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Kimberly-Clark Corporation has announced that Michael D. Hsu, currently group president North American Consumer Products, is to take up the role of president and chief operating officer and will join K-C's board of directors, effective 1st January, 2017.
To support its rapid growth and expansion plans, London based commercial cleaning business Cleanology has appointed new talent to create an all-new sales & marketing team which has already delivered a significant haul of new contract wins to the value of £400K.
"Everyday hand washing is one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of infection. The winter months traditionally see an increase in viral illnesses - from the common cold and influenza, to norovirus, more commonly known as the winter vomiting bug, these highly contagious viruses are unpleasant to say the least and in worse case scenarios can be quite debilitating.
Over 60 universities, research institutes and companies from 29 European countries are to jointly study the impact that antimicrobial (nano-)coatings can have on the spread of infections in healthcare environments. The beneficial aspects of the application of such coatings will be assessed in the context of potential environmental adverse effects, as well as development of bacterial resistance.
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Many of us in the cleaning industry will have seen those we're talking to try and suppress a laugh when we tell them what we do, since they don't see cleaning as being of any importance. A useful retort to anyone making a comment about it is: "Imagine what will very quickly happen to our surroundings if the cleaners go on strike?" This Getty picture, courtesy of Spanish publication El Pais, proves the point!
It shows the Spanish city of Barcelona's El Prat Airport, which handles around 40 million passengers a year, some five days after cleaners downed tools earlier this month in protest over changes to work schedules and holidays. I understand that it is now clean and litter-free but that since cleaning staff are planning another strike in the immediate run-up to Christmas - unless they can resolve their dispute with their employer, Valoriza, and the airport operator, Aeno, in the meantime - this is exactly the scenario that may greet you if you're using the airport over that time.
My first thought was that nothing like this amount of rubbish should have been allowed to build up. None of us should be leaving litter about anyway, but if you're inclined to do something like that, surely knowing the cleaners are on strike should prompt a change in behaviour? And weren't any of the airport's other staff inclined to step in and at least make the area safe - or didn't rules and regulations allow them to?
El Pais has accused cleaners of having scattered what appears to be shredded newspaper, to add to the mess (and, perhaps, help prove a point!) but its reporters have also taken an interesting video clip showing lots of other rubbish, along with scenes proving that some travellers did indeed try to use the bins but that when these became too full, resorted to leaving their rubbish around the bin areas for later collection: www.ccaa.elpais.com
Scary eh? If you're travelling anywhere over the holidays - or at any time, I do hope you manage to avoid environments such as this - and remember... if you see a cleaner at work, a smile and a 'thank you' can go an awfully long way...
STOP PRESS: ISSA/Interclean 2018 show dates amendment
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Gatwick Airport, the world's busiest single runway airport, was delighted be awarded the prestigious overall Tork Loo of the Year Award Trophy at the Loo of the Year Awards annual presentation event last Friday.
This is the first time in the Awards 29-year history that an airport has achieved this top award and was in recognition Gatwick being awarded Platinum Awards for every one of its 13 entries which included toilets for all types of users including Changing Places toilets. Gatwick was also awarded the UK and Ireland Market Sector Award for Transport.
With the holiday season officially upon us, millions of us will be preparing our homes to host friends and family to celebrate the holiday season. In addition to preparing meals, hanging decor and buying gifts, families will be putting away clutter and cleaning their homes before hosting guests and out-of-town visitors.
According to a new global survey conducted by YouGov Plc for Kärcher, Americans really take pride in their homes. The survey revealed that more than eight in 10 Americans (81%) feel it is important to keep their home clean, and 43% report cleaning their home regularly even if things do not appear dirty.
The contract being delivered by a team from TCFM starts today - 8th December. It will provide cleaning services to a distribution centre responsible for its groceries deliveries in London.
Four-in-10 (38%) small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) have suffered cashflow problems over the past two years, according to new research by Amicus Commercial Finance, the specialist lender of flexible working capital to SMEs. The figure rises to two-thirds (65%) among medium-sized firms with between 50 and 250 staff.
According to the study conducted among 500 small businesses owners, over the past two years one-in-seven (15%) are still suffering liquidity problems and 12% either came close to or became insolvent. Small businesses recognise the threat cashflow problems can pose; nearly three-quarters (71%) say it is the biggest risk they face.
The Brazilian Association for the Institutional Cleaning Market (Abralimp), tells us that the 25th Higiexpo (Fair of Products & Services for Hygiene, Cleaning & Environmental Preservation) and also the 26th Higicon (International Congress of the Professional Cleaning Market) are taking shape nicely.
The events will take place from August 8th to 10th, in the Yellow Pavilion of Expo Center Norte in São Paulo, Brazil.
Brightwell Dispensers, with its headquarters in the UK, is continuing its growth throughout Europe. The company is pleased to announce the official opening of its German office and distribution centre. Its newly created sister company (Brightwell Dispensers GmbH) is based in Heppenheim, near Frankfurt. From there, a dedicated team will serve German, Austrian and Swiss customers.
What do you give the man or woman who has everything? How about giving them a really rubbish Christmas or birthday present this year? The London Junk Waste Collection Experience Day gift package will be a present they will never forget.
Forget tired old slippers, socks or cufflinks. And do you really think they will remember that book token or those pyjamas? In what we believe is a world first, London Junk tells us it is proud to offer a gift which will amaze and delight in equal measure....
A two-week survey of a sample of bins in May and June of this year revealed that 48% of waste within 'residual' (household/non-recyclables) bins was food.
Incentive FM has been awarded a 12-month rolling contract to provide a range of services at Taylor Wimpey Central London's new marketing suite in Piccadilly.
Under the terms of the contract, Incentive FM will be providing reception, hospitality, cleaning and postroom services to the company. A team of full time and part time staff will be operating five days a week to deliver high levels of cleanliness and quality hospitality care to prospective and existing clients of Taylor Wimpey.
Seeking a new, industry-wide approach to help prevent healthcare-associated infections Crothall Healthcare is currently hosting its inaugural Infection Prevention Powerhouse Summit at its corporate headquarters in Pennsylvania, US.
The two-day event is featuring presentations by Crothall executives and several companies that provide products and innovative solutions that help mitigate the risk of HAIs.
South Africa's contract cleaning employees' minimum wages are to be increased from 1st December.
Cleaners in Area A (the City of Cape Town) Ekurhuleni, City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay; and also local councils of Emfuleni, Merafong, Mogale City, Metsimaholo, Randfontein, Stellenbosch and Westonaria) will earn a minimum of R19.38 (£1.16) per hour - up from the R18.01 (£1.08) per hour minimum for 2015/2016.
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Vax has announced the closure of its commercial floorcare division, Vax Commercial, by the end of 2016. This means that all existing trading relationships will cease on 31st December 2016. The current sales team will remain in place to support this transitional period until 5th December 2016 and at this point no further orders will be accepted or processed.
Vax will, of course, continue to support its customers by honouring all aftersales service and warranty liabilities.
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