivac, developer of the No-Touch Cleaning and OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning systems, has announced the development of an entirely new technology: the KaiTutor - an 'any time/ anywhere' personal tutor that allows cleaning workers to access training information and 'best practice' techniques to improve their cleaning effectiveness.
Kimberly-Clark Professional has been re-elected and RPC bpi recycled products elected onto the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association Council. The appointments were made at the AGM, held recently at the House of Commons, resulting in two new representatives joining the Council. Caroline Stanley (pictured, left), UK marketing leader, will represent Kimberley-Clark Professional, and Lorcan Mekitarian (pictured, below right), sales director, will represent RPC bpi recycled products.
The Health & Safety Executive's Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) will be holding a one-day stakeholder workshop covering EU Exit and its impact on the Biocidal Products Regulations, Classification Labelling and Packaging, and Prior Informed Consent regulations as part of planning for a contingency scenario (no deal).
The workshop will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool City Centre on Wednesday 1st August, 2018.
The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' latest three-day Annual Education and Development Forum, which took place last month, was based on the theme 'Facing the Future'. Organised and managed in-house by the Midlands Branch and AHCP's business manager, the event turned out to be the best and most well-attended for many years.
Serco and Dr Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH), accompanied by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, have this week announced a partnership agreement to transform facilities management and patient-facing services at the hospital in Jeddah over the next five years.
Serco has been working with this leading hospital group for six months to design a new integrated service methodology, developing plans for major efficiencies and service improvements.
Avidbots has announced that Compass Group has purchased the Neo self-driving floor cleaning robot to enhance cleaning productivity and performance for its clients. The initial deployment is through the Eurest Services facilities management company for its education-based clients with deployment to other business units in 2018.
They are travelling thousands of miles by road, boat and aircraft and will have visited hundreds of towns and cities (including the Scilly Isles!) while inspecting every category of 'away from home' washroom.
'Hand Protection: Understanding Skin Irritation in the Workplace' explores the risks involved in handling chemicals, provides an overview of the associated legislation and European standards and explains the role of personal protective equipment.
There were 144 work-related fatalities in Britain during 2017-18, an increase from 135 fatalities in the previous year, reported the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last week (see fatality_figures for details).
Having read the report, Lawrence Waterman, chairman of the British Safety Council, said:
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Dennis brings with him over 25 years' experience in the specification and sales of floor cleaning machines and this, allied to his experience of managing field sales teams, will really help the business to enhance its position as a brand leader in the UK machine marketplace.
1: I wasn't heartless enough to take a picture of the woman vomiting. If she was genuinely unwell, she has my sympathies, but if she'd drunk so much before the headline act had even set up, that she ended up being sick, I hope she learnt her lesson.
My daughter, attending a business meeting in the upper reaches of one of London's newest iconic landmark buildings - the Shard, snapped a picture of two window cleaners in their cradle (actually working rather than admiring the view).
On sunny, windless days, it must be lovely being up there, making sure the view for those inside the building is as good as your own, because they're looking through beautifully cleaned windows.
When it's windy or raining though, I can imagine it must be dreadful...
Chris Klopper, founder & CEO of Mulberry Marketing Communications, a PR and marketing communications consultancy Chris started in 1995 which now has seven offices on four continents, passed away on Sunday after a short illness.
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