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Older people, parents and business owners are being encouraged to stay vigilant against a potentially deadly disease that has infected over 200 people in the UK and many more overseas, this year alone.
The cleaning chemicals market in India is projected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 15% in value terms between 2017-2026, on account of increasing incidences of various infections, as well as rapid urbanisation, coupled with growing numbers of new commercial setups and increasingly stringent safety standards. Additionally, growing numbers of new healthcare setups, rising disposable income and the launch of new and innovative cleaning chemicals are propelling the market for cleaning chemicals.
Bunzl has today announced that it has made a binding offer for the acquisition of a group of businesses in France and has also purchased a marketing services business in the UK.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is seeking nominations for the Cy Gantt Award and Keith Williams Award. The Cy Gantt Award recognises special contributions to the industries served by the IICRC, while the Keith Williams Award recognises a significant technical contribution to the science of inspection, cleaning & restoration. The deadline for nominations is 15th August.
OspreyDeepclean's increasing international orders for multiple units are ready and waiting to be shipped from the production line straight to the company's distributors.
This study aimed to help stop the 'Winter vomiting bug' norovirus from spreading, by understanding and improving food handler behaviours.
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I have to thank www.greenrushdaily.com for bringing a smile to my face and promoting a lively discussion at home this week, between myself and my two daughters, both of whom helped fund their college years cleaning offices for two hours a day, five evenings a week and deep cleaning a school in the Summer holidays.
Its headline read: 'Get free weed for cleaning up trash'. Well that's a new one! The article reports on 'Summit Medical Marijuana', which took place in Maine, the US, and how as part of a green-themed community service project, those involved in the area's clean-up could be rewarded with marijuana, rather than money.
Volunteers were given plastic rubbish bags, which they then filled with rubbish they collected around the city. When they returned their filled bags, they were given a small bag of cannabis in return. The event was a big success, attracting dozens of volunteers. Dozens of bags-worth of litter was removed from the streets and the marijuana smokers will have had big smiles on their faces - not just from taking pride in their work.
Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana, got the idea following a similar event held in Colorado Springs, Colorado last Summer. He says that far from being irresponsible, both events were all about changing some of the negative stereotypes about cannabis and to bring greater visibility to its medicinal potential.
"It's profound... The research... There's a whole world of science out there," he says. "When you see this plant have an incredibly life-changing impact on somebody that has given up on life, or somebody that has been given up on by modern medicine, and you can bring them back to life and give them a quality of life... it doesn't just affect that patient; it affects every single person in the family."
As someone with loved ones who have to rely on a marijuana derivative - CBD oil - as a painkiller for their chronic illnesses and whose pain is untouched by more traditional painkillers (which can be addictive and can also create other health issues), I am aware of the plant's positive attributes and am pleased that many US states are legalising this life-saving product.
Whether my daughters would have done so well in terms of their education if they'd been paid for their cleaning in hash, rather than cash, is another matter!
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This Week's News
If you're planning to nominate a facility for 2017's America's Best Restroom contest, you don't have long left to do so. Nominations close at midnight on Friday.
Now in their sixteenth year, the Awards scheme encourages the public to support their local luxurious loos as well as any fabulous facility they've visited by nominating them for an award.
The prestigious 3-day event saw the coming together of some 150 guests, comprising leaders of the 100 subsidiaries and 65 countries in which Kärcher operates, as well as the Kärcher supervisory and management boards and members of the Kärcher family - the children and grandchildren of the company's founder Alfred Kärcher.
Environmental Excellence Training & Development is an established business with over 30 years' experience within the education and training sector, with particular expertise in the NHS and other healthcare facilities, contract services and the public & private sector, providing services and leading on high profile projects.
Messe Berlin is polishing its image in time for the global event of the year for the industry - the international cleaning trade fair CMS Berlin 2017 - Cleaning.Management.Services., being held from 19th to 22nd September alongside the Congress of the World Federation of Cleaning Contractors (WFBSC, 18th - 20th September, Hall 7,) which is being held in Berlin for the first time.
For this occasion, no effort is being spared to ensure that the fair, the congress and the exhibition grounds themselves make the best possible impression on guests from every continent.
In its bid to attract more corporate owners and operators to participate in the Happy Toilet Programme, the Restroom Association Singapore redesigned the HTP certificate with the 'Happy Toilet' wordings omitted to enhance its professional branding image.
Citron Hygiene has announced that it has acquired Chemsyn Chemical Corporation effective July 17th, 2017. Chemsyn is a dominant player in commercial warewash and laundry solutions, serving a broad range of customer verticals, including foodservice, hospitality, lodging, healthcare, long term care facilities, institutions, golf and sports clubs throughout Ontario.
More than 100 cleaning and hygiene distributors have applied to join the Cleaning & Hygiene Association's Accreditation Scheme for distributors since its launch in January this year. Companies which have passed the Accreditation process are beginning to display the new Accredited Distributor status stickers on their vans to celebrate their success and commitment to standards.
"Watch out for one of the new Accredited Distributor stickers on a van near you!" says Mike Stubbs, chairman of the CHSA's Accreditation Schemes.
The advanced employee scheduling and remote workforce management solution - including proof of attendance, performance reporting and electronic auditing - has been used by the University to better performance manage staff and improve employee accountability.
Global chemical company BASF is supporting an innovative programme to enhance hand washing hygiene amongst Bangladesh's ready-made garment workers. The approximately €250,000 (around BDT 23 million) project, implemented by Voluntary Organisation for Social Development, will explore the existing health behaviour of the workers with a view to improving hygiene and reducing associated diseases.
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Recent UK News
A supplier has been fined fined £2.7 million for breaking competition law, having been found guilty of requiring retailers to use a minimum price when selling its products online. This kind of illegal practice, known as resale price maintenance, means customers miss out on the best possible prices and cannot shop around for a better deal on that supplier's products.
According to recent statistics released by HSE, there were 137 workers killed at work in the UK in 2016/17. These statistics are based on a wide variety of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, agriculture, waste, transport |& storage, and wholesale & retail trade.
Falls from height have been brought to our attention again with the news that national bread maker Warburtons has been fined £2million after a worker was hospitalised following a fall.
OCS has been working with Goodrich Actuation Systems since 2011 to deliver facilities services at the company's five UK sites.
Online estate agent HouseSimple.com has looked at the latest Office for National Statistics wages data and average prices for first-time buyers' properties, to compile a table of jobs where it will take so long to save for a deposit for an average UK property, that those concerned (unless they get help from the Bank of Mum & Dad), won't have saved enough until at least 2100. Cleaners aren't the worst off, but the picture is grim...
More than 700 organisations and individuals have now signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May which challenges arbitrary deregulation of health & safety.
The GMB Union, which has members across every sector of the British economy, says yesterday's official workplace death figures hide tens of thousands of related deaths.
"After a few years in the commercial cleaning business I soon learnt that all cleaning companies say that they are 'excellent' at everything they do and they all promise their customers the world. Prospective customers are unsurprisingly distinctly immune and unimpressed by this hyperbole.
Events & Exhibitions
ISSA/Interclean North America
Clean Middle East Pulire
Loo of the Year Awards
Clean India Technology Week
The Manchester Cleaning Show