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ISSA and the American Association for Cleaning Professionals jointly announced on Tuesday that the two organisations have entered into a partnership that will endeavour to better serve the owners and employees of small to midsize contract cleaning and restoration companies. The organisations will collaborate on content development, education, informational resources, membership sales and support, and co-produced events in the course of the partnership.
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The Summer holidays are once again upon us and I'm relieved to say that this will be the last issue of Cleanzine until we return on 6th September. Not that I don't love producing Cleanzine and its sister publication KBzine of course; it's just that with two issues to broadcast every week from early January, I become a little worn out by August!
I never stray far from my roots though and am naturally always on the lookout for a good story. Last weekend at a festival I attended an enthralling presentation by the explorer Mark Wood - amongst many incredible achievements, the only man to have completed back-to-back solo treks to the South Geographic Pole and a 200-mile crossing of the Arctic ocean to the Geographic North Pole. And when I say solo that means no dogs and no back-up whatsoever (https://vimeo.com/46217790). He also supported the BBC Top Gear team to the Magnetic North Pole. I won't tell you what his response was when asked which was worse... trekking in 'solitary confinement' or trekking with the likes of Jeremy Clarkson. Nor will
I share his answer to the question of how he goes to toilet in such extreme conditions... And judging by the numbers of public toilets closing down around Britain, it probably won't be too long before we're as far away from a public toilet as Mark is most of the time. See this week's news for more on that story.
At the end of Mark's talk, I got into an interesting conversation with someone involved in procurement for the NHS, and when I asked what can be done to even out the spending differences for essential items, whereby one Trust is paying double per toilet roll or similar quality (and sometimes identical) black bin bag as another will pay, my new-found friend quipped that either way, they'd pay less if they went to the local supermarket.
Bearing in mind that the Trusts are buying in bulk, these differences really add up and I can understand why the NHS is short of money. I'm pleased to say that the disparity is being investigated and I'm looking forward to sharing the findings with you at some time in the future.
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The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) has this week announced the agenda for its 2018 Technical Conference, taking place 27th - 28th September at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Now in its third year, the Technical Conference will offer attendees an inside look at what it takes to work in the niche field of trauma and crime scene cleanup. Attendees can earn up to 10 CEC credits (up to three on Thursday and up to seven on Friday).
The 2018 conference agenda is as follows:
Thursday, 27th September:
Ray Martin, who represents the British Toilet Association on the British Cleaning Council, was featured in one of Britain's most popular newspapers last week. Interviewed by The Guardian, he highlighted the plight of our nation's washrooms and urged UK firms to open toilets to non-customers as part of the 'Use Our Loos' campaign.
The number of public toilets in the UK has dropped by more than a third (39%) in the past two decades, laments Ray, who says that the average council in England now runs only 15 facilities.
For as well as the company's extensive portfolio of sacks, bags and speciality products for the storage and collection of waste and recyclables being showcased on stand 5P32, managing director, James Lee will also speak at the show, on 12th September, emphasising, that it's 'Time to Stop Bashing the Plastics.'
Next year is the Association of Building Cleaning Direct Service Providers' 30th anniversary, and to mark the occasion the Association's AGM and Team of the Year Presentations will be held in the Houses of Parliament, London.
The Cleaning Industry Parliamentary Supporter, Jim Fitzpatrick, will host a luncheon for attendees in a House of Commons dining room on 18th May 2019, and will invite the Local Government Minister (whoever that will be at the time) to join everyone for this auspicious event.
The company has now expanded the feminine hygiene range by adding the Satin Intima Pedal with a capacity of 23 litres, in addition to the Intima Mini Satin with a 15-litre capacity. The Satin Intima bins come with a black protective lid insert.
Mike Sawchuk, president of Sawchuk Consulting, works with business professionals helping them refine their presentation skills. He says that one of the biggest problems is that many presenters use words like "Ah", "Um" and "You know" in their talks. "These are filler words," he argues.
"We typically say about one a minute, but before an audience, we may use five every minute, that's about 12 per second". Here he gives some tips on how to keep your audience captivated, when making a presentation...
Founded in 1976, the Britannia Hotel Group now incorporates 53 hotels and provides over 10,000 bedrooms across the UK. Renowned in the sector for providing best value, quality accommodation, the Britannia hotel chain is perfect for both leisure and business.
Acquisitions and business development has seen the group invest significantly in hotel restaurants, bars, nightclubs and health facilities. This includes six sites previously operated by Pontins.
Meritech's newest fully automated hand and footwear sanitising system, the ProTech XV, is a bi-directional walk-through system that can handle large numbers of employees entering and exiting production areas in large groups.
Developed to accommodate 15 employees per minute, it will sanitise hands or gloved hands with an E-3 'no-rinse' hand sanitising solution and will simultaneously sanitise footwear with a high concentration sanitising chemical as employees walk through.
Cintas Canada has this week published its latest white paper, 'Food for thought: Should I rent or purchase foodservice uniforms?' The white paper highlights features to look for in foodservice garments, the benefits of renting versus purchasing uniforms and factors affecting the total cost of ownership (TCO).
It can help those operating restaurants and foodservice programs run out of schools, hotels and government buildings and is available for free download.
Honeywell has published the first in a two-part series of e-guides to help workers and health & safety professionals choose the right chemical protective gloves. 'A guide to selecting chemical protective gloves - part 1' offers a simple six-step method for glove selection that can be used to ensure a worker's hands are fully protected in a range of applications involving chemicals.
The e-guide explains the importance of knowing the dangers chemicals workers can encounter on the job, how to select the proper glove based on the risks workers face and how to properly size and fit them. It also outlines the relevant European safety standards safety managers should be aware of, along with the relevant markings to help them choose the right gloves.
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